A Poker Tournamnet & The Buffet! (MO) “DAY 186” – 1/6/10

January 7, 2010 - 3:50 pm - (MO) “DAY 186” - Week 27 - State 25

I woke up this morning and since it was my last day in this my room, I had to figure out where I was gonna stay come tomorrow.  I normally live in the moment, I mean always live in the moment, but the day before I know I have nowhere to stay, I start to get my wheels churning. 😉

Anyway, I had ton to write today (KU game, “Rooster vs. Food”), so I decided that all I would do today is play in a poker tournament (1 pm) and write my Wednesday post (1/5/11).   Believe it or not... those two things took up my entire day and night.

Poker Tournament - 1 pm
I wrote for a little bit but before I knew it, it was almost 1 pm.  Time for some poker!  (I had already bought my entry around 11 pm from the cashier’s window ($50).  Since I was already in, I just went to the poker room and drew my seat for the tournament.

I’ve already played in this tournament so I know all the details.  But as a reminder, here they are: 2000 starting chips, 40 players entered at $50 per person, regular blinds, no-rebuys or add-on, and the top 5 get paid.  I think that sums it up. 🙂

1st Hour
For the 1st hour, I played tight (shocker) and didn’t get involved in that many hands.  My table had a bunch of regulars who all knew each other, so I wanted to see how this game was gonna be played. 😉

Anyway, by the time the first break arrived, I had about 5,000 chips (doubled up with pocket Ace’s).  At this point in the tournament, we were already down to just 23 people and I was moved to a new table.  I didn’t mind, I could use better cards. 😉

2nd Hour
During this hour, I made a few moves and got a few hands.  I didn’t kill the table but the hands I was in... I won.  By the time this hour ended or was close to ending, we were at the final table.

Final Table
The final table holds 10 people and I’d say I was 6th in chips, but 3rd-9th weren’t that far apart.  (We had two big chip leaders and 1 real small stack.)  Anyway, the blinds were big and people were going All-In but nobody was getting busted!  Damn!

F.Y.I. - I want people to get knocked out so I can make it into the money.  My chip stack isn’t that big where I can make a mistake.

Well, a mistake didn’t happen but my pocket 10’s got beat by (A,K) on the river (an Ace hit!).  Ahhh!  This hand didn’t knock me out but it did seriously dent my chip stack and now I was one of the short stacks at the table. 🙁

Form this point on, I was just in survival mode as I knew any bet I made was getting called, so if I was gonna be in a hand, it would have to be All-In.  I played tight and when I pushed (called by 2 people), I got lucky and hit a straight in the river (gut jack, I had A, 10).

Nice!  I’m alive.  But barely, the blinds are 1000-2000 and I only had 5300 in chips.  I just folded as much as I could and next thing I knew, there was only 6 of us left.  I’m one away from the money!  The guys here all pay the bubble ($10 per man), so I was guaranteed my $50 at worse.

Getting Knocked Out
I’m glad they paid the bubble their $50 back because the very next hand, I was dealt (A, Q) in the big blind.  Somebody at the table pushed All-In on me and I called.  The All-In better had...pocket Ace’s (A, A).  Ahhh!  I’m dominated and got knocked out in 6th place.

Getting A Room For Friday & The Buffet
It was around 4 pm when my tournament ended and for the rest of the day/night, I really didn’t do to much except write and eat at the buffet.  Not to exciting...  Well, I did also get another night at Harrah's for same $33 I've been paying per night.  Not bad a Friday night but I couldn't get Saturday. 🙁

Anyway, the buffet was good as always and is definitely worth the money to me ($17).  For starters, I get a great meal with everything I ever wanted to eat. (And tonight they had also prime rib as one the meats.)

Plus, even though you’re not supposed to take food with you when you leave (it’s frowned upon ;)), I usually find a way to take some dessert and sandwich to go when I’m finished.  (A late night snack for a guy who is hungry and poor, is that that bad?) 🙂

Anyway, like I said, I didn’t do to much and finally finished writing/posting sometime after midnight.  Yeah, it took that long!  Ahhh!  Well, that’s it for today.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. DAD says:

    A win”s a win no matter how you slice it.
    I enjoyed the last few days almost as much as you.

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