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    So, I got up Sunday in Fargo, and decided Reno can't possibly have a meeting of PSO'ers without NewJane, so after some fancy footwork re: airline tickets, I booked. Arrived in Reno on Tuesday around noon, and decided I didn't need a nap afterall

    After unpacking and freshening up, I caught a cab from the Circus Circus to the Hilton, and immediately began the search for DBPBear. She was knee deep in a HUGE bridge tournament that was also in full swing at the Hilton. Let me tell you this: Finding a little BEAR in a room full of 25,000+ bridge players was no small task, but I did find her smiling face! We had a quick dinner, and after she made her way back to bridge,I moved to the bar to meet PSOers. And man did they come out of the woodwork!! The Hilton poker area was teeming with US About 14 or so PSOers meet for a little informal get together at the bar, talked game strategy for the next days tourney, and went on our way. What a great feeling to see some old friends and make some new ones! I had NO idea what was in store for the actual event on Wednesday. Suffice it to say I was overwhelmed at the attendance.

    PSO'ers who were playing:
    Zeroth, DealMeIn, DrawingDead, CC5318( a cop and a real hottie, girls ,Alaska Fat, Auswell, GTHoldem, Visor,Mr.P,Hitman,Mwig,BlindHog, AlanLeach,Colette, JDM, TxSail, Buncher, STKJK, IdahoFats, dtermined, fardog,
    Ridgecrest,(Mrs.Ridgecrest was there but didn't play)and the two latest additions to PSO, and friends of STKJK were Mr.Tight and MediocreBrit.

    Needless to say, I was a flurry of activity meeting people and handing out hats. I am not sure if that was the reason I played so poorly, but let me say I busted out very early, and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to keep up with the progress of the others! It was so awesome to see such a tremendous turnout!! 27 PSO members played in the event that had 193 entrys.

    I intentionally left out one PSO member when I was listing them. That person was BigSissy. Let me say this about that: WOOHOOOOOO!!! I guess I was immediately drawn to Sissy cause he is such a total sweetheart and just so very easy to get to know. I enjoyed so much having a chance to spend time with him over dinner and while we were watching the progression of the tourney. Thanks, BigSissy, for being a good friend! Wish we had better luck in the game. He and I also had chance to play some live games at the Hilton AND a very good 4-8 game of Limit HE at the ElDorado. He, Hitman and myself shared a cab a time or two, so it was ideal for spending quality time together! You guys are the best!

    When the field was down to 30, we had 6 PSOers still fighting. GTHoldem was the only woman, and I think she finished one or two out of the money. Way to go, Gloria!! Those who made the top 30 were: DealMeIn, DrawingDead, GTHoldem,Ridgecrest,Dtermined( a new member), and Mr.Tight. Kudos to Ridgecrest for playing such a tremendous tourney! That was his FIRST live event and he outlasted a huge field. Also, Colette also played HER first live event and made it through almost half the pack. No losers in this group!

    At the days end, we had two PSOers at the final table. Alan Dale Turner, who is a new member with the nick "dtermined" proved he was in fact determined, and finished a super 5th!! Way to go, Dale. And Paul Evans, who signed up recently under the name Mr.Tight also made the final table, finishing a respectable 9th.

    I was so very proud to be affiliated with PSO, and the Reno Hilton Poker room staff was cordial and grateful that we were there. They introduced me and made the whole group feel very welcome. We made many good contacts with people who were curious about what this PSO means Well, I think our play over the tourney pretty much established WHO we are

    Again, I thank each of you who came and played, and sorry I didn't get to spend lots of time with each of you. Big Sissy was kind enough to take some pics, and as soon as I get them we will find a place to post.

    Also, thanks to ZEROTH for stepping up to the plate and helping me organize the hats and stuff. You are the best, my friend!!

    Later..

  • #2
    Cudos 2 U

    Jane,

    I want to thank you for being there. What could have been (I anticipated) a most stressful time turned out to be a wonderful experience because of you. Your hug of acceptance and gratitude just for me being there was all I needed to get me off to a good start.

    I also want to thank all the other PSOers I met, you were all a joy, supportive and funny: also putting me at ease.

    I now look forward to all the PSO Tournys I can attend.

    Love and Light Colette

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    • #3
      The trip to Reno was interesting.

