re: Poker & How to host a live game
On the bright side, I finished 3rd out of 36 people. My starting table, after a random draw, was full of horrendous people. I can't stand playing with bad people, and I never know how to play them. What I do is just play them by the book, not bluffing
and sticking to premiere hands.
We paid out 6 places, and I had approx. the starting chip amount from the entire time from 8 remaining to 4 remaining. People were getting mad at me for basically posting, folding and picking up the occasional blinds. While I was stalling somewhat, I was getting fairly marginal hands the entire time. I doubled up when there were 4 remaining, still only leaving myself with $30. Then I finally lucked out when the large stack knocked out the 3rd place stack, leaving myself 3rd in chips with three remaining. The other two had approximately $480 combined in chips, making this a david vs the goliath twins sort of situation. I consider myself to be a better player than both of them, and I was able to get up to around $120 in chips without going all-in once. Then came my move. I had pocket tens in the BB against the chip lead deal. He called, the SB folded and I raised with 10's to $20 total. He called me, and the flop showed a rainbow of undercards. I bet $20, and was raised up to $40. I went all in and was called instantly by his AQ. The turn was blank, but I met my match on the river with an ace. So I almost became the chip lead after stalling for so long.
We started dealing at 1pm and finished at about 8pm, which I feel like is good time. I'm happy with how I played, I kept a decent amount of chips for the majority of the tournament, and every all-in or all-in call I had I was at least a 4 to 1 favorite.
What I would have done differently is to not have gotten drinks for everyone. I cost me a little bit, which I don't mind as long as it makes my guests happier. I unfortunately found out that someone sitting far away from myself had spilled what seemed to be pretty full coca-cola. If the person had just told me when it had happened, it could have easily been cleaned up. So now there is a slight stain in the corner of my basement.
All in all, I'm happy with how everything turned out, and I just finished my 45 minute clean up consisting of putting a ton of chips away, moving tons of chairs into the storage room, moving furniture around, putting tables away and vacuuming.
Thanks to everyone who helped.