Sunday, September 14, 2014

Screwed by Dealers Three Times in One Night

Yesterday I made a short road trip to play some poker at the nearest room, the Par-A-Dice riverboat casino in East Peoria, IL. It was a very different trip.

Sadly, my friend Willy Wonka was not attentive to my needs. However, another favorite slot machine at the boat,, Cash Illusions, was.

There isn't anything quite as fun as donking a little cashola in slot machines for a little relaxation. And when you win ... so much better!

I was seated immediately upon entering the poker room. The game was progressing slowly as I received little in the way of cards. Then, however, things rapidly changed when one of the better local players sat down at the table. I knew him well enough to know that he tries to blow people off hand by betting really big after the flop or turn. I had pocket 5's and flopped a set on the turn. A set of 5's used to be called "Presto!" in the old poker blogger world, and I felt like shouting it out. The good thing was, I knew exactly how to play this guy. I showed weakness after the flop, and he jacked up his bet after the turn. There were straight possibilities out there, but I was betting that I was way ahead, so I shoved my whole stack. He tanked for a bit, than apparently decided that I was using his strategy. He called. I never found out what he had, but I took everything he had except for $7. He walked away from the table to take a loooong break. Yowsa!

Eventually several players started leaving, so I decided to take a break while comfortably ahead. I returned to the room a bit later and was seated at the same table. There were several new players and the action was loose and hard. I was hoping for some decent cards, but switched tables when they were not forthcoming. A while later, cokeboy99 came to the boat and was able to eventually get seated at my table. It sure was nice to have at least one compadre in the room.

As for the title of this post ... three different times by three different dealers, I was on the crappy end of their errors.

#1: Female dealer who also messed up a pot by not counting out chips from a player's all in somehow misdealed our hands. I looked down to see ... A-A. Wonderful.

#2: Male dealer who is apparently very new exposed the river card before the final player in a hand had a chance to call a bet. The card would have given me the nut flush and won me a nice pot. However, the river card was instead shuffled back into the deck, and the new river was not a Heart, meaning I had nothing. That hand really cost me. Grrrrr.

3#: Male dealer (probably the best or one of the best in the room) somehow misdeals. I look down to see ... A-A! Do you believe it! I know there could be an assumption that it the cards were dealt properly, I might not have gotten both A-A hands. However, I am not sure what caused the misdeals -- bad flips to the last couple of players? In any event, you should be able to understand why I felt frustrated last night.

Toward the end of the evening, a rather annoying player sat down and kept running his yap the rest of the evening. He was a lucksack supreme, and I only hope that I get to play with him again in the future when the poker gods might be a little more favorable to me.

All in all, despite some good play on my part, I took a slight loss on the evening. It was nice, however, so get away for part of the day since work has been taking its toll on me lately.


Blogger Rob said...

Wow, that's bad luck, two misdeals with AA and a screw up that prevented you from having the nut flush. Totally sucks.

When you're running bad, you're running bad.

How many hands did Nick win with the dreaded hand?

2:36 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

@ Rob -- I don't recall that he ever had it at the table. I had a quick heater and actually got pocket Kings two or three times. I felted one guy with them and told Nick "Make sure you tell Rob that I can give him lessons on how to play Kings." lol

2:43 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

I've had that happen online (tournament). When I got back from the bathroom, I had A-A, but before I could bet, I timed out. A big pot ensued with two all-ins and I would have won, boo hoo.

4:51 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Once at a WSOP circuit event at Harrah's Southern Indiana, a dealer made a bad pitch on one of my cards. It was an ace. That was bad enough, but when I looked at the other hole card that had already been dealt ... And the same type of situation -- two people went all in and I would have tripled up. I nearly cried. I went out a short time later.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I don't recall if I told this story on the blog or not, but the very first time I played 1/2 NL, long before I started playing it regularly, the dealer exposed my first card, it was a 10. The second card was a 10 and the replacement card was some rag, so I didn't play it. Ten on the flop, ten on the turn (hand ended there) My consolation was that it was a relatively small pot. No high hand bonus where this happened. Still.....

6:57 PM  
Blogger thundering36 said...

The title of this entry makes me think that you may be channeling TBC. I presume that there was no stapler around?

11:37 PM  
Blogger Tony Bigcharles said...

whats the nearest weekly motel to the boat?

3:33 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Actually, Tony, Par-A-Dice would be the worst place for you to play. It is isolated from other casinos, has no VBJ, and has a small poker room where management and players have almost no tolerence for players who act out in any way.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Iron Mike Sharpe said...

New Year's Eve: dealer just sits down at our NLHE table after just dealing Omaha. Deals two players a third card and we have a misdeal. A short stack ($75 or so) flips oveer pocket Jacks. Old lady who likes to get her big pocket pairs all-in pre ($250) flips over KK. I look down at my hand...yup, pocket Aces. LOL.

This Saturday night, I'm sitting in the 1 seat. Dealer accidentally exposes one of my cards...King. Apologizes, and I tell him not to worry about it, shit happens. Look down and my new hand is 4-4. Flop has a 4. End up winning about $250 on the hand. Cha-ching!

11:19 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

@ Iron Mike -- Yeah -- it is great when a dealer error makes you money -- or saves you money. Once at Bally's in Las Vegas the dealer flipped over a Queen as my second hole card. I looked down and saw, to my horror, that I had another Queen. The look on my face when I mucked my hand (replacement card was not helpful) told the dealer that I had another Queen. He, of course, felt bad, especially when the flop brought out a third Queen! Smoke was starting to come out of my ears, I believe. As the hand played out, a woman had a Royal Flush draw and wasn't folding for anything. She didn't get a Royal, but hit a nut flush on the river. The board didn't pair, and I realized that I would have been stacked in the hand. After the hand was over, I flipped the dealer a redbird and said "Your mistake saved me a ton." lol

12:32 PM  
Blogger angerisagift said...

Y IS THE PROTARD looking 4 weekly motels??? lightning has a basement

3:30 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

@ anger: Strangely enough, I am reminded of this scene from Caddyshack:

Carl Spackler: Your place got a pool?

Ty Webb: We have a pond in the back. We have a pool and a pond... Pond'd be good for you.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Iron Mike Sharpe said...

Great scene!

4:11 PM  
Blogger angerisagift said...

LOL i love that movie too rodney dangerfield fucking awesome

6:37 PM  
Blogger angerisagift said...

DAMM u sir. now i am on youtube watching caddyshack scenes and Airplane too

6:58 PM  
Blogger David Westbay said...

Tough luck on those hands. Here's hoping that the next errors go in your favor.

12:59 PM  

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