Went to Charles Town on the Fourth to check out the new poker room. It was . . . a new poker room . . . Yes, they added 20+ new tables which should eliviate the typical massive waitlist. Although, when I arrived at noon, I still had to wait over an hour. You see, in addition to new tables, you need dealers. A fact apparently lost on the poker room staff at The Chuck. Indeed, there were at least 7 tables empty in the new room, and 20 or so emply tables in the old room. Yet, there were 52 on the $1/2 list, 22 on the $2/5 list, and another 20 or so on the $3/6 limit list. Frustrating to say the least.
As for the room itself . . . it's a poker room. I mean, after seeing the room the Golden Nugget built at the Marina in AC, and after playing at Revel, it's hard to get excited about what Charles Town did. The new[er] room at Del Park is far, far nicer . . . Hell, even the poker "space" at Sands Bethlehem feels nicer. But, if the room eventually results in a reasonable wait time, I'll start heading back to WVA for cash games.
Had an interesting hand during the session. By way of background, there were two massive stacks at the table when I sat down. Both around a grand. And, both players were absolute maniacs, who had apparently been trading chips for hours. On one hand, Maniac 1 called Maniac 2's preflop three bet to $30. He then called a $50 flop bet on a dry board. The turn was an apparent blank, but put up a second heart. Maniac 2 bets $125 and Maniac 1 calls. River is a heart. Maniac 2 bets $200 and Maniac 1 min-raises to $400. Maniac 2 calls. Maniac 1 tables AT hearts. Yeah, he had Ace high - and was in on the hand for $205 -- until he caught runner runner for nut flush. Um. OK.
So, about an hour into the session, I'm sitting on about $305 and in early position. I look down at 99 and make a standard Charles Town raise to $10. Maniac 1 calls in middle position along with the Button.
Flop is J 7 2 rainbow. I lead for $17 and get called in both spots.
Turn is a 2. I lead for $65. Maniac calls and Button folds.
River blanks. I have just over $200 behind.
Now, frankly, I have no idea where maniac is. He could have a J . . . he could have 7 . . . he could have A-high. I have no idea. What I am fairly certain of, however, is that if I check and give up the lead, maniac is going to fire a HUGE bet here. I decide the best approach is to put up a "blocker" and I bet out $75. If I'm repopped, I'll fold and still be sitting on $125. I mean, I don't want to get stacked with pocket 99's for f*cks sake . . .
I bet out $75 . . . Maniac calls . . . I table . . . he mucks . . . I breathe again . . .
I'd love to hear how others play this hand against this type of villain.
P.S. I overheard Maniac telling his end of the table after the hand: "I put him on AQ . . ."