Saturday, February 18, 2006

Foxwoods Trip Report

No suspense here. I busted out of the Friday morning tourney pretty early. It was pretty disappointing, being the first one that I did, but I thought I played ok.

I got some nice hands early and within the first hour, I had doubled my stack and playing aggressively. I had to showdown a couple hands and they were all good ones, so my image was pretty good at the table. Then, about an hour an a half in, I had a hand that, I think, kinda put me on tilt. That coupled with the going card dead, make me slip out pretty quick.

You start in this tourney with T2000 in chips and the blinds start at 25/25 and increase every 20 minutes. I saw 25/50, 50/100, 100/200, than 150/300 with a 25 ante.

The hand that put me on tilt went like this. I limped with K10o in the small blind when the blinds were 100/200. At this point, I had about 4000 in the stack. The flop came K 8 6 with 2 diamonds. Being first to act, I bet out 600 into a pot of about 1200. It folded around to a guy that had I taken just about his whole stack early but had chipped back up. The next guy had just been moved to our table and was a short stack. He also called, then any left folded.

Obviously, I was hoping everyone would get out of the pot, and with only the 10 kicker, I wasn't feeling all that confident. The turn was another diamond. I checked it (which was probably my mistake) but didn't like the look of the diamond and the other 2 in checked also. The river came down a blank. I checked again (which I am now sure was a mistake) and so did the guy who had chipped up. The short stack then pushed his last 675 in. Now I know I had 800 in a pot of about 3400 but after thinking, and looking up to find the guy who had chipped up staring at me with a smirk, I layed it down.

If I had called and lost, I would have been left with about 2500, but that wasn't really my fear. My fear was, the chip up dude was going to go over the top on me if I called and then I would have had to call off about another 1000+. If I was the only one left in the pot, even with the risk of the flush, I probably would have called, even though I would have thought I was paying it off.

Well, if I have told this effectively, you realize that I layed down the best hand. The short stack had dogpoop. The caller had K9o!

Anyway, I just couldn't get it out of my head fast enough as the blinds went up and the antes ate my stack. The cards went dead and when I was dealt A10o on the button, I pushed my last 1100 in but was called by an UTG who had raised one BB. He ended up with AK and took me out. I probably had more time and shouldn't have pushed. I knew I would be called, but I was just hoping to have a middle pair and coinflip. Ended up down to 3 outs.

Drewsmom and I ended up catching the final table with 5 left about 5 hours later in the day. The tourney started with 250, which was a full house and the winner took down $5K. The funniest part about it was that it ended up being a woman who really didn't know too much about the game. Well, I should say, that was what all the donkeys on the rail were saying. They kept saying it should have been over an hour before if she knew anything about pot odds. She had laid down her hand a few times to very small raises I guess. I did see that she really wasn't that confident in what she was doing but hey, she kicked ass and Drewsmom was really happy to see her win it and stick it in the faces of all the railbirds. I was too, to be honest. The guy she was heads up with was an obvious mainstay at the casino. He knew all the dealers and the TD real well. He actually took the chip lead from her, then ended up losing in a couple tough beats. It was good stuff.

Anyway, more tomorrow on my $2/$4 limit experience down there. I will tease Klopzi and Hoff with this. I was easily one of the top 3 players at each of the tables I played at, over the course of the 8 hours I played. They will know too, I am pretty humble about my poker playing level (I pretty much suck), so that should tell you something. BIG different between online and B&M games. At least the $2/$4 limit tables, which are the lowest stakes game there is. More to come.


At 2:47 PM, Blogger Klopzi said...

Sounds like you had a good trip! Wish there was a casino somewhere near me...

I got my ass kicked at $1/$2 this weekend, so feel free to start teasing me about the $2/$4 whenever you're ready.

At 10:44 PM, Blogger iamhoff said...

I did ok on the .25/.50 rings, but the SNG's kicked my ass this weekend. The bankroll is on life support. Let the teasing begin!

At 10:31 AM, Blogger drewspop said...

hey hoff, my new game (basically for clearing raked hands at Interpoker, via Klopzi pimping, of course) is 15c/25c PL Omaha Hi/Lo. I am gonna post about it when I get more time. Big pots and real loose. I don't even know what I am doing really and winning some cash, while clearing hands like a champ.

May your bankroll survive with some bonus whoring action!


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