My Vegas/Poker Experience
I got back early yesterday from my Vegas vacation. I was excited to get out there and play some $2/$4 limit poker, but after my trip and looking back on it, I hate low limit poker. It was a donkfest but also was full of players that really had no idea what they were doing....
I played everyday at the Riveria because I was staying here. The poker room, or poker area (wasn't so much a room but a roped off area) had about 10 tables. There always was a $2/$4 game or a $1/$2 no limit game going. The waitresses were great because they continually were bringing out drinks (I will explain later). Here are some hands that I remember:
I think I don't like $2/$4 limit because I'm a tight player, so I don't play that many hands unless I get dealt something good. Bluffing in this game is stupid because you get called after raising with anything anyway. My second night there, I dealt ace/king suited, so I raise. No surprise, 7 players call. The flop comes out Ace, 9, 6 rainbow. Everyone checks to me, I bet $2, and 2 people call. Next card comes out--4. Everyone checks to me and I bet $4. One person calls. Next card comes out--3. Still no flush draws out there and unless someone called with nothing until they hit their miracle river card, I can't put anyone on a straight. They check to me, I bet $4, and get reraised. I'm confused, so I call. The other player has 6 3. I muck my cards, and half the table is looking at me because I'm sure I look like I'm going to explode.
My first night there it wasn't so much what I was losing on, but it was what was beating me. I was dealt pocket aces 7 times in about 5 hours (yes, that's 7 times in 5 hours). I won once with them. The table I was on was a fun table. I mentioned that the waitresses were great here. There were a few guys on the table that were my age and some that were much older, but everyone was getting along. It was probably the most fun I've had playing live poker before. I had been drinking bud light for most of the night, but after a few hours, someone suggested everyone take a jagbomb (jagermeister and red bull shot). Remember, these drinks are FREE, and after 2 more hours and 7 shots of these, I can't see straight. At this time everyone knows about my aces and how much I've lost on them throughout the night, so I tell them that the next time I get dealt pocket aces, I'm folding them before the flop. My friend tells
me that I he will give me $5 if I fold them pre-flop. Next hand, I get dealt pocket aces.
I'm sitting there thinking about folding them, but I can't do it. I raise, and of course more than half the table calls. Flop comes out A,A,7. Everyone checks to me, and I check too. I should tell you something before I move on....the Riviera has a progressive pot, where if a player has 4 of a kind or a straight flush draw, you're going to win some extra money, up to $500. The only stipulation is, you must play both cards in your hand and there must be $20 in the pot. My 4 of a kind aces is worth about $400, but I need $20 in the pot before I'm paid off. So anyway, back to the hand. After I check, the next card comes off, and I don't even remember what it was. My excitement and the alcohol is doing most of the thinking for me at this point. Everyone checks around to me again, and I bet, just b/c I need $20 in the pot to win this $400. Everyone folds. Dammit! I turn my cards over to show everyone, they all laugh, and I go to bed.