The definition of insanity they say is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. In that vein I decided I would visit Derby Lane again last Saturday and take on another tournament. I got there just in time for the 6pm tourney but only 15 people were in it and I hate playing tourneys that shorthanded. So I decided I would play some NL holdem for a while and play in the 8pm tourney which is usually much better attended.
Boy the results were very similar to my last NL foray the week before. In less than an hour I was down about $85. Living proof that yes, I am insane. I worked hard on it and made my way back. Got AA and raised to get 3 callers. Flop was jack high and with my shortened stack I decided to push all in then rather than wait. 2 folds and the 3rd guy hemmed and hawed but eventually called my push with QJ. He did not improve and that started my comeback. Eventually I got myself up to -$20 by the time they called the 8pm tourney and I called it quits.
The tourney went much like the previous one. Struggling to keep a stack together. Not getting much in the way of hands. I did manage to take out a shortie when he pushed his A8 into my AQ. Otherwise it was back and forth keeping my head above water and never getting up to an average stack after the first break. I was sitting to the right of a fairly aggressive guy and hoping to take a shot on him. I did push him off a hand with a pure bluff but he probably had nothing either. Then we got into a blind vs blind hand when I flopped top pair. He called my 2/3 pot bet on the flop. The flop had 2 hearts on it which worried me some as I'd seen he liked to play suited cards, especially connectors. The turn gave me 2 pairs but also put a 3rd heart on the board. I made a little less than half pot bet and he raised me up. I thought long and hard about this hand. What I ended up coming down to was I doubted he called my flop bet without a flush draw. So I dumped the 2 pair. Not sure if it was the right play tho later he told me he had the flush.
A little while later he was gone. He was in the big blind. Under the gun raised and the lady next tom him with a pretty big stack called. Another caller in late position. I dump my crap hand but guy to my left pushes all in over the top. UTG has been pretty loose but he immediately folds however the lady to his left goes all in as well. She was loose early but tightened up a lot after getting a decent stack. The other guy in the hand dumps his hand after thinking a while. The lady turns over pocket 10s which surprised me a bit while the guy to my left had AK suited. I was really surprised the lady went in with 10s at that point. She had plenty of chips to afford losing the original call but was risking almost her whole stack on the push. AK did not improve and my neighbor was out. He was truly surprised she called him with 10s and it turns out the UTG player folded JJ that hand. The other caller said he had AQ. UTG said when she called him he put her on a bigger pair than JJ so his fold was easy. He was surprised she only held 10s as well.
Otherwise, nothing to remarkable to report. I actually thought I played ok but there was nothing memorable. I was 7th in chips when we got to the final table and was looking for opportunities to double up. The cards I probably should have played a bit looser on the final table I think but there were a couple of people pushing hands and I tried not to run afoul of them. Eventually we got down to 6 left with 5 getting paid. Yours truly was 6th. I pushed in with 9-9 and the lady from my previous table calls with JJ. She had played maybe 1 hand since we got to the final table. I did not improve and went out on the bubble. We had a deal to pay $20 each to the bubble boy (or girl) so I made a few bucks out of the tourney. All told for the night I lost maybe $10. Not bad for an entire evening pitching cards till about 1:30am. Wish the tourney results had been better but I'm still getting into the tournament groove.
By the way, I hope some of you Vegas regulars can give me some tips on when and where the best tourneys are there. I'm looking for relatively inexpensive tourneys, under $150, that have a good turnout. I hate tourneys with 2 or 3 tables. Also tourneys with a decent blind structure would be nice. I expect to put in a fair amount of time playing craps, some NL holdem and maybe a little limit Omaha 8, some tourneys, and monkey mashing some sweet VP buttons for fun. Plus the requisite visits to Hash House, the Peppermill, and a few other places. Anyone got an opinion on the Binions steakhouse? I was thinking of dinner there one night. I've heard the views are pretty nice and the food ain't bad either.
The week hasn't been a complete bust. I'm sure some of you remember me mentioning a while back I won an Ipad online in a trivia quiz. Well both me and the PQ have struck again. Late last week I took down a $200 gift card to Amazon and a couple of days ago the PQ struck for a $350 card. Ka Ching. And since she won so much, she stopped asking what I was gonna get her with my card. That's a win for both of us. Of course it didn't stop our daughter Betty Crocker from asking what we both were gonna get her. Have I mentioned how much I miss having the house to just the PQ and me? Ah well, all too soon she'll marry a Buccaneer or Ray player and leave her family in the dust.
Well time to wrap up this missive. I gotta make a reservation for a room for one more night. We got 5 nights comped already but we're spending another night there as well. Think I found a good deal. Also need a shower as the PQ is coming to fetch me soon and we're gonna hit the Hard Rock tonight. Poker for me and VP for her. Hopefully I'll be there late enough to catch the PPV Mayweather fight tonight as they will be showing it in the poker room as well. I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll try to post tomorrow to update you on my latest round of insanity.