I know others read this, but I'm really writing this for myself. As I study the game of poker I want to be able to go back and remember the highs and lows of my journey. Basicly the good, bad, and the ugly of my game. This will be titled:
My big day of poker at the Borgota.
I had planned to take a day off from work and play in the 11:00 am $60.00 buy in NL tournament today at the Borgota. I only live an hour drive from Atlantic City. I had a couple of friends down the shore on vacation and they wanted to play in a tournament, but not one that was real crowded.
I heard that the Borgota had a beautiful poker room and I always wanted to play there so I figured that would be the place to go and the Wednesday tournament is a $10,000.00 guaranteed tournament. I’ve been like a kid before Christmas all week waiting for this.
I show up at the Borgota at 9:00 am to make sure I get signed in and there were already 155 players signed up to play. I get my seat assignment and head out to get breakfast. My friends were not there yet, so I just went over how I was going to play. When I got back to the poker room at 10:30 the line has 50 yards long. Well so much for a small tournament. I find my friends who were already signed up and we sit down and talk strategy. We all agreed that with in a field this big you have to be very patient, wait for quality hands and then be aggressive.
My strategy was to watch the table and try to get a read on the other players before I would get involved in a hand. The director comes over the intercom and says, “Shuffle up and deal.” And the cards were in the air.
There was still a long line to sign up for the tournament. In the first hand 4 players fold and seat 5 raises 3 x the blind to 150. 2 fold to me and I look at my hole cards and I have pocket 2’s. So much for watching, I call and hope to hit a set. The button calls and the blinds fold. The flop is 2, 3, 4, with 2 diamonds.
Nice I hit my set. First guy leads out with a 300 chip bet. I want this over; I’m not crazy about the flush draw. I pop it to 1,000. The gentleman after me raises it to 2,000. The first guy says, “Wow, are you kidding me, this is the first hand.” He folds.
We started out with 5,000 chips so now I have a decision, call or push. I try to put him on a hand. He could be on the nuts flush draw, or may be an over pair. What really worries me is if he has Ace 5. I chat him up. “Wow, some hand we are in, huh?” He looks down at the felt. Nothing…..
I’m afraid to give him another card. I’m not folding my set, so it’s time to put the pressure on. I can’t even believe I’m going to say this on the very first hand. But I say, “I’m all in.” Before I can even look at him he says, “I call.” Uh oh, that can’t be good….
I say Ace five? He says, “Yup.” I look at the dealer and say, “Dealer, please pair the board.” The turn and the river were blanks and I’m out. Those dealers never listen.
I’m in shock. It’s like a punch in the face. I wish everyone good luck, shake the gentleman’s hand who busted me and said, Nice hand sir, good luck.” As I headed for my friends table I knew I was going to take a real ribbing. I tell them I’m out; they can’t believe it, neither can I.
So as I drive the hour ride home from the Borgota without the radio on I wonder, “So, what have I learned?”
1. In every tournament someone has to be the first one out, maybe not on the first hand, but someone has to be first.
2. Playing live is a whole lot different than online. When you get knocked out in the first hand online you do not have to take that walk of shame out of the poker room.
3. Online there is always another game starting so you can shake it off and jump into another game.
4. I never have to worry about finishing worst than I did today. There is nothing worst than getting knocked out on the first hand.
5. Never go all in when 3 to a straight hit on the flop if you have a set.
6.A bad day of poker is still better than a good day at work.