Hot and Heavy

The Final Table $1,000 Guarantee, +$200 for 1st (6,000 chips)

A very appealing tournament, with the house adding $200 to first place. How can you not afford to play it?

I came in hot a few hands into the game with 4x9x making a straight and taking a couple thousand off of one of the players at the other end of the table. Then I lost it all on the next hand hitting top pair on a Qx6x4x board when I ran into QxQx. I re-bought just as JB sat down on my right in the #1 seat.

As more players arrived, I was moved to an expansion table and settled into my normal rhythm of ups and downs. I had about twice the average stack of 8,000 at the first break, then added on for another 5,000. Post-break, post re-buys, I was slipping and down to around 12,500 when I picked up TxTx as BB and pushed over the top of a large pre-flop raise by SB. It was a race between my tens and his AxJx and he caught it on the river to knock me out.

Three hours and twenty-five minutes. -100% ROI. 24th of 38 players.

D’s Dealer’s Choice

Probably the less said about tonight the better. I did introduce a couple of new games to the mix:

  • Juarez. Double-flop, double-turn, single-river Pot Limit Omaha 8OB.
  • Double-Barreled Shotgun. Limit 5-Card Draw with betting rounds after the third, fourth, and fifth cards are dealt, after the draw, and after each player-selected card is exposed.

That last comes out of Poker: The Nation’s Most Fascinating Card Game, published in 1950 by The United States Playing Card Company of Cincinnati.


There’s a chance that I might be playing some non Texas Hold’em poker in the next week so I thought I’d play a couple of different games without putting up any actual cash first. Did a 5-Card Draw Limit game where I increased my chips by 20% in about twenty minutes and then a truly bizarre Omaha Hi-Lo No Limit game where I bought in for 300 chips and left the table twelve minutes later with 16,924 after  winning two low pots and two high pots.

Just to see how that might translate into real money, I put $4 onto one of the 2¢/5¢ tables. Six hands later I left with $6.36. I’m going to have to explore this a little more at another time.