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.