Pub Fiction

Last Saturday was my friend Cristy’s birthday. She lives in the downtown area and wanted to go to Pub Fiction. My friend Nigel works there part time and I tried to reserve a place for her party. My friend dropped the ball and we had to sit in the bar area, but it wasn’t that bad.

The dress code was the biggest problem, I wore a collared shirt, jeans and tennis shoes. They said on weekends you cant wear tennis shoes but the let me slide. They let you in with T shirts and girls can wear flip flops but god forbid you wear sneakers.

They have a pokertek heads up poker game and I wanted to try it and play against Nigel. But Nigel never showed up so I had to take on my girlfriend Jennifer. It cost $4 to play and you start with 10,000 in chips and the blinds start at 100/200 and increase every 10 hands.

I got off to a small lead early raising from the Button and betting flops. But then I went card dead as the blinds increased. Jennifer took a 14000 to 6000 lead with the blinds at 1000/2000. I was on the button and pushed with Q9s she called with 98o and the flop was T73 I knew before the turn card hit she would hit her strait. And there it was a 6 on the turn and a T on the river Crushing my dreams and sending me to the rail.

It wasnt a bad game and I am sure you could place side bets to make it more interesting.


Paying Attention Costs Nothing

I have been reading a lot of posts on 2+2’s forums especially the Brick and Motor (Live casino play) section. I noticed many players have questions about rulings because a player bet the wrong amount or flipped their cards up at the wrong time or some little error that cost them money and/or caused a floor person to make a ruling.

In most of my replies I just say so and so should have won/lost the pot and end with “paying attention costs nothing”. I feel that if you dont pay attention and make a mistake you should pay for it then maybe you will learn not to do it in the future because you remember you lost money last time you did that.

The most common is betting out of turn, not seeing someone bet or raised, throwing out the wrong amount or number of chips, mucking cards when you have a winner or a tie without tabling them.

As a dealer I see these errors all the time, most of the events I deal are for fun or are friendly home games, but I try to enforce the rules as if we were at a casino.

Players need to learn to pay attention at the table so it does not cost them money or arguments at the poker table.