Bar-Room Free-Roll Bingo-Poker
Played in the Hard Times Café free roll tournament tonight. The Hard Times Café is a little bar/restaurant/pool hall in town. It’s actually a pretty nice place, not at all run down or creepy. Fredericksburg is a college town for Mary Washington University, and a lot of the players were from the university. So it’s Bingo Poker at its best. Any face card would warrant an all-in by some people. Trick was to figure out who those players were and wait for a good hand to engage them.
About 6 tables started, we got down to three tables and I found the hammer as the small blind. With one limper, I called and the big blind checked. Flop was 7-7-Q and I had people betting in to me. Turn was the case 7, still betting in to me I pushed after the river and got called by A-Q. I announced “The Hammer” as I showed it, that should teach ‘em not to limp in.
As we got down to two tables, the quality of players was improving. I limped in with 6-7 clubs hoping to connect on the flop. It came 10-7-3 with two diamonds, he bet I called. Turn was another 10, he checked I checked. River was the 7 of diamonds giving me the smaller full house. I bet out 4x the BB and he pushed all-in. He had me covered so if I call and loose I am out of the tournament. I started talking and asked him if he had a 10. I said “I bet you don’t have a 10 because you would of bet on the turn with trip tens, I bet you made a flush”. I called and he flipped over Q-4 diamonds and I took most of his chips with my boat.
I made it to the final table as the chip leader and managed to retain them til the end. Yes I won the free-for-all free-roll bar-room bingo poker tournament. Not sure if that makes me a fish. I got $25 in gift certificates for food or beverage at the Hard Times Café, and invited entry into the regional championship bar-room poker tournament coming up in December.