Sunday, July 24, 2016

Aces On The River

Good evening everyone.  I had my first two losing days of the month this week, and it was so unusual that I actually thought that I lost for the week until I just looked back at my records.  Two sick aces on the river cost me $200.00 (and potentially $300.00).  In the Flamingo's weekly freeroll tournament on Friday, I cashed for $100.00.  I finished in 22nd place out of 78 players, and was two spots from earning another $100.00.  I was under the gun with a stack of 6,000 and the blinds at 2,000/4,000.  I picked up king-queen and thought that it would likely be better than the random two hands that I'd be dealt in the blinds, so I shoved.  A guy with ace-three went all-in after me, and we saw a king-high flop, and a three-out ace on the river...  If I win that pot, I'd definitely make the top twenty for an extra $100.00, and possibly go on to make the top 10 for another $100.00.  The other ugly ace on the river came last night in a 1/2 cash game at the Flamingo.  I lost about $50.00 on this hand, and could have easily lost more.  I was in the big blind with 9 8, and the two-heart flop came 8 9 8.  The small blind bet 12, I called, and everyone else folded.  The villain bet another 12 when a non-heart jack hit the turn, and I again called.  The river brought the ace of hearts, and the villain checked.  I assumed the villain put me on the flush draw or an ace, and I "value bet" 25.  I had great success with value bets at this table, and was up about $200.00 before this hand began.  The villain called, and I turned my hand over, saying, "I flopped the full house."  The villain then flipped over A 8, for a rivered full house.  Oh joy...  I hated losing the hand, but I was shocked that he didn't raise me.  It's not going to be easy for me to lay down there.  I'm also glad that I played the hand slow, because I don't think he's going anywhere after flopping three 8's with an ace kicker.  Regardless, this session allowed me to recoup most of the money that I lost in a Caesar's 1/2 game earlier last night.  Going into the Caesar's session with my  brother Pete, I had mentioned that despite winning in no-limit cash games, I hadn't been making any sets with my pocket pairs.  Low and behold, I have 61 in my stack when I see an unraised flop from the big blind with 2 2.  The flop comes K 2 8.  After a bet of 20 and a call, I move my final 59 in.  Both players call.  The turn and river seem inconsequential, and when it's time to show, the initial bettor shows pocket kings.  Low and behold...  The awesome part was seeing the guy work his stack up to 800 with very fishy plays and suckouts, then proceeding to rack up and leave before I was able to catch him in a hand or two.  Yippee...

Let's move on to news where I don't get mortally crushed in hands...  Before reaching the final thirty in the Flamingo freeroll, I folded ace-queen with my short stack, and had I shoved, I would have lost to pocket kings.  Nice fold to make $100.00...  After the freeroll, I played my first 3-6 limit at the Monte Carlo since returning to town, and I made almost another $100.00 there.  The freeroll started at 10:00 a.m., and now it's about 6:00 p.m. and I'm starving, having only eaten an energy bar all day long since waking up before 7:00 a.m.  Up almost two hundred for the day, I decided to treat myself with some of my poker comps...


Just a little snack from the Paris buffet.  My friend Nick had actually eaten at the Paris buffet earlier in the week, and his assessment was dead on.  Although it's not bad, there's actually not a lot to choose from when compared to some of the other buffets that I've eaten at.  That being said, I made due with the prime rib, and the crab, and the shrimp.  I'm a trooper...  ;)  Speaking of Nick, he was in town with his wife and a few friends, and I got to meet him and watch him play a little poker.


I was a bit skeptical of Nick's plan at first, and it had nothing to do with his poker-playing ability.  Nick arrived in town very late Sunday night/early Monday morning, and this was presumably after being awake all day Sunday.  He then proceeded to get three hours of sleep his first two nights in town, followed by five hours before waking up Wednesday, the day of the tournament.  The tourney didn't begin until 2:00 p.m., and I thought Nick might just crash right on the table.  Nick had told me that three hours of sleep per night was his norm in Vegas, but to his credit, he didn't look like a zombie when he showed up at the Venetian.  The $400.00 no-limit bounty tourney paid $100.00 bounties to a player each time that they could eliminate another player from the tournament.  The tourney ended up with 145 entrants, and Nick's start was a reminder that you don't have to sprint out of the gate to start a tournament.  After starting with 12,000 in chips, Nick dipped down to about 5,000 before getting hands to play and actually connecting with them.  Over the course of the tourney, Nick managed to knock out four players (making this his own personal freeroll), and he finished 31st, with the top 15 making the cash.  An untimely table change brought about his demise, as Nick was repeatedly was dealt second-best hands shortly after arriving.  I enjoyed railing Nick during the tourney, despite the fact that he decided to curse my football team before leaving town.  Nick told me that if the Steelers didn't do well this season, it shouldn't come as a surprise, because that was one team that he bet on to win the Super Bowl.  Nick hadn't even been back home for a full day yet when it was announced that star running back Le'Veon Bell would be suspended for the first four games of the season.  Damn you Nick!!!  ;)

