Sunday, March 27, 2005

Update from Reno

Well I didnt get to sleep on the friday till 3am (left everything till the last minute as usual)

Woke up at 8am (ready to leave by 9am) only to find a total flat tyre on my car, great start!!! Went to the garage and had a new tyre fitted (£90) probably could of fixed the one i had, but didnt really have time to mess about.

Left Cambridge at 10am and arrived at Gatwick at 11.30 (typical no traffic) with my flight at 2pm. Checked in ok and just sat around till 1pm when I checked in and went into the departure lounge. Was going to buy some aftershave duty free but the exchange rate for $'s was 2.11!! Rip off bastards!! So I didnt bother.

Boarded the plane, not looking foward to 10.5 hours without a smoke :(

Sat next to an american who was very chatty, and before I knew it 2 hours had passed. Then lunch came out (so that was another hour gone) Then watched "Hostage" - as i took my portable DVD player + some films on disk (Shhhhhh) Also let the American plug his headphones in so he could watch it as well. Also watched 8Mile as I had never got round to seeing it.

That left about 3.5 hours to kill and i just dozed on and off. Got to Dallas at 7.30 their time, god it was cold!!! Had about 4 ciggies before my flight to Reno (3hour flight)

Got to the hotel at 12pm their time and checked in ok, paid for internet in my room and went to my room. I was going to crash out, but decided to have a walk round the Casino first, so off I went.

MY GOD!!! I was shocked at how big it was!! There are around 500 fruit machines here (biggest jackpot currently $3.5mill) and even the bars have machines built in at every seat. I was also suprised at the proces, not much different to the UK. $6 for 20 ciggies, $3 for a bottle of beer.

Anyway an announcement came over the tannoy saying 2 seats left for a $210 STT. I decided to walk down and play a game. I sat at the table and when it was full, they asked for $170. This confused me as I thought I was on a $210STT. But I had sat at the wrong table, and actually sat at a Satelite table for sundays $1500 MTT. I paid the $170 and started to play.

The play was VERY aggressive, with big raises with KJ (and such like) with people calling with Rag Ace. (It was 10 handed so I was quite suprised). I sat out alot and just watched while these maniacs knocked each other out) It got down to 4 left and I changed gears, i limped into a family pot in late position, and when a bet of 200 was called infront of me, I moved all in (with nothing) as I had made a VERY tight table image. Sure enough they folded. Then I picked up a few hands and hit flops and got down to heads up. We were even in chips (I had 500 more) and he asked if i wanted a deal. This would of given me $800 in tournament chips (used for buying into tournaments) so I declined and decided to play on as the $800 tournament chips were useless to me.

The very next hand i am SB and have AKsuited (5500 in chips vs 5000chips, blinds 200 400). I raised to 2000 and he moved all in. I called and he turned over pok Q's. The board gave me no help and now left me with 500 vs 9500 chips. SO I am all in on the BB and find K 10 which holds up. Next hand I have A 5 and move all in. He calls with QJ and my A5 holds again. Now I have 2000 chips and am BB. He moves all in, I look down and have K 10 suited and call. He had K J and i spiked a 10 to double up again to 4000. Then stole a few blinds and got back to level. I then asked if I could sell the tournament chips if we did a deal, and was told yes. As it was now 4am and I hadnt slept for ages and the MTT started at 12noon (2 day event Sun and Mon) with the WPT event on Tuesday, I decided to take the deal. So all in all, one game played $170 wagered and winnings of $800 not too bad. Then went to bed and slept till 12.15.

Well thats all for now, more to follow - hope u enjoy the read, I am trying to tell everything about my experience, as much for my record.


Blogger North Star said...

Nice start Paul ~ good luck for the main event ~ as I keep saying , I've got a hunch something spectacular is going to happen for you ......... spectacularly good that is !

PS A bit confused over the exchange rate bit .... if you were paying in £ , surely over $2 to the pound is a good rate ?

3:03 PM  
Blogger M3boy's Poker Blog said...

Yes North, it would be. What I meant was that I only had $'s and the price was in pounds,,,,,, so not so good :( lol

3:46 PM  

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