Friday, March 17, 2017

Hollywood Columbus Trip report

Blog Trip Report. (guest post by Ray)

Starting out in Cleveland, I began by picking my old friend Tony Bigcharles at Cleveland international Airport. He had a long week in Florida, and was very tired so we (He) decided to only play for a few hours in Cleveland. The Casino in Cleveland is in an awkward location downtown. I would recommend that anyone who plays poker on a regular basis go there, but if your in the neighborhood go check it out. So we ended up there about an hour, I got very lucky and made a nice score. Tony held his own and made some quick scratch for a nibble at the local KFC in the rougher part of Cleveland. After TBC had a nice warm helping of food he snuggled up in my back seat for a nap while i drove the turnpike 2 hours home. Once we hit Toledo i gave him a choice of Toledo or Detroit to play. He chose Detroit. So we went up north another hour to play at Motor City (Which by the way is the best action in Michigan i've seen). I think he won a few bucks there i can't remember, but he fared well for the amount of traveling he did and how tired he was. We took off from there and hit a private charity game by Detroit Metro, the list was to long. Tony don't like waiting, it is not his style. So we took off again, he fell asleep i ended up taking Ann Arbor way home and hitting Kroger to buy Tony snacks and goodies. I grabbed us mini carrots and apples and protein bars. Tony then slept in my room by himself, which i give him every time he comes, while i sleep in the other room.  he woke up like then thirsty dogs after a coon hunt ready to play in Toledo. I think he made a nice little score there, and started on about Columbus is the place to be we need rest. So we took off to my pad and he hit the bed and was up again for work on Saturday, he started by playing a little in Toledo. It was early Sunday morning so instead of sleeping i grabbed a quick tank of gas and hit the road to Columbus. We arrived around 7 am. he wanted to find certain hotels i kept driving around so he could see different things in Columbus. We then hit the poker game at Hollywood Columbus, it was a decent little morning for him, he hit 2 drawings for a hundred a piece called a "Hot" seat drawing. The table where they draw the seats get a hundred a piece and the winner gets like 250. After we played there long enough for the room to let us check in we hit a La Quinta. There was a very very very cute Mexican woman working. She let have it early and we went to the room and crashed. We both woke up, then hit the road and drove by a few more potential places to stay. After Tony had decided where the next week long room will be we hit the Casino for round 2. The game was tight, back n forth struggle for chips. Columbus has some good games and some tight nitty games. No biggie its like that everywhere now a days. 

We kept hitting the casino to log hours for the promotion. The promotion has you receiving cash back for playing from Sunday at 6 am. to Friday at 6 am. If you play 15  hours you can get 50 dollars cash back, 20 hours is a 100 cash back, 25 hours is 200, 35 hours is 350, and 45 hours is 500. This is good incentive for players to play longer sessions on their slower days during the week. So Tony and I kept on hitting the game after we slept here and there. It is was a very sketchy sleeping schedule.  In between playing this week Tony kept up with a friend named Jeremy from Twitter that told us about some great games at Shark Tank. This is a local room in a shopping complex in Columbus. It is strictly just poker, they have several different games including 1/2 no limit hold em. 15/30 round by round with a full kill. The round by round is like the good old days, one round of hold em, one round of Omaha high only, then one round of Omaha hi/low 08. So one evening me and Tony went for a drive he used his maping system on his phone to help me find my way there. We walked in the room and it seemed to be a nice place to play. If your not a yearly member you pay 20 for that day to play of course this is good because there is no rake on any games. When we left there we came home to get rest for another day at work logging endless hours in a 1/2 game for the weekly salary we are now eligible for. 

During our sessions me an Tony have only played at the same table a few times. During one of these times we did end up involved in a hand together. Tony was on my left and someone made it 12 after me and tony called the 2, when it became my turn to act i took it up to 25 and it was now on Tony to act. He sat and thought about it for a few seconds and threw it away. The original raiser then acted and put me all in which was a great bet by him. The hand ended up where i had an AQ, the original raiser had AK, he had me dominated. The flop came 9 diamonds, 9 hearts, 10 of hearts. Me and the original raiser are all in and the only ones in. I am ready to re-buy and Tony is yelling that he folded a JQ of hearts. As Tony was saying this the K of hearts hit the board on the turn. He then became extremely anxious about how i made him throw away a straight flush in the biggest pot our table had in hours. I was more worried about how i made a bad move and had to re-buy another hundred. Just as i pulled out my wallet the black J hit the board giving me broadway and escaping with a pot i had no business winning. Tony was very very disappointed i raised him out of the hand with that hand because i hadn't played a hand in a long time. He was putting me on KK or AA i am sure. 

