Thought I'd give you an initial report after the first day of a long weekend.
Last night's tournament didn't go quite like I wanted, as I was out pretty early. I forgot one of the basics, and this is "you can't bluff a bad player". I played the board perfectly from the flop to indicate that I had a full house, and was called by a guy that chased a flush to the river. He simply never looked at the numbers on the cards on the board. He had 10-3 of clubs, and chased a flush against two pair on the board.
Note to you: Don't do this. You'll be wrong over 80% of the time.
So then we went to the cash game, and my three favorite "call everything with nothing" players were sitting there with me. And true to form, they were willing to go all in every hand.
At first, I thought it was going to be the death of me, as I quickly went a few hundred dollars down. But then we got to a key hand for me:
Playing Omaha Hi/Lo, and I turned the nut straight with a flush redraw, and no low on the board. So I shoved it all in. Got THREE callers.
- One had A-Q for two pair, and needed either an Ace or a Queen...or a Jack. The Ace or Queen would give him a full house, and the Jack would allow him to chop the pot with me.
- The second had K-J also, for the nut straight, but with only 50 or so chips to his name, was not part of the equation of the hand.
- The third, true to form, had absolutely NOTHING. I guess he was praying for a low. I have no idea. But he called, as he did every other hand.
In the end, I pulled nearly $800 out of that one single hand, when a King hit the board and nobody else except for the short stack had anything.
I then went on to win a bit more, and ended the night...who am I kidding...it was 4:40 AM...ended the MORNING well up.
Here's the deal: Omaha is a gambling game. Hold Em is a skill game. But sometimes, people just get stupid in the gambling part. And I thank them for it.
On a bad note, tonight's game is cancelled. Oh well, I get a night with the wife. That's never a bad thing.
Tomorrow, another tournament and cash game, and then my Monday game.
Next weekend, back to the Moose Lodge.