I won't be playing live poker for the next month. I'm taking my mom to Florida. Last year she had an accident and decided to sell her car (she has a birthday later this month -- 92!). I'll be her chauffeur.
I headed to the Horseshoe Casino Tunica last night for their Wednesday night no-ante tournament. It's an interesting structure. Most players don't pay any attention to Patience Factor, but I do. While examining that, I've noticed that at a certain point in a tournament, the antes paid each orbit become higher than the blinds. I call that the inversion point, but maybe there's a better way to describe it.
Forty-four runners paid the $60 to enter, each starting with 10,000 in chips. Most small-stakes tournaments like this aren't worth playing. The blinds zoom up at the the speed of light. Because there were no antes kicking in, this tournament has a PF of around 9 which is super for a cheapo tournament.
I haven't developed a preflight checklist yet as a certain blogger has recommended. It includes little things like reminding yourself not to be too aggressive early and tidbits like that. Even though I don't have one developed yet, I didn't let it "bug" me.
When we got to the final table, I was third in chips. After three players were knocked out, the players who knocked out others had good stacks, too. Somebody said let's chop and everybody agreed, even the big stack! I had about seven big blinds (they were 4000/8000) so a chop was fine by me.
This was my favorite hand. When they consolidated to two tables, a guy was moved to our table. I had about 30,000 chips and he had about 70K. I always watch a player like that. Maybe they've been lucky, or maybe they are aggressive. After about an orbit, he raised to 3000 (blinds were 500/1000, no antes of course). I re-raised to 7200. Everyone else folded and he called.
The flop was 6-3-3 rainbow. He checked and I checked. The turn was another low card and the villain bet 20,000. Notice anything? He's overbet the pot. There was 14,400 plus the 1500 from the blinds. I moved all in and he started shaking his head.
"I know I'm beat, but I have to call for another 2400," he said.
He turned over ♦Q ♦J. He saw weakness and pounced, just like I knew he would. I showed ♦A ♥A, and he was drawing dead. Ya gotta know your customers, just sayin'.