Atlantic City – October 8 to 12
It was a good pot. But after that the tone of the game changed.
After a while I held pocket aces. There were only six players left at the table and they were likely to fold preflop with anyone showing any strength.
I did not raise preflop. The flop looked good; it even included a king.
A woman held a king and bet $2 after the flop. I raised $2.
She folded her king and showed the king but not the kicker.
I could not believe she folded top pair that she had bet with just my $2 raise.
So while my pocket Aces had held up fine, the pot was tiny. I actually showed the aces, because at that point I could see no advantage to staying in that game.
I had four to the royal so many times. Just one lucky pull on those possiblities would have kept me even for the week.
Bringing my bike was great decision. The new Atlantic Club is trying free parking to attract players. They have an outside lot, so it was very easy to park and ride my bike up and down the boardwalk. What a great place to ride for an old guy. No hills. No traffic. Plenty to see. I shopped for cheap dollar hats, locked the bike along the railing to play poker, and just enjoyed the whole experience.
I loaded it on the back of the van, parked for free at Atlantic Club and had an easy ride to the boardwalk.
There were plenty of restrictions on the beach, but you can note that riding a bike is not one. I did not ride in the sand, however.
I could just wheel the bike up to where I wanted to look out.
I could also lock it right on the boardwalk fence along with my helmet and then walk the beach as long as I wanted, or shop, or play some poker inside. The nice thing about owning an old bike like this is that if someone did manage to steal it, it would not be a tragedy. In fact, I always have to decide whether to lock this old guy up or put a sign on it that says, "Steal this bike, please."
Note that the bike lock also locks my helmet, so I don't have to carry that into the casino.
The times allowed are only 7AM-10AM in most months, but in October they are 7AM-12NOON and again at 4PM-7PM. I actually rode some of the board walk as early as 3:30 PM and passed patrolmen who said nothing to me.
Here are some views of the Boardwalk
Here is the casino I think looks best with all its interesting shapes and towers.
It has some interesting design instead of just the modern angles in so many of the others.
I did spend some time walking along the beach. It was deserted for the most part.
It was too cold to swim there and not allowed anyway. I was happy to have the pool back at Harrah's.
I used to collect shells, but they never look as good once we get them home and they lose their salt water shine. I do like the found art look of them.
I see that this poor fellow had been playing 9/6 DDB as well.
I don't think I would ride all the way from Harrah's to the boardwalk, but going to the Nugget would not be impossible. Actually, walking would be easy enough, and I think I could bike to Borgata without too much tough traffic. I did not do that this trip. I might have used more time exploring and less time at the video poker and come away less behind in funds.
I also liked the security. If I wanted, little lockers were available for me to lock up valuables. I did not bother except once. Pool visitors must have proof of being in a room and they are checked in with ID, so that the person in the room is the person showing the room ID. I liked to see the security filter out folks who might want to steal.
Driving down went well enough, but it is not my favorite kind of driving. I am not comfortable in aggressive driving venues with the unblinking lane changers and the tailgaters. I drove in the daytime both times. Going in I had figured the traffic patterns well, but coming home I hit the middle of my trip at rush hour and so encountered some hold ups. If I go again, I guess I’ll wait the last day and leave around rush hour to hit the real traffic two hours into my journey. Once on the NY thruway, the driving was easy, so I could manage that in the dark with no trouble, especially since my new glasses sharpen every image and reduce glare.
I also ate at Mcormick and Schmick's which had affordable lunch prices. I had salmon salad and some mushrooms. I don't recommend the mushrooms. They were called wild, but I suspect they should have been called canned. I ate at the bar and that was pleasant. Service was great. They had other entres which at lunch were just around $15 so it would be an affordable place to grab a late lunch and make that the meal of the day.
The key to making good tea in the coffee makers is to run the water through twice, once to warm the cup and a second for the steeping directly on the bag. I always carry a ceramic cup with me for tea. It is comfortable, makes a good drink, and washes easily so I keep more foam out of the landfill.
I had much easier access to downtown eateries if I rode my bike. I saw a Thai place that would probably fit my diet and wallet. Next time I may try some smaller eatery off the boardwalk.
I can't eat the junk food that is sold along the boardwalk or I'd have had a dollar hotdog and some taffy. However, next time I might plan a meal at this place. Indian food is definitely encouraged. Their menu is a bit pricey, but the selections fit well in my diet.
The day after I came back was my 66th birthday. Here is what my son Keith wrote to me:
I decided to celebrate your birthday by heading out for some poker last night. Good decision!
At 11:00 I bought in for $300 at 2-5 no limit. At 4:30 I left with $4560. My best poker win ever...by a long shot. It was incredible, I couldn't lose. Some good cards, some good reads, some nice draws hitting, and some bad play by others. It was a blast. I didn't want to leave, but I had to get some sleep before the kids woke up.
Meanwhile, this hat I bought rather sums up my video poker playing. It happened plenty of times.