      Reno itself is an interesting place. It really seems like a grimy Vegas wannabe. Other than the proximity to the leisure activities at Lake Tahoe, I 'm not sure why one would choose to go to Reno as opposed to Las Vegas. Overall it might be cheaper I guess. It certainly looks cheaper. One thing is strange though, the Circus Circus in Reno seems to be a much nicer hotel and casino than the one in Las Vegas. The Reno Circus Circus does not have that run-down, neglected air to it that the Las Vegas property has.

      I stayed at the El Dorado. The hotel and casino kinda reminded me of a downtown Vegas Boyd property. Not bad, but not impressive either. One of the reasons I stayed there was because of a post on RGP that said the El Dorado had the best action of any poker room in Reno. In my three sessions there, I found that to be VERY true. The El Dorado poker room is full of gamblers. In Las Vegas the locals have a reputation for being rocks. At the El Dorado, the biggest maniacs were locals. The biggest game they spread is a 4/8 full kill game. In my first two sessions there I more than doubled my buy-in in less than three hours. My third session I would have done even better except for probably the worst bad beat I have ever suffered. It happened to be in a kill game, but that's the price you pay sometimes for playing with gamblers.

      Poker at the Hilton was more subdued with less gamblers. Lost in one session, but cleaned-up in another with some lucky cards. 1 for 2 in satellites. I kept looking at the 3/5 NLHE game, but couldn't muster the courage. Zeroth said it was a good game in which to just sit back and wait for monster hands.

      I was never competitve in the PSO tourney. Both Hitman and Alaska Fat were at my table. It was incredibley tight. By the time we had hit the first break, not one player had been eliminated. Took the blinds once, and only won one other pot before I was going all-in at the desperation level. Happened to triple-up on that one, but had to pull the trigger with 6s a round and a half later and got creamed by Qs. Finished 68/193 which was past the "Sissy self-respect" point.

      The highlight of the trip was getting to play in a live ring game with Jane. That is one wild woman. She had folks spewing drinks through their nostrils and wetting their pants the entire time. Not only is she funny, but her schtick provides good cover. I don't think many folks are paying attention to how others play when Jane gets going.

      We had arranged for PSOers to meet the night before the tourney in the bar. This was a nice event, but for me it seemed kind of artificial. In the future, we should arrange to have a PSO 4/8 table started for folks to rotate in and out of (like what was done in Tunica). I'm not much of a social talker, but interacting during a game is an entirely different matter.

      Getting to meet other PSOers is really cool. I'd recommend everyone make an effort to attend at least one PSO Live event.

      Big "Reno-a-Go-Go" Sissy

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      • #4
        The trip to Reno was interesting.

        Reno itself is an interesting place. It really seems like a grimy Vegas wannabe. Other than the proximity to the leisure activities at Lake Tahoe, I 'm not sure why one would choose to go to Reno as opposed to Las Vegas. Overall it might be cheaper I guess. It certainly looks cheaper. One thing is strange though, the Circus Circus in Reno seems to be a much nicer hotel and casino than the one in Las Vegas. The Reno Circus Circus does not have that run-down, neglected air to it that the Las Vegas property has.

        I stayed at the El Dorado. The hotel and casino kinda reminded me of a downtown Vegas Boyd property. Not bad, but not impressive either. One of the reasons I stayed there was because of a post on RGP that said the El Dorado had the best action of any poker room in Reno. In my three sessions there, I found that to be VERY true. The El Dorado poker room is full of gamblers. In Las Vegas the locals have a reputation for being rocks. At the El Dorado, the biggest maniacs were locals. The biggest game they spread is a 4/8 full kill game. In my first two sessions there I more than doubled my buy-in in less than three hours. My third session I would have done even better except for probably the worst bad beat I have ever suffered. It happened to be in a kill game, but that's the price you pay sometimes for playing with gamblers.

        Poker at the Hilton was more subdued with less gamblers. Lost in one session, but cleaned-up in another with some lucky cards. 1 for 2 in satellites. I kept looking at the 3/5 NLHE game, but couldn't muster the courage. Zeroth said it was a good game in which to just sit back and wait for monster hands.

        I was never competitve in the PSO tourney. Both Hitman and Alaska Fat were at my table. It was incredibley tight. By the time we had hit the first break, not one player had been eliminated. Took the blinds once, and only won one other pot before I was going all-in at the desperation level. Happened to triple-up on that one, but had to pull the trigger with 6s a round and a half later and got creamed by Qs. Finished 68/193 which was past the "Sissy self-respect" point.

