Hurricane Poker

Last night I wnet to a home game near my girlfriends house. I wasn’t sure if I was going to go because there is a big Huricane headed towards Houston. Hurricane IKE is set to hit on Sat so i wasn’t even sure the guy would host a game. I called him up to make sure he hadn’t canceled and I headed to the game. I was running a little late because I was helping my girlfriend prepare/move stuff inside for the hurricane.

Hurricane IKE

Hurricane IKE

I get there at around 8pm and they haven’t started yet so I guess I am not late. Another late player soon arricves and we start playing. The game is .50/$1 and this  group is weak tight so i decide to buy in for $80. I pick up some chips early and am at around $100 after a few hands. I am bluffing more often just because they underbet the pot and fold to aggression. About an hour in I get QQ in MP and make it $3 i get 3 callers including the BB. The flop is 7h6h2d and the BB bets $4 into the $10 pot I make it $16 and she moves all in for another $40. i have a read on her that she is a LAG who playes a wide range of hands. I think i have the best hand and must be fading a flush draw especially since I have 2 black Queens. I call and she shows 7sTc and I feel much better the turn is a Q and she is drawing dead.

I win and lose a few medium pots and then i get involved in a big hand. a new player raises to $6 UTG the player to my right calls and I call with 99. the flop is Jc9s8s UTG bets out $6 other player min raises to $12 i cold call the $12 (I should have raised to $50 looking back.) and UTG calls. The turn is a T and both players check so I check. the river is a 3 and the MP bets $5 so i call. He shows 88 for a flopped set and I show my higher set.

I cash out $175 at 11:30pm when everyone breaks to eat. I had anouncced at 10pm that I would leave at around 11pm but still someone gave me a hard time for cashing out. When I was invited to play I said I was not given a set end time but I do understand at a home game you shouldnt hit and run. But I was there almost 4 hours and it was close to midnight and they had a full game. Players had arrived late and a player took a break to go somewhare and was coming back at around 11:30. Anyways I stayed till 2am the last time I played and left up both times. I gave notice this time and stayed pretty late. I guess next time I get invited i will ask the rule before I come.

Foxwoods Lock In

So it is my last night in CT, I have a 10am flight in Providence and my mom works 9pm-5am at Foxwoods. So instead of her driving an hour home then 2 hours back in the morning I decide to go to work with her the go to the airport when she gets off. I walk around the poker room for a while deciding what to play.

I am usually good at SNG’s and they only run till 10pm so i decide to play in a $100+$20 before they shut them down for the night. I get started and fold every hand in the first 15 min level, in the second level i limp once with QsTs in LP  after a few limps and the BB goes all in for 1100 so I fold. I am down to around 1700 feom the starting stack of 2000 and we have lost 1 player. one player limps in EP i get JJ in MP and make it 400 and get 4 callers including the button who looks like he wanted to reraise me PF. the flop is 9h6h3s I bet 700 and I am called by the button who seams pained ove the call. the turn is 7s putting 2 flush draws on the board. I act 1st and push my last 700 in and he thinks for a while and calls. He shows KK and I lose another SNG in level 2.

I decide I have a lot of time to kill so I walk the casino replaying that hand and I wanted to check out the new MGM tower on the otherside of the Foxwoods complex. After my journey I decide I want to play some limit holdem and sign up for 4/8 I also add my name to the 4/8 Omaha h/l interest list. before I can get a LHE seat they call the Omaha game. I sit with $180 and I am a little nervous because I have never played Omaha in a casino just a few home games. I play a few too many hands early get low then i get involved in a few big pots that I scoop or split. The game also had a Half kill if the pots were over $80 and scooped but it was rare in this game. I end up ahead even though i ran into Quads near the end for a big pot and I tried to raise with AAQQ DS and missed the flop compleatly. I cashed out $250 when the game got 4 handed and broke. Not bad for my first live Omaha H/L session.

My mom got off work at 5am went to Mohegan Sun for Breakfast and watched my mom play a few slots before heading to the Airport.

