After several months of inactivity on the poker playing front, I finally got back to playing some poker tournaments. I went to one of my favorite places to play, which is Reno.
I spent a week in Reno and ended up playing all but one day. In fact, I played two events one day and even three events on one day. The total tournaments I played was eight. I started out by finishing ninth in a two-tier start tournament. What that means is that they have a 1A tournament at noon and then at 4p.m. they have a 1B tournament. They have the same buy-in of $240 and both tournaments play down to nine players. They do pay tenth thru eighteen, but stop play at nine players, and then both flights combine the next day for the finals.
They start with the remaining eighteen players and play till there is one winner. I came in ninth in that tournament for a modest payday of $1,160. I didn’t cash in the next six events, but on the next tournament I played, which was only a $130 buy-in, I was lucky enough to win the tournament. Well, maybe I should say we made a three-way split and I had the most chips so I was awarded a little more money and the title. It was, I might add, 4:00 in the morning and we were all tired so I was okay with the chop. The bottom line was, after playing the eight tournaments, I ended up cashing for about $2,400 in the tournaments and actually beat the cash games for a little also.
All in all, it was nice to get back to playing and, although the tournaments were very small, I was pleased with my play and the fact that I really didn’t get overly tired and stayed alert thru all the events I played.
I just read on the CardPlayer site that Greg Raymer, the WSOP World Champion for 2004, was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. I have played with Greg several times and I do have a picture of him and I in the photo gallery on this site. Greg was always a gentleman at the poker table when I have played with him. I have read some of the comments posted by players since the incident happened and, to me, many are laughable. Most comments are really not that judgmental and I certainly don’t want to cast any stones, but I do feel that since he is a representative of PokerStars and gets paid a lot of money to represent them, he should be responsible for his actions.
I remember how Tiger Woods paid a hefty price for his indiscretions and, although not on the same scale, Greg will be paying some price for his lack of judgment. It will interesting to see if PokerStars severs their relationship with Greg. I also remember the many years I wrote for CardPlayer magazine, I was always aware that my actions could jeopardize my job and my reputation. In fact, I remember a couple of my fellow writers were scolded for their actions in a poker game or tournament. I shudder to think if one of us would have been arrested for soliciting a prostitute.
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