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Monday, March 10, 2014

hot, Hot, HOT!

Although I haven't posted about it lately, I'm still playing in home poker games two nights a week. On Tuesdays I host a $20 buy-in, dealer's choice limit cash game and on Fridays I play a $5 buy-in Texas hold'em tournament, followed by a $2 buy-in NLHE cash game at Tin Man's home.

Lately I haven't had much success. It seems I can't get any decent starting hands, and the infrequent times I do, the board never improves my hand. As a result, I've been bleeding money for the last 4-5 weeks as my slump continued. We've all been thru them before, but it ain't no fun while you're in the middle of one. Fortunately we play for small potatoes, so even with all my bad luck I have only dropped around $30.

My slump continued in the tournament his past Friday at Tin Man's and I finished fifth out of nine players. However, once the $2 buy-in cash game began everything turned around in a big way.

My opening hand was pocket jacks. Every time I get them, I remember the old adage "There are two ways to play jacks, and both of them are wrong!"

This time it worked out well. Big Daddy was the only one who called my 3X raise from UTG. The J high flop gave me top set, but it also gave Big Daddy an open ender. I was hoping my luck might be turning when he didn't complete his straight and I doubled up.

After that, the deck kept hitting me in the face time after time. When the dust settled and we cashed in our chips, I walked away with $43. I know it's not much, but if you consider that $43 equals 21 buy ins, you realize what a big night it was. Another way to look at it is to compare it to a $200 buy-in at a $1-2 game in Vegas and walking away with $4,300 in your pocket. How often does that happen?

We have our monthly Vegas or Bust League tournament this Friday. I'm hoping my luck continues and I can wrap up one of the WSOP seats again this year. I'll let you know how it turns out next week.

Till next time, win the flips.


  1. Being in the middle of a slump sure sucks. Good luck on securing that second place finish for another Las Vegas trip.