This year I've only played about 20 hours at the MD Live poker room. I probably wouldn't have played that many if I didn't get free slot play from The Streak bonus. I decided to drive up and put in a session while the $1000 (every 15 minutes) high hand promo was going on.
The lady at the podium sent me to a table on the second floor and I was dreading going up there. Out of all the session I've had at MDL, I can't recall any where I did very well while playing on the second floor. I've always preferred the first floor. I climb up there, settle into seat 6 and prepare for battle.
I see the flop with K-Q and so does one older guy. The flop is 10-K-4 and he bets $10. I call and the turn is a blank. He bets $20 and I call. The river is a J and he bets $20 again. This smells like a weak K-x so I raise to $70. He says he thinks I caught a straight but calls with 10-10. Down to $100, I start to think that I'm the sucker at the table.
Few orbits later, I make it $20 with A-K in the cut-off. Four of us see the flop. The flop is magical...A-K-K! We check it around. The turn is a 3s and I bet $10. Only seat 7 calls. The 8s on the river brings the third spade onto the board. I move all-in and he calls. He shows 3-3 and I increase my stack to $270.
The guy in seat 7 leaves and a southern guy, about 40, takes his seat. He asks the dealer a few questions which give away his casino poker newbie status. Wouldn't you know it, I get into a hand with him shortly after.
I call his small pre-flop bet with A-9. The flop is A-7-7 and I think that my kicker might be too low. He makes another bet and I call. The turn is a wonderful 9. He makes another bet and I call, planning to raise him on the river. Inside, I'm just yelling for the dealer to put out a low card. The river is a Q and he bets again. I doubt he has a 7. I was 99% sure I would raise him but the darn queen stopped me in my tracks. I make the call and he flips over A-Q. Back down to $165 for me.
I win few small pots and then with J-Q see the J♠-7♦-4♦ flop. I bet $10 and get one caller. The turn is a Q♣ and I bet $15. He calls and we see the 2♠ on the river. I bet $50 and he calls. I show and he mucks. This gets me back to $270.
The big hand of the session is a blur. I saw the flop with seat 3 and seat 5. I don't have notes on the exact betting sequence pre-flop and on the flop. I do remember that seat 5 bet $40 on the turn and I debated calling. In the end, both of us called. The river brought the K♣ and seat 5 led out for $50. I raised to $120 and seat 3 called with 7-7. Seat 5 folded showing only a 3.
Going into next year, I won't be getting any free slot play thru The Streak promotion since I didn't play 100 hours of poker this year. With that being said, this was probably my last hurrah at the Maryland Live poker room. What a way to go out...