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A Day at the Office

22 Oct 2005

I dropped Lori off at the airport at around 8:00pm as she was headed back home for a visit and then headed straight to the poker room.

When I got there, I was surprised to see that there were two full high limit poker games, one being $4000-$8000 while the other game was $2000-$0000 limit.

While waiting, I happened across a juicy $400-$800 2-7 triple draw game with Eric Weiner, Jason Lester, Mike Wattel, Cuco, John D'Agostino, and none other than the "Poker Brat" himself- Phil Hellmuth.

I won the first couple pots I played and was ahead about $4000 right off the bat. Then, John "Jdags" and Phil starting talking about starting a heads up game, changing it to Omaha H/L, Hold'em, and Chinese Poker.

Well, when the rest of the table saw that Phil was leaving, they stopped the game and begged him to come back. They promised that they would change the game to whatever Phil wanted to play. Personally I didn't care as I wasn't planning on staying, but they were able to eventually coerce Phil back into the game.

Phil was mumbling about not being able to get Dom Perrignon at the table and that the plan was to go "clubbin'" later. While it sounded like fun, my plan for the night was to play some poker.

After an hour in the game I was +$1600 and my seat opened up in the $2000-$4000 mixed game. There, I'd face off against: Johnny Chan, Eli Elezra, Allen Cunningham, David Oppenheim, David Grey, Abe Mosseri, and some youngish east coast player.

I noticed that Eli and Johnny were playing props so I thought I'd practice with them and do a simple one. I took the 4-5-6 again, and added a second prop, the 7-8-9. That along with the Jack of clubs door card prop.

With Eli and Johnny we played smaller, with $3000 for a prop and $10,000 for the Jack prop. Johnny got his seat in the big game shortly there after, and now that I was getting a hang of following the props I decided to add a third, the 2-3-4.

Just before my seat opened up, I finally hit my first prop! In stud, the first three up cards were 8-8-9, hitting my 7-8-9 prop and earning me $3000. That was fun!

I was only in the $2000-$4000 game for an hour, but there was one interesting hand that came up in Stud 8 or better:

Oppenhiem raised to $4000 with a 5 up, and I started with a monster, the 2-3-4 of diamonds. With several people behind me, I decided to let them all join the party and just called the bet. Allen and Eli both called with low cards behind me.

David caught an off suit 6 to go with his 5, and I caught the 6 of diamonds! Allen caught a Jack and Eli caught a Queen which looked like total bricks.

The bet was on David, and once again I was faced with the same dilemma I was faced with on third street: raise with my monster hand or try to suck more people in?

I decided to let them take a card off if they wanted to and just called. Both Allen and Eli called. On fifth street, I caught a 5 to make a straight, and by the river I scooped David as I also hit my flush.

After that pot, though, I lost a few others and ended up -22,100 for the hour.

By 12:30am, I finally got my seat in the big game as Jennifer quit. Remaining in the game were: "Tight Jim", Gus, Chau Giang, Johnny Chan, David Benyamine, Chip Reese, and Phil Ivey.

Throughout the night several other players came and went including Barry Greenstein, Doyle Brunson, Ralph Perry, and Lyle Berman.

The mix of games was the "usual":

1. 7 Card Stud
2. Texas Hold'em
3. 7 Card Stud 8 or better
4. Omaha H/L
5. 7 Card Stud H?L Regular
6. Razz
7. 2-7 Triple Draw
8. Pot Limit Omaha ($100,000 cap)
9. No Limit Hold'em ($100,000 cap)
10. 2-7 NL Single Draw ($100,000 cap)

The game changes every eight hands, and don't worry, the boys have separate props for each of the games. In triple draw, they play the cards in their hand for a wild set of props that includes pair, trips, straights, and flushes.

Anyway, I started out slow, getting stuck about $150,000 rather early on. That's just not very much money in this game when you consider the fluctuation caused by the cap games. Losing 100 BB in this game is very, very, doable.

For most of the night I just hovered around even, going from stuck about $200,000, to up maybe $30,000. By about 7:30am, though, I hit a cold run of cards and was down as much as $400,000 or so.

I haven't been playing as much poker as these guys lately, so I didn't want to go for a marathon session for fear that I wouldn't stay fresh. So at about 9:00am I called Travis and asked if he could drive me home. It can be really dangerous to drive home when you are that tired. I "could have" driven home, but I was having a tough time keeping my eyes open at the table let alone risk driving all the way home!

When I got off the phone I was stuck $410,000. By the time Travis got there, though, I made a little comeback and at 11:00am, I finally packed it in $127,000 loser after a 10.5 hour session in the $4000-$8000.

So on the night my final tally looked like:

$400-$800 1 hour +$1,600
$2000-$4000 1 hour -$22,100
$4000-$8000 10.5 hours -$127,000

For a total of 12.5 hours and -$147,500

Not my best day at the office, but it wasn't all that bad really. There were some big losers in that game, and 150 dimes feels like breaking even in comparison.

The props make the game play ridiculously big for some people. I won't name any names, but one player lost about $1 million in props alone in about 1.5 hours at the table.

As a general rule, when talking about other people's nightly results, well, you just won't be hearing about it. I feel as though it's fine for me to share my results with you all, but it would be highly inappropriate for me to divulge any information on the other players.

My plan was to play again that evening, but I woke up at 6:00pm and was feeling groggy. So instead, I spent the night watching Tivo and plan on getting down there early in the morning to play with the whoever has been playing over 30 straight hours.

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