*** Sorry about that 4-hour break that I just took that you were completely unaware of.  I took a nap.  Funny thing is, when I woke up around noon, I considered going to the Strip and playing poker, but instead I decided to write this entry.  I hit the wall HARD at 4:00 p.m.  Glad that I wasn't on the Strip...  :)  My nap gave Nick time to finish his blog post about the tournament that I just wrote about.  You can find his write-up at the link given above for him.  Also, back to my Paris buffet, I meant to say something that will resonate with two groups particularly - that would include those who have been longtime followers of my original blog, and also my Facebook friends.  'Bikini Hill & The Strip' is the blog that you will find at that link, and I've been writing there for almost five years now.  You can get to know me better there, as that blog is a hodgepog of stuff about my personal life.  Anyway, have you ever noticed that I never post pictures of food that I've prepared?  If you see a photo of food from me, it's always something that someone else has cooked up...  :)  Just sitting here thinking how that Rio breakfast buffet and that Paris dinner have eaten into my comps...  ;)

Let's talk about angleshooting for a minute.  I have now seen something occur twice in my last two weeks of playing.  About two weeks back in a 1/2 no-limit game, a guy threw in about 17 from his stack for a raise, and then fidgeted, saying that he didn't mean to raise that much.  I remembered this as the hand played out and he eventually ended up tabling A A and winning the pot.  I don't know if any of the other players remember this preflop "move," but if so, no one mentioned it.  Fast forward to my recent 3-6 limit session at the Monte Carlo.  This lady in her 40's or 50's is obviously a regular in the room, based on how she was addressed by the staff.  Well, the Monte Carlo actually uses one and two-dollar chips in this game, the ones being white, and the twos being beige, or "off white."  She had been in the game for about half an hour when she tossed three beige chips into the pot, followed by the statement that she "didn't mean to raise."  She then proceeded to bet every street like someone who had pocket aces.  If you've ever played limit before, you know what I'm talking about.  She feared no card as she threw in her chips.  Unfortunately, everyone folded and she never showed.  I say unfortunately, because I would bet that she had A A, and I was being social with the guy I was sitting by.  I don't normally get too chatty in no-limit games, but I'm more relaxed in limit.  Also, I had flopped sets with 3 of 4 pocket pairs.  I was getting no cards, but when I did, I was flopping sets and winning pots.  I actually made quads and a $50.00 bonus on one hand.  This guy actually nicknamed me "The Viper" because of how "I'd wait..., I'd wait..., and then I'd STRIKE..."  Back to the alleged aces, if she would have indeed turned over that hand, I was going to pop off to my friend, "Do you remember how she 'raised by mistake' preflop?  That's the second time I've seen that angleshooting crap in two weeks with aces..."  Anyway, she never showed, but what a bunch of garbage.  I also heard the classic line in another limit game from a female player about a week back, "well, since no one else is betting..."  RUN, RUN DUMMY, RUN!!!  :)  I don't even remember which movie that's from at the moment...

Anyway, I hope that you're enjoying my poker exploits.  A long time ago, when my brother Pete brought me to the WPT's Five Diamond Classic to watch the pros at the Bellagio, and then to the Mirage to play 3-6 limit live (I remember asking what was better, a straight or a flush), I became HOOKED on this game.  I told my brother that I wanted to become really good, and asked what the secret was.  Pete said that I just had to see hands, meaning that I had to watch lots and lots of hands.  I'm happy to say that I'm on pace to pay all of my monthly bills with my poker winnings this month.  Hopefully this will continue, and I'll keep improving...  I'm getting to the point where I'm HATING to have a losing session for the day, and I think that will only benefit me.

That's all for now, but my poker-playing friend Katie will be in town this week, so I should have another guest star for next week's post.  I hope that you have a great week, and I'll see you soon!




