3 Posts in 1: 3 Days Of Rain, 3 Days Of Poker! (NH-ME) “DAYS 317, 318, 319” – 5/17/11 – 5/19/11

May 20, 2011 - 11:42 am - (NH) “DAY 317” - Week 47 - State 43

When I woke up today I saw the same thing that I have seen the whole time I’ve been in New Hampshire... RAIN!  Ahhh!  I don’t hate rain but when you are in outdoors state, it kinda limits the things you can do in a day.

I know you can still hike, bike, fish, etc... but when those things aren’t your favorite things to do to begin with... the rain makes it an absolute no go.  So, with nothing to do, I sat down on the couch and got to writing.

Searching For Charity Work
Since I don’t have any volunteer work lined up for the week, I also took some time out of the day to do some searching on the internet (and Yellow Pages) for a charity organization in the area.  But after looking around (and I found a bunch), nobody answered the phone and as of today (Friday), nobody has returned my emails either.

Finding Another Poker Room
With nothing do and nowhere to go, I decided to search the internet to see if there was more poker rooms in the area. The reason I had to search for another poker game is because the Dover room I have already played in is closed on Tuesday & Wednesday.

Then, after a quick search I found another poker room called ironically enough... The Poker Room.  This poker establishment is about 30 minutes away from Scott and Amy’s house in Hampton Falls, NH.  Since that’s not a bad ride, that’s what I’m doing tonight.

Driving To Hampton Falls, NH
It was around 7:30 pm when I left the house and started to drive to Hampton Falls. (I left at that time because there was a tournament that started at 9 pm and I didn’t want to miss any hands.)

On another note and I’ve already explained this a little in other posts this week, where I am in New Hampshire is almost like being in Maine.  The border is less than 2 miles away and for example, during this drive to Hampton Falls, I drove half of the time in Maine in order to get there.

The Poker Room
The ride wasn’t bad and 30 minutes later, I was parking the Rooster mobile outside of The Poker Room.  From the outside, this place looks real nice as it reminds me of a big lodge.  And, the inside was even nicer as it had a full casino as well as numerous poker tables (probably 30+ tables).  I like this room! 🙂

F.Y.I. - Even though they had blackjack, roulette, and other casino games you could still only bet $4 a hand.  That’s the rules here in New Hampshire.  A maximum of $4 is all that could be bet at one time unless you’re in a poker tournament.  Then, it could be whatever amount minus the 22% the house takes for charity. (It’s 22%, not 25% as I wrote the other day.)

9 pm Poker Tournament
Here’s the need to knows.  The tournament was $40, there were 26 people entered (I think), 4000 in tournament chips, 10 minutes blinds (turbo), and no re-buys or add-ons.

Since it’s Friday right now as write this, I don’t remember all the hands I played because all I have done since Tuesday (the day I’m writing right now) is play poker.  I’ve played in 6 tournaments and a few cash games so all I’m gonna do from this point out is tell you what I played in and the outcome.

What I do remember from this tournament is that I made it to the final table but I didn’t cash.  I think I took 7th and they only paid the top 4.  I was short stacked and got knocked out by blinds basically.

Playing 2-4 Limit Hold’em
Now, I hate playing 2-4 limit because the nickname of this game definitely rings true.... No Fold’em Hold’em. 😉 (Normally everybody calls you all the way down to the river with whatever two cards they have because it’s only $2 or $4 more.)

So, generally you have to just have the best at the end and not care what you have the whole way through because you can’t push anybody off a hand.

Making Some Money $$$
Although I may be blurry on the tournaments I played in because there were 6 of them, I do remember this first night playing in a cash game because it was a wild 2-4 table. When I say wild I mean that there was a lot of raising and re-raising on each bet.

Anyway, I only bought in for $40 and because of the madness of the table (people calling pre-flop with 7,4 off and such even when it got capped), I was able to turn my $40 into $114 before I cashed out my chips when the night ended. (The room closes at 1 am.)

I did get run down a few times but since the pots were so big and I only played premium hands (I didn’t waste $2 or $4 calling with fair hands), I kept my profit margins up and cashed out of this game up $74.  It’s not a huge win but in a 2-4 limit game you can’t expect much more.

Back To Amy & Scott’s
I stayed at The Poker Room until closing time and then drove 30 minutes back to the house. (The ride isn’t bad at all.)  Anyway, I knew Scott would be sleeping when I got in, so all I did was be as quiet as possibly as I found my way to guest bedroom to pass out.

Tomorrow, my plan is to go back to The Poker Room early in the day and play in as many tournaments as I can.  I know it will still be raining out and since Scott’s works all day and Amy is in D.C., poker is the way to go, I hope. 😉

Thanks for reading!

May 20, 2011 - 1:25 pm - (NH-ME) “DAY 318” - Week 47 - State 44

Today was almost a mirror image of yesterday except I didn’t have to find out where a poker room was and I got to “The Poker Room” (name of the casino) much earlier in the day.

Before I left though, I did sit down in the living room and get some writing done although I didn’t finish a complete post.  I had to leave when I did if I was to make it to the first tournament of the day which started at 3:30 pm.  Oh yeah, I also drove around Maine a little bit checking out the state but since it’s raining there isn’t much to do or see.

The Poker Room
I wrote a little about the place yesterday as I told you about the games they offered (all casino games and poker with the normal NH rules of $4 per bet except for poker tournaments), but today I want to talk about how friendly and inviting this poker room is.

For starters the whole room is full of regulars so even though I only played here yesterday for about 5 hours, I already know people here and they even greeted me when I walked in.  So cool!  These Red Sox fans aren’t that bad in New Hampshire. 😉

And then the employees of this casino (charity room) are really nice and accommodating as well.  They also remembered me (the dealers, security, and the cage) and even told the owner about my journey.