No Set No Bet

I have been in CT for a few days with my family and I decided i need a night out. My Mother and  Grandmother were headed to Bingo (not my idea of fun) So i called up my friend Tom and asked what he wanted to do? I suggested The Bar, Casino,  or chill and drink at someones house. He said that he wanted to check out the new Mohegan Sun Poker room ….who am i to say no…LOL.

We get there around 11pm after a heated political disusion on the ride up there. We get on the list and after a short wait we both get $1/$2 NL seats at different tables. I buy in for $120 (60 BB) I like to buy in for  this amount because I can easily get it all in with big pairs and I can still see some cheep flops with pairs and suited connectors in LP. My table is wild and I see room to make money but when a seat opens up at Toms table I decide to move so we can play at the same table.

I get there and about 10 hands later I pick up KK in the SB a player in MP opens for $10 everyone folds to me and I make it $30 he goes all in for his last $60 and I snap call. He shows JJ and my KK holds up. I am now a little over $180.

About an hour later I get pocket 5s on the button in a multiway pot and I call the $2 the pot is $12 and the flop is Kc8c5c checked to me so i bet $10 EP player min raises to $20 and a MP player cold calls the $20 I decide to call the $10 and see what the turn brings. The turn is a 2c putting 4 clubs on the board the EP check raiser leads out for $15 the MP player looks like she wants to raise but just calls the $15. The pot is now over $100 and it costs me $15 to try to boat up. So i am getting 7/1 on the call and I have a 4/1 chance to hit my hand so I call. The river is a K the ep player checks the MP player goes all in for $30 and I call to try to induce some actions from the EP player but he folds. I table the boat and she shows Ac7c for a flopped flush. I knew she was strong when she cold called the flop but she played it to slow and got beat.

A few tables break and a new player comes to our table. The new player has exactly $100 and raises to $12 from MP I call from the BB with QsJs and a limper calls. The flop is Qh9s5s I check to the raiser who bets $25 the EP player looks like he is going to fold so i push out a stack big enough to put him all in. He tanks for a bit asks if I have AQ? then calls me. I table my top pair good kicker and flush draw. He says I need runner runner spade or 2 pair. no more spades and I win the hand. I wonder what he had he must have had As9x or something like i guess.

I am now up over $300 I win a few more small pots and cash out at 3am at $360.

CT or Bust

I recently went home to CT for my cousin Elena’s wedding and to visit with my family. I wasn’t going to fly in for the wedding so my mom was the only one who knew I was coming into town so I was going to surprise the rest of my family.

I also took this opportunity to check out the new poker room at the Mohegan Sun Casino. I arrived at the airport at 10am and was at the poker room by 11am. The location and layout of the room was real nice except for the spacing of tables (very close together). The room and staff are very new and you can tell. Over 90% of the dealers where slow and lacked confidence in what they were doing and the rules. Even though they were not that good yet they were very friendly and were not offended if you corrected them. I played about an hour of $1/$2 NL and decided to play a $75 SNG. I thought  they called my name for the SNG and left my  seat to cash out. I then realized that the sng was not full and I had to wait about an hour to play. I played some video poker in the slot area while i waited and won about $10 before my game was called.

I dont have much to write about the sng as i only lasted 30 minutes. At the 50/100 level I raised preflop in late position with AJ to 400 after a weak player limped and I got 3 callers along with the limper. I had  1700 to start the hand and everyone had me covered. the pot was over 1600 and the flop was J94 rainbow and  two players checked to me so i move all in for 1300. I get 2 callers and they check it down as the board comes rag rag. I table my AJ thinking i am good but no the limper had 44 for a flopped set and I am sent to the rail.

I join my mom in the pit and we proceed to run up $85 at the BJ table to $300. We then decide to play Roulette, Pi Gow, Caribbean stud, Big Raise holdem, and Three Card poker to leave empty handed. It was now 2am and time to head home. Like I said earlier i was going to surprise the rest of my family so I decided to get to let everyone sleep and wait till the morning.

The next morning I heard some people leave and I went downstairs to see my Grandmother at the kitchen table. She had to look twice but she was happy to see me and I think it was a great suprise for her.