Monday, September 05, 2005

Tunica - In the Sham Seat

Now look at them yo-yos, that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin', that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your chicks for free
Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya, them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb
--Dire Straits

You must protect your bankroll.
--Barry Greenstein, Ace on the River

TUNICA, Miss. -- Anywhere else, the number 13 is most unlucky.

But not here, at the Horseshoe in Tunica, not at Seat 10 at Table 13 -- the Sham Seat, where Sham stayed up all night playing $4/8 and cashed out $640.

Only today it's a $10/20 limit game.

Entering this evening, my previous profits plummeted to -$74 after four consecutive losing sessions -- -$17 after an hour at Sam's Town, -$46 after an hour playing $10/20 at the Horseshoe and -$99 after 2:15 at the Grand in Tunica ($4/8).

I came back to the 'Shoe. After a few minutes, they had an opening at $10/20.

Where was it?

Nowhere else but the Sham Seat. The game looked fishy, so I jumped in.

I only had $500 on me and I quickly bought-in. (I would have liked to have $600, or 30 BB).

And the next few hours were just a joy. To my left, there was a woman who kept on trying to draw and draw. Most of my profits came from her.

After two hours, the fishy elements were burned out and I left with $400, the most I've made in a sitting in Tunica.

Sham made $640, but that was after an entire evening playing $4/8. I was happy with my 20BB win after two hours.

In the past, I would have been scared to play that game. I mean, I had played $10/20 at the Orleans in Las Vegas and at the Grand Casino in Biloxi. But that was before I knew anything about bankroll, or really even had one.

But with the right bankroll, you can play those games. And weather the ups and downs without going broke and having to call Gamblo Anonymous.

The play in the $10/20 game really was passive. Nobody raised unless it was the nut. So when I raised to get information or to protect the hand, it worked like a semi-bluff. People folded and $100 pots (only 5BB!) were mine.

And building experience in the game will give me the confidence to continue playing at that level, and, hopefully, to continue to win.

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