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  • Warming 'em up in Tunica

    Not wanting them to be caught by surprise the end of the month, Debonair (the other Bill) and I decided to storm Tunica for the weekend of the 4th, play a couple of tourneys, a few ring games, and drink all of the old beer in town, assuring that there would be fresh beer available when the real Pokerschoolers came to town. Please settle in, and prepare for a long read.

    6AM departure. (At least we missed rush hour) 8.5 hour drive. Having a chauffer is mighty cool. We talked quite a bit of poker, solved a few of the worlds problems ( if they make one of us king anyway) and the trip pretty much flew by.

    The other great part of having a chauffer is, he went to check us in and I went straight to the poker room. The Gold Strike only had 3-6 hold-em going (plus some seven stud and that stupid game where they give you 4 cards before the flop, I forget what they call that) and I decided that a little 3-6 would unkink my seriously jet lagged body and sat down. It was a pretty fishy game (although nothing compared to the 6-12 I will tell you about later) and I started the trip with a nice little win. On the way up to the room for some much needed sleep (for me anyhow) Debonair suggested that we play a few hands of blackjack. Playing nickels, after a short while we were both up enough to freeroll the Fri tourney at the Grand and we quit. A good day.

    I got a pretty good nights sleep, but many beers and severe jet lag led to me shaking the walls snoring and the other Bill didnt get nearly as much rest ops:

    Up and at 'em on Sat, we showered and headed over to the Grand for a Limit Hold Em tourney. Signed up (65 bucks with a 50 rebuy) had some breakfast and began to play cards. I won exactly one hand and busted out soon after the first break. The other Bill lasted a short while longer and, after signing up for the no limit tourney the next day, we decided to go check the 10-20 action at the Horseshoe. I was quickly called into the game, it was a pretty good table, I didnt think I was the fish, but the deck refused to cooperate. I didnt play very many hands and when I did, I got beat. So it took me a couple of hours to lose a rack, but I managed. By this time, Debonair had been called into another table and had tougher opponents than I did. I sweated him for a little while, and decided to go back to the Strike for a little blackjack, a few beers and a mental regroup. The blackjack was an excellent idea as the winning hands that had eluded me all day in hold-em were waiting for me in the Blackjack pit. In one shoe, I managed to out blackjack the dealer 6-0, the hands that werent blackjacks seemed to all be 10's and 11's vs dealer 6's and I didnt lose a single double down. After that quick hit, I realized I was free rolling the rest of the weekend and went back to brag. Debonair was still doing OK, I decided to have some dinner and agreed to find him later. After dinner though, his seat was filled by someone else and he was nowhere to be found. I figured he had busted out and gone in search of easier pickings at the Gold Strike. Partially right. On the way back to the Gold Strike, I passed the Blackjack pit, noticed the same dealer I had beaten so badly before standing alone at an empty table and beat up on her a little more. Not as easy as the earlier session, but a nice win, and after I lost 3 hands in a row, finished the trip to the poker room. When I walked in, there he was, and he told me that I needed to be in the 6-12 game he was in. It did look like poker heaven in that there were 5 fish, 2 rocks, A couple of wanna-bes who could play a little, but not nearly as well as they thought, and the other Bill. I got on the list and sat into the 3-6 while I waited. When I got called in it was pretty much a dream table. 6 loose-passive fish, 2 rocks and Debonair. Take that last guy out and it would be a table where I would expect to book a pretty nice win. HA. I took a couple of early beats that left me talking to myself (and to Bill whenever he would listen, anyway ) But I didnt tilt too hard and settled in to beat the game. Bill decided to get some sleep, knowing he would do much better before I went back, and I came back and managed to book a nice win.

    Up on Sat for the No-Limit tourney back at the Grand. Just for the 2 of you who have read this far, I cashed! 8)

    They run excellent tourneys there. Start on time to the minute, pause the clock during table breaks, 20 minute rounds the first hour and 30 minute rounds after that.

    I lost my first stack just before the break by putting in all my chips after flopping top set but the caller (with flush draw) got there. Rebought and slowly started to grind back. Beat AK a couple of times when my pocket pairs held up. Won with AK a couple times (once beating a flopped set with a rivered flush, imagine that )

    We got down to 20 players and I was moved for the first and only time of the tourney. With 2 tables left, over 70% of the chips were on the table I was on. I had about 20% of the total but the other big stack was to my right and was definiatley the aggressor at the table. I watched him bust 4 straight players by getting all-in with the worst of it but sucking out EVERY time.

    Final table time. I have 120K of the 480K in play. The other big stack has about 150K. This means there are several very small stacks and the blinds are up to 5 and 10K. Payout structure pays 6-10 a pittance, 5th a tiny bit, 4th a bit, 3rd not terrible and 1st and 2nd are up there in 10-99 land.

    I am the butthead who refused to discuss a deal to increase the payouts for 6-10 place (which where A. all equal and B. as I said a pittance, knowing that the money to increase those places would come from the larger amounts I expected to win, given the crapshoot nature of having several players who couldnt stand more than a round of blinds. The shortest stack made sure he pointed out his Gold WSOP bracelet, but failed to intinmidate me, or for that matter, anyone else. I did tell him that I hoped he won the whole thing and that I was the first one busted though, since it would serve me right :lol: And in fact I soon doubled him up and he lasted into the real money. Long story short (Yeah right) When we got to 5 players left, we all had approximately equal stacks and we started serious negotiation. The deal we finally agreed to paid each of us slightly more than 3rd place money, and left 1200 additional bucks for the winner. After several more minutes bracelet boy busted out, we were down to 4 players and we talked some more. One guy had a little over twice the stack of the rest of us who were still pretty equal and proposed that he got 2/3 and the rest of us split 1/3 of the remainder. This was not the best deal in the world, but we had all been playing this tourney for 6 hours and agreed. I honestly think I was the only one who had any fun at the final table though. I made wisecracks, honestly applauded players after they busted out, and was the only person smiling for the 30 minutes we spent at the final table.

