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Last Woman Standing

Posted on January 3, 2009 by under Poker.    

“I don’t want to jinx you,” Kristy came over and told me when we were down to the final two tables, “but you are the last woman standing.” That prompted a discussion of Tiffany Michelle at the 2008 WSOP and what everyone considered to be bad poker behavior on her part. As pretty as she is and as much as I love her, I really did not want to be compared to her because everyone (at least those discussing her at the table) thought she was a bitch. I don’t like being a bitch. I don’t want people to think that I’m a bitch. I want them to think of me as a nice, personable poker player.

Anyway, I did tend to get a little testy throughout the evening. I think the weirdness at my table and the weirdness of the evening in general started to get to me.

It was a huge night at Highlands. The turnout for the Blue Collar Poker Tournament was so great that they had to set up tables beyond the designated BCPT area. That normally is a bad sign for me. It means that a lot of non-regulars have come out to play. In the past some of these people have really irritated me because they don’t know when it’s their turn (acting out of turn once is forgivable but doing it a lot throughout the course of the game is really annoying) or when they are in the blinds or how much to bet/raise (sometimes not betting enough to cover the big blind, which is the minimum bet or not raising 2x the amount of the original bet) or not keeping the cut card at the bottom so everyone can see that the card you are pretending to have is not really in your had but at the bottom of the deck or discussing their hand while people are still playing… Those are just some of the things that bug me. I have some minor pet peeves that I don’t really get cranky about but also dislike nonetheless. I don’t like rabbit-hunting because it delays the game, pre-burning (I think this is one of Scott’s peeves, too), tossing the burn cards into the muck pile because it’s hard to tell if people are actually burning cards or if they’re burning more than one card (it’s just really weird, don’t do it), splashing the pot… I normally don’t say anything, but these things do bug me.

Last night was just really weird, though, so I was more outspoken than usual. People just get so confused about dead blinds and dealers, or when it is their turn to deal period. I wanted to maintain some semblance of order so I spoke up in order to keep people on track.

Early on in the game, when the blinds were still at $100-$200, one of the players threw out a $500 chip at the table without saying anything. Heather, because she is so nice, asked him if it was a call or a raise. He nodded yes. We allowed the raise but I had to comment that technically that action would have been considered a call. Then other people chimed in and explained what I meant and Rich, who was on my immediate left, pointed out that the best way is to announce the amount of the raise or simply say raise so that other players at the table do not misconstrue your intentions.

Later on the same guy tried to deal twice. I was like, “Didn’t you just deal that last hand?” He said yes and the guy to his left goes, “I was just small blind.” I said, “Okay. You were the small blind so this hand you get to be the dealer.”

I wasn’t being mean or anything, but I didn’t exercise my usual restraint either. I guess I was a little on the controlling side that night because the player across from me, who I had told to be the dealer previously, commented that I ought to play at a casino. He said it in a fun, joking way but I took it as a sign and laid off a little.

I think it was too late, though, because I had already established myself in the unpopular role of table captain. Throughout the rest of the tournament, other players (even those who just moved to our table from another table) would refer to me for guidance asking if it was their turn to be small/big blind. They didn’t do it sarcastically. Not that I could tell, anyway. It seemed to me like they really weren’t sure and honestly sought my response.

I did get somewhat crabby a couple of times during the tournament. Once was at my original table when we were still at the $200-$400 blind level. I looked down at a good hand, but someone acted out of turn so they were already back to the small blind before I could even act. I was so mad that I raised just to punish them for acting out of turn. I figured that if they had a good hand then they would have raised so I was counting on just picking up the pot. Everyone folds except for the guy who acted out of turn. He puts in an additional $1200 to match my raise. There was a pair on the flop, but they were all low cards. Newer players don’t realize that it is far wiser to fold pre-flop than to sink $1200 more to defend their $400, so I figured that he only called my raise because he was compelled to and that he had nothing and hit nothing. I was to act first so I bet again. I was a little nervous about this because I didn’t hit the flop either, but I figured that (a) I had better cards because mine were good enough to raise with (b) I would get away with it because I was playing against a weaker player. He folded just as I predicted.

The second time that I got cranky was when I moved over to the next table. Two guys had split the pot and there was an extra chip. One of the guys goes, “Do you want to high card for the extra chip?” No one else was paying attention so I felt like it was my responsibility to speak up. I told them that the extra chip goes to the player to the left of the dealer. Guy goes, “That’s fine if that’s how you want to do it.” That’s not how I want to do it, I thought to myself. That’s the rule. “The extra chip always goes to the player who is to the left of the dealer.” This time other players noticed, so they backed me up. Guy goes, “That’s fine. I’d just never heard of that before.” They might do it differently at other places and I realize that some people who are used to playing elsewhere might not know any better so I said, “That’s Blue Collar rules.” Another player goes, “Why don’t we ask the tournament director? He’s right there.” At this point, Dan had walked up to our table. Guy goes, “Don’t worry about it.” He still acted like he didn’t believe me, though. I hate it when Brian does that to me — when he agrees just so I will shut up, but really doesn’t believe me — and I never let him get away with it. Neither did this guy. “When there’s an extra chip on a split pot, the extra chip always goes to the player to the left of the dealer,” I said out loud so Dan would hear. Dan agreed and said the same thing for all the other players at the table to hear. “They,” nodding my head toward the doubtful guy, “are unfamiliar with Blue Collar rules so I just wanted to clarify.” I kind of said this in a condescending tone — like thank you for demonstrating your utter ignorance of the rules, you pathetic excuse for a poker player — but I don’t think anyone else picked up on it. Feeling vindicated, I was finally ready to let it go. And that is the end of that discussion.

Despite having my patience tested all evening, I made it to the final table. My patience had worn thin at that point, though. I was bored and tired and feeling impatient. That combined with being short-stacked tends to make a poker player suicidal. I went all in with AJ off and got called by AK, which held up. I was knocked out of the tournament in 9th place just like that. And that is the conclusion of one very weird evening at Highlands.

It was an out-of-body experience as I felt completely unlike my usual self. I took down the title of “Last Woman Standing” that night, though, so that is a pretty good accomplishment. Next time we’re going for the “Last Playing Standing” title…

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