Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Friday Night Home Game


Sorry for the lack of updates, but Black Friday took most of the wind out of my online poker sails. I miss the various blogger series we had with the excellent competition & prizes. Tried playing in the Play Dank a few Wednesdays, but it’s just not the same.

I now only play a couple times a month, but have managed to successfully cash out checks from both Cake and Bovada since my last post.

Shortly after going to Foxwoods last summer I started playing in a Friday night home game. I only knew 1 player going in, but he happened to be the host, so that helped. During the 1st time I played I learned that another player had played in the same tourney I had at Foxwoods just a week earlier.

The gist of the game is as follows:

  • We start at 7:00 PM and stop with one last orbit at 1:00 AM.
  • $1/$2 NL Hold’em. We have played PLO & PLO8 on occasion, but only if all the players are agreeable to it.
  • Most players buy in for $200 to start, but some buy in for $100.
  • We have a full-time dealer who works for tips.
  • $2/pot is raked to cover food & drinks. Large sub provided every week, along with whatever you want to drink (water, soft drinks, beer).
  • At the end of September we agreed to rake $1/pot for a WSOP prize. At the end of April we will have a tourney with the top 10 players in attendance. The winner of this tourney wins the WSOP prize package, which includes entry to WSOP Event #46, $2500 NL Hold’em, along with some spending money for airfare, hotel, etc. I am currently 5th in attendance, and should qualify for the tourney.
  • Straddling (Traditional) is allowed.
  • If you win a hand with 2-7, and the hand at least goes to the flop, everyone else has to pay you $5/ea.

Lately I have been buying in for $100, holding more back in reserve, & if necessary re-buying for $200 later when there is more money on the table to be won.

Last week was a roller-coaster session. I bought in for $100 & lost it relatively early 3-barreling with 2-7, getting called down all the way w/top pair – medium kicker.

I put my second $100 to good use, & ran it up to $800 by flopping not 1, not 2, but 3 sets & getting it in against 2 pr & straight and flush draws. I’m not flopping another set til at least April.

Things started to go down-hill when I lost a flush-over-flush battle. Then I put another player all in when I had 9-9 on a 7-8-10 board. Bad news is he had 9-10 & I didn’t catch up. My last bad hand was 4s7s. Flopped a pair, and then turned a flush draw with a straight draw. Called a big bet on the turn to miss the river.

Ended up @ $203 for a net win of $3, which I gave to the dealer to help round off the payouts. So the session was a wash, but felt like a loss because of where I had been.

Congrats to one of my on-line poker friends William Vogel for winning the Deep Stack Tourney @ Niagara Falls a couple days ago. You can read all about it here: http://www.pokernews.com/news/2012/02/william-vogel-wins-deepstacks-poker-tour-western-new-york-12062.htm

Looking forward to comments/questions from my most loyal of readers.

Thanks!

Boat

10 comments:

Memphis MOJO said...

Sounds like the Friday home thing is a fun game.

Memphis MOJO said...

I forgot to ask about your check from Cake Poker. They sent me a check which I sent to my bank and it bounced! Did you have any trouble with yours?

SmBoatDrinks said...

Hey Mojo,

I didn't have any trouble with my Cake check, but it was back in August. Was yours more recent?

Yea, didn't do too well last night, but still fun!

Thanks,
Boat

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left a little before noon. The drive down was relatively uneventful, as I listened to some podcasts on my iphone to get me fired up from Tao of Pokerati and ESPN:

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