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My Borgata Trip PT_1(long)

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  • My Borgata Trip PT_1(long)

    It's a long ride to the Memphis Airport (160 miles). I scheduled a two day rest stop at the Harah's Tunica (Grand Casino, old name). I arrived at Harah's about 12:00pm and promptly sat in a NLHE STT-$45 for the Friday tournament. Lasted 30 minutes and got busted with [AQ] flopped TPTK on flop [Q,J,2]rb. Was chased down by a guy who played [2,4] and caught 2-pair. Shortly sat in a $1/$3 blind NLHE $300 max buy-in game. Played until 3:30pm and cashed out $346. I was up about $200 in this game when I ($500) raised UTG with [AA] to $15 (this developed to be about the standard raise for the game). The next player on a $150 (I got most of my profit from him and he was gunning for me. He kept entering pots after I came in. He was the NE2WD player) called and one other player also called. Pot = 48. The flop comes [T,T,T] and I bet $40 into 48 with my flopped TTTAA full house. Both players called. Blank on turn I bet $200 into 168 knowing NE2WD player will call with any pair and the third player will likely fold to an over bet and a call from the short stack.

    Long story/short answer. NE2WD player gets his money back b/c he flops quads.

    I go check in to the hotel and ride over to the Horseshoe and get into $1/$3 blinds NLHE ring game. I'm picking up just enough chips to keep my stack at 100bb. about 6:30pm I pick up [QQ] in middle position and raise to $15 FTA. I'm called in 3 spots and we see the flop 4 ways with $64 in pot. Flop comes down [Q,T,4] two hearts. It's a drawy board so I bet $55 and will settle for the take down. I get called in one spot making the pot $169 (after $4 rake & $1 JP drop). The villan's stack is slightly larger than mine so my stack is the effective stack.
    The board comes [Q,T,4][K] and I bet the pot to end the show but the villan puts me all-in. I call with my 10-out draw to the full house but don't improve. I rebuy $300 and play on until 9:00pm and cash out $460 getting little over half of my loss back.

    Sept 5, I go over and play from 9:00am in the $1/$3 NLHE game at Harah's until 8:30pm and cash out up about $15 for the day. I got very few hands but had to play hard to maintain my stack.

    Travel day, Sept. 6, I get a good nights sleep and arrive at the Memphis Airport and check in and complete (12:15) the security review about an hour before scheduled take off 1:50pm. At 1:15pm they announce there will be a two hour delay because the remainder of hurricane Gustav will be going through PHL about our scheduled arrival time. We finally board and take off about 3:30pm and arrive at PHL at 7:15pm.
    This is turniing into an adventure getting to Atlantic City. I pick-up my rental car and head out to the I-95 to get to AC Expressway. A thunderstorm is passing through and I miss the turn. 30 minutes later I find an exit with a shopping mall in site and stop to find out how to get to AC. I'm only 30 miles off course. I get directions to Absecom and I'll miss the tolls. I get to my motel about 10:00pm and finally get to bed after checking in.

