It seems like it was over before it started -- Sham and I went to Tunica, Miss., on Sunday and before we knew it we were back, me with a few hundred bennies added to my cash bankroll and the Mayor with a satisfied constituency (satisfied because they gleefully hauled away part of his war chest).
We stayed at Sam's Town for the poker rate of $25/night, since the Horseshoe was all booked up and, for the first time, I couldn't get the poker rate at the Gold Strike, either.
I called up Sam's Town and, although I'd never stayed there before for the poker rate, they said, sure, come on down.
I decided right away to knock out the first day's requirement of 5 hours at a $1/2NL table. I won about $300 in that session, mainly from people who may play a lot there but just don't have good fundamentals.
Early Monday morning after midnight, I went over to play $4/8 limit at the Horseshoe's poker room, typically a good game, but there were so many toasters there I lost about 8 bets after a two-hour session. It reminded me of something Mason Malmuth said once, about how a solid, favored horse in a race may not end up doing so well if there are many horses who race erratically.
Same went here. There were people calling raises with anything. I had KK busted with A4, for a flopped straight. It typically was easy to get away from toasters when they had the nuts, because they would just raise you -- and then show their winning hand after you folded. LOL.
The next day Sham and I played $4/8 back at the Horseshoe, I made a bunch of that money I lost back and then added some more money playing NL$1/2 at Gold Strike. It was nice -- nobody ever tried to play back at you without a good hand. I can't tell you how many times continuation bets were enough to throw a toaster off for the pot.
In the evening we came back to Sham's Town to burn my five hour bonus. I took some guy's stack with a baby flush- he actually went all in on the turn when my flush came -- I called with 45s and he had two-pair. I threw away a hand in which I had top pair when a danger flush card came on the turn and this old guy pushed his entire stack in!! It nearly made me laugh.
"Did you make your flush?" I playfully asked him. Then I looked at his fat belly and it was going up and down so hard I threw away my hand.
I took down another nice pot -- and the high hand of the hour -- with QJo in the sb that later turned into a boat on the turn. Flop was two-pair for me but I had checked in the dark and was unhappy to see the seven players in the hand checked it around! When I made my boat, I checked again. On the river, I was really embarrassed I hadn't bet at all, so I pot bet $15 just so I wouldn't have to reveal my hand!
Just then, MP (missing a front tooth yet having the nerve just hanging exposed in that open space) opened up with a $40 raise. I brought a stack out and he called with J4o, for trips. It was too funny.
But I lost that $200 back when I had AA and two people (including the toothless guy) called and another. Flop was Qxx, with two clubs, I bet out pot, toothless folds, the other guy called. Turn was the A of clubs, making my set. The other guy only had $100 left, so I bet out $50, expecting him to go all-in. Now I had a $50 call for $350 and a bunch of outs, so I called. I didn't hit.
My Jacks full of Queens in the earlier hand surprisingly held up to be the high hand of the hour, so I got to spin the wheel for $50. It was better than nothing.
In the evening Sham and I took it easy. We ate awesome 24-ounce Porterhouse steaks from the Horseshoe's excellent Steakhouse and then really just goofed off, drinking horrible tequila shots at a Sham's Town bar while watching Monday Night Football. The drinks at the casino bars are only $1.50 each, such a good deal compared to bars in Vegas.
I was a little unhappy as I developed hay fever kinds of symptoms yet didn't take any medicine. So it was an early night.
Tunica continues to be good, only because the competition is so weak. I don't mind busting Mark I toasters but I want to keep my skills fresh for when I encounter the ones that appear human.