Happy New Year everybody! This will be my thread/blog for 2020. Here I will post all things that happen to me while dealing or playing poker over the next 12 months. Thanks for reading!
Starting the new year off with a bang! I just booked all my travel and accommodations for the first half of the year. I will be playing the RunGood Poker Series twice- at the Horseshoe in Council Bluffs, IA from February 4-6, and at Harrah's North Kansas City from April 21-23. I also took Thursday, March 19th off to play at Meskwaki casino while the Mid-States Poker Tour is in town. And then there's the big daddy- I booked my flight and hotel for my annual Las Vegas trip, this time for May 25th through the 31st, with the focus being WSOP event #1, the casino employee event. I bailed 2 days early last year, but unless something absolutely horrible happens, I don't anticipate leaving early this year. If my poker play isn't good, I'll just find alternative things to do. Seven days is a long trip, but I have the vacation time to burn and I need the time away from work. Good luck to me!
Well, the bad beat went off in my room today, and once again, it happened on the cash table I was not dealing. And yet another table games dealer dealt it. That's at least 5 table games dealers that have dealt it, and I have yet to in my 3.5 years for dealing. *Sigh* It was a table full of locals, too. The funniest part was that it happened about 20 minutes after the tournament started, so the supervisors were super busy. Anyway, I figure I've got about 21 more years of dealing before I retire. I'd like to deal the bad beat at least a few times in that span.
Played for a bit in my room today. I want to play a few times before the RunGood in 4 weeks, but I originally wasn't going to play today until my ex called and suggested it. I was going to be there a little after starting time, so we didn't play together beforehand. When I got there, she was already in, so I got my seat assignment on an adjoining table. It did not go well for me- I had only a couple of playable hands and bricked all of them. So, when I got 6h6c in MP in level 3 (t100/200), I opened to t750 over 1 limp. The button called, as did the UTG limper. Flop was Q-3-4 two hearts. It checked to me, so I shoved my t4150 stack. OTB folded, but UTG called with AhKh. No waiting for him as the heart fell on then turn and I lost all of my chips. I could have played it slower, sure, but I was fairly certain I was ahead at the time and I wanted to make it very painful to call. Credit to him for having the guts to put most of his chips at risk on a draw. Anyway, I got into a cash game immediately, and it didn't start very well at all. In summary, I was folding when I should have called, and vice-versa. The first misstep was when I played Q3o and the flop was J-T-9. A player shoved for less than $100 so I made the call. I totally bricked that draw and lost a few small pots, so within the first half hour, I had to add $100. Then, with KdJd in the SB, it was raised to $21 in MP and two others called. Everything inside of me was saying play the hand, but given the situation- my bad position and a marginal hand- I folded. Flop was all diamonds. Dammit! I would have won a huge pot. I also folded KcJc that would have flopped top pair and a club draw. I shook those hands oof and took the seat of the first guy I doubled up. It finally turned around for me. By this time, my ex busted the tournament and joined me at my cash table. There was another dealer there also and he tried to make a joke about women wearing plaid shirts- which she had on- looking like lesbian truck drivers, which is her current line of work. We all groaned but had a good laugh at his expense. My ex and I never clashed in any pots, but I did raise one of them to get her, and everyone else, out, and it worked. I won a good sized pot when my 99 held against overcards, and when my TT also held against a mystery hand, likely a lower pair. My ex doubled up with AA in that span- not against me, thankfully- and then left, saying her lucky hands had gone away. She ended up a small amount for the day. I stayed and played for a bit longer. One of my last hands was JsTs. I believe I made a small raise and got called in a couple of spots. The flop was As-Ks-6h. A gutshot royal draw! I made a small bet and got one caller. Turn was 9s. I bet big to try to look like a bluff, but everyone folded. That got me up to $645 in my stack, and since it was almost time to get something to eat, I racked up and left. After fearing I was going to start 2020 in the red after my awful first hour, I left with a decent profit of $245 in the cash game, and $175 for the day after you subtract the tournament entry. If I can get rid of the bad play, it should be a good year.
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