Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Turned on me

I went into the Island Casino tonight feeling good since my win last week. I was hoping I could have a good showing tonight and possibly get to the final table again. The table I was at tonight was very aggressive. It seemed that someone was constantly raising the pot and with the mediocre hands I was receiving it just didn't make sense to try and win on a draw. Hand after hand were thrown back to the dealer. I did win a couple of hands that would keep me in the tournament. With only two tables there were over 30 players and 20 were playing at a time. I did hear at one time 13 alternates. It might have been more. I will find out tomorrow when I get a chance to talk with my friend that was playing tonight and was also an alternate himself.

I believe I went out around 22nd. We were stuck on 100/200 blinds until the last alternate gets put into the game. At least that person has a chance and will have to play very aggressive just to make the final table. Having to post big and small blinds and post it just takes a big share of your chips. Once some of the aggressors were eliminated the action started to get to be normal poker. I just wished I could have stuck around to play in that level.

The hand that I went out on was the same hand I won with last week. I had AK and went all in and was called by a person that had pocket 7's. He won with a set on the turn. The roles were reversed this week.

This weekend I am headed over to Auburn and I hope to be able to play some Blackjack at the Muckleshoot Casino.

Keep the cards coming and have fun.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Sunday Golf

I arrived at Columbia Pointe Golf Course this morning to play 18 holes of golf with friends. Since I didn't warm up by hitting golf balls I didn't want to use the Driver right off the bat. I used my 3 wood and was able to get it in the middle of the fairway. That was a good start. The par 3's today were good to me. I was able to par 3 of the 4 holes today. I was able to use the driver and did well with it today. I am getting used to the setup and the height of the tee and where to put the golf ball. Thank goodness for the golf carts we have and the ability to put our umbrellas up and walk under them. It started raining on us for about 3 or 4 holes and then it started to turn real nice. I was able to take my jacket off and enjoy the rest of the day.

My score today was 98 strokes and I putted 39 times. This was not my best day with putting but the fairway irons were on today. My goal is always to get to the 150 yard marker and I can pretty much get on from there. It was an enjoyable day walking the course.

This week I want to go back to Island Casino and go at it again.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Poker Tuesday

I was talking to a friend today about poker and he mentioned to me that the Joker's Casino had closed down. I didn't get a chance to read the paper before I came into work this morning so I missed the write up on the closing of the Casino. Evidently the owner wants to open a Sports Bar with the Bowling Alley and not have card games any longer. I did enjoy playing at the Joker's Casino and now will have to find a new place to play.

There is a Casino in Kennewick called the The Island Casino. I have heard good things about the tournaments they put on. It just so happened my friend was going to play there tonight. The more I thought about it I decided to play tonight instead of Wednesday night. They do run things a little differently in this Casino. You have to have a players card to play. The first thing I did was give my drivers license to them and they then gave me my players card. What a lousey picture of me on the card. The Casino is in one big room. The Card game area, the bar, the pool area and the dart area. It is nice though.

In the Poker area they only have 2 tables. I hope they add a table soon with Joker's going out they may get more players. I recognized 3 players tonight. I drew the #10 spot next to the dealer. I started playing my usual tight play and got down to 1300 in chips and started getting some good hands. I got pocket A's twice. I was able to extract the most out of each of the hands. Every time I played I had the best hand and kept building my chip count. Finally reaching the final table and I still was getting good hands. Overall I didn't really have any hands that were better than any other. I was able to bust the number 4 and number 3 player and then I was playing for 1st or 2nd place. We decided to chop the pot and I went home with my share of 1st and 2nd place. It feels good to finally win again. This is my second win playing poker and my 3rd cashing in a Casino. When they pay you your winnings they use chips. You then go to the cashier and they in turn will call the pit boss and he ok's the payout. That is different. I think they pay you in chips so on your way to the cashier maybe you will stop and play the other table games. Not a bad idea. This was the most that I have earned in a poker tournament as well.

It was nice to be able to take my mind off the last few weeks and do something I enjoy. In the next few weeks I will have stuff going on here at my home that will be taking alot of my time. Thats alright. I will still take time for my poker night.

