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Dodger invited me (And Bedrock and DA) to fill a few seats on a bus trip up to Tahoe. 75% of the crowd was retired (or older), but it was a really fun crowd. I guess Dodger knows them from his bowling team which I think is a connection of somebody's babysitter's uncle-in-law. These folks have been doing this trip annually for the past 25 years so they have the drill down. Load up the bus with a big cooler full of beer 2 or 3 cases of hard liquor, plenty of mixers and get the damn bus on the road.

They do a Uno teams tourney for a buck ahead and we all go involved in that. I never even heard of playing teams in Uno, but it worked out as a series of 2 player teams heads up. Dodger and I made it to the semi finals and would have advanced to the finals if I hadn't brain-farted at the end of our last game. Damn, we were really counting on that 10.50 a piece (well 9.50 profit!). It was a lot of fun. The guy who organized the trip got absolutely, totaly hand down shit faced. He was brgging about how he got CUT-OFF in the casino. That's pretty hard to do. He only told the story about 1700 times onthe way home. Boy was he proud of himself! It was hilarious.

Anyway, we get to Harvey's around noon. We head up to the poker room. There's 3 full tables going, 8 or 9 empty tables and a list from hell. The 3/6 list was about 75 deep. The 5/10 list (which hadn't even been spread yet was about 18 deep) and the NL game had a handfull of players on it. WTF? Where are all of your dealers? "We can schedule the dealers but we can'tr schedule the players." Huh? WTF does that mean? We just spent 2 hours on a bus full of old croanies to play poker here today. I don't want to hear nothing about your scheduling dficincies. We had him call down to the sundowner to see what was up and they hadn't even oopend up yet. We put our names on the 3/6 and 5/10 lists and went to get some lunch. Cruised over to the Hard Rock Cafe and killed an hour so having lunch.

WE got back to the poker room about 15 minutes before they were ready for us. They had just opened the 5/10 table and opened another 3/6 game or two. Got seated in the 3/6 game and was first on the list for the 5/10, which was the game I was wanting to take a shot at. Sat down to a table full of fools, but they weren't crazy raising fools. Mostly a bunch of calling stations. One a hand with an AK type of hand and was up $40 right away. The table was pretty dead even with a couple of buddies down at one end who were trying to liven the joint but really didn't know how.

A few minutes later Dodger shows up at my table. I look down to find KK and raise it up. He and 5 others call. I get a nice looking J8x flop and bet and get several calls. Board pairs the 8 check to me I bet and still get plenty of callers. River brings an A. Great. Someone bets, Dodger fires a raise and give him a smirk and say "You gonna suck out on me on the very first hand you Dog?" He gives me his "get out" grin and nod and I do. He shows down A8 for a boat. He managed to catch AA on the very next hand and get a huge pot. He was up about $125 after 2 hands. Well that just livened things up. Everybody started calling him "Dog" for the rest of the time he was at the table. Luckily I got called for the 5/10 game and was able to get out of heis way for a while. I left the 3/6 game up about $30.

Sat down at the 5/10 game and proceeded to get nothing to play for the first hour. I knew I was going to be a little timid of the 5/10 stakes anyway, but I was getting absolute crap - nothing even tempting. Finally caught a couple hands and drug a few pots. This table was pretty tight most of the session. Most raises were getting a lot of respect and there was little fishouts if there was any betting at all. I was down a little when Dodger found his way over to the 5/10 table. I don't remember a lot of hands from the session, but I did manage to catch fire about an hour before we had to leave.

My most profitable hand of the session was with JJ in middle position. I raise and get 3 or 4 callers. Flop comes a gorgeous AJ9. NEw guy (who I pretty much pegged as an "action" guy when he sat down), bets into me. I decide to push this hand befause I just didn't want someone with a gutshot to suck me out and the board was just ripe for that. I raised and all fold to action guy who raised me back and threw the cap on it. Turn is a complete brick and he fires back at me. I raised, he raised I capped and he backed off. River is another brick and he checks into my bet and calls. He shows J9! (I figured he had a set of 9s) adn I scooped a pretty decent pot.

During our stay, one of the tables hit the bad beat jackpot. I guess quads got beat by a straight flush! Their JP was up around $9800. The loser gets 25% of the JP, winner 10% and the rest of the table cut up 10%, so they only pay out 45% of the actual JP when it hits. Tunrs out DA and BEdrock were at that table so they got like $140 each. I guess DA had the misfortune of haveing a boat on that hand so he wasn't quite as thrilled by all the action, but he still made some profit out of the hand.

I went on a bit of a run and was up about $420 at around 6:00 (15 minutes before we were scheduled to leave) and decide to finish the orbit (2 more hands) and walk. Unfortunately, I had 55 flop a set on a 3 flush board and lost a little more than I wanted to a new fish who was playing her Q2s. She had played second pair pretty strong a few hands back so I had to pay her off even when the board 4 flushed. Very next hand, I get JJ and raise it up. This new fish 3 bets and I just call. Flop comes 3 under cards. I bet out and she just called. OK, my JJ is good. River brings an ugly Q. I bet out and she raised. Shit. I put her on AQ and called just in case I could get lucky. River brings an Ace and I just had to lay it down when she bet. Turns out she just had AJ and didn't have a hand until the river. I had drained out about $70 in the last few hands, but still cashed out about $350 up for the day. Works for me.

I think Dodger ended up around +$100 (after he went into a total funk of crap cards for about the last 1 1/2 hours). Bedrock was up about $150 and I think DA dropped a bit (I guess he couldn't get much to work with all day long). Over all, BYOC was well represented.

Got back on the bus to hear the "I got cutoff" story and headed back down the road. I was running late for the $25 game at Daddy's (AKA Poker Club's first game.....)
 

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Good job guys.

The casino should have dealers ready to go. No excuses, especially on weekends. Heck, they can get some BJ dealers to fill in. Customers must come first.

The limits are too close together. They should have a 3/6 but the next one should be like a 6/12. 5/10 and 10/20 limits tend to be tight because of the number of chips (i.e., the pots look small with just $5 chips in play).
 

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Good job on the tables, Hagar. Sounds like your first foray into some higher limits turned out well. Next step is the 9/18 at Capitol... the action will knock your socks off (good and bad, depending on your luck).

Yeah, I've noticed how 5/10 games can be tighter... Ace threw in (and I've heard it lots before) that less chips in the pot leads to less action... Rationally this makes no sense, but since when have the mass majority of poker players been rational :?:

So yeah, try a 3/6 game with bigger than $1 chips. It's a new experience... or check out 6/12 with $1 chips! I'm pretty sure Limelight's 6/12 spread is with $1 chips and some $5 chips... they got this new chips but only $1. I also played 6/12 at CC once and it was all $1 chips... a mountain in the middle! Later all!

-David
 

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Yeah...it was a fun trip to Tahoe! Thanks, Dodger for the invite. The 3/6 table that Bedrock and I sat down at was pretty good. For me, right as I sat down, I took the first 3 of 4 hands with 3-of-a-kind with all of them. So, I thought...coool! This is going to be a great day! I cancelled my name on the 5/10 table. I got a few hands more to play, but nothing spectacular until the bad beat round. I saw the straight flush out there, but had 10's full of 8's and couldn't let it go. There were too many of those "damn, I didn't catch my card on the river." Though the capping did give me some clues. The $140 was a nice way to cover my lost bets.

After that hand...the cards dried up considerably. I made the mistake of playing a few with hopes of something developing. No luck!

All in all, it was still a good trip and only finished $75 down.
 
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