        The highlight of the trip was getting to play in a live ring game with Jane. That is one wild woman. She had folks spewing drinks through their nostrils and wetting their pants the entire time. Not only is she funny, but her schtick provides good cover. I don't think many folks are paying attention to how others play when Jane gets going.

        We had arranged for PSOers to meet the night before the tourney in the bar. This was a nice event, but for me it seemed kind of artificial. In the future, we should arrange to have a PSO 4/8 table started for folks to rotate in and out of (like what was done in Tunica). I'm not much of a social talker, but interacting during a game is an entirely different matter.

        Getting to meet other PSOers is really cool. I'd recommend everyone make an effort to attend at least one PSO Live event.

        Big "Reno-a-Go-Go" Sissy

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        • #5
          BigSissy
          First, let me say thank you for the suggestions for our PSO greet/meet. I have learned from past PSO tourneys that it is nigh on to impossible to get a PSOer off a table long enough to meet in a bar, have a meal, or cup of coffee. However, most poker rooms aren't in a position to help us out by spreading a game for us...even tho it DOES happen on occassion. Perhaps I could have worked a bit harder at making that happen, and I will do better next time! Actually, I thought you were pretty impressive with that big stoggie ..

          Any suggestions from anyone on just HOW to get poker players to meet at one location for organizational purposes would be greatly appreciated!

          Thanks..

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          • #6
            Hello again to all of you.

            As a 15 year player at the Hilton (yes Jane believe it or not I am nearly 40!), I can tell you the turnout at this years event was nothing short of spectacular!

            I really enjoyed meeting many of you, and was suprised at how many of you said, "CC5318, OH! you are cop". As for the "frisking" there Jane, will have to give you a raincheck, maybe Vegas?? LOL! (Your comments about me in this post absolutely made my week!)

            Despite my recent tourney wins and past experience, the PSO event did not go well for me. Not that I took any "bad beats" mind you. I just got no cards for the 2 hours that I played and every time I attempted a steal, someone raised me! Oh well, that is poker. I went out on AKs v. pocket Aces. Sound familiar Colette?

            To Zeroth, after the tourney I got in to a game, kept looking for the break so I could come over for the photo, and then apparently missed it! I am so sorry.

            Good news is, I will be at the Event on April 30th at the Horseshoe (I am staying nearby at Fitzgeralds), and will be returning to Vegas for the Main event of the WSOP (won my way in for $3 believe it or not!).

            I cannot wait to get to know you all better at future PSO events.

            You can all keep in touch with me at bullriderg@sbcglobal.net

            Good Luck to all!

            CC5318 (the cop)

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            • #7
              After meeting you, I have a renewed dedication to my "civic" duties

              New "CivicMinded" Jane


              ps. sorry, BigSissy for borrowing your idea

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              • #8
                And we appreciate your continued support!

                See you all on the tables and in Vegas!

                (Horseshoe re-opened yesterday!!!!!!!)

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                • #9
                  Reno

                  The Reno World Poker Challenge runs a very close second to my experience in the Big One Three Spring Event. Although Reno is thousands of miles and eight hours from airport to airport, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

                  My first event was the Seniors NLHE $220 buy-in with a $50 rebuy and $50 add-on if you made it through level 2. In total you receive 2,400 TC. The blinds were 5-15, 10-25, 25-50, 50-100 with no ante till level 6. I played practically nothing. At level 3, I raised with QQ, AK and JJ and won.
                  Everyone has built a house of cards and given it a nudge to see the ripple effect. That was the texture of this table. A different player would raise and everyone fold to the dealer.
                  Level 6 was 25 ante, 100-200 blinds. It started at exactly 4:15 PM after the second break. As the antes were being put in for the second hand, a huge conrtroversy broke out because a player was late returning from break and his hand was picked up because he wasn't seated. When the smoke cleared and the ruling stood, the dealer accused me of not puting an ante into the center. Well I had left my hand on the ante but the argument lasted so long I let it go. My position at seat 8 was such that when you place your ante in front of you, the curve of the table makes it look like it could also be in front of either of your neighbors. The tournament director was again summoned and I was instructed to put in a second ante.
                  Mechanical Lesson #1: Place your ante exactly in front of you (where-ever that is) and leave your hand on it at least until both of your neighbors do likewise.
                  This was exactly the reason for choosing to enter the Seniors before the PSO event. I would be prepared. I lost a coin flip hand 30 minutes later.

