Saturday, December 8, 2018

I have Ay, Ay

I was going thru my old notes and came across a poker session that I thought I had already posted.  I think it's from early April of 2016.  I started my blog right after that and probably just forgot to write it up.  The session is from the Maryland Live! poker room.

I started the session with $200 and worked my stack up to $250-$275 range.

I get dealt Q-10 versus the big stack.  The flop is 10-4-6 and he bets.  I call and am pretty happy to see a Q on the turn.  He bets again and I call.  Looking back at it now, I should have raised.  The river is a 9 and he bets again.  I call and he says, "I have nothing."  But instead of folding, he turns his card over, J-8.  The dealer and I immediately see the straight.  The guy apologizes and I kind of believe him.  I guess if I had said two pair after I had called, he would have mucked his hand.  After that, I was down to $160ish.

A young Indian guy sits down in seat 1.  He had three black chips in his hand.  A chip runner came over and gave him $100 in red chips.  He put the redbirds in play and the black chips in his pocket.  Over the next 90 minutes he lost three $100 buy-ins.  I benefited $80 from his generosity.  He left the table and returned with a crisp $100 bill.  I won another $50 or $60 after he moved all-in with A-Q and I called with pocket aces.  That was his last hand.

Few orbits later, I bet $11 pre-flop with A-10.  There were two callers and the flop was A-8-6.  I check in early position and a middle-aged Asian guy bets.  The other player in the hand folds.  The turn is a 6 and I check-call $40.  The river is an 8 and I check-call $40 again.  He says with an accent, "I have ay...ay."

I start shaking my head thinking he said ace, ace.  He shows his first car, an ace.  I find it kind of strange because I'd expect him to turn over both aces at the same time.  Now I am thinking he said, "I have ace, eight" which also is a full house.  Then, reluctantly, he shows his second card...a 9!  I scoop in disbelief.  I guess he was trying to say he just had an ace.

Later on, I was dealt pocket kings and pocket jacks and won about $25 each time.  I cashed out up $325.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Dover Downs: The Finale

This is the last story from my trips to Dover Downs poker room between August, 2012 and January, 2014.

Dover Diaries: Part 14 - January, 2014

By late August of 2013, Maryland Live poker room was up and running.  This was the main reason I had stopped going to Dover Downs.  I made one more trip in late January to cash-in two small NFL parley tickets my buddy had placed earlier.  And, I wanted to use any comp dollars I had left on my card.

They had a 1 pm tournament that typically attracted 50 to 70 players.  But since Maryland poker rooms opened, there were only four tournament tables prepared to deal.  I decided to join.  The buy-in was $80 and there were 33 players.  The payouts were $1035 for first, $470 for second, $282 for third, and $94 for fourth.

The starting stack was 8,500 chips.  I folded my way to the first break.  I was down to 6,200 and saw the flop with K♠-8 versus one guy.  The flop was 8-5-2.  He bet and I moved all-in.  He called with 6-4.  The turn was the K and the river a heart.  He raised his arms and said Yes!  At the same time, I jumped out of my seat with my arms above my head because I realized that the king of hearts on the river gave me a full house!  What a hand.

The next hand that comes to mind was 7-2 in the BB.  The guy in the cut-off called and we saw a 7♠-5♠-2♠ flop.  He bet and I called as he mumbled, no more spades.  The turn was a red card and he bet.  I moved all-in and he folded.  I had 25,000 chips going into the second break.

We reached the final table before the third break.  We drew for seats and I ended up in seat 3.  We were down to seven players and I had only played five hands.  A young black guy, in seat 10, bet.  I looked down at A-9 and moved all-in for 20,000.  Everyone folded and he counted his chips a few times.  He said that I had been folding a lot and folded saying he had A-K.  Kind of hard to believe he folded that strong of a hand but maybe.

The very next hand, I got dealt pocket tens in the SB.  It got around to the same guy and he bet 3,400.  It folded to me, and I moved all-in.  He was the only one left in the hand.  I could tell he was not happy.  He said that I was trying to push him around and that he'll get me!  He asked the dealer for a chip count and she said it was 25,000 total.  He says he has K♠-J♠ and thinks that his hand is good.  In an angry tone, he said that if I do that to him again, he'll call no matter what he has and that he won't let me off the hook!

I sat there not saying a word during his whole speech.  Believing that he had K♠-J♠, I said, "Why wait until next time, call now!"  That comment definitively got to him because within five seconds, he called.  He did have K-J.  The board ran out x-x-x-Q-x.  The queen on the turn deceived him for a second and he thought he had caught a pair.  I doubled up to 52,000.  He did say nice hand as I stacked my chips.  That hand crippled him and he was knocked out shortly after.

Later on, I was dealt A-10 and took it down after a 10♣-10-2 flop.  My stack reached as high as 62,000.  When we were down to five players, the short stack went all-in for 20,000 and I picked up 6-6.  The big stack called and I decided to fold.  The short stack flipped over 5-5 and the lady with the big stack had A-Q.  A queen came on the board and we were in the money!

I had 42,000 out of 280,500 chips in play when the four of us agreed on a chop.  The big stack took $525 and the rest got $425 apiece after tipping the dealer.  I was a bit surprised that the top two stacks agreed on a deal but happy they did.

And with that, my poker trips to Dover Downs ended.  I did go once more to watch a NASCAR race (you can read about that trip here).

Friday, November 30, 2018

From Free Entry to Final Table

Dover Diaries: Part 13 - August, 2013

After winning a free entry into a $95 buy-in tournament (see previous post), it was time to head to Dover and play.  The tournament ended up attracting 69 players and the starting stack was 11,000 chips.  Total prize pool for 8 players was $5,175.  After just two orbits, I was moved to a new table.

First good hand that I played was pocket jacks.  I bet pre-flop and on the flop.  One player called.  The board was 5-5-10-7 and I bet again.  He moved all-in and I called.  He showed 6-4 giving him flush and straight draws.  The river was a red ace and I won.

With A-Q, I bet pre-flop and a lady tagged along to see the 5-4-9 flop.  We both checked.  The turn was a black queen.  She bet, I moved all-in, and she called.  The river was the 7♣ but it did not help her.  I raked in the chips and went to first break with 33,000.

I didn't record any important hands thru the next break.  Coming back from the third break, I had 31,000 chips.  After another orbit, a lady bet pre-flop and got one caller before it got to me.  I looked down at pocket jacks and moved all-in.  She called with A-K but didn't improve.  That got my stack up to 57,000.

With 16 players left, I was dealt 10-4 in the SB.  Two of us saw a 10-4-K rainbow flop.  He bet and I raised enough to put him all-in.  He thought about it and eventually called with K-8.  I was on a roll.  My stack had grown to 250,000, roughly one-third of all the chips in play, by the time we got to the final table.

Down to eight players, a short stack bet pre-flop and I raised to 50,000 holding pocket eights.  He only had 42,000 total and called with pocket tens.  It was all going according to his plan until the eight on the river.  A chop was proposed with six players left.  I was the chip leader with 300,000 chips.  First place was $1,505 and second place paid $960. I ended up taking $1,065 plus another $95 tournament entry.  The other five players walked away with $765 each.

What do you think, was it a good chop?