Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

February 20, 2007

Showboat Casino: A Lesson In Aggression?

This past Sunday, I made a day trip to Atlantic City with my wife and some friends so that those of us who wanted to could play in the $53+$12 tournament they run on a weekly basis. We got there early with plenty of time to register, and it was a good thing too. They were a little understaffed, and the line quickly began to form out the door of the entirely too small poker room.

The tournament ended up with 86 entries, and we got underway at 11am. I did very well in the first hour, tripling up from my initial 10,000 to almost 30,000 even. I had a great time at my first table. The guy to my left looked like Chris Ferguson with shorter hair and a ball cap to replace the cowboy hat, and we had a good time chatting it up between hands. The far end of the table was pretty loose, and most of them ended up busting before the table broke sometime in the second hour.

Being moved from that table would be my undoing. I was in the tournament for over 4 hours, most of it spent at the table I was moved to. I was dealt three, count them, THREE playable hands the entire time I was there. And I'm being very loose when I say playable. I was dealt KK, KQo, and 67s. That was it for the entire time I was there. The rest were of the same ilk as 94o (which I was dealt at least five times), J2o, etc.

This is where I would like some advice from you tournament players. What do you do when you are dealt literally nothing for hours on end, and the rest of the table is always raising in front of you? There was literally almost no chance for me to steal, unless I were to pop a reraise in with 94o, which I'm really not keen on doing, especially since the table had a penchant for calling to the river. How do you handle this? Am I just doomed to not make the money in this tournament? How can you represent a strong hand to a person who more than likely is not going to fold or will actually have a good hand and knock you out?

I ended up finishing the tournament in 15th place. The hand I went out on was just painful. I was forced to push all in with 45 diamonds, and the big blind wakes up with pocket tens. The flop comes JJ7 with two diamonds. The turn is the 3 of diamonds, and I think I'm golden. River: 10d. IGHN.

If anything, I know I definitely played a lot better than I did at Foxwoods last summer. I made a lot of stupid mistakes then, which I easily avoided in this tournament. I'm definitely looking forward to the next time I get to play live. I was supposed to play at the Borgata on Sunday, but they raised their tourney buy-in for the holiday weekend, so we had to find somewhere else to play. I remembered that Jordan had played at the showboat before, so we tried it out. The poker room is small, but the service was great, and most of the players were pretty awful. If I hadn't been so excruciatingly card dead, I'm sure that I would have made it to the final table and the money. We'll just have to wait and see what happens next time.


  • it sux to go card dead in a tourney and when they move you to a new table, you have to rebuild your table image.

    you definitely have to widen your starting range in live tourneys. you just don't see as many hands. find out who the weaklings are when your on the Button, CO, CO+1 or CO+2. when everyone folds to you, pick on them with anything decent. sooted connectors sooted face cards, any Ace, any pair, etc and hope for the best.

    i think you did very well finishing 15th without much to work with.

    By Blogger smokkee, at 2/23/2007 5:11 AM  

  • I don't think I made it clear in the post very well, but one of the big problems is that it was never folded to me in the button or cutoff, so I wasn't able to steal to keep alive.

    By Blogger Matt Silverthorn, at 2/23/2007 9:12 AM  

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