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Subject:The day in poker
Time:04:25 am
I decided to play the $200 Binions stud-8 tournament today, because it started at 2 p.m. and everything else was at noon. I was doing well but then went card dead and hosed my way out. I consoled myself by wandering over to Main Street Station and hitting an $800 quad aces. Unfortunately, I spewed most of it back.

After dinner with a few friends, I wandered over to the Rio to play satellites. They were just about to start the 11PM $100 tournament, and I decided that was close enough and bought in. I finished 7th out of 121 for a few hundred bucks.

Here's my embarrassing moment for the day: I'm standing outside the Rio around 1 a.m. during a tournament break. A late 20s-ish Asian guy stops to talk to me, and we chat for a couple of minutes while I desperately search my brain to figure out which of the young Asian poker players of my acquaintance this is. I'm almost in a panic, because this guy clearly knows a fair bit about me and I can't figure out who it is, but I have a sense that I'm going to step in it if I admit that I don't know who he is.

Finally he says something to give it away. I didn't recognize my step-brother. Fuck!


I never post poker hands, but here's one that annoyed the hell out of me. Blinds are 200-400 with some reasonable antes. I have around 11K before posting the big blind, which is well above average. One player in late position, who has been in jam or fold mode even when he shouldn't be, jams for about 4K. Two short stacks call, and I'm in the big blind with pocket nines.

I don't like my situation, and it's going to cost me over a third of my stack. On the other hand, I'm not at all convinced that any of the other players have me beat. I decide that I don't like the four-way action and fold. I'm up against K5s, QT, and ace rag, and to add insult to injury I would have flopped top set and turned a boat.

Thus far I've entered six tournaments. I've made three final tables, of which one resulted in a bubble, one in a low cash, and one in a chop. I guess I haven't forgotten how to play this game with real chips and cards.


So I have no idea what I'm going to play tomorrow. The $2K limit holdem is tempting, but a bit more than I want to invest. The $550 HORSE at the Venetian is my second choice. The $330 NL at Caesars is on the possibility list, though I may not wake up in time. I guess I'll sort it out when I wake up.
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mjosephb
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Time:2010-06-09 02:07 pm (UTC)
I like the sound of the $550 HORSE...
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allknight
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Time:2010-06-09 02:21 pm (UTC)
Patti,

Nice little trip report - congrats on your cashes so far including the quad Aces! IT was good seeing you also on Saturday and I do hope your next event/s makes you money too!!!
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njchick
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Time:2010-06-09 03:26 pm (UTC)
Alot of the Atlantic City hi.lo players are out there to play those smaller buy in events at Binions and Venetian. GLGLGL
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adbjupe
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Time:2010-06-09 04:44 pm (UTC)
So the queen of $109 HORSE online asks if she should play for $550?

Let me get back to you.
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mickdog
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Time:2010-06-09 04:45 pm (UTC)
I seems, based on your HORSE successes online, that it would be the natural choice. Or I'm sure you could get people to take part of your action in the $2K if that really was the one you wanted to play.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-06-09 09:13 pm (UTC)
Happy to translate anything. Just ask.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-06-10 12:02 pm (UTC)
I played a poker tournament at a casino called Binion's. The game was a variant of seven-card stud, and it cost $200 to buy into the tournament. I did well for the first part, but after a while I only got bad cards and was eliminated from the tournament. I went to a different casino and played video poker (sort of a slot machine thing), and hit a jackpot worth $800. I lost most of that $800 back.

After I had dinner with some friends, I went to a different casino to play in small poker tournaments that award entries into larger tournaments as prizes. Instead, I played a normal tournament with a buyin of $100. I finished in 7th place out of 121 entrants for a prize of a few hundred dollars.

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I played a particularly annoying hand that had a difficult decision. I made the correct decision, but would have gotten lucky and won a very large pot if I'd decided the other way.

During the trip so far I have played six poker tournaments. Of those, I have gotten down to the final nine or ten players (the final table) three times. In one tournament, I finished in the highest place that got no prize. In another tournament I finished in a position that paid me a small amount of money. In a third tournament, the remaining players and I agreed to divvy up the prize pool rather than playing to the end. (This is common practice in poker.)

There are several tournaments that I might play tomorrow. One is a variant of poker called limit holdem, and costs $2000 to enter. I may play a $550-buyin tournament at a different casino, that plays a variant of poker called HORSE. (HORSE is actually five different variants of poker, and we alternate between them during the tournament.) There is a third tournament at yet another casino that I might consider-- that tournament is a poker variant known as nolimit texas holdem. The buyin for the third tournament is $330, but I might not wake up in time.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-06-10 12:03 pm (UTC)
Well, yes. My annoyance was largely results-oriented.
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