                  New Jane presented me with my PSO cap that matched my black shirt and I was ready for bear. When I drew the dealer button at seat 9 in the PSO event, the opponent at my right said maybe this is your lucky day. He then proceeded to tell me how he got lucky and cashed for 4K at the final table earlier in the week.
                  From the opening deal Action Al, two seats to my right started raising and rarely stopped. This was not at all like the falling house of cards I was expecting. The rounds were also 45 minutes long and starting chips of 800TC but no rebuys or add-ons which could mean early stack size trouble.
                  At level 4, 50-100 blinds, Action Al raised my BB 200. A beautiful KQ smiled at me. I called to see a flop of JQ3 and check called another 200. The turn was a beautiful K. All my chips went into the center and was surpisingly called with QT. When the river came with a blank, I was in high cotton.
                  What happened next would be considered comical by anyone not at our table. The player to the right of Action Al busted out and was replaced by Action Al #2. If Action Al #2 didn't raise, Action Al #1 was very dependable in bumping it up.
                  Finally at level 6 with 25 ante and blinds of 100-200, they both folded. Again KQs looked at me. I confidently tossed in a 500 raise only to be reraised. At least I was first in but calling reraises was not my thing. I wasn't pot committed yet. I looked at the flop with a Q. The BB bet all in 150. That was an easy call but here I would have been sick to find out later that he only had 150 left and I wasn't paying attention. I thought about folding the reraise. Of course he turned over AA but again a miricle K hit me on the river.
                  While my two opponents on my right and I were discussing my good luck with KQs and the belief that my lucky day was here, the very next hand produced the following deal: The player 2 seats to the right of Action Al made a baby raise of 400 and both Als folded. I had 88 and called. Could you belive of flop of 228. That's what it was. The preflop raiser checked. I bet 400 and the raiser called. The turn card was an ace which scared me. I bet all in and waited a long time for the dealer to push me the pot. But no. Finally I noticed the BB in seat one still had cards and was not letting them go. I hadn't even noticed him call the pre flop bet or the flop bet. Someone finally put the clock on him and he said check the dealer then informed me I could bet all in which I did. Then I got the pot.
                  At the break the BB said he had deuce ace and had a devil of a time folding it but finally had to put me on 88. Then he asked me what I had.

                  Mecanical Lesson #2: Forget the hand before and pay attention to what is going on now. Certainly do not give tells. Going all in out of turn would be considered on the very lowest end of this spectrum.
                  While some of you may think this silly or worse. I have little B&E experience.

                  When I then learned that I was one of 3 or 4 PSO'er left in the tournament, I couldn't figure out how to solve the table texture problem because it was getting worse. Now the small stacks were joining in the raising action. The cost was 525 once around the table. It seemed like it went around the table every 10 minutes since there was rarely a flop and now although my stack was still healthy things were moving a little too fast.
                  But then a voice said send my the BB. I was the BB. I almost tripped over my chair and practically ran around the table before they could change their minds.
                  At my new table GThold'em soon joined us with a stack twice the size of mine. But maybe we were the only two left. I couldn't think about that now. I had to count my chips. We had 7 players. I had AJs in middle position and raised no callers. Whoopee at 525 this round. Next round it will be 50 ante and 200-400. That will be 950 a round. I just need one or two of those.
                  I was raised in my BB. Saw A8s and made a foolish call. Despite 2 clubs on the flop, I was toast.

                  I had a lot of fun cheering Dtermined on to fifth place at the final table. He will be a formidable opponent at the PSO Grand Live Tour Final. He is also a fine gentleman and will represent us admirably should he win the event.

                  Several other PSO'ers just hung out. Even though we didn't know each other it seemed like we belonged together and were friends who just hadn't met yet. Nifty.

                  It was incredible.
                  David

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                  • #10
                    THANK YOU NEW JANE AND BIGSISSY FOR YOUR SUPPORT. IT WAS THE FASTEST 6 HOURS OF MY LIFE. I HAD A BALL, WISH I WOULD HAVE STAYED FOR THE END. THANKS AGAIN. REMEMBER I AM FROM DULUTH COLD COUNTRY!

                    THANKS GARY

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