      

      

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Doing The Right Thing Can Hurt

Good evening everyone.  I want to start off tonight by thanking all of you who have been following and supporting my poker exploits and also reading my blog(s).  I see that I receive a lot of visitors here from my friends via Facebook, and I'll rotate who I tag to posts.  I'm just letting you know that so you don't feel left out if you're not tagged to every single entry that I make here.  Between having friends who are poker players and/or those who simply want me to succeed as I continue to learn this game, y'all have generated quite a bit of traffic here, and I enjoy sharing my stories with you.  I still plan on writing about once a week (hopefully for each of my four blogs in the near future), and I'll continue to keep notifying everyone via my Facebook and Twitter ads.  These posts will almost always come on Monday or Tuesday.

We have a lot to cover tonight my friends.  My recent gameplan has been to play overnight on weekend nights when there are more games going in town.  I have done so for the past three evenings, but today I'm switching my sleep schedule back to normal because I have some errands that have to be done during the day tomorrow.  Anyway, that's why I'm writing on Sunday.  I took a nap, and I have to sleep tonight, so now I'm up.  Let me tell you the gut-wrenching story first, and then we'll discuss happy things...  I was playing 1/2 no limit, and I had pocket queens.  I honestly don't remember how much money went into the pot on this hand because I tend to play all of my big hands differently.  I imagine that I'm pretty difficult to read...  Long story short, the flop came King-Jack-Nine, with several players seeing the flop.  Not the best for queens, although some players would stay for the gutshot straight draw.  Hitting a queen would be pretty useless at this point, since any ten would make a straight.  Based on the post-flop action, I folded.  The turn brought another jack.  Now I'm losing to any king, any jack, and the evil hand (queen-ten), so I'm feeling pretty good about my fold.  There's more betting and calling after the turn.  Then (are you ready for it???) a QUEEN comes on the river...  I would have made queens full of jacks (whimper, whimper)...  Now let's see the action after the river.  The first player bets 60, and he gets called by two other players.  That's 180 in the pot, just on the river.  The bettor shows jack-nine, for a full house, and both callers show 10's, for straights...  I estimate that I would have profited somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 hundred dollars in that $400.00-ish pot had I seen the river.  I obviously made the right play after the flop, as jack-nine had two-pair, and after he filled up on the turn, I was drawing to just two queens.  STILL, I thought (stewed) about that hand for the next half-hour.  I made a good fold, but doing the right thing can hurt...

Ironically, since my Flamingo tourney cash about a month ago, I haven't play in a single tournament.  Ironcially times two, I have not lost on any day that I've played since that tourney.  Over the past three days playing, I made about $450.00.  Making $450.00 a week would be enough to pay my bills, so there's that.  I also have something in the works with a possible employer, so there's that also.  See, I told you that the news got happier.  Freaking 300 dollars...

Let's talk about specific friends of mine for a moment before we proceed with some of my bigger hands of the weekend.  I played the weekend at the Flamingo, the MGM, and at Excalibur.  As far as the MGM goes, I can't believe that my friend Rob has never mentioned how many pretty girls are there on the weekend.  As for the Excalibur, I have to thank my friend Pete P. Peters for turning me onto it.  There didn't seem to be a lot of World Series of Poker bracelet winners playing in their games.  My friend Nick will be arriving in town tonight to play some poker for a few days, and my friend Katie will be hitting town next week to do the same.  I've said it on several occasions, that if you live in Las Vegas, your friends WILL COME to visit you...  ;)  Again, if you're ever going to be in town and want to meet up, let me know.  If I've never met you before, let's make it a public place, like maybe a..., casino...  :)  The funny thing about Nick is that he's met my brother, but not me.  Speaking of meeting people, I played poker with a nice lady from Lake Jackson, Texas this weekend, and whenever I hear "Lake Jackson," I think of my friend Megan.  :)  Assuming that everyone knows everyone in LJ, I asked if Sandy knew Megan, but alas, the answer was no.  However, Sandy is also a big Astros fan (like Megan), and she said that Megan is cute, so there's that...  :D

Okay, poker hands from the weekend...  Two of my memorable hands from the weekend came in 2-4 limit poker.  I like to play limit on occasion for several reasons.  Limit games tend to have weaker players (though not always), my stack is protected against a misread or a bad beat, and I can sit at the table "brain dead" for hours if I'm accumulating time for a freeroll tournament.  In the first hand, I had pocket aces, and I was in early position.  Sometimes making players flat-call four will thin the field, so I raised.  If a player already has two chips in, they almost always call the raise.  Well, raising worked, as only SEVEN other players called me.  Goodness gracious...  So eight of us saw a low flop (nine-high), maybe five went to the turn, and the river pairing the board with a six made me feel better about getting whacked by a garbage two-pair.  The first player showed a nine, followed by a girl proudly showing her pocket queens, and then I showed the winning hand...  :D  Pocket aces held up in a eight-way pot.  WOO-HOO!!