F.Y.I - At some point in the night one of the owners (Tony) approached me and gave me a T-shirt for the road. That’s really cool of him as I am only here for a few days.  Thank you my man!  🙂

Tournament 1 - 3:30 pm
The need to knows: $40 entry, 10,000 in tourn chips, 31 players, 4 places paid, 20 minutes blinds, no re-buys or add-ons.  As I wrote yesterday, I have played in so many tournaments (6 of them) over the past 3 days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) that all I’m gonna write about them is the info and how I did.

Just like yesterday, I played well in this tournament and made it to the final table.  Now, I don’t remember all the hands I played but I do remember that with 7 people left the table agreed to a modified chop where the top 6 would get paid instead of the top 4 (5th and 6th would $50 each).

So, all I had to do was make it one more person and I’d at least make $10 for my time.  I did end up in the money but got eliminated in 5th.  Not bad, but not what I wanted.

Tournament 2 - 7:30 pm
After leaving to get dinner at a sub shop down the street, I returned to The Poker Room to play in the 7:30 pm $50 NL tournament.  The need to knows:  $50 entry, 20+ people entered,  20 minute blinds, 6,000 in chips, and no re-buys and add-ons.

I didn’t do well in this tournament as in the first few hands I got beat with pocket Ace’s and got most of stack taken from me. (The lady who beat me had a set of 5’s.)  I played tight from there on out but got knocked out with still two table left.

Tournament 3 - 9:00 pm
My final tournament of the day was the 9:00 pm turbo tournament I played in last night.  There wasn’t many people in this tourney as the 5:30 and 7:30 pm still had a lot of players in it, so I think there was just 16 people entered.

The need to knows: $40 entry, 16 people entered, 4,000 in tourn chips, 10 minute blinds, no re-buys or add-ons.  I played better in this tourney than the last, but I didn’t make the money again.  I made it to the final table which wasn’t a big deal with only 16 people entered and finished in 6th.

Cash Game 2-4 Limit
Just as I did last night, after the 9 pm tournament ended for me I took out $40 and bought into a 2-4 limit cash game.  Now, this game wasn’t as wild as last night but I still made some money as I played tight as my hands held up (for the most part).

I left the table when I was up $90 which was exactly what I lost in the two tournaments I didn’t cash in.  So, for the day I was up $10 but after tipping the tournament dealer $5 of it, I made a grand total of $5 for my efforts.  Well... and I made it another day without losing anything. 🙂

Crashing At Scott & Amy’s
Just like last night I didn’t get back to Scott and Amy’s until after 2 am, so again I quietly walked through the house to get to the guest room so I didn’t wake Scott who was already fast asleep.  That was my day... Rain and Poker.

Thanks for reading!

May 20, 2011 - 2:16 pm - (NH-ME) “DAY 319” - Week 47 - State 44

Again, I woke up to rain and again... I played poker for most of the day.  The only difference between today and the previous two are that today I’m not driving through Maine to Hampton Falls as I’m gonna go back to Dover Bowl where Sharky’s Poker room is.

F.Y.I. - The Poker Room in Hampton Falls is a much better room in every way (from the amount to games to players to atmosphere and so on).  But, the Dover is 25 -30 minutes closer and since it’s still nasty out, I’m gonna play there tonight.  Plus, I don’t mind the room or the players in Dover, there’s just not as many options.

On another note, Amy is suppose to come back to New Hampshire sometime in the evening (her flight kept getting delayed so it changed throughout the day).  So, since Scott & I didn’t know when she would arrive and she didn’t either, that’s another reason why I went to local poker room instead of the further one.

Sharky’s Poker Room In Dover Bowl
As I’ve already written, this room isn’t as nice as the one in Hampton Falls but it isn’t bad if you like playing poker close to home. (This was a very local game as everybody knew everybody except for me.  It would be like a home game in NJ with a bigger room and more tables.)

Tournament 1 - 6 pm
The first tournament I played in was the 6 pm.  Here’s the need to knows: $5 entry for 1,000 chips or $25 entry for 6,000 chips or $45 entry for 10,000 chips, re-buys allowed for an hour, 1 add-on at the end of first hour, 20+ people entered, 20 minute blinds (I think), and top 3 paid (I think). (I bought in for $25.)

Anyway, I played OK poker but after a string of second best hands (Q,J loses to K,J with a jack on the board and so on), I was eliminated right before the first hour ended.  I didn’t buy back in because there was some huge chip stacks at the table and I didn’t pay more money to be short stacked.

Tournament 2 - 8:15 pm
This next tournament was a $40 NL tournament with no re-buys or add-ons and 20 minute blinds.  There were 13 people entered and you started with 10K in chips.

This tournament I played my best poker in yet but I still couldn’t win it as one hand knocked me into a 3rd place finish (I made $70).  I again didn’t lose on the day as the $70 win covered the cost of both tournaments and my tip to the dealer for taking 3rd. (Actually I was down $2 after tipping, I gave 10%.)

Back To Scott & Amy’s
It was 11:30 pm when I got back to the house and when I walked in Amy wasn’t home yet.  Scott thought I was her as he was waiting up for her and 2 minutes later, Amy arrived.

So, for the next hour or so the three of us talked in the living room until they went to bed for the night. (Amy did a lot of traveling today and was beat. I, who travels the country homeless doesn’t know how she does this every week.  It’s a long commute.) 😉

After they went to bed, I sat up for a little while longer uploading and filing pictures so that today (right now) I could write all three posts into one.  Mission accomplished!  I’m up to date.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Dad says:

    Poker, Poker & Poker. A win is a win, no matter how big or small. Tomorrow is another day.

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