I love playing poker. Actually, I think I’m addicted. I’ve been playing online at Pokerstars.com since 2005. I started playing just for chips to learn how to play. I read a few poker books and watched many tournaments on TV.
A few years later, I changed to play for money. Initially, I played the $1 or $2 tournaments. I never won but had fun.
In time, I played the $7.50 Sit & Go of a maximum of 180 players. The tournament takes about 4 or so hours to play. I did well and made it often to the money round so at least broke even. I did place higher sometimes and did make some money.
I played in a $7.50 tournament with over 3,000 players and I placed 2nd and won $2,100.
I played in a $11 tournament with over 3,000 people and I placed 3rd and I won $4,000.
After I moved to Brantford and found the casino, I played in a couple of tournaments. Buy-in was $160. Unfortunately, I lost out both times (did place better than half) before the money. I loved playing live but I needed experience.
The casino changed hands and now they’re no longer hosting any more tournaments because they don’t have enough staff, so they said, which is of course unfortunate.
But two weeks ago, a friend who always helps me out suggested a website. On it are all the events going on around Brantford. There’s so much going on that I didn’t know about.
And one of those events was poker. There’s a group who play at a bar about a 5 minute drive from my house. They play on every Saturday at 2 pm, and also during the week but the tourney starts at 7 pm and that’s too late for me.
So, I’ve been playing every Saturday. It’s absolutely wonderful to play again and these people play for points not money so doesn’t cost me anything to play and therefore I can learn how to play. Playing live poker is so different from playing online. I came 4th out of 14 the first time I played with them.
The next week, I came out to play. Everyone was a little friendlier and I had a good time.
At our table, people are playing anything and it’s a relaxing atmosphere. But then this young serious poker guy was moved to our table. He immediately took control because he had the most chips, and he made a lot of high bets.
We were in a hand together. I had King Queen and the flop came 9, 7, and 6. He made a huge bet and I folded of course. He flipped his cards showing he had Jack Queen so my hand would have beaten his.
A few hands later, we were again together betting against each other. I had 8 and 6. The flop came 3, 5 and 7. He bet something and I called. The next card was a 9 and I had a straight. He bet a lot again and of course I called. The river was the 6 and I still had a straight. He couldn’t have a hand to beat me.
And what happened? Didn’t he go all in which of course I called. Everyone at the table was shocked to see I won. I got a lot of props for that.
A few hands later, he said to me, “Nice hand.”
I said, “Thanks for going all-in.”
I came 3rd in that tourney but I would have come 2nd if I hadn’t been stupid and fold a winning hand. I’m learning.
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