Now its weekend time coming, and questions are everywhere on what to do and play. Columbus isn't like the old days in the early nineties with all the Roman Catholic church festivals that we could come down and play Stud and Omaha at. Its was a great action town for years. But in all Tony and I are both up and expenses are eating my profit. He is doing better down here than me. But we still need to make better scores soon. 

I am not sure what Tony is thinking next, will it be Shreveport, Vegas, Reno, or even Boston. I just don't know and neither does he. The next blog we can talk about Jesus Christ more, i apologize to those that do know Jesus and didn't hear me talk about him on here.

----the above portion of the blog was written by Ray---

today i would like to share with u one hand history. i won my biggest pot of the day on this, but feel i misplayed the hand by not shoving the turn. i didnt really wish to add in more variance, when up for the day biggest win in days of poor luck. I had AK and called someone elses $12 preflop raise, as did one other guy. flop comes K69 with 2 spades. the preflop raiser bets $25, the other big stack calls, and should i raise here? i called, worried the original better might have AA KK or the chop. theyve both seen me try to bluff a few times, which were pretty much the only reason id been up over $200 tonight. Unlike what i told sickcallmcgee, the games are very nitty most of the time. the promotion is the reason. it will loosen up over the weekend, when hours do not count. turn comes 7 of clubs, he bets $60, the other guy calls, i dont shove like im probably supposed to with my last $200+ but only call. i worry someone might be waiting on me, expecting me to. not him but the other big stack. river comes 2 of hearts, total blank. they both check, and i sit thinking, wanting to bet, knowing they might put me on a bluff, but worry theyre sandbagging. i finally check. original better raiser insta mucks without seeing my hand. must of been on draw. i show ak and its good, other guy must of had like KQ? never know. i feel i missed lots of value not raising the turn, i mightve got paid much more depending on how strong the draw was.. even worse i gave them a free card which couldve cost me the pot. i just didnt want to give back the profit when im only working to earn my $500 for 45 hours. with 1-2 hours left to go.

12 comments:

  1. this was copied and pasted in my blog from rays notepad entry, not sure how to fix the size of the format to reduce to fit standard blog entry size, didnt realize it would be longer on the ends making it difficult to read, and get in the way of the other blogrolls. nor do i know how to fix it.

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  2. Just retype it Tony. This thing is totally unreadable.

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  3. Don't even think of going to Boston. I'm from there, grew up there, lived there for 30 years and I'm telling you right now with your attitude towards other people and your mouth when winning or losing you won't make it out of Boston alive!!! If you want confirmation ask Miss Josie. I'm sure she will confirm this lol.

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  4. There is no casino in Boston.

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  5. Ray did a nice job with the trip report. I like the way he tells the story.

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  6. TBC AK hand review:

    PRE-FLOP - called 12 dollar bet with AK

    FLOP - K69 with two spades - called 25 dollar bet.
    Calling on the flop is fine with your hand because you may want to see if a third spade hits the turn.

    TURN - 7 - called $60 dollar bet.
    Calling on the turn is OK but maybe shoving is better because if someone has a spade draw you can get him to fold it or make him put in his money when he is behind while trying to catch his draw with just the river left.

    RIVER - 2 - They all check to you and you check behind.
    You thought they might be trying to trap you so you checked and that is OK. Plus you only have a 1 pair hand. But it also would have been OK if you thought they were not trapping you and when checked to you, make a value bet on the river. But even if you bet the river they both may have folded anyway so you might have got the max from them.

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    1. What I saw wrong with the way this was played is that he made his decision based on being "up for the day"

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    2. Checking down with top pair/kicker is no big deal. He had a $500 upside going with the bonus, and a winner in front of him at the time. AK is the perfect hand to try and limit your liability and exposure anyway. Promotions like that make nits out of a lot of players as the clock runs down. Typical Risk/Reward scenario.

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  7. Tony:

    Saw this tweet from you - raised the question of, "What is it you think Pres. Trump is going to do to correct the situation you describe in your tweet?":

    tony bigcharles‏ @sevencard2003 Mar 20
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    We live in an evil world when bartenders sit and brag of making $600 a day when teachers police and hard workers make much less. Go trump

    s.i.

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