Vegas -- Check in the Dark
This kid, maybe on tilt, pushes all-in for $73 in late position. The guy on the button slowly counts out $73 in chips and calls.
I look down and have TT in the small blind. I call. Fuck it. I'm here to gamble.
"Check in the dark," I say. The dealer is about the unload the flop.
I pretty much always check in the dark. Recently I haven't even bothered to look at the flop, preferring to not give any information at all.
So I look at the guy on the button. He moves all-in.
I look at the flop.
It's TTx. I've flopped quads!
"I call. Quad," I say, as I flip over my cards.
Suddenly I'm back up. I win a little more money after dinner to put myself over $800 for the trip. I'll take it.
The trip had been up and down after my poor showing at the MGM Grand.
I took out this granny who wanted to play NL at Bally's after I went back to the Sahara and napped.
Then I promptly lost $130 in a shorthanded NL game at the Imperial Palace -- I had AT, flop was Txx, 2 spades. This guy bets, so I raise him. The game only has a $100 max so I'm pretty much all-in.
He thinks about it and then calls.
"I don't have anything," he says, showing K9 of spades. A flush draw.
River is a K.
Today, Sunday, I'm up early, having gone to bed at about 11 p.m. last night and foregoing the night shift of games.
It's hard to catch a game in the day, so I drive out to the suburbs to collect chips for my collection -- the Silverton, the Green Valley Ranch, the Fiesta and Sunset Station, all in or near Henderson, Nev.
I also stop by Boulder Station and Sam's Town to get chips for Drew and Sham.
I made a little money at the Excalibur and it isn't long before I'm back at the MGM. I get Q6s in the bb and the flop is AQ6. I checked in the dark, so this lady in early position bets out. She hasn't played much poker before.
I raise it. She calls.
Turn is a blank. Nothing left to do. I shrug and go all-in.
She calls, turning over A3o. A3o!!!
The river is an A.
"That's hurtful," I say out loud as I lose my buy-in.
The lady, a rather heavy-set woman, is raring to go. She has $600 in chips at the $200 max buy-in $1/2 table and leaves with her friend shortly later.
I roll my eyes and wait. Then some kid on tilt pushes all in and I call with TT and flop quads.