re: Poker & What game should I play at the casino tonight?
There's a Clearwater Casino in Suquamish -- but this one has a big sign that says "Snoqualmie Casino" and is in Snoqualmie so it's a different place.
Originally Posted by Vollycat
Give a trip report in this thread if you could, because I'm north of you and usually play at Tulalip or Angels of the Winds...curious about that room.
OK, so it went well! I got there at 7:30 and dropped my husband off for his concert, then headed to the poker room. The nice gal at the counter told me I had a choice of 4/8 limit or 2/5 no limit, and I chose the 2/5 no limit. They were just starting a new table so I got to sit down and see what everyone was buying in with. Three guys bought in for $300, myself and two others bought in for $200, and another couple of people bought in for $100. I was on the right of two of the $300 buyins so I moved to their left because it appeared they knew what they were doing.
Game started off relatively passively, some limping, some standard raises preflop, not a lot of action postflop and pots often taken down by a single bet. I laid down QQ in a questionable spot with T77 on the board, but my opponent had raised $20 preflop in early position and then bet $40 on the flop, and I was just getting major "big hand" vibes from him. I'm sure he either had JJ, KK, AA, or possibly TT, three of which would have been beating me, and I would have had to commit lots of chips to find out. It was early on and I decided to wait.
Highlight of the night: winning a nearly $500 pot with A high! This was after the complexion of the game had changed. A guy joined and someone mentioned that he was an action player, and oh, was he ever -- raising almost every pot with anything. He raised to $35 and got three or four callers, including myself with AKs. The flop came Txx with two of my suit, and after it was checked around to me I shoved all in for about $150. Action guy folded, and I got one caller (at which point I was thinking I was likely majorly screwed). No spade on the turn or river and I was ready to muck, saying "I missed," but the other guy was hesitating too so I flipped my cards up. It turned out he had called me with only a lower flush draw. I was SHOCKED to win the pot and of course thrilled. Another guy mucked a ten so that big bet was the only way I could have won that pot.
Not much of note happened after that, except the action guy lost several buyins and left the table in a huff. The guy who doubled me up with the bad draw kept losing his chips and plunking down $100 after $100 on the table and shoving it all in until he finally rebought for $300 and started winning some pots, including the last pot against Action Guy.
I liked the casino and the poker room. It's in a nice location with easy access from I-90. Chairs were fairly comfy. It's a bit crowded in there but not unnavigable, and it's glassed in so it's quiet and non-smoky, unlike the rest of the casino. They gave me a free hat for being a newbie, and the staff was friendly and competent. There were monte carlo jackpots and $500 high hand jackpots every two hours (Tues/Wed/Thurs only), which a guy at my table won with quad kings. Most of the players there were regulars and knew each other.
At the end of the night I cashed out $287 ahead, a nice little payday thanks to that one giant, unexpected pot.
I also learned that it's common there to chop the blinds, which I hadn't encountered before. They explained to me that you either chop all the time or none of the time, regardless of your cards. I found it a little odd but went with the program.