Now let's move onto the second hand of note.  Playing about ten hours of limit poker, I had missed plenty of flops, and my stack was down to like 50 bucks.  Then I limped into a VERY multi-way pot with pocket 3's.  The flop came Queen-Ten-THREE with two diamonds.  There were a lot of straight and flush draws, along with queens and/or tens out there, because most everybody stuck around.  With my dwindling stack, I decided that I was going to make this pot as big as possible, or "go broke" (have to buy more chips).  Someone bet 2, so I raised to 4.  A player went all-in for 5, and after several calls, I got to raise again to 7.  This 2-4 pot must have had like 50 bucks in it when we saw a jack on the turn.  More bets and calls, and then another jack on the river.  Beautiful card for me, because any straights were now toast.  Needless to say, my 3's full of jacks won like an 80-ish dollar pot, in 2-4 limit...  :P  Just like my pocket aces hand, I seem to be involved in bigger pots than most people (in no limit also, because my stack gets in a lot if I'm around til the river).  Doyle Brunson once said, "No-limit hold 'em.  Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror."  That explains my current playing-style PERFECTLY...

I think that it's time to hit the 'publish' button my friends.  Thanks again for your support, and have a great week!  

  

Monday, July 11, 2016

I'm The Portugal Of Poker

Good afternoon everyone.  I've got a lot for you today, so let's get started...  On Friday I decided to take a "study day" so that I could watch the Ladies No Limit Hold 'Em Event at the World Series Of Poker.  I arrived at the Rio early in the morning, so early in fact that I was the first person in line for the breakfast buffet.  I finally decided to treat myself to something with my poker comps...  Upon being seated, I ordered glasses of milk and orange juice, completely geared up for breakfast, but when I surveyed the buffet (NOTE:  Always remember to scout the whole buffet before putting anything on your plate so that you don't miss out on something you like), I found something that I had never had before, so...,


I ended up with this...  The rolls filled with crab and avocado were my favorite, in case you're keeping score at home.  Add a bunch of chicken and pork on sticks, and a plate of fruit, and I could barely walk out at the end.  Luckily the Rio's permanent poker room is just steps away, and I railed cash games there before I ventured to the other end of the property for the Ladies' Event.

Going into the event, I was confused as to whether the tourney began on Thursday or Friday.  I had seen or heard conflicting information, made a mistake, whatever..., so I put out an "SOS" on Twitter, hoping for some clarification.  To my surprise, none other than Annette FREAKING Obrestad was the first to clarify things for me...


For those of you who are not familiar with Annette, she's a REALLY GOOD poker player, and her response set a positive tone for my railing of the event right out of the gate.  Once the event began, I spent a good half-hour roaming the room, watching a hand or two per table, and then moving along.  After leaving the room and returning, I spotted a player who has been a favorite of mine for quite some time...


Back in 2006 when I was dealing poker at the Riviera, my friend Rick (another Riviera dealer) and myself decided to play poker at Red Rock on our day off, and Rick told me afterward that Kristy Arnett was playing at his table, and that she wrote for Card Player Magazine.  I was familiar with Kristy's work as I made it a point to read EVERYTHING (especially back then), and Rick relayed that she was cool, etc..., etc...  Kristy has been involved in several poker-related projects in the past ten years, but except for a few appearances in cash games on t.v., I had never actually seen her play.  Kristy has a fun, upbeat personality that is good for the game, so I stopped to rail her table.  Unfortunately, her table wasn't right on the rail, but was one table removed, so I couldn't even make out the cards on the board when hands took place.  However, I did watch several hands from the table right against the rail, and I had the opportunity to meet Kristy's husband...


As I thought about it before writing this entry, I realized that Andrew Moreno is the most successful poker player that I've ever had an extended conversation with.  Andrew finished 28th in last year's Main Event, and he placed 6th in the recent Monster Stack Event at this year's WSOP.  The funny thing is that Andrew plays mostly cash games, and doesn't consider himself a tournament specialist.  After talking with Andrew and later watching Kristy bust out (she never seemed to have any hands or gain any traction, based on my view two tables away), I again moved through the room.  The next table that I camped at had several deep stacks, and featured this player...


