There are precious few places to play a real Texas Hold'em game near me. As you know I go to Seabrook NH every couple of months. I don't LOVE the place but it's available. The same guys are there whenever I go. These guys are there 4 days a week, every week, part of a degenerate club that I do not belong to, nor do I wish to.
Another venue is the Saugus Sportsman's Club. Love the proximity! Less than 10 minutes from my house. They hold one tournament per month, and it's tomorrow!
It's a very lucrative game. These men are mostly retired and just hang out here all the time anyway. Oh and they really don't know the strategy behind Texas Holdem. I've played with them for a couple of years, and they HAVE gotten a littler better.
They're a little more discriminating about starting hands - actually much better than years ago, but it' still an easy game. Except for the luck factor. You have to go in every hand assuming you'll get called, so if you go in with the best hand, you'll win more than you lose.
I was once down to ONE CHIP and came back to win second place. Of course I've also lost there with pocket aces, when I got called PREFLOP by a guy who had 10-2 off suit (that's one that'll be hard to forget). So you just never know.
The guys are fun and they get a kick out of playing with me. (I get that alot) When I walk in the door they all start acting afraid and worry which table I'll be sitting at, but I think these guys get their money's worth.
We always have fun at the table and the drinks are super cheap. So's the game for that matter - very little money comes off the top for the house. They take a hundred or two, but buy pizza for everyone for lunch. If they're lucky there's $50 for the house.
The downside is all these old geezers smoke INSIDE. And this place has no ventilation. Hell, half of them smoke cigars. So it's a very smokey venue and I usually end up with a cold afterwards. I didn't even notice the correlation until my mother mentioned it.
I usually visit her on Sundays and I called her one Sunday morning, hacking away, telling her of my win on the previous day. She said you're always sick after you play there. Duh! I hadn't noticed THAT pattern.
The place is pretty cool. Big bar, big flat screen tv, pool table, ping pong table, a "curling table" (db a/k/a mr. canada, ever heard of one of those?) pictures of dead animals (ugh). Hanging above the door is a deer head, and hanging on his antlers are about 20 crusty g-strings. Souvenirs from 20 crusty strippers. Ewwwww.
The buy-in is $50 and baby I'll be there, treading carefully against guys who really don't know any better. I lost last time I played so I'm due.
My plan is to make an adjustment to play at the beginning of the tourney. You know, I'm usually Tight Aggressive. I think I'll start tomorrow AGGRESSIVE AGGRESSIVE. The plan is to play alot of hands in the beginning.
At least that's the plan RIGHT NOW.
It's a woman's perogative to change her mind.
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