Tunica -- A T-shirt highlight reel
Future 15-game winner Montgomery Biscuits T-shirt
TUNICA, Miss. -- So the river comes and I pull out $30 in chips and am about to throw a pot bet out on the felt.
But I'm hesitant, I check-swing my bet, lower it and raise it up again to re-consider. It's heads up at Sam's Town's NL $1/2 table and I'm up against a gray hair in the 1 seat.
I decide to bet anyway. All of a sudden, the gray hair pours into the pot two black $100 chips, a $25 green chip and a handful of $5 chips. He's all-in.
These are the droids I'm looking for.
"I call -- I have a straight flush," I say, flipping over my 79 of clubs. I intuit that the gray hair has the A-high flush against my six-through-ten of clubs. But no, he has AT offsuit for a pair of tens.
All day it's been like this.
I hate being superstitious, but DAMN! My Montgomery Biscuits minor league baseball T-shirt is like the cotton version of Jeff Francoeur. Wearing it, I cashed money out of four casinos today to put me way up for the trip.
It's already been impressive in the minors -- I've worn it and have cashed money out of 17 home games, with only six losses this year.
Among the highlight reel:
--I have AQo with an A-high flush draw. I hit the nut flush on the turn against an opponent with TP on the flop.
--I have Presto (55) and hit my set and get paid.
--I raise with the hammer (72o) on the button and it becomes multi-way, 5 players. I bet out the flop when it comes to me and everyone folds.
--I flop a set on a scary coordinated board of 879 with two clubs. It becomes multi-way immediately and a guy who raised pre-flop has just decided to bet $30 and $40 at a time with everyone calling. My set holds up for a monster pot.
Not to end there, this evening when I was waiting to play at the Grand Casino, I put $1.50 into a video poker machine. In five spins, I hit quad Queens for another $20 from the 25-cent machine.
I've been looking for a starter like this, to complement my 15-game winners SPAM T-shirt and Sabre-toothed lime. An intimidating lineup for the next few trips to the Show (Vegas, May 10-13, Vegas, June 7-10).
It's a long season and you gotta trust it.