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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Same Shit, Different Weekend

The title says it all.  It's a rough life; but someone has to live it.
 
I left work Friday afternoon at 1:30.  I waited for a minor diversion, and then bolted for the elevator to make a quick escape.  I was in AC by 6:00.  My buddy Jimmy C. was coming to town Saturday afternoon to watch the college games and enjoy adult beverage, so I figured I'd monkey mash as much as possible Friday night.  I immediately hit the 100-Hand Bonus Poker and ended up $280 after an hour or so.  Several flopped flushes and two flopped AAA within 10 minutes paved the way to a profitable session.  
 
Around 10:00 I hit the poker room.  First hand, barely in my seat, I look down at AQ UTG+1 and raise to $12.   I get 5 callers.  Of course.  The flop is KT4 (two diamonds).  I decide to check and see if I can get a free card.  Besides, with $75 in the pot, a C-Bet would have to be in the range of $50, and someone must have caught enough of that flop to call a bet.  Seemed like a bad spot for a semi-bluff.  So, I check and it checks around.  The turn is a J hearts (putting two hearts on the board as well).  Clean living.  I lead out for $65 and get two callers.  Praying for anything black.  River totally blanks.  I lead out for $150 (a little more than half the pot).  After a quick fold, the button tanks, but ultimately folds.  Up a quick $120 or so after a hand.  Nice start.
 
Ten minutes later, I flop another Broadway draw, this time with KQ.  This time, I'm in position, and continue my preflop raise with a healthy C-bet.  Both players call.  Fuck. Me.  However, the T on the turn completes my nut straight.  I barrel ahead, and after a fold, shortstack shoves for $35 or so on top, which I snap off and scoop another nice pot.  Up.  Nearly $300 in 15 minutes.  And then . . .
 
. . . the wheels fall off.  This time, my train wreck comes in the form of three flopped sets, each of which gets cracked by the biggest donkey at the table.
 
SET #1:  I'm sitting on just under $300 with TT.  I raise to $12 and old man numb-nutz calls.  He's sitting on about $80.  Flop is xTx (all hearts).  I bet $15.  He flats.  Turn blanks.  I bet $45, he shoves, I snap.  River blanks.  He shows the flopped flush.  Good game.
 
SET #2: I'm sitting on a little over $200.  I pull JJ and raise to $12.  Numb-nuts, having lost most of what he previously won from me, is sitting on about $100.  He flats.   Flop is xJx (all diamonds).  I lead, he flats.  Turn blanks, I bet, he shoves.  Yep, lets do this again . . . I call.  River blanks.  He shows J4 diamonds.  Well done.
 
I reload for another $100, and proceed to win a couple of decent pots . . .
 
SET #3:    Once again, its numbnuts and I.  I pick up 88 UTG and raise to $12.  Numbnuts flats.  Flop is AJ8 rainbow.  Wow.  Finally.  Good sign.  I'm so relieved, in fact, that I check to numbnuts, who bets $15.  I put him on an Ace, and figure he can't get away from any top pair here.  So, I check-raise to $40.  Numbnutz calls.  This is where I win it all back!!!! Turn is a K.  Yep, it's getting scary again.  I bet out $80.  Numbnuts shoves.  This again?  Really?  It's another $120 to me, and I call.  River is a Q.  Really?  AJ8KQ?  Really?  Numbnuts flips . . . you guessed it - AT.  Good game, sir.  Time for a shot of Patron.
 
I hit the bar, and then decide to call it a night.  Up $280 at Money-Mash-Party-Time.  Down $255 at a game of skill . . .  Story checks out.
 
***
Saturday morning, I get up around 9:30, grab an omelet at Sammy D's, and hit up some sweet, sweet VP.... and I win another $100 . . .  I'm unarguably talented at pressing buttons.
 
Jimmy arrives at 1:30, and we cab over to Toga Bar at Caesars for some college football.  From Toga, it was off to Harry's Oyster Bar at Bally's.  And from Harry's, it was off to the AC Irish Pub.  And from the Pub it was off to Land Shark Bar.  And from Land Shark Bar we went over to Showboat to catch the end of the Penn State game.  As an aside, Jimmy is a member of the Penn State Athletics Hall of fame.  I'll let you decide what sport this drunk fool (with beer dripping down his shirt) use to play:
 
 
                            [Jimmy at the Shandygaff, State College, PA, circa 1995]
 
After a 4-overtime win, it was off to Mortons for fillets and Cabernet (we went with a bottle of Silverado 2008).  After Mortons, it was off to Amada at Revel for some adult beverages (we were still thirsty).
 
After Amada shut down, we decided we were ready to get some gamble on.  Not wanting to walk very far, we settled for a single-deck game next door at Showboat After Dark.  We played an hour or so, had a few beers, and each won $100 or so.
 
Then it was back to Harrah's.  We both had to be up fairly early to make the 2-hour drive to the Meadowlands for the Jets-Steelers game at 1:00.  So, we intended on making it an early night.  And, after another hour or so of black jack (during which Jimmy made another $100 and P3 broke even), we heading back up to the room . . . at 3:00 am.
 
