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Sunday, June 3, 2012

The State of South Florida Poker

After three days of poker in the Fort Lauderdale area, I'm beginning to form an opinion on poker in south Florida. And it ain't good. Thus far, I've played at Gulfstream Park and Mardi GRAS. I won't be heading back to Gulfstream. Mardi GRAS, however, has a decent room. If only the players weren't the most miserable collection of fucks I've every met... Seriously, over the past three nights, I've heard more arguments over wait lists, table changes, people refusing to show hands, and allegations of collusion, than I've heard in two years playing elsewhere. It boarders on unpleasant to even play. And, speaking of play . . . Again, miserable. At least half of every table is shortstacking with $50 to $70.... And the shortstacks LOVE to shove. They'll shove pocket 66... They'll shove KJ off... They'll shove 89 suited... And, they will ALWAYS find at least one other shortstack who will call them down. It's just gambling... It ain't poker. Feeding the misery are the numerous high-hand promotions at these casinos. Half the table seems like they just want to sit on $30 and wait for a high hand. This, as you can imagine, does not lead to good poker. I'm still not quite sure how to play here. I've been playing super TAG and waiting for my spots. I've been refusing to gamble with these folks. The results have been three winning sessions - all relatively small wins, though ($163 last night was the biggest). Also playing short sessions because I get bored after just a few hours of this crap. Last night, I made most of my profit off two hands - first, after an UTG limp, I raised to $7 from middle position with 33 and got a call from UTG and the big blind. Flop was AT3. Big blind donk bets $10, UTG (who has about $200) raises to $25, and I three-bet to $65. Big blind only has about $70 and shoves. UTG folds. I call the couple extra bucks. Big blind tables AT and the board runs out KQ.... Second hand I three-bet an $8 open to $26 with KK and get a call from the button. Flop is K92 rainbow. I'm out of position on the flop and try to get trappie . . . We check the flop.... We check the turn . . . Finally, I over bet the river -$65 - and get called. Villain mucks. I had KK a second time. I opened to $10 and got called by one of the high-hand chasers. He's sitting on about $50. Flop brings an A. I check. He fires $25. I fold. He proudly shows his AT. An Ace? I'm SHOCKED!!! Well played, sir.... By far the most awesome thing about S.Fla poker was the Al Pacino wannabe whom I sat next to Friday. He had three rings on his fingers, each of which was an actual hundred dollar bill which he had folded into a ring. It was classy, yet full of win. I took pictures of his hands. How could I not? I'll post when I get back to DC... PPP

3 comments:

  1. still, if housing is cheap, id be better off there.

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  2. The negative atmosphere sounds like it would be a challenge...

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  3. When the games are no longer fun, I leave. Of course, if the table was soooo bad and I was up several buy-ins I would stay ... he he.

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