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The Wrap Up (AC Trip Report Pt. 4)

I'm sick of writing about this trip already. Day 2, and we woke up about 9:30 or something. By the time we got to the Taj for the 12:15pm tournament, it was about 11am. The buy-in was $50+15, with 101 players. 18 spots paid out, but 10-18 only got their buy-in back. At this point, I only had losing sessions, so I needed something to turn around. Roose, Hole and I were separated to different tables. At my table was the usual assortment of players, including a guy who I immediately buddied up with. I can't really explain it, but when I'm playing poker at a casino, I tend to unconsciously choose one or two people to be my poker buddies. The day before, it was Pops and Angel, two old guys at the NL table. This time I chose Dustin, a younger guy who seemed to be from the same place as me.

I played a hand early and took down a pot by raising players out. The next hand, I look down to see 24s. I decided to limp, as I wanted to go on a streak, and I knew it was a hand that I could get paid out on if it hit. About 6 other players were in the hand. The flop was 49T, rainbow. I raised in early position, and Bill Murray-look-alike called. I was worried until the next card came out...4. Three of a kind?! I knew Bill would have no clue what I had. I pegged him at first or second pair. I raised the pot, and Bill called. On the river, a blank, I raised 1500. Note that we started with 5000. Bill called and I took down a huge pot. A little while later, I see Hole stand up at his table. He was done first out of the three of us. He wasn't getting any cards, and, knowing Hole, he was probably giving good action.

I continued playing relatively tight. I was moved to another table, ironically next to Dustin again. Thats where I discovered that he went to the same high school as me. Small world. I can't say much about individual hands, but I started going the way of Broomcorn's Uncle (i.e., I was losing my stack due to blinds and antes). I loosened up a bit and made some plays, but at this point my stack was too short to push anyone out. I made some opportune all-ins to steal blinds and antes, which kept me healthy for a while. Dustin and I were split up, and I realized we were down to 5 tables or so. I continued my tight play, but eventually had to make a move. The blinds were 800/1600, with 200 antes. I had about 3200. I pushed UTG with A3. I was called by an Indian dude who was playing anything. This time, he had A8. Damn. Thats all she wrote. I estimate that I was out in the 30s. Not too bad, but not a win. I outlasted Hole and Roose (I never saw when Roose busted out), which was some accomplishment because both players were putting me to shame at the ring games the day before.

On the way home, we were all in a gambling haze. It was a great time. I lost about $200 on poker, and my year to date is -79, which is atrocious. As with my Vegas trip, once I got home I didn't want to do anything poker related. Its kind of like leaving a buffet and being full for a day. It lasts a bit longer, though. I'm finally getting back into that loving feeling, so maybe I'll play a bit tonight.

I'm looking forward to getting back to the Limit Challenge. I don't want to play any serious stakes for a while, but I'll probably be singing a different tune in a few days. That's all folks. Thanks for reading. Holla Back!

posted by Jordan @ 8:14 PM,


At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep it up buddy i love reading about my self the best but reading about you is ok......i was laughing the HOLE time i was reading about AC

At 3:28 PM, Blogger STeelerJosh said...

Nice report, getting to live vicariously in AC is always fun, and cheaper than losing my own $$$!!

Sorry to read that you are down, but I gotta believe that we are all getting better by writing, playing the limit challenge and acknowledging that we have a lot to learn. I took a bad turn on the 1/2 tables (6 max, staying away from those for awhile) and I am back to the .50/1 tables for $20-$30 bucks. Anxious to get back to 1/2....just not short handed. For NL, I think shorthanded is good. For Limit, no fun.

Good luck beating DNasty!!

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

Thanks for commenting.

I'd write more about you, but I don't want to trash you in this forum. Actually, the truth is, at AC you were the luckiest guy ever...for the first day. I kid you not when I tell you that Dave and I were playing a 2/4 limit game, and Hole disappeared for 10 minutes. When he returned, he had an additional $80 or so, which he won from a Wheel of Fortune slot machine. He disappeared again a while later and came back in 5 minutes with another bundle of slot machine cash. Add that to his amazing run on the 3-card poker table, his mini-run on roulette, and his poker winnings, and its damn near absurd. Of course, AC always takes her money back the next day, but you still left with a profit. Plus, it was awesome hanging out. You and Roose always help me keep my head when I get upset over poker.

True enough man. I must be getting better, right? I better be, since I've actually been on an overall losing tear since starting this damn site. Shake it off, Jordan, shake it off. Good luck with the .50/1. I can't even get there, so I have tons of respect for your successes so far. And tell DNasty that I'm gunning for him. BOOYA!


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