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Poker at Harrah’s NKC

Posted on September 12, 2009 by under Poker, Travel.    

I don’t really like to toot my own horn, but I’m going to take this opportunity now to do so. Brian and I did extremely well during our poker trip to Harrah’s over Labor Day weekend. Believe it or not, at least one of us cashed in every tournament we played.

We originally planned on playing four tournaments altogether: one on Saturday, two on Sunday and one on Monday. However, we found out later that the Monday poker tourney was at 1 PM and not 10 AM as we expected. We had to scratch that one off our list because we would finish too late for the drive back to Wichita, and still function normally the next day. We are spontaneous but sensible after all.

So we played three poker tournaments. The first one was at 10 AM on Saturday. Brian didn’t make the final table, but I carried the torch for us and cashed in third place.

The next day we signed up for both the 10 AM and the 7 PM poker tournaments. Brian and I both made the final table on both tourneys. Can you believe it? It was amazing enough to both make the final table together once, but we did it twice!

I got knocked out in seventh place, but all the other players gave me $5 each so that I could get my buy-in back. I gave $5 to Gary, the nicest dealer they have in that poker room, so I didn’t really make any money. But who cares? I had a lot of fun and Brian was still in. Yes. He actually outlasted me and cashed in fourth place.

During the evening tournament, though we both made it to the final table, I once again got knocked out before the money. Brian knocked me out this time, of all people. I was all in blind, though, because I didn’t have hardly any chips left. Brian miraculously (and I say it’s a miracle because he didn’t have much more chips than I did when the final table started) outlasted a whole bunch of other people. The evening tournament is a $50 buy-in, 40-player tournament. Since the field is smaller (compared to 60 players in the daytime tourneys), they only pay five places instead of six. Brian was one of four players left in the game.

The chip leader, who happens to be the nicest man on Earth, proposed a four-way chop. When the chip leader suggests a chop, you don’t think about it. You just say yes. LOL. Everyone agreed and got $364 each. It was the best cash we had the entire weekend. Go, Brian!

Anyway, I had done really well in the Sunday tourney the weekend before by taking fourth place and raised the bar on Saturday by taking third. I guess Brian didn’t want me to get too ahead of him in winnings because he truly stepped it up. We are once again pretty even in terms of poker prowess. I think I have more final table showings than he does, but if you add up the prize money then he’s got me. His cashes total more than mine. I’m sure of it. And that’s what really counts. It’s pointless to make the final table if you fall short of cashing, you know?

Whereas I am consistent, Brian has endurance. The dude is like a cockroach. Once he makes the final table, he just won’t go away. Thus, his cashes are usually greater than mine. Lately I found that I get too aggressive too soon after making the final table so I get myself knocked out. Anyway, between the two of us, we are a poker duo to reckon with. I’m actually trying to find some Jack & Jill tournaments because I’m just convinced that we are the perfect pairing for it. Hmm… Where to play next?

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