I went to go play some live poker today for the first time in awhile. There’s a riverboat casino about a half hour away from Columbia. The place is in the middle of nowhere, but it’s packed on the weekends and has a little cardroom with six tables and all of them had action. The highest they spread is a 2-5 NL game, so I sat down with $500. Here’s an interesting thing… in Missouri, they have a stop-loss and you’re not supposed to be able to lose more than $500. There are ways around it, though. My buddy Tepen says as long as you have chips, they’ll play… so you can stock up on chips and sit down with whatever you want, really.
Anyway, back to the game… I sit down and see that here in mid-Missouri they rake 10% maxxing out at a whopping $5. Plus $1 for the bad beat jackpot. So each time you win any decent sized pot, after you’re done toking the dealer you’re looking at $7 or $8 gone forever. This makes any game pretty hard to beat… but I honestly don’t think that the lower limit games there (i.e. the 3-6 limit holdems) are beatable at that structure.
The 2-5 NL game is still plenty beatable, though… get this hand… utg player makes it 15 to go. Donkeyfish player calls with 75o… next guy calls with QTs. Flop comes out TT6. UTG checks… donkeyfish checks… trip tens bets 15. UTG calls. Donkeyfish calls with his three-straight. The turn comes an 8. Check-check… QT bets out again for 30, losing the utg player, but donkeyfish is still in there with his straight draw. River comes a 4 and donkeyfish actually check-raises the guy at this point. I swear I’m not making this up. How is he even in the hand to begin with, but after the flop… I mean… come on! The 2-5 NL game was that soft, and if it’s always like that it’s beatable even with the worst drop in poker.
I took down $500 in about two hours. About $200 came from donkeyfish when I had AKo, raised preflop on the button, and hit the king on the flop. He had KQ, and decided to pay me off on every street. Lovely. I need to start getting back into playing, because this whole sitting around not doing anything routine I’ve been in since December isn’t exactly paying the bills.
So… gearing up for the WSOP. I booked a room in Vegas and my flight. I’m getting ready to go out and hopefully win another bracelet. My goal is to have three of these things by the time I’m 30. Can’t get shown up by guys like Fischman and Madsen… the first one is supposedly the hardest, right?