1st Day of Charity Work! (DE) “DAY 4” – Poker Stories Too! “DAY 4” – 7/8/10

July 8th, 2010 - (DE) 4:40 pm "DAY 4"


I made it to hot yoga today and I wish I didn’t!  Not only was it harder today... no that’s it.  It was just harder today.  I am feeling better though... well, after I’m done.  But while it’s happening I’d rather be bathing a 700lb woman who hasn’t showered in months.  (to my 700lbs female fan base...JK 🙂 ) It’s that hard for me in my present shape. (pear shape that is!)


After yoga I went to Delaware Park Racetrack and Casino to get some action.  I tried to get into 1-2 NL game but there was a long list so I played 3-6 limit.  I bought in for $100 and 2 hours (2:30pm - 4:30pm) later I cashed out with $114. Hey, I’d take a win over a loss any day but it does feel like I wasted my time a little. The most I was up was $55. and the most I was down like 5 bucks.  I played tight, didn’t get many hands, but at least I didn’t take a bad beat. 🙂  It’s all good, as the mighty Arnold said... “I’ll be back!”

Charity Work

Waiting outside before service.

I had to get up from table because today is my day to give back to America.  My volunteer work to help the homeless/hungry was at a place called Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington, DE.

When I arrived I didn’t know what to expect. This is my first non-court appointed community work. lol JK 🙂


The first thing I had to do was sign in.  Then I got ushered to where I would be working. It was in the kitchen with Ed, he runs the show there.  He set me up with everything I needed to know, which was... serve the corn stupid!  JK  Seriously, Ed was a real cool guy and made me feel right at home.

Me "Rooster", Ed, Ray

Working next to me was nice guy named Ray, who has volunteered there for about a year ever since he retired from a pharmaceutical company.  His wife plans on joining him after she retires this year.  It was cool to meet a guy who was there just cause he said he has had a good life and feels he should be helping others.

I’m not Nostradamus but there is serious problems here in America.  While I was there we served well over 100 people including about 10 children.  Man, it is so sad to see how many people are hungry while food goes to waste everyday in every restaurant in America.

sunday breakfast mission wilmington de

The first wave of people.

I didn’t know it would affect me so much but it has and I am looking forward to my next stop to do more.  Also I hope people that read this will realize they can help to.  How often do we (as a

sunday breakfast mission wilmington de

Ray and Me "Rooster"

whole) waste food, money, resources, I know I do a lot.. and I’m poor.  Just a thought.

Anyway, I’m off to meet Jake (old high school friend) at a different casino (about 1 hour away) in Harrington , DE.  I have known Jake for most of my life and this should be a good time.  Now lets get a run of cards please!!!!

July 9, 2010 - (DE) 4:20 am "DAY 4"

Harrington Racetrack and Casino - Its dark!


It's already 5:02 and I have to be up at 9am to make it for the last poker tournament this week at Delaware Park Racetrack and Casino (they only run tournaments M-F, 10am.)

I have poker stories to tell from my evening at Harrington Raceway and Casino in DE.  As well as some Black Jack stories! Oh No!  But they will have to wait til after the tourny in 5 hours! I need sleep!

A little teaser... I did come out ahead!

July 9, 2010 - (DE) 12:37pm “DAY4”


I’m awake, showered, and ready to tell some poker stories.

By: Mike Buszko (Thanks Pal)

Here we go...  So I went to Harrington Raceway and Casino last night to meet Jake as you know.  (Jake didn't want his picture taken so we'll put up the Rooster caricature)  It should have taken me an hour except GPS sent me the wrong way at first.  Yeah, GPS sent me over the Delaware Memorial Bridge.  I knew I was going the wrong way but it was to late, I was committed to go back to NJ before I turned around and started in the right direction.  So frustrating!!!

Tony - served me my 1st drink of the trip!

Anyway, I finally got there after 2 plus hours.  My friend Jake likes to play Blackjack and when he does, well... he kills it!  So the first thing we did after getting a drink (my 1st drink of the trip) was hit the Blackjack tables.

I didn’t play, I just watched Jake while I made a scene at the table.  After about 30 minutes or so I decided it was time for me to gamble as well, so I hit the poker room.

Harrington’s poker room is nice enough, they have 10 tables and the players didn’t seem that good. (I had to wait for a seat and watched a few games for 20 min or so.)

Interesting tidbit of information, at Harrington’s they give you a buzzer to let you know when you’re called, like at a restaurant.  It’s cool cause you don’t have to be in the immediate area to get your seat.  Also, the buy in limits are between $60 - $200 instead of the usual amount of $60-$300.

Anyway, I finally got called (buzzed) and sat down in the 9 seat with a $130 buy in.  The table was relatively short stacked except for one guy (5 seat) who had $1,200 or so in front of him.

The first hand I got was A - 6 off and I limped in for $2 bucks.  I folded after the flop. Not much action there.

A few hands later I got pocket 4’s (4,4).  There was a $10 pre-flop raise and I obviously called.  The flop came 4H, 6H, 7H.  I

Harrington Poker Rules (It was very dark in there.)

flopped a set (that means 3 of a kind) but there was 3 hearts out there so I slow played the flop to see what came out on the turn.  The turn: 7D .  I have a full house.  Nice!  The exact card I wanted besides a 4 of course.  The better lead out with $15 and I raised him $40 on top.  He called, I put him on a over pair.  The river... 7S ! (The board: 4H, 6H, 7H, 7D, 7S ) .  I knew I got counter-fitted, damn!  He checked the river, I checked back.  He had pocket 8’s (8,8) and I lost to a higher full house.

The good news was, I sniffed out the hand and left myself with half of my stack or so.

Fast forward 30 minutes.  I get pocket K’s (K,K). I’m in early position so I raise to $13.  The gentleman to my left snap called it as if he was gonna raise himself.  I put him on (A, Q ).  I thought he had that hand cause he didn’t raise back and called so quick.  I knew I had to avoid an A.

The flop QH, 10D, 6S.  I lead out with a $25 bet and he pushed all in, exactly what I wanted.  I said to the man “Ace - Queen no good”, as I called and flipped over my Kings.  He reluctantly flipped over his A,Q.  The turn, 6 H, river.... (you already know...) Ace of Diamonds!  F%$K!

The cards obviously weren’t going my way so I knew it was time to take a break.  I didn’t buy back in and went to find Jake. (When the cards are running like that, you have to take a break.  One, you can go on tilt and start playing badly and secondly, sometimes it’s just not your night.)

So... I walked to the blackjack table where Jake was sitting.  As I arrived, he hit a run.  In a few minutes he turned $100 into a lot of 100’s.  We were having fun as I was talking it up at the table. Screaming MONKEY! Every chance I could.

After 30 minutes or so, a generous man who was listening to my story donated $100 to me.  I would have a picture but he wanted to remain anonymous and didn’t tell me his real name either. Woo Hoo! Thank you anonymous dude!

Me "Rooster", Heather, Jay

Since Jake was playing BJ, I decided to play with him for it could be the last time I’d see him in a year.  Sitting at the table with us was a real cool couple (Heather and Jay,).

The shoe started hot as Jake and I both started with blackjacks!  It stayed hot for me as I got the donated $100 up to $250.  We continued to play until Jake took a bad hand and decided it was time to go.

It was fine with me, Jake was leaving a winner (small winner) and I cashed out of the BJ table with $170.

So even though I lost $130 in poker, I still left the casino plus $40.  It wasn’t the way I wanted to win, but a win, is a win, is a win!

Thanks for a great night out Jake! See ya in a year, I hope!


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