So I arrived last night around 6pm at Derby. Seemed to be a slow night for a Saturday. I got into a 4/8 with no wait, and was there for about 2 hours. Ran my initial rack up to $325 while I watched the Kings lose to the worst team in the league :evil:
It's funny how people in 4/8 like to talk about how good they are, how bad you are, etc. In most games I don't show my cards, don't talk about my game, etc. Sometimes (especially in the 4/8 ) I like to be a smartass on purpose... tends to get people to call me down more often (which is a GOOD thing). When my name got called for 12/24, this guy to my right was ridiculing me, telling me not to lose all my piggy bank money. lol.
So 12/24 was in the back room, kinda secluded and there was only 1 pai-gow table going in the room. Sat down to a full table in seat nine and ordered some food and watched the game. Didnt get any good hands till about 30min in.. KQs 1 off the button. 3 callers to me. I raise, button drops, but all else calls. Flop comes Q92 rainbow. Not too bad. Someone bets... I raise, all but small blind calls. Turn blank. I bet, he calls. River is a 10, he checks I bet, he Raises, I call, he turns over JK for the gut straight on the river :?: ... didnt see that coming from a 12/24 table.
So the whole night goes on like this. Im playing strong cards, getting out if the flop has nothing, and for abour 5 hours im up and down... at about 2 or so, I'm actually up about $200, when I look down and see the big rockets in early position. I raise, folded around to the big blind, who throws in 3 chips saying "well I cant let you bluff and steal it" :?:
So the flop comes something like Jxx with 2 clubs. he checks, i bet, he raises, I reraise (one of my aces is suited on the board), he calls. Turn is the third club, he checks, I bet (not putting him on the clubs) , he calls. River is a 3 of diamonds. He checks, I bet, he raises, I call. He turns over J3o WTF????? :?:
So I take my remaining chips and cash out. The blind was here, and I just wasnt feeling it that night. Cashed out up a few bucks, but totally frustrated that people play shitty like that at 12/24. Don't get me wrong, there were a couple good players (same as Ive seen before at 8/16) but there were a host of new faces that seem to only have come out for the higher limits. These guys appeared to have bottomless wallets, and an appetite for stupid loose play.
So my conclusion on mid-limit play (based on this night and other observations) is that people who play these levels tend to me: Wealthy, Not very good, and Loose. They treat games like this as 4/8. Same # of chips. Money has little value to them. It's hard, in the long run, to beat 3 a game when 4 of the players are going to call all the way on a longshot. I also noticed that the 2 really good players that I know from 8/16 were stagnant all night, not really playing much and slowly bleeding...
So today I'm going to run over to Costco, then maybe check out Derby again. They don't spread 12/24 on Sunday, but I'm ok with 4/8 right now. Take care all!
-David "The Kid"