1: I played at the Hard Rock in Tampa a couple times in November 08. Ended up driving down after our Spur Ride to play some cards, take the long four day.
2: Thanks to OzExorcist for the brilliant explanation of casino tournaments. I hadn't considered why they would suck, and you hit the nail on the head.
3. If you can't sit at the table for ten hours, don't sit at the table for ten hours. The max buy-in in Florida
is $100, so I believe (not a resident and haven't been there lately). So get up and take a break after a few hours. Cash out, go get something to eat, talk to your friends. After 15 minutes, you can come back and buy in for $100. The longer the money stays on the table, the more delicious it is for me once you get card dead.
And experienced live players can tell a card-dead player. And eventually they get bored, and instead of cashing out (smart), they open up their range of hands and start playing their stack, thinking "I'm 350BBs behind, surely they can't call my bet." When the other player is thinking "Well, I've only got 35 BBs left, and if my draw hits I'm going to double them up.")
If I was up $700 at a 1/2 NL Table and was hours into the adventure, I'd probably walk.
, rather, card rooms in California, have a fixed buy-in of 20 BBs, or some other amount. For instance, my preferred table, the 2-3 NL at the Bike, used to be a fixed $100 buy-in. They also have a 1-3 Table with an 80 buy-in, and a 1-2 table with a $40 buy-in. The 2-3 recently switched to 100-300, so you can buy in for the 100 big buys, but I surely digressed LOOOONG ago. Sorry for the tangent.
What I think I was getting at was this: Well, f***. I don't remember what I was getting at. I think something to say that a bad player (not saying you're a bad player), sitting on my left at one of those weird buy-in restricted tables caught a huge hand on a 6-7 way pot, and raked it for $700. I could tell he was a bad player (why oh why was he on my left! And never involved in a hand with me . . . WHY!?!?) because of tells you don't get from online. (The way he stacked his chips, 8-9 towers, none of them even, taking from different stacks, even though all the chips were the same $5 chip, and frequent admission that he was a bad player. Also I bet into a pot after the flop once, got re-raised, thought about it, folded, and he said "You didn't even call him!? You were the initial bettor!")
I've been playing cash games for a while, and the only times I make money are when I get up when I'm card dead, or I realize the table dynamic has changed in a way that I'll be losing money to stay (if I can't shift gears). You've gotta say to yourself "What is the best way for me to make money at this table?" And if the answer is stand up, then so be it.
4. When I was there they didn't have free drinks at the Hard Rock. I had to pay $6.50 for a watered down rum and coke. 5 deep and not even buzzed.