Blog Trip Report. (guest post by Ray)
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.