So my hopes of getting the 2013 poker season off on the right start took a bit of a hit opening weekend. I managed to dump a few c-notes on the tourists at both Bellagio and Monte Carlo.
I started the afternoon off Bellagio. One of my favorite floor people in all of Las Vegas runs the middle limits there, and I had not been in for a visit in awhile. On the fence on what I should play I decided to jump into a 10-20 limit must move game. Took a seat with my five stacks of nickels ($5 chips) and never got going in the right direction.
I came in as the big blind and got to see my first hand (7-9o) for a check. Sure enough the flop was 8-10-2 rainbow. I went check-call, check-call, check-check to the river with my up and down straight draw only to have my 10 high hand lose to a jack high hand. Ugh! One hand in and I’m down $40.
Within two hours I had dumped $400. There was a little bad play in there and certainly some bad luck. Lost a few bets with K-K to a 10-5c on a J high board. Flopped a flush with 4-3h out of of a check in the big blind. Flop was A-K-J hearts. Lost to a A-Qo when the turn and river went K-K.
I did see my buddy Devo (pro poker player Bryan Devonshire) playing 20-40 Omaha upstairs at Bellagio and got to exchange a few pleasantries. That was the highlight of the night.
After my friend Ben Devlin joined me at Bellagio I took my final $98 from the table and we made our way by tram to Monte Carlo. This is what you do when you are a middling grinder. You look for games with tourists that you can beat. And you go to places you wouldn’t normally go to play poker.
I like the room at Monte Carlo. You can tell the staff is trying to make poker a good experience there, even if Monte Carlo is probably no better than the 12th choice of most Strip tourists. I should have gone to a no limit game, but after my $400 beating at Bellagio, the 2-6 spread limit game with Ben seemed like a better choice.
At first it was. Flopped top pair, rivered the nut flush against a guy playing 10-5 (payback for the Bellagio guy) for a decent pot. Raised max with A-K. Got two callers. Flopped a king high rainbow. They both folded. I was up $50 over my original $100 buyin the first 15 minutes at the table. I was felted 90 minutes later. That’s poker.
It did put a bit of a damper on the start of my 2013 poker season. But the year is long. I’ll bounce back.