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Saturday, August 20, 2005

A Monster Birthday Bash

My sister-in-law, Kathrine arrived in Vegas today to celebrate her 21st birthday. Several years ago when we planned this trip, she wanted to party like a rock star and hit all the clubs all night long. Now that she’s here….she only wants to play poker.

I have two VIP nights comped at the Stratosphere and two at the MGM Grand. I took her right to the poker room at the Stratosphere and set her up in a game. We were playing No Limit Hold’ Em, $1 & $2 blinds. She only brought $130 for the weekend and bought in for $100 at the Stratosphere. She won a couple pots and was up about $80 when she lost a pig pot with pocket kings and was back to her original buy-in. I took her out to diner and then we headed over to the Sahara so she could play in the ring game and I could play in the tournament.

We both bought in for $100 while I waited for the tourney to start. This was a loose table to say the least, people were calling $12 blind, calling $30 and $40 bets on a draw. We were either gonna make a lot of money, or loose a lot. Kathrine was involved in a big hand where I watched her call off all her chips with AK, the other guy had pocket threes, Kathrine hit an Ace on the turn to double up. Whew, I thought she was going to go broke. A little later Kathrine is in the BB and one of the loose players raises all in for around $200 with AQ, the next guy calls for about $200 with AK. I’m looking at Kathrine who is only in for $2 as the big blind, I’m thinking fold….fold…this is day 1 of your Vegas trip and I don’t want to have to cover you for the entire rest of the weekend. She calls and turns over pocket Aces and takes down a $600 pot. Shows how much I know, I don’t think I’ve ever raked a $600 pot.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Birthday Bash on Hold

Flew into Las Vegas today for the weekend, I promised my sister-in-law, Katherine, that I would take her to Vegas for her 21st birthday….which is tomorrow. So here I am. As luck would have it, her plane was delayed, so she won’t get in til tomorrow. So I headed over to the Sahara Hotel and Casino to play in their $40 buy-in NL Hold’ Em tournament. Just under 200 participants, mostly beginner or intermediate, a few regulars. I do pretty well in the Sahara tournaments, last time I was in Vegas I played in 9 tournaments finishing in the money 4 times…including winning it twice.

I was sitting next to this pleasant South African fellow, he won a big multi-way pot early, flipped the dealer a green $25 tournament chip for a tip and started to gather up his chips to cash out. We were cracking up while trying to explain to him the concept that this was a tournament and he could not cash out.

I managed to make it to the final table, second in chips when my monster pocket aces ran into pocket jacks and got cracked when a Jack hit on the flop. I was cripples after that and went out in 10th place. In the money, but a disappointing finish.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Poker at the Showboat

Welcome to the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The Showboat has a brand new beautiful new poker room, and I participated in their inaugural tournament kicked off by WPT Champion Paul Darden, and Erin Ness. The showboat has about 15 tables and runs a variety of games including a juicy 1-2 No Limit Hold' Em. The poker room is on the second floor, across from the buffet and new House of Blues event center. The Showboat has undergone quite a renovation including the hip new House of Blues Casino, and a HoB restaurant.

The tournament was a standard $50 Buy-in with about 75 participants. Rounds were 20 minutes with ante's after the third round. With 4 tables left I found myself a little above average in chips with about 15K. I have A-Q off-suit in the big blind and call a raise from the button, the SB calls too. After an Ace hits on the flop, I raise, the button, who is about as obnoxious as they come, goes all in for about 15K. The SB thinks for a long time and the button tries to goat him into folding. He turns over 1 ace and the SB finally mucks pocket 7's. The floor man gave him a warning for showing his card calling it a bush-league play. He argued claiming he won a bracelet in 2004 and that was a play the pro's use. Apparently not at the Showboat, plus this wasn't a heads-up situation; this was a three way pot. I call and have him out kicked. The turn is a 7 which sends the SB off flying. I eliminate the obnoxious a-hole and the table applauds as he departs.

I made it to the final table near the chip lead. I took two players out with pocket 8's, got them a third time and went up against the Hilton sisters woops lost half my stack. I wound up finishing 6th for $210.

The Showboat will host a WSOP Circuit event the first week of December, where the main event will only be a $5000 buy in. They will of course have satellites leading up to this event.

I highly recommend the new Showboat Casino poker room in Atlantic City. The room is beautiful, the staff is friendly, and the fish tank is full.