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Christmas Eve

I'm giddy as a school kid on Christmas Eve. In less than 6 hours, I'll be on my way with Dave Roose and Randy Hole to the happiest place on Earth...Atlantic City! How exciting!

The plan of attack is to make it to AC by 7pm so we can enter the $40+10 tournament at the Showboat. If we miss that, the plan will be to enter the $40+10 at 10pm. I recently spent some time on the telephone with the floor at the Showboat poker room. I'd rate it as one of my favorites because of their great tournament structure ($50 gets you 5k in chips with 20 minute levels) and the high-styling of the House of Blues-themed room. It's less House of Blues and more class act, with dark wood, spacious interior and large open entrance. The games are a bit thin, mostly just 2/4 limit and 1/2 no limit hold'em, but the players are a nice range, if a little tilted toward the fish side of the talent scale. Its also relatively safe from cheaters, and big time sharks considering that it is next door to the Trump Taj Mahal, which contained the largest (and dirtiest, and allegedly cheating-est) poker room in Atlantic City prior to the Borgata's new expanded 85-table room.

Just typing this is making me excited. Poker poker poker. At least for tonight. Oh, and tomorrow morning (11am $40+10 tournament as well). Once the rest of the crew rolls in on Saturday afternoon (Robbie Hole is expected at about 2am), the poker will likely be supplanted by booze (and poker). Thankfully, this crew is a gambling lot, for the most part, so getting my fill shouldn't be too difficult. Of course, we have a lovely dinner planned off of the Boardwalk (stupid Boardwalk restaurants are all full), but then we shall return to the hotel for the, um, entertainment. I think they ordered a clown or magician or maybe a chick who will take off her clothes and do stuff to another chick. I'm not really sure, but any of those are a possibility.

What more can I say? It'll be poker, booze, and strippers, the trifecta of AC vice! Is there any reason NOT to be excited. I can't think of one.

Not to be outdone, I've also booked a room for the Bash at the Boathouse. The plan is to split the room with TripJax, who has already booked his flight. It's all coming together.

AC in 5 and a half hours, the Bash in a month and a half! Until then, make mine poker.

posted by Jordan @ 9:20 AM,

6 Comments:

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous kipper said...

20 minute levels...

That sounds like a turbo SnG....

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...

20 minute levels are fairly standard for cheaper casino tournaments. The real beauty is the 5k in chips, when most places give 3000 or so. The Hilton has 30 minute levels for their cheap tournaments, but aside from them 20 is standard.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger chipper said...

Atlantic City sounds like fun. Tip a few strippers for me! Tell em Chipper sent ya!

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger C.L. Russo said...

Oooo, a clown! That sounds like fun!

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger Chi_Town said...

Have a great time... the cursed Chicagoland casinos have $25/$50 starting blinds with only $2500 chips, and 20 minute levels... It is brutal (I think the Hollywood river boat in Aurora has only $1500 starting chips for the SnGs on Sunday... but $2500 for the MTT on Wednesday).

Me no like...

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Defend the Blinds said...

20 minute levels is standard. It's a mad dash for dead money in the first few levels and degenerates into a pushfest or striking a deal if you get down to the final table. good luck.

I played a $50 MTT at the Aladdin in Vegas where it was 1500 chips, 20 minute levels, and 15-30 starting blinds. By the time I reached the final table I had to push with any two.

 

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