Have fun and keep playing good cards.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

No Poker Week

This week has been very busy at work. Overtime almost every day this week. I am unable to get to the Casino. Hopefully this next week I can get back on track.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Sunday Golf

This is another sport I love to play. I started playing golf in College back in 1975. I actually wanted to take kayaking for a PE class and they were full. My fiance at that time told me that I should try golf. Now, golf is for the older guys not the young ones like myself who played Fastpitch softball and could beat out an infield hit. Well, I needed a PE and so I decided to go ahead and sign up. It didn't take long for me to get addicted to the game. Could you conquer the game and learn everything you needed to know and become a scratch golfer? I soon learned that it was a game that would take years and you will always learn something every time you go out to play. Now, doesn't this sound like another game I love to play? I don't have to tell you what it is.

This year I purchased a card that would deduct 50% off of the price everytime I played. When the price of golf is $40 for a round of golf that is a good deal. For years I have always played by myself and I started playing less and less golf. A friend and her husband now play almost on a weekly basis and they don't mind having someone tag along and play. It is fun to play with other people and just walk the course. Today was the first game of the year and it was nice out, not too cold and at least the wind wasn't blowing. The first hole I was reintroduced to the sand trap and I had a little trouble getting out. I usually do well with the sand traps since the early days of always hitting the traps and having to learn to get out of them. Hole number 3 and I was in it again. Hole number 4 I was in the trap and it took me 6 swings to get out. I think I got to know every sand bunker on that course today.

My putting is the part of my game that I do well in. I seem to be able to read the greens and putt well. In my early years I practiced putting a lot and I think that has always helped me. I purchased a new driver this past year before the end of the season and now I am learning to use the club. I started to drive well the last few holes when I finally realized I was setting the ball up too far back in my stance. Once I moved the ball forward the slice started to go away. I was able to pronate the wrists coming through the ball. If I could ever learn how to transfer the weight forward I could get more distance. See how this game makes you want to play more and learn. Sounds like another game I like to play. Ok, for the first round of the year and all the sand play I shot a 110. I played 36 strokes putting for an average of 2 strokes once I was on the green. If I could get rid of some of the strokes out on the fairway getting to that elusive 150 yard marker I would do great.

It doesn't look like I will be able to play poker this wednesday night. There are business people in town and they want to take some of us to dinner. Maybe I will play another night. Maybe even play in the afternoon game if I get off work early. We will have to wait and see.

Have fun and keep the cards going.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Friday Off

When I got to work this morning I went straight to the Time Kiosk we have in the lobby of the hospital to see where my hours were at. I had 40 hours as of Thursday night and since my boss does not like overtime I decided to work a short day and save some hours. Well, the short day turned out being 5 hours and I finally got out of the office at 1PM. When I got home I went through my email and was reading some blogs I usually read on a daily basis and then decided to go to Jokers Casino for the 3PM Poker tournament.

When I arrived at the Casino I went in and signed up and paid the buyin which was $15 + 5 for the afternoon tournament. I was surprised at how many people showed up for the afternoon tournament. We had 25 people which meant we had 5 alternates.

I tried to play as many hands as possible especially if I could get in for the price of the big blind. I was able to win a few hands and that kept me in the game. I was able to bust 2 people out of the tournament and so I knew I was getting good hands. I was hoping they would just keep going. I hadn't seen a final table in awhile. We finally arrived at 10 players left and we all moved over to the final table. By this time my stack was dwindling and I knew that with the blinds at 500/1000 it wouldn't take long for me to be blinded out if I didn't get playing some hands. I finally got a pocket pair 44. Now normally I would not play this hand, unless I could get in cheap and see a flop. I did not have much left. I decided to go all in. I, of course, got called and my 4's got beat. I figured they would but I had to give it a chance. I came in 8th for this tournament.

Wouldn't it be fun to play everyday.

Have fun and keep the cards going.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Poker Wednesday

I know I am late with this. It has been crazy around here. I did get my poker time in on Wednesday evening. We had 29 players in this tournament at the Jokers Casino this evening. Again this is like a broken record but, I wish the cards would start getting better for me. I need to get better cards or at least learn how to bluff more. I don't like to bluff because I like to play with the best hands.

Tonight I kept waiting for the right hand and it never showed up. I ended up 18 out of 29 players. I did split a pot with one hand, I played A3 and the other player had A10. The flop came AAK and then I went all in and he called. The turn was X and the River was another K. We both played the Full House. He was not happy I played the A3 but you know what? It worked and kept me in the game. I ended up on my last hand with AA and went all in and was called by the big blind for my remaining 700 in chips. She had 95. Well, I got busted when she got a 9 on the River for 2 pair.

I will keep at this game and try to get better.

Have fun and hope you get good cards.