The PQ and our daughter left this morning for Orlando. They are spending a couple of days at the "happiest place on earth" attending the EPCOT food and wine fest and seeing Sugar Ray in concert. Good for them. I stayed home to ensure Disney World remained the happiest place on earth. With me there, it's probably no better than number 3 or 4. I'd love to go to the Food and Wine fest except with my current dietary restrictions, there would be no wine and probably very little I could eat. And that's fine with me. The happiest places on earth to me are found in places like Biloxi and Las Vegas. Sad I know but hey, free drinks, gambling, entertainment, plenty to eat. What more can a
So while the girls were away I had a decision to make. Put some time in at work? Play golf? How about some poker? I decided to play the 1pm tourney at Derby Lane. 2K guarantee, 15K in chips and 25 minute blinds. All for 60 bucks. 56 people signed up.
I got off to a good start playing 7-5 of spades on the button in an unraised pot. Flop was Q -9-5 with 2 spades. Everyone checks to me and I bet 200, about a pot sized bet. 2 people call. Turn was the 4 of spades. Yahtzee. Checked to me again and I bet out 550. This time only the big blind calls me. River was a 10 of diamonds. I bet out 1100 and big blind, calls again. She was very surprised when I flipped over the flush. Next hand I gave it all away. Aggressive older guy raises to 400 preflop which is a bit high on a 25/50 blind level. I look down at 2 tens. I probably should reraise, especially in position but decided to call. Tens are not an easy hand to play postflop, better to try and take it down early. Flop was very good though with 776 rainbow. Raiser leads out for 600 and I pop it to 1600. Not enough of a raise there? Not sure. He calls which I hated. Turn is a 3. He checks to me and I bet 2800. He then goes all in. I have him covered but not by much. He is also doing some talking during the hand and while I'm thinking I'm listening to him. I interpreted his talking as he felt strong in the hand. Now maybe he feels that way with 9-9 on that board but maybe it's something like JJ or QQ. Eventually I dump the hand but I thought long and hard about calling. Let me know if you think I screwed up that hand. Later on I thought I might have but at the time I did think his talking was a sign of strength. Other hands I watched him play, he did not talk much when he wasn't strong.
So I ended up giving back more than I made in the previous hand. After missing a draw on a later hand I'm down to about 10K and pretty card dead. Blinds are up to 75/150 so I'm not hurting but I need to make some chips up. I check my big blind with K7 of spades. Flop is 3-4-Q all spades. I check and a few others do to. Older guy puts out a bet of 3K. Which was a big overbet in a pot with like 750 in it. I noticed this guy bet pretty strong when he caught any piece of the pot and stayed in till the river a few times. So I pushed all in over the top of him. Everyone else folds back to him and he calls me and turns over 5-6 of spades for the flush and the draw to the straight flush. Unfortunately for him, I'm holding one of his outs so he's drawing to the 2 of spades to win the hand. Which doesn't come and I double up to a bit over 20K.
Blinds were up to 200-400 when I was dealt AK of spades in late position. After a couple of people call, I raise to 1500. The lady to my left on the button thinks for a bit then calls along with a guy a couple of places to my right. Flop is AK of diamonds and 8 of hearts. Checked to me and I bet 3K. Gal to my left thinks for a long time and I'm wondering if she's gonna reraise me. I really felt she had a strong hand and was afraid of aces or kings though I also thought she would reraise with either of those hands. She was well known by the dealer so she was definitely a regular player and I thought could be tricky enough to not raise preflop. She finally calls and the guy on my right folds. Turn is a Q of hearts. I started thinking about the hand some more and the betting and was more and more convinced she called me with AQ. Possibly with KK but more likely a big ace and since she didn't reraise the flop bet, I doubted she had AK. So I pushed all in. She didn't think long before she called and flipped over AQ. And did not improve. I had her well covered and my stack increased to over 35K.
That was the high water mark of the tourney for me. I lost a chunk of my chips when my AQ suited flopped a queen and turned a flush draw but lost to Q 10 when the flush didn't hit. I did get away on the river without wasting a 3rd bet but it hurt. Then I screwed myself. Late position with 99 and I just called instead of raising. I'm still rusty and that position was tailor made to raise it up and take it down preflop. Instead I let the small stack in the big blind flop a boat with Q2 then make quads when a queen hit the turn. After that my fate was sealed. Never got too much to play with the whole tourney, but I had fun. I went out 21st which wasn't too bad and I did get in some needed practice before going to Vegas but I really was my own worst enemy some of the time.
After busting I watched some football including seeing the Lions get hosed at the end of the game against the Falcons and the Patriots pull one out against Houston. Then I went to play a little 1-2 no limit holdem. I had played for about 45 minutes before the tourney and made about $5. I wanted to make back my tourney buyin and surprisingly I did. No major hands but I got a guy to pay me off when my J-10 flopped a broadway straight and another guy to keep pushing his AJ at my AQ on an ace high board. The only note worthy hand was me losing with AA again. That's 3 times in a row I've lost with it, once to 10 3 suited when the moron called my raise and flopped his flush. Another to Q-10 suited who also made his flush. This time I'm not sure what the
I left a little bit later and lo and behold, I'd made back all but $2 of my tourney entry fee. So while the results weren't great, they weren't too bad either. A whole afternoon's entertainment for only $2.
So that's my in a nutshell. House is quiet, got the Raider game on and it's time for bed. Probably a long day at work tomorrow. 13 days till I leave for Vegas. Hope you all are running luckier than I am.