3.26.2005

marathon day...and a marathon blog entry...

What a tiring few days i just had....

After working Thursday, i decided to get a sandwich at the local Quizznos, (Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon and swiss...very higly reccomended, by the way...) i went home and watched some TV while waiting for the color to set in so i am now completely blond again. Sorry to my family, i know they liked the two tone hair better...

Was planning on taking a nap..then heading up to Foxwoods at around midnight...well after i got done with my hair and showering, it was like 10pm or so...got in to bed to get an hour of sleep or so...and it just wasn't happening...guess the shower woke me up or somethin...

So at 10:15 i got out of bed...got dressed..and headed out...
zoom forward to 11:45..i walk in to Foxwoods and head to the poker room. Sign up for 1-2 no limit, and seeing i have an hour wait, i go to my nemesis...the blackjack table. After losing about $340 there, i head back to the poker room, and see that i had already missed my name being called...so i put it back on the list and sat at a 4-8 limit table for a while.

I played about 10 hands or so, and started to remember why i am so much happier playing no-limit. There's almost no thinking in the limit game, at least at that money level. Can't bet anyone out of a pot if they're on a draw..and seems like they hit their draws about 80% of the time...it's uncanny! Maybe at the 20-40 games, you can actually muscle some people out...but i would need a bigger bankroll to start playing that...

So i finally got my no-limit seat, and started off pretty poorly. The buy in was max $100, and i bought in i think 5 times before i settled down and started consistantly raking in pots. One big hand i had Ah-Qh, flop came with 2 hearts, think it was Kh, 6h, 2c (or something like that). I had two others in the hand at that point, both with about $100 left after they called the $15 raise pre-flop. I was on the button, and amazingly the two people in front of me went all in! I put one of them on hitting the King and the other on a lower flush draw (since i had the nut flush draw w/the ace). I thought about it for a minute or two, calculated that i was getting about 3-1 on my money, with the possibilty of hitting an ace (as well as any remaining hearts) to win the hand. I decided to call $101 finally, and saw the 2h come on the river and i raked in my largest pot of the morning.

So i stopped playing poker probably about 7am or so, at that point i think i had won about $100 or so at the table, good comeback for being down almost $500...

My friend Melissa and her mom were driving up from Milford to have breakfast at Mohegan at around 10am, so i had told them i would meet them there and join them. So..in the meantime, there i go again, over to the blackjack tables...just stalling till Melissa called me so i could leave.
I had considered going to my car and taking a nap, but i was just hitting my second wind, and knew that it would be tough to get to sleep with the sun coming up....

I worked 2 hands at a $10 table for a while, not betting more then $20 on a hand. And i was actually doing pretty well, up about $300 at one point. Melissa called at like 9ish, and i left that table up $200...pretty decent. So all in all...i left foxwoods only down about $50 or so..not bad for almost 10 straight hours of gambling...

Breakfast was really good, buffet style at Mohegan. I haven't seen Melissa in a while, probably since last October, so she was a sight for sore eyes. She recently got engaged to her b/f Brendan, congratulations to them..of course...

So we chatted for a while and ate WAY too much food, and then i took off towards the parking lot at around 11:30. And i couldn't resist, found a spot at a blackjack table near the door, and played for a half hour, winning another $200 playing $25 a hand.

Now i'm up $150 for the day, driving home, and i get a text message from Pete saying he was goin to hit the NYC Players club to play in their 1-2 no-limt game there. I haven't been to the club yet, and wanted to check it out, so i figured i might as well just hop on a train and head down to the city. It was already like 1:30pm, if i went home i'd just sleep and mess up my whole schedule anyways...

Hopped on a 2:15 train out of Milford, hoping to take a nice nap so i would be awake and attentive at the poker table. Didn't quite happen the way i planned. Sure enough, the train is packed, i DO find a seat, but there is this kid, who just wouldn't shut up for anything. If it exists, i had major "train rage". I was really really close to getting up and screaming at the parent. Sorry, but going "shhh" to a child isn't going to do a damned thing!!! And it's not just that the kid was talking, she was SCREAMING things for no reason at all...the alphabet..numbers...whatever. How can you, as a parent, with 200 people on the train car, LET that happen???? Shut the kid up, however you have to....UGH!!! So if i slept 5 min on the train ride...i was lucky...

So i get to NYC and meet Pete up at his place, he showers up and we head off. the place is pretty cool i guess, nice people that work there, that's for sure...

I get really lucky the first hour or so that we were playing, and i had turned my $200 buy in in to over $600. One hand i had 2 Kings up against 2 Queens. I made a standard raise of about $15, he raised to $40, i looked him over, put him on AK at best, and decided my Kings were good, and re-raised all in. At that point i had about $250 to his $200, he called after thinking for a while, got no help, and i raked in another pretty big pot.

Pete didn't have much luck, except for one pot, he had A-K all in vs. K-K and the flop came down A-9-A....what luck!!!! Reminded me of a tournament we had at work where he had J-J and hit his quads on the flop...wish i had that luck!!!!

So we played from about 5pm till 10pm, i ended being up $200 from the session, but Pete lost about $350, not a good night for him at all...

After we left, we went to Jack's Dilemma, a bar on 78th and Amsterdam. Not many people were there, but we met up with his girlfriend Emily and had 3 drinks, then i headed off to catch a train, so i could get home and finally sleep! This train ride was different, i fell asleep before we even left, and pretty much slept the whole way to Milford. Good thing, cause i was EXHAUSTED!!! The nap kept me nice and awake for the drive home.

When i got home, took a nice hot shower (i felt GROSS...being in the same clothes from 10pm Thu till 2am Saturday...that's a good 28 hours) and fell asleep really quick.

Felt nice to have a good time, play some poker, and always the best part of all...depositing all my winnings in the bank this morning!!!

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