    I wake up about 4:30am and can't get back to sleep after taking my HBP meds. I watch TV and read a book I brought until 6:00am. I do the SSS and get dressed and go to the Quality Inn lobby and get their continental breakfast. Belgain waffle-cream cheese, cold cereal, danish, orange juice, coffee and read paper until 8:00am. I drive to the Borgata and pick up my player's card. I go and pick-up the front money (PSO Sponsorship points) for my two tournaments. I walk around the casino to get my bearings on where things are. I find the tournament area and go to the poker room. I checked out the play list for games. As I'm doing this they call open seating for $1/$2 blind NLHE. I go take a seat and buy-in for $200. I don't enter a pot for two circuits while I'm reviewing the players. There are two tighties besides me. A couple cautious players but they are seeing some flops and usually folding to action when they don't hit. The others appear to be limit players dipping into NLHE. Their bets are consistently F-$10, T-$10, and sometimes they bet $20 on the river when they don't check-fold or check-call. Regardless of pot size their bets stay the same as does their raises. When they turn up a pair, two pair, set, full house, it doesn't matter. They appear to be concerned about players folding weak hands so they rarely get value for their good hands. I make a set of threes from the bb on the first hand I play (I call a small raise to $7 and a couple calls). Pot=28 The flop is [T,7,3]rb and I elect to slow play because the raiser always continue bets and I can get value from all the callers. He bets $15 and I call behind two others. Pot = $88. The turn brings a [2] and puts two to a suit on board. I go for the check-raise and the OR bets his customary $15 and its called back to me; pot = $130 after the rake; I raise to $75. I figure I'll get a call from one player, then I can push river. It's folded to the player on my right and he wants to call. He sits there for five minutes thinking. He counts out the chips and thinks some more. He finally folds. I continue to play rather conservative (mainly I'm not getting cards). I pick up some small pots and fold unimproved after the flop or when my cBet is raised when I miss. These players only raise when they have a strong hand so folding is economical. About 4:00pm, I'm in the small blind and find [7s,8s] when an early position player makes it $7 to go and only one player mucks. I consider squeezing but elect to call. I figure my hand is disguised and is worth more than $63 pot. The flop comes out [2s, Js, Th]. I have a gutshot and flush draw. I check and an older guy in the bb bets $30 and it's called by one other player and folded to me. I started the hand with $380. Looks like I might double here with a good card since two players have indicated pretty good strength. The turn makes a board of [2s,Js,Th]. I hit my gutshot. Now I also have a re-draw to the flush in case my str8 is bad. I elect to donk-lead into the players. I bet $75 (1/2 pot). The older guy that opened the flop considers for a minute or so and chuckles while he is folding. The other player is the one I'm most concerned about. He was at the table when I sat down and he has been playing some good poker. He bets the flop and has picked up many orphans to build his stack to near $500.00 (he has me covered). He's reluctant to abandon the pot when he sees value in his hand. The good news is he doesn't insta-call or push. I don't figure him for the high str8. Maybe a set or 2 pair because my donk bet looks strange to him. I think he thinks I'm making a play at the pot. My bet makes the pot about $228 (b4 rake). He can't let go. He pushes out $225 to go but doesn't say anything while the dealer is counting his chips. I insta-push. He sits there for a minute and declares that he's not putting anymore money in the pot. Then a strange thing happens. The dealer doesn't muck his hand and puts out the river (a blank). I don't understand the dealer action. I'm puzzled but I stack the chips when I show my str8. This could have been messy if the board pairs and he starts getting the chips.

    The game is very good. I continue to play but check my watch to see how long b4 the PSO meet-up at the Hilton. I lose track of time playing and finally hit a slow streak about 6:30pm. I'm tired and cash out $860.00 ($660 profit). It's a great start for my first Borgata experience.

    I get to the Hilton after 7:00pm or a little later and find that the PSO crowd has taken off to the boardwalk. Since I've had a long day, I decide to head back to Absecom. The adventure continues. I take a wrong turn and end up on highway-40 about 8 blocks pass the Hwy-9 turn off. I stop and the McDonalds employee tells me I go back about 5 or 8 lights to hwy-9 and turn left. I get back on hwy-30 and head back to the Absecom Qualty Inn.

    More to come in the next installment.

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    Re: My Borgata Trip PT_1(long)

    Originally posted by BUSCHMAN
    He can't let go. He pushes out $225 to go but doesn't say anything while the dealer is counting his chips. I insta-push. He sits there for a minute and declares that he's not putting anymore money in the pot. Then a strange thing happens. The dealer doesn't muck his hand and puts out the river (a blank). I don't understand the dealer action. I'm puzzled but I stack the chips when I show my str8. This could have been messy if the board pairs and he starts getting the chips.
    Wow that's messed up. Why you had to show anything is beyond me. Personally I would have stopped the action and asked the dealer what they're doing, did he call or fold? Glad you held to win it.
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