The first thing that I noticed about this player was her purple hair.  Her current hairstyle looks very similar to what is pictured here, except for the purple.  Anyway, there were some decent stacks and lots of interesting hands, so I stuck around.  As time went by, I noticed how this player was extremely gracious to everyone else at the table, and to those people who came to the rail to say hi and show support for her.  Based on her supporters, I realized that she was more than a novice player, and I googled her name (Ebony) with the words 'poker player.'  Come to find out, she is Ebony Kenney, and that she's not only a professional poker player, but also a model.  I was very impressed with the way that Ebony interacted with everyone, and when I looked back to see the tournament results (I was only there on the first day), I saw that Ebony placed 16th in a field of over 800 players.  Upon seeing the results this morning, I sent Ebony a tweet, echoing my sentiments above, and letting her know that she's picked up a new fan.  Based on how I saw Ebony treat others, I probably shouldn't have been surprised when she responded to my tweet, saying, "This makes my heart smile.  Thank you!!!"

So yeah, a very positive experience on Friday, and everyone that I've mentioned above is great for the game of poker.  During one of the breaks in the Ladies' Event, I ventured over to the One Drop Event, and managed to snap a photo from the rail of another player who has been an excellent ambassador for poker...


This kid might have a future in the game.  Daniel Negreanu something or other...  :)  As far as photo credits go, the Negreanu picture is the only one that I shot.  I tried to take a picture a Kristy, but I might as well have been shooting it from the moon, based on my phone and her distance from the rail...  Since we're doing pictures, this is a recent one that was taken of me...


Thanks go out to my friend Joey for shooting this.  My brother Pete immediately cracked on my choice of shirts...  :)  As I was watching the postgame coverage of Portugal's 1-0 victory over France in extra time yesterday, I decided that I'm the "Portugal of Poker."  Several commentators were criticizing Portugal's style of play, despite the fact that Portugal WON THE GAME.  I play a very different style of poker than most no-limit players (similar to Portugal versus their opponents), and instead of constantly attacking, attacking, I pick my spots to strike.  I am definitely no Portugal, but I haven't booked a cash-game loss so far this month, so hopefully I'll continue to run well.

Thanks for stopping by again to check out what is a relatively new blog for me.  Have a great week and I'll see you soon!











Friday, July 8, 2016

Being Thirsty Pays Off

Good morning everyone.  This post wasn't planned, but I find myself with a few moments to spare, so I thought I'd check in.  I hadn't really planned on playing poker yesterday because I was running errands.  You'll love this...  Several of you know that I CONSTANTLY carry three poker chips with me, and that I'm endlessly playing with them.  Well, the chips are made of clay, and constantly handling them wears the clay down, and they actually become thinner.  I had a stack of about twenty of these that I wanted to return to the casinos for "fresh chips."  Also, having just returned to town, I also wanted to update my casino players cards.  You generally earn a dollar an hour in comps  playing poker.  They swipe your card when you sit at the table, and you can use the comps to buy food, etc...  Between the chip exchanging and the card updating, I was in and out of casinos up and down the Strip for HOURS yesterday, and it was HOT.  July in the desert, who knew???  I had yet to get Planet Hollywood chips, and I was thirsty.  When I reached the poker room, they were seating a new 1/2 no-limit game.  What a great way to get a free ice cold cherry coke I thought, so I sat with a hundred dollars.  Again, I hadn't really planned on playing yesterday.  About the 6th or 7th hand, I look down at the red aces.  Being early to act, I limped in, hoping to get raised, and then I'd repop the raiser when the action reached me again.  Sure enough, someone raised to 12, they got a call, and I shoved my remaining stack, now in for 99 bucks total.  The woman who originally raised thought it over and called me, while the other gentleman in for 12 and everyone else folded.  I tabled my aces and the woman tabled AQ of spades.  I'm not sure what hand she thought I'd shove with preflop that AQ would be beating, but good for me...  :)  My aces held up, and that's how you make 100 dollars in ten minutes...  Have a great weekend everyone, and I'll see you soon...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I'm Back In Vegas

