3-0 Timothy Adams

It’s a shut out for Timothy Adams and the Rome Emperors today!

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Global Poker League-Season Two

I am backing the Rome Emperors and Max Pescatori.

Today: Dario

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A Beautiful Drive

I decided to map out our drive to Atlantic City in advance. Per usual, 95 was a train-wreck of construction, traffic and huge delays. So I asked Michael if he thought taking a slightly western route would be better. Even if the total drive was the same, there wouldn’t be any real traffic. In the end we decided to take 29/15/340 to Baltimore. I think it took longer than we anticipated, but at least there was no bumper-to-bumper delay.

Some of the scenery was so beautiful that I wish I’d remembered to have Michael take pictures. I did remember once, but I can’t seem to find the pic on my phone, so maybe it didn’t get saved correctly. Sorry about that.

I am not a fan of Harrah’s-anything, but the rates were much cheaper than almost anywhere else, so there ya go. I was even able to get a two room suite for less than $100/night!

Later we found out that Harrah’s gives out free rooms for four hours of play, Sunday-Thursday. On top of that, if one plays five hours per day they get a comp. Suddenly, Harrah’s didn’t seem too bad after all.

Of course the real games were all at The Borgata, but I’ll have to save those experiences for another post.

Suffice to say, towards the end of our stay, some of my old poker friends started showing up. Sadly, most of them didn’t recognize me from Adam until I told them who I was, but nine years and pancreatitis will do that.

Shout out to: Jean, David Levi, Eli, Allan, Jeff, Bruce, Jamie. Love you guys.

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Road Trip

Just returned from The Borgata last night. I will write more about this trip later. So glad to be home for a few days.

I meant to take a whole bunch of pics this time, but I always forget. Michael isn’t one to take pics, either. So we only managed to remember ONCE the entire trip and that was in the foothills on our way to New Jersey. Doh!

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Cross Lanes, West Virginia

I spent last week in Cross Lanes, WV. There is a casino there named Mardi Gras. The rake is $5+1 and the comps are $1/hr.

The hotel is connected to the casino via a bridge over the road. It is new and extremely nice, not what I was expecting at all. Even though I was told that a poker rate was available, when I got there, it was about the same as anyone with a players card. In the end, however, I decided to stay there and didn’t regret it. Color me pleasantly surprised. If there was only one thing I could change it would be that they move the poker room from the basement into a better location.

While I was in WV, I discovered a store called Rural King. It is sort of like the old Walmart, before they succumbed to Obama’s agenda. I was able to buy many things that I needed for the road, including my first ever western boots:

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One of the things I loved about the hotel was the hot made-to-order breakfast in the morning. I tried to pamper my pancreas the first morning, eating homemade muesli. I should have just stuck to that. Instead I kept broadening my breakfast, which cost me some pancreatic pain. They served omelettes, eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, all different types of breads and pastries. All served with a smile and a great attitude.

In my room was a Keurig coffee maker and lots of different types of good coffees along with liquid creamer (not just powdered packets).

There were a few different choices for dining. One was an upscale French restaurant, which I didn’t try. They also had a little offshoot cafe, which was really great at low prices. In the poker area was another small cafe at even lower prices! I think the daily special was only $3 and that included two sides of choice!

The alcohol was very reasonably priced as well. About half the price of Maryland Live. Massages were only $1/min, again half the price of ML.

Play in the tournaments was mostly loose and passive. I found myself driving the action quite a bit. Sometimes I would be at a table where I wasn’t the most aggressive player, but many times I was. Lots of limping, lots of check-calling. It was heaven for me. In the past months I have gotten accustomed to loose passive play. These people are easily exploitable. They are weak links in poker.

I found a few really good players. Especially, there were a couple of guys whose play I greatly admired. They both had some leaks, but at the levels they were playing they were tremendous forces. Kudos, guys.

The thing I probably loved most about Mardi Gras was the lack of snowflakes whining and crying about every little comment made by anyone. I admire tough personalities much more than girly progressives. I hate being the MOST masculine player in the poker room (see previous posts from months in the free league).

