Vegas -- Return of the Snowman
The good news? I paired my 3.
Punky Swedish guy raised it pre-flop from the small blind and checked the flop. He bet out about $20 on the turn, getting three callers, including me.
I don't even look at him as he bets out his chips. I have him.
"I call," I say.
I wait for him to turn over his hand -- KQo -- before I flip over mine: 83o. The blogger's champion.
"Snowman Taterlegs!" I yell out, scooping up a $160 pot, the hand name not getting any kind of recognition from the table.
"Good call!," this Asian man with part of a snake or dragon peeking out from under the right sleeve of his knit polo shirt.
The Snowman is back, picking up chips, as he did in July during the blogger's weekend when I busted Full Tilt and Tales of the Tiltboys pro Perry Friedman with it, as recounted in this July 9 post.
It's good to be back but strange to not see all of the bloggers running around, as in July, donking it up in a 1-3 spread limit game at the Excalibur or the $2/4 HORSE game at the MGM Grand.
It's good to see that despite a few decades after Mike Caro published "The Book of Tells," not much has changed.
"You looked like you were going to pass out," I tell a guy in the 4 seat after he call-re-raised this college kid from Georgia State University all-in. The college kid made the right move -- he folded his AQ. The 4 seat flips over KK and loses to a shortstack with AA.
Dude was breathing so heavily he looked like he was doing one of those breathing exercises for pregnancy.
"I was trying to look worried so you didn't think I had a hand," he tells the Georgia kid in Seat 3.
"That's how we knew you had one," me and the kid both shout back at the same time.
Intimidating Guy in Seat 8, the chip bully, puts the Georgia kid all in on another hand after the kid raises in early position with JJ and flops J9T.
Chip bully keeps staring at him and tells him "I promise to show you if you fold."
Typically these are nice tells for bluffs but it turned out he had some kind of hand -- 9T -- for two pair. But he was representing the straight. Georgia kid made a good call and doubled up.
POKER CATS NOTEBOOK: I finally made it back to the Rio to eat at Gaylord Indian, one of my favorites. After dinner and before the MGM I actually made it back to the Rio's poker room. There was one $2/5NL game going and it looked very juicy. Memo to self: Must return another time.
Kelley's room at the Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay is awesome (but I think the room Ryan and his wife stayed at the MGM during the blogger weekend in July was nicer). The room overlooks the Strip and the airport (which of course I totally love). I wish I had a camera- I'd take a picture of it and the part of the hotel wing on the other side that says "Mandalay Bay" like a postcard.