My First Casino Trip! (I won)
Actually, I'll tell you about my first three casino trips. I have been a pretty successful online tournament player. I almost never play ring games.
The other day, my friend asked me if I wanted to go to Atlantic City. I was hesitant, but I thought... what the hell? We live about 45 minutes away. The only bad thing was that he was going down to play $1/$2 NL.
Now... I am a poor college student and I don't have a designated poker bankroll. Anything I've won from internet poker has been spent or will be soon. I know that to safely play $1/$2 NL, you need at least 10 max buy-ins (which is $300x10). That being said, I figured it would be ok to go and try.
I bought into the table for $100. (I know that it's not a good idea to buy in for less than the max buy-in, but I literally didn't have $300 to spend on poker). I sat there and paid blinds for about an hour and a half, watching how people played. I sat on my hands, and even folded some playable hands. People raised almost every hand, and not just standard raises. Pre-flop raises were, on average, $10... and I simply didn't have that much to spend on marginal hands like KQ offsuit.
Finally, I was dealt AQ suited in mid position, and there were no raisers. I raised to $12. I got one caller (the button). The flop was A A 10. I checked, he checked. Turn was a Queen. I **** my pants, then checked. He put in a $20 bet. I tried to act like I was upset, and un-willingly called. I forget the river, but I checked it. He instantly put me all in. I called instantly, and doubled my remaining $90 to $180. Hooray!
From here, I built my $180 in chips up to $300. When I hit $300, I left the table, and Atlantic City with a $200 profit.
Two nights later we returned, and I wanted to try the midnight tournament. There were 104 entries, top 9 paid. Four hours later, I was eliminated in 14th place. I had lots of fun, it being my first live tournament... and I made it pretty far and played well.
The very next night, we went again (I've become addicted ) to play the midnight tournament again. I lost pretty early this time, and decided to play $1/$2 NL. I sat down with $100, and in about two hours I had built it up again to $300. It was amazing. I just played super-tight, and played my hands strong when I had them.
Overall, for my first three AC trips, I am up $300. ($400 in $1/$2, and -$100 in tournament entries).
Should I quit my day job yet?