MiamiDon, GCox and CarmenSinCity Meet
Well, today was the big day! MiamiDon and I met out first blogger ever!!!!!! It was a beautiful day here in Vegas as we drove down to the strip for the 11:00 a.m. tournament at the Sahara. As we were walking into the poker room to register and pay, we walked right past GCox. We yelled out his name cause we knew he'd be wearing a blue hat and sure enough it was him. So, we all sat around and talked for a while and then the tourney began. The management at the Sahara is really nice and they let us all pick different tables. Anyway, it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately none of us made the money (we didn't even make it to the final table). Basically though, all 3 of us busted out within about 15 minutes of each other - it was an all-in fest at that point anyway. I was kinda pissed at the way I went out....
Middle position guy does a mininum raise and I look down to see AJ suited. I go all-in and after a bunch of humming and hawing about how he has a crappy hand and he was just trying to steal the blinds and he shouldn't call, he calls anyway. Much to my delight he has 86 suited. The flop comes with an 8 and a J. The turn comes with another 8 (damn!) and the river comes with an A (gee, thanks for that two pair). UGH - what a tease!!
So, after a disappointing tourney, the three of us headed over to the MGM Grand. I like cash games better anyway. Ahhhhhh. I just love that place. It was packed! We got there around 2 in the afternoon and there was 10 people waiting in front of us for the 1-2 NL table. Fortunately, they opened a new table right away and all three of us sat together. It was fun! Gary didn't get to stay for very long cause he had a wedding to go to. So, we took some pictures and said our goodbyes and then MiamiDon and I continued to play. Eventually, I moved to a new table cause I wasn't feeling it and that's when lady luck came my way.
I had pocket QQ's and hit a set. I had pocket KK's and flopped a full house. I had pocket 22's and got the set on the turn. The best part is that I had a guy across from me that would not throw away his cards no matter what. He paid me off on every set I caught and the next thing I knew I was up over $200.00 Awesome for me since the day started off so slow. Eventually I went card dead and I gave away all of my profit and I broke even for the day after playing for about 7 hours.
One lesson I have to learn is to STOP LIMPING IN and letting the riff raff catch two pairs on me. I have to drill that into my head cause sometimes it's so inviting to just limp in and if I would have just made a few raises pre-flop I would have saved myself a lot of money there in the end.
I just have to say what a pleasure it was meeting up with GCox today. I am so happy that we were able to spend some time hanging out with him and if he ever comes back to Vegas I hope we can do it again. Who knows - maybe we'll make it out to Oklahoma to see him.
Here's some pictures...
MiamiDon and GCox at The Sahara
GCox and I sitting next to each other at the 2nd to final table
The 3 of us hanging out at the MGM Grand