    Return to the hotel for dinner, and I give the casino back a small portion of my blackjack winnings. I come down from the adrenaline rush from the tourney and decide on a nap that turns into a full nights sleep. The other Bill gets crushed in a game at the Gold Strike but I will let him tell that story in his own report.

    On Sunday we got up, and my fine chauffer drove me home. I had a mighty fun weekend.

    Anyhow, thanks for reading this far. I hope to see you in Tunica the end of the month. There will be some fun had.

    Bill

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    congratulations bill, you are the man!!!!!!!!!! i love reading your reports, i wish i could have gone wioth you guys, maybe next time i can join you all on the road trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • #3
      A Trip Report Within a Trip Re

      Having read Wildbill's trip report, which took up most of my morning, I thought I should add my own typically shorter version. Wildbill's report, since he is the the pinnacle of veracity, needs no correction. It does however need a different slant tilted (operative word) more towards the exploits of debonair that were noticeably missing from the his report.

      Yes, I always drive. Yes I always check in the hotel while he goes to the poker room. Yes he always cashes in at least one tournament, so the 20% that we trade, certainly makes those other activities bearable.

      Our poker discussions recently have visited one topic frequently. Why do I play better NL online than Bill and he does so much better in live tournies? The phrase we have settled on is that in live tourneys, I must give more information than I receive. It is a known fact that I am far from observant. Bill constantly has to tell me that Im walking the wrong way to the car. I kid that my wife could bleach her hair blond and I wouldnt notice. Its something I have to work on.

      Anyway the NL tourney where Bill cashed was my second in a row live tourney bad beat. I'll make it simple. Bad beat story to follow. It wil be contained in the next paragraph. Please skip if desired.

      We started with 99 players. When we were down to the final 2 tables the average stack was around 25K. I had 31K and was playing comfortably. Now comes the first beat. Small stack UTG goes all in for his 14K. I have 2 black kings. I decide the advantage is too great to pass up and I will still have 16K if he sucks out. We turn em over and he has AJ. The flop spares me, the turn spares me, the river doesn't. He breathes again and we move on. Two hands later I get 2 red kings. There is a 3X raise in front of me. I push em all in and he calls. We turn em over and he shows 77. I smile. The kings owe me and Im here to collect. Flop is 5-6-8. Turn is a 4 and Im left with a few hunderd dollars. I sure would have liked to join Bill at the final table. He does have a good time. I never lost my cool but each time it happens it gets a little harder.

      All in all, Tunica is such a great venue for poker. They don't seem to look at us like second class casino customers. I'm looking forward to the trip back at the end of the month and looking forward to seeing all the PSO people I've met before and those I will meet anew.

      Aces and Faces,

      Bill

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      • #4
        tunica trip

        Great reports.

        Although no visits in the past two months, I frequent Tunica about 15 times a year, primarily playing at the Grand. Last time I was there the 6-12 game at the Grand was a goldmine. Oh yeah, the 3-6 omaha hi-lo game is good -- you should try it. I have two questions:

        1. Is the Grand Saturday tourney now all no-limit? It used to be limit with the final table being no-limit.

        2. When are you two making another trip to Tunica?

        I wanted to go this weekend but could not. Sounds like you two partake in exactly what I like...poker...beer...blackjack. Wait a second, where's the info on the hot young women?

        nashville (David)

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        • #5
          YEEHAAAA! The 2Bills as they shall now be known have done it again! Sounds like a terrific time, guys. Can't wait to see Tunica again myself.

          Thanks for the reports...

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          • #6
            Great report from both Bills!

            Looking forward to seeing you guys at the end of the month!

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            • #7
              Re: tunica trip

              Originally posted by nashville
              Great reports.

              Although no visits in the past two months, I frequent Tunica about 15 times a year, primarily playing at the Grand. Last time I was there the 6-12 game at the Grand was a goldmine. Oh yeah, the 3-6 omaha hi-lo game is good -- you should try it. I have two questions:

              1. Is the Grand Saturday tourney now all no-limit? It used to be limit with the final table being no-limit.

              2. When are you two making another trip to Tunica?

              I wanted to go this weekend but could not. Sounds like you two partake in exactly what I like...poker...beer...blackjack. Wait a second, where's the info on the hot young women?

              nashville (David)
              Omaha. That is what they call that stupid game. :lol: Given a choice between playing that silly 4 card before the flop madhouse and a rousing game of war with someone else's 5 year old kid, I will babysit every time :P

              1. This was the Grand's first attempt at running no-limit. As I said, I think they did an admirable job. I told several dealers that before I made the final table, and once I was assured of cash told every suit in the room what a great thing no-limit tourneys are Truthfully, I think they are going to be a regular thing.

              2. Ummm that woulod be the end of the month for the PSO event. We both answer to Bill, and are usually surrounded by empty beer bottles and chip racks, but Debonair is the distinguished older gentleman and I am the ugly middle-aged guy with the constantly running mouth.

              As usual, the hot young women eluded me this trip.

              Bill

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              • #8
                Is the Grand going to be spreading the no limit tourney on a regular basis? Is it weekly or monthly?

                Gojacketz

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                • #9
                  Every Saturday Morning 10:00am

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