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  • Kewadin Casino, St. Ignace, MI

    For those of you looking for a good $0.25 roulette table, or $3 blackjack, I recommend this place. If you are looking for poker tournaments, save yourself the money and the trip!

    On the website, it was stated that Saturday at noon was to be a NLH tournament with a single all-in rebuy during the first hour, one single addon at first break and something they call a 'dealer tip' addon available in the first hour. This tournament of course, was a satellite into a promotional event in December. My brother Jarrod assured me that at this casino, "satellite" meant you were merely invited to play, you had to bring your own buy-in. (Is this the way it works in other casinos? Should this have been my first clue?)

    As the fifty entrants loaded onto the five tables in the tiny card room, the tournament director announced a change in plans. There would be unlimited rebuy opportunity within the first hour every time your stack was less than the 1500 starting chips. This was a $30 buyin, a regular rebuy was $10 for 1500 chips, $5 dealer tip addon for 1000 chips, and add-on at first break was $20 for another 1500 chips. As there were no sheets available prior with blind structure, it was a surprise to sit down and find that with the original 1500 chips with 50/100 blinds.

    Because I had not planned on being short-stacked from the beginning, and because I have no experience with rebuy tournaments, I decided to tip the dealer right away $5 for another 1000 chips. A few of the older people on my table scowled when I did this, in the same way people would scowl in blackjack for hitting a 14 when the dealer showed 3. They thought it was a bad idea to get them right away. In my mind though, these 1000 chips were worth a lot more at this blind level than they would be later on. As the tournament increased in blind levels, to 100/200 and then to 200/500, I realized why. This 1000 chips prohibited me from taking advantage of the rebuy.

    I was very surprised to see the speed of which the tables moved. When the tournament started, the director did a "ready, set, go!" call off and it was like a race. My first hand, I was UTG, and the dealer was telling me it was $100 to call as soon as I had my second card in hand. At least twice in the next five seconds, he told me again before the rest of the hand was even dealt. These dealers spoke as fast as auctioneers. You are given no time to really think about your hand. (Again, is this the way it works in other casino tournaments??) The blind levels were twenty minutes long, which I agree are on the shorter side for live play, but this pushiness seemed unnecessary.

    My table was very much like most of the live tables I've ever played on. One guy raised 300 pre-flop on my first blind and I folded. He still got three callers, and they all saw the river even though it was 300 on the flop, 300 on the turn, and 300 on the river.

    The guy to my left did the rebuy 4 times in that first hour before he completely busted. He tried to bluff on this table and it failed miserably. His bets were in line with the pot, 1/2 to 2/3 size, and the players moaned and grumbled about the amounts. I decided that if I were going to raise into a pot on this table, it was going to be for a larger amount. It did not work for this guy, because he still got called to the river, but he did manage to thin the field by a player or two each time. I figured his biggest mistake was that he was doing it way too often.

    I was so card dead that I found a guy standing in the door way who had been watching me play ask the dealer to please give me some cards. I had not even been aware that he had been standing there the entire time. I was looking for suited connectors on this table. I was seeing a lot of 93, 73 and once I did see a face card with J2. I folded so much that even the woman to my right was saying things to me like, "You can't win if you don't play!" I had seen one hand only I would have hit the flop with my bad cards... an 84 in the SB that would have flopped a boat. I'm certain I had the odds to call from that position but my chips were so precious that I decided against calling.

    During the third blind level at 200/500, I had just about 1600 chips. I figured this was good for an all-in standard raise and I was playing desperately with two face cards. I heard an older gentleman who had seen every flop this far say to his neighbor, "I can respect that bet" and even he folded.

    I never got below 1500 chips during that blind level to make a rebuy. I was still card dead, although I did get to see a flop with a big blind holding my best hand of the tournament... QT and hit top pair. I was all-in on the flop and got called to double by someone who had flopped bottom pair. I was still a shortstack though.

    Before we left for the first break, an older man got seated to my left. He told me that sometimes when he got nervous he grabbed knees. The older woman to my right told him to "leave the little girl alone." Now, being 30, I am not old enough to take this as a compliment, but I am not young enough to laugh it off either, lol. Most of the people in this tournament seemed to be local people who knew each other; in fact, the dealer knew everyone's name at the table except for mine. When my husband Derek was moved across the table, the older man kept on with his flirting. When I told him my husband was the guy in the motorcycle jacket, he backed off a little but not much.

    I did the addon at the break for 1500 chips and this nearly doubled my stack. The tournament started back with 500/1000 blinds and I had about 4000. My first hand dealt to me was Q5 suited in the BB for 1/4 of my stack. Flop was T 3 5 with two hearts, or so I thought, and so when the sb bet out 1000, I called thinking that I had second pair, an overcard and a flush draw. It wasn't until the guy who acted after me raised that I realized the flop was T 3 3. I had a choice there, either put my last 2000 chips into this pot and hope to hit the flush or to fold and leave myself with BB, 1/4 of which would go into the pot next hand for the SB. I had to consider that the player who raised very well could be holding T3 from what I'd seen of his prior play, but I took the risk on my draw being good. I called, he turned over trip 3s and no heart came to save me.

    My brother Jarrod was out soon after, and my husband Derek managed to survive to seventh place.

    I'd say the only redeeming factor about the casino is the cheap beer ($1.25) and the free shuttle service back to the hotel Also, because the place is loaded with cheap locals, tip your waitstaff in paper money and they will attend you all night. Perhaps the ring game is worth a try sometime, $2/$5 and they had open seating on Friday night, but I never did play.

    I wanted this experience because I thought it would be a great way to practice before I spent any of my sponsorship money. This kind of experience though, I can get locally without the four hour drive.

    For all of you with a lot of casino tournament experience, is what I experienced the norm?? Should I practice on pokerpages or PSO? Can I always expect the be rushed?

  • #2
    I guess they call you Jenny13 there too. :lol:

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    • #3
      I have very little casino experience, but for what it's worth...

      My first limit tourney was a rebuy/add-on type. It didn't seem nearly as pushy & brutal as yours.

      The NL tourneys I now play on Monday nights, are much more of a PSO style. Pleasantly paced. Players don't start dropping off until we're in for an hour and a half or so. Then, they start dropping like flies. (These are freeze out tourneys.)

      Ugh... how frustrating after making plans, driving the distance, etc. I hope you find a better set up to spend your sponsorship points on.

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