Good morning everyone.  I hope that you've been able to keep up with the supersonic pace here.  I started this blog almost a year and a half ago, and this is my fifth post.   :)  HOWEVER, I have moved back to Las Vegas, and I do intend to keep you up to date with my progress as I attempt to become a professional poker player.  I don't need to become famous or rich to be a "professional" (if that's what you're picturing when you read the word).  If I can play well enough to pay my bills, I'd be totally happy.  Chances are that I will have to find a job, but I've found that the more consistently I can get out and play, the better I seem to do.  I have four blogs, and I will try to keep this one focused mainly on poker.  If you're interesested in learning about who I am, Bikini Hill & The Strip is the blog where you can find that information.  My Twitter account and the addresses to all of my blogs are at the top of this page, and the links to all of mine and my friends' blogs can be found in the list on the right.

Now that we're done with the introductions, let's talk poker.  If you read the first four entries that I've done here so far, you can get some background on my poker experience.  It might take you a whole five minutes...  :)  Now let's fast forward to the past month and a half.  After returning to the desert on May 23rd, I immediately took bad beats in cash games for about a week and a half.  I took some time off from the game to rest and refocus, and then decided to play the $60.00 buy-in Flamingo Tourney two weeks ago Saturday.  I have a history of doing well in tourneys, but I just hate the juice casinos charge.  Anyway, I played, and everyone else and their dog decided to play that day.  We had 71 runners, and only 6 players were getting paid.  No matter how many players enter a Flamingo Tourney, they only pay six maxium, and this was a Saturday afternoon with the WSOP in town.  Seeing the final entrant totals, I knew that getting to the top six would involve shoving a lot of hands, and my karma evened out from my earlier run of bad cards this summer.  I ran AJ into AQ and spiked a jack.  I shoved with 99, and it held up against the lone caller with K-10.  I ran up against JJ with my AK, and spiked an ace on the river.  Long story short, we chopped with four players left, and we each took home $680.00.


The three chips pictured (I rotate them from different casinos) are the ones that I constantly have, regardless of whether I'm in a poker room or elewhere, thus the name of this blog.

Shortly after my cash in the Flamingo Tourney, I moved into my new apartment from my brother's place, where I'd been staying since I arrived in town.  Being SURPRISINGLY disciplined, I didn't play poker for two weeks as I tended to unpacking and other chores related to my move.  And then came the 4th of July Weekend..  After playing from Saturday night into Sunday morning and winning $100.00 in cash games, I started playing again on Sunday night, was up about $35.00, fell to down $23.00, and then decided I'd switch from limit to no-limit.  I happily switch between the two, always looking to play in the best games.  I guess you can say that I like to catch fish...  ;)  Well, after being stuck close to $150.00 for the day, but being stubborn as hell, not wanting to go home a loser, I clawed my way back to a $78.00 no-limit win, and a $55.00 net score for the day, after only TWENTY-ONE HOURS of poker.  It's my second-longest session ever, the first being a 24-hour 3-6 limit session at the Mirage, where I cut my teeth playing poker, basically learning how to play the game on the Strip, as I didn't play the game growing up, like many players do...  My playing highlight of the session was doubling-up with Q-10 suited, which is amazing, because I CONSTANTLY refer to Q-10 as the "evil-hand."  I was once eliminated from two Sahara Tournies in one day, both times playing Q-10.  It's looks pretty, but it's very dangerous...  However, I called a raise from 2 to 15 in a 3-way pot, flopped 2-pair, and shoved to get the flush draw out.  I had one caller, the straight draw, and he never got there.  My second big pot of the day came with A-10 suited.  I got in cheap, with position, and flopped a royal flush draw as the queen and jack of hearts showed up.  This was about 19 hours into the session, I've NEVER had a royal flush playing live poker, and I was NOT letting go...  In addition to the pot, the Flamingo pays $300.00 for a royal using both hole-cards.  Instead of shoving the flop, I kept calling, only having ace-high and wanting a shot at the $300.00.  I called a $15.00 flop bet and a $45.00 bet on a blank turn (I was hanging on tenaciously), and the six of hearts showed up on the river (NOTE:  I had the heart draw)...  :D  It wasn't perfect, but it was good enough...  Among the most interesting hands that I saw during the session was the guy to my right calling an all-in on the turn with a made flush, and then hitting the one-out straight flush on the river when the nine of clubs showed up.  His opponent had A-3 of clubs, and the winner hit the only card in the deck that could help him...

I think that's enough for now, but I'll try to publish more for you at least once a week.  Thanks for following along as I get this blog going, and have a great week!