Went out for a bit-o-poker tonight and ended up at O'shaes because I saw a 1-2 NL game going on as I passed. It had a couple of open seats and I sat down next to the dealer like I always try to do.
The seat to my right was open and the seat after that had chips but the player was missing. However, when she came back I realized that I had chosen the wrong seat.
It was the wrong seat in more than one way though as I ended up playing poker for about 1 hour and 20 minutes total. During that Time I got re-raised pre-flop 4 times and I know for a fact that 3 of those times were with Pocket Aces. The other time I strongly suspect it.
The last time it was folded to the button - the lady two to my right, who limped. I looked down and saw AQs and raised it up to ten and then she immediately made it $22 total. I didn't like it but with basically a min-raise I called to see the flop. Flop comes out 10 high and she makes a big bet so I fold and she shows me her rockets and their red glare. Ugh.
My last hand consisted of me flopping middle pair and straight draw, turning a flush draw and hitting 2 pair on the river. However, the river also gave someone else the nut flush (this ended up being a 3-way all in pot) and the rest of my chips were pushed asunder.
Not wanting to go home I was going to play craps but the only $5 table was packed and rocking and nobody was giving up their spot anytime soon and thus I took the short walk to the Imperial Palace.
As I entered I was greeted by AVP's Poker Muffin (I sure do think that's why she goes by there - I know she went by it on VPN. And by know I mean I strongly suspect). Funny thing is she greeted me with "Hey grrouchie" and when she went to put me on the list she admitted that she remembers grrouchie but never remembers my actual name. Score one for the good guys.
After waiting longer than my patience would allow I went for a walk to observe the craps tables. Now that i'm trying to become a dealer I really love to watch the live games and see how complicated a real game gets.
After watching for a few minutes and seeing that my name still wasn't up I played a while. Went down to $27 which I was going to walk away with no matter what and then hit a roll to get me back to dead even. So I walked back to the poker area.
Once again, still 1st on the list but too much of a weight. No one was busting except the guys who kept calling for a rebuy and I didn't want to sit in the 2/4 game nor did I want to sit in the Mix Game because even though it might be fun I didn't want to burn through my money in games I don't know well.
Also, another deciding factor is that Poker Grump was at a table and there were no open seats there - if I were going to play I'd rather it be with a fellow blogger so that I could read about the "fish" who kept asking for the rules.
Craps tables call my name. Gently at first but sometimes it gets louder. I walked over to another one, a different one and after observing for a few I step up to it with my chips.
Some guy gets in an argument with a dealer, says the dealer is being rude and isn't answering his questions etc. Dealer does not handle the situation well and pisses the guy off more so that he starts swearing and ends up calling the floor over to vent his frustrations. Guy is explaining his stance and the dealer says to the floor "The guy is lying, he's in a bad mood and lying probably because he's losing too much money."
To me this is unacceptable, the dealer should have been taken off the table and either sent home or given time to cool down. No matter how he felt about the situation he should not have interjected a comment like that to the floor while the floor was talking to a pissed off customer - but that's just my opinion.
Also my opinion that the dealer was probably having a bad night.
Either way, angry guy swears more, takes his bets down and storms off so I move beside the dealer. Partially to watch every move he makes and partially to lighten the mood of the table back up with some conversation. I roll next.
My point is 8, I place the 6 and 9 and I probably roll 30 times.
Problem is my 1st ten or so rolls are all 4, 5 and Ten with the occasional 3 in there.
I kept rolling but I kept missing all my bets. Finally around roll 20 I had hit the 6 once and then hit my point.
Rolled another point and then finally hit a place bet or two before the dreaded seven.
During my roll a Bronco fan joins the table to my right and we're chatting it up.
When the dice pass I put a dollar on the fire and put $5 on the pass line. Bronc asks me if the table is good and I tell him I really haven't been her long enough to judge. Just figure'd that I did well enough and hope that it turns the table on.
Next guy rolls for a good while. he hit 6 points - but the problem was 3 were 5 and 2 were 9 with another one being the Ten.
When he seven'd out he was on the 4 would would have been nice because that's the first payout for the Fire-Bet.
Even though he missed that his roll was good and I collected a lot on place bets and points to make my poker losses up and add an additional $40 to my roll.
Also, when he was rolling I put the dealers on the line with odds and ended up tipping somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 during that guys roll.
After his roll I decided to leave the table because they jumped the table min to $10 and I don't roll like that yo.
One final thought - during the last two rolls that I was at the table for (mine and the one after) the table was rocking with lots of numbers being rolled and two people shooting a good amount of times each. However, even during a hot roll and a half I kept observing every single bet that was being made by everyone on my side of the table and even though there were a full 8 of us there were less bets and less variety than in a typical 20 minute period of my craps class.
Oh yeah - she's preparing me to be able to handle any situation at the table and most of the time it's going to be boring with a whole lot less action.