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  • Sycuan Saturday NLHE Tourney

    I have been looking forward to checking out the weekly NLHE tournament at Sycuan Casino, located a half hour east of San Diego for some time. I'm a beginner at poker, but have played at PSOL, and a little bit in Vegas (at The Orleans) and once at a tournament in Lake Elsinore, CA.

    First, about the casino itself. It probably could be described as a medium sized casino. There seems to be a big emphasis on slot and less on table games such as blackjack. There were at least three restaurants that I saw (I ate at one -- not bad).

    The poker room is blissfully isolated from the main floor, separated by a glass wall. It eliminated almost all the noise and smoke (yes, smoking in California - who would have thunk it?). I didn't count the number of tables, but it was at least as big as room at The Orleans in Vegas. The staff was fairly friendly to me when I came in (lack of manners is a pet peeve of mine in regards to poker rooms - no problem here). The poker room is also clean! After playing in Lake Elsinore, I thought that perhaps California gaming laws prohibited the use of a vacuum cleaner within 50 feet of a poker table

    I didn't get a count on the number of entrants into the tourney, but I would estimate it to be 80. The buy-in was $12, with unlimited re-buys, and one add-on. I found my way to my table and the action started.

    And what action it was! The guy next to me (20-something male) went all-in on the first hand. That set the tone. He found no callers and we were underway. We continued for the next hour with someone all-in every other hand or so. I hear a lot of criticism of the PSOL sats for loose play, but this group was a group of raving lunatics in comparison. With unlimited re-buys, chips were like water. As one person said at the break (and end of the re-buy period): "It's not how many chips you can win, it's how many you can re-buy."

    I was playing my usual tight game, playing few hands, when I found myself in the small blind with Q9o. Under the gun calls followed by a few others and I limped in (blinds were 100/200 at this point, and I had almost 3000 chips after the add-on). The flop gomes down Qxx, so I have top pair, with a mediocre 9 as a kicker. I check and an early caller bets 500. Now with all the fast and furious action we had seen so far, a 500 bet seemed quite tame. So, I come in over the top for a 2000 raise (I now have only a few hundred chips left, I probably should have gone all-in for dramatic effect). It's passed around to the original raiser who has a perplexed look on his face as he calls. Now, I'm WORRIED. The turn is no help, but the river brings a 9, giving me two pair. I put my last chips in the pot, he calls and puts down AQ. I've beat him, but realize the bullet that I've dodged. Of course he had me out-kicked after the flop! He had originally called UTG, so he was pretty unlikely to have Q8, wasn't he???? I looked it up when I got home and I was roughly a 7:1 underdog after the flop. Nevertheless, I'm fortified with some chips and a nice win.

    The second interesting story happened just as they were busting our table. The dealer had already started dealing the cards, so play continues and I look down at AKo. Nice! I'm to the right of the button and it is passed to me. Just as I'm trying to figure out how many of my chips to raise, the button says, "All-in," out of turn. This NEVER happens at PSOL! The dealer admonishes him for his indiscretion and looks to me to bet. Isn't this interesting? We're about to bust this table and it would be nice to double up before I move on. He probably has a pair, but AQ isn't out of the question for this table. So, I'm probably a 50:50 shot, but could be a big favorite, too (could also be a huge underdog to rockets, obviously). After considerable thought, I fold and the guy does go all-in with no callers. Afterward, he told me he had a pair (don't know which one, but I think he would have said if it was aces). I'm not sure I made the right decision there, as it turns out, but basically I wasn't ready for the evening to come to an end.

    After the table busts, I join one of the three remaining tables. At my new table, I pick up a few blinds when I raise and am not called -- I must look mean or something But the blinds, now at 1000/2000, are taking their toll and I have only 4000 chips left and am looking to make a move. I get no cards until I am in the big blind, where I pick up A7o. I'm not going to get a better hand, so I go all-in after a three players limp. I get two callers and I'm not feeling particarly great about my chances in a three-way pot. The flop comes A24 and I like it much better. The other players still have chips, so I am heartened when they both check - it's doubtful that either has an ace now. The turn is a 3 and I am now dying: Someone has to be straighting, I can feel it! The river is a 5 and I am temporarily relieved at the thought of a split pot until the player on my right goes all-in - she has the 67, to complete the nuts straight. How she stayed in a raised pot with 67, I have no idea. Sometimes that's the way it goes. It's like baseball: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains.

    Overall, I had a great time. I plan to come back again soon and would recommend that anyone in the area join in.

    Shaky

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    I just saw this post so sorry for the delay (so much to read here at poker school). I live in sandy eggo but haven't played at Sycuan. I've played at Barona just on the tables but would love to play in a tourney. My question is: Are all their tournaments unlimited rebuys?? It seems to me (someone please tell me if I'm wrong) that whoever has the most cash in their pocket would win. This also might be the reason for the extremely loose tables. Also, do you know what the table game limits are? The minimum at Barona is 3/6.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pussnbooty
      I just saw this post so sorry for the delay (so much to read here at poker school). I live in sandy eggo but haven't played at Sycuan. I've played at Barona just on the tables but would love to play in a tourney. My question is: Are all their tournaments unlimited rebuys?? It seems to me (someone please tell me if I'm wrong) that whoever has the most cash in their pocket would win. This also might be the reason for the extremely loose tables. Also, do you know what the table game limits are? The minimum at Barona is 3/6.
      As I remember, the morning tourneys don't have re-buys, but some of the evening ones do.

      The re-buys are for a limited period of time (the first hour, I think), and then you play with the chips you have. And yes, that's what accounts for the loose play early.

      I have played at Sycuan twice since this post and had a great time. If you're interested in "money" games, I believe that 3/6 is the minimum at Sycuan, too.

      Shaky

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