***
 
I woke up at 7:15 Sunday morning.  Thanks to a splitting headache, I didn't even need the alarm.  It took an hour or so to motivate and get out of the room.  We filled a laundry bag with ice from the ice-machine, and fled.  We hit the swamp at 12:30 and immediately cracked some cold beers.  Hair of the dog was my only hope at feeling human again.
 

After watching 52 minutes of Gino being Gino, we decided to split.  Jimmy was headed back home to the wife and kids.  I was heading back to Harrah's for one more night, having decided that the office must be deemed closed on Columbus Day. 
 
I arrived back in AC by 6:30 and tried to Rally.  But after dinner and the first half of the Cowboys game, I decided to pull a Demarco Murray and call it an early night...
 
***
Having taken it easy Sunday night, I found myself up by 7:00 am Monday morning and feeling great.  Not ready to leave, I went back down to the Casino to monkey mash a bit more.  I put $100 in the 10-handed VP machine and promptly lost it all.  I proceeded to the Platinum Hits machine, which has treated me well in the past:
 
 

I quickly hit 7 quick hits (sadly, not at full bet), and won $100. 

I went back to the 10-hand VP machine, figuring it must be ready to pay off.  I put in the $100 voucher, began pressing some buttons, and shortly thereafter, was out $100.

I moved back to a the Platinum Hits machine.  I put in $100, and started betting $1.25 a hand.  I got down my last $2.00, and hit the bonus - 15 free spins.  Timely.  I won $280.  Not looking to push my skill luck, I decided to call it a trip and hit the road.
 
-P3
    
 

17 comments:

  1. Still bitter I didn't make it up this weekend .. sounded perfect all around .. sorry about your J-E-T-S, well not really ... by the way, I am guessing there was a J in there somewhere on the first hand because I KNOW your style .. if not, nice bluff ..

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    1. Nice catch. There was indeed. The turn was a J (not a T). Correcting now!

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    2. Screwed up the final hand as well . . . River was a Q putting 4 to the str8t on the board, and his T completed his Broadway . . .

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  2. No Dealer's Angel? No Miss Kitty?

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    1. No Dealers Angels machines in AC. And, Harrah's removed the Miss Kitty. Damn Gary Loveman!

      Also, looks like Harrah's was removing the 100 hand VP machines Monday when I was leaving. Pretty soon, Borgata will be the only place with 100 hand VP in the entire city...

      The casino's should just install paper shredders...

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  3. P3 seems like you need to stick to mashing buttons. Poker tip: Quit for 2 weeks then quit for good. MASHING BUTTONS is your calling.

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  4. no, home depot this weekend? shocking. so i guess the stripper pole is on hold. RATS

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  5. also, i am guessing johnny's sport at PSU was advance mosh pit dancing. team captain. looks like he is moshing to some BLACK FLAG or BAD BRAINS mayb.

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  6. Ug... You run terribly! 2 coolers + a 4 outter on the riv? Yuck.

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  7. Set #2....How does he have J-4 of diamonds when the flop was x-J-x all diamonds? Crappy run either way....RUN BETTER!!!! lol

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  8. Loosing to numb-nutz three times in NUTS! As we know somedays they have our number.

    Nice run on the more skilled games where you run super good.

    I need your recommendation(s) on machines at MD Live. Let me know which ones I am looking for and their location.

    Last time I played on the King Maker machines near the Noodles place. Hit this while waiting for my food order:

    $25c Dueces Wild. Max play as usual.

    Board: 4h X 6h X 8h, I lock the h's and redraw, voila 4h 2 6h 2 8h. Lunch all paid for.

    GolfPro

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    1. GP. I usually play the bar top games at the bar by Rams Head. Or the 100 hand machines in the corner of the casino by Phillips Seafood. That corner has almost every variety of VP you can think of.

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  9. Was in Philly for business this week and on the way back Thursday decided to stop at MD Live. Played in the 150 Bounty tourny. $50.00 bounties. There were over 206 entries, including re-entries, prize pool was over $16,000 I got my buy in back with bounties, but finished 70ish or so, paid only 18. Look forward to playing there again.

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    1. I wish they ran some of those less expensive tournaments on the weekends. I think Del Park's schedule use to be perfect... Lots of tournaments between $110-$150 range, with the occasional bomb mixed in.

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    2. I still have a hard time spending $300 on a buy in. Would rather take my chances playing cash for that amount

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    3. The Monday and Wednesday noon events are gaining popularity.
      The buy-in is $80. I don't expect them to run anything smaller during the weekends.

      Sunday is a good value, but, as you said 300 is too much to invest.

      Tuesday 7:00 PM is the only one that is worth the money/blinds and the buy-in (150 BI, 10K SS/30 rounds and 8K GTD).

      GolfPro

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    4. Yeah, unfortunately, I can't play during the week. Frankly, with the wait lists for $1/2 on Saturdays, I haven't tried to play at all recently . . .

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