I never did play in any cash games. The PLO game didn’t get started until Friday, by which time I’d decided to head home, wanting to spend the weekend back in NC before heading out again on Monday. I was told that they spread Stud on Saturdays, but again, I was already gone.

I did put my name on 1/2 NLHE, but never got called for my seat before giving up late at night. Getting old sucks ;)

The cash games looked reasonably deep. I have read on 2+2 that they are good. Next time I’ll have to check that out.

The drive from NC to WV was awesome. I would post some pics, but Michael was unable to go with me, so I had drive. The rural scenery, the mountains, the tunnels and the capital in Charleston were breathtaking.

I definitely plan on returning. At this point, I like Mardi Gras much better than Cherokee.

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Mardi Gras Poker Room

This week my poker partner was unable to join me, so I went to West Virginia alone to play in the Mardi Gras Poker Room.

The first night was a $100 freeze-out, which I managed to chop five ways (although the overwhelming chip lead got the massive lion’s share).

On Wednesday night, there was a $70 triple stacked turbo. Although we started out with 50k in chips, which seems massive, the blinds were only 10 minutes and greatly accelerated. I was out early. First I got crippled when a limper called my all-in (I had 22, he limped A9o and hit a nine). Then later I shoved my remaining stack in the SB when it was passed to me. I had A6o, the BB had AJo.

Thursday night we had a short (4k) stack $50 tourney. At least this time the blinds started very low and gradually increased. I knew I had to double several times with such low starting chips. I decided to play not nearly as tight as normal while also being hyper aggressive.

I managed to build my stack to 6000 when in the BB I was dealt J8s. There was a small raise, which I called along with 391 other players. The flop was jack high and I felt no one was strong. So I bet out, making a side pot, since one other player was all-in for a small amount.

The turn was a blank so I fired again, trying to win the ever increasing side pot. Only one player stayed with me. The river put a pair on the board as well as a flush possibility. He made a small bet and I had to do a crying call, the pot was so bloated. He showed 84 for the flush!!! In a way it was frustrating, but in another way I knew I could get all of his chips in the future if I could just stick around long enough.

After getting so busted down on that hand, I went into overdrive after the break. Not only did I regain my starting 4k stack, but I zoomed up to 17k before hitting a wall!

I knew I’d get all of the chips back from the 84 fish.

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And then I got moved to another table. The TOUGH table. Nothing else really happened for a long time. I need to learn how to play better towards the middle/late parts of tourneys (before the bubble, but after the second hour). Maybe I can pick up a coach for this.

Eventually we got down to the final table. Unfortunately, I was pretty short stacked by then and the blinds had caught up. I had about 10x the BB when I was dealt 55. A LP player had KK and IGHN, four outside of the money.

This morning I checked out of my hotel room. I had a $20 voucher for slot play that I’d won earlier in the week. I put the voucher into a poker machine and managed to run it up to $30. I also won a massage and some other prizes at the casino. So overall I was up due to that and the chop on the first night. But after expenses I was still down. I obviously need to work on overcoming expenses.

I had forgotten how much I love West Virginia. Gone were the little, progressive snowflakes who start crying if you tell them they have a crumb on their shirt in the poker room. These guys were TOUGH and wonderful. Not one pansy in the room.

After almost 50 years of denial, I think I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that I’m a country girl. Man up!

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Late Night Chop

I am out of state again.

I arrived an hour late in the card room at 8pm. The tournament was a $100 buy-in, but we started with 8000 chips. Since the blinds were only 75/150 I decided to buy in late anyway. Five hours later we made the final table.

For a while I was the chip lead, but then got amazingly cold. One player was unwilling to do a chop as proposed, so we played on for hours.

Eventually we came to an agreement, but by that time I had lost most of my chips, while the chip lead had the lion’s share (double what everyone else on the table had…COMBINED).

Oh, well. A win is a win. More to come from my latest road trip.

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