Playing a Little H.O.R.S.E. at Binions
I just finished playing the $500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. evnet at Binionâs in Las Vegas. I almost did not play this event because I wasnât sure that the turnout would be good. The turnout was actually much better than expected and we had 129 players show up. First place for the event was over $17,000.
You wouldnât think that the field for this event would be that strong since it is only $500. However, the field for this event was remarkably strong. Some of the pros playing in this event included Robert âChip Burnerâ Turner, Sirious Baghchehsaraie, Frankie OâDell, Thomas Bihl, Raymond Davis, and Bryan Micon. There were many other familiar faces in the crowd that I knew from playing various different tournaments.
Frankie OâDell started at my table. I know Frankie loosely from Los Angeles and dealings with certain mutual friends. The rest of my table had several players that are not common names, but they have been around the block a time or two. Most did not know me, but they knew Frankie, and Frankie knew me, so it made for an interesting day.
At different points through the day, I had chance to catch up with a few people that I knew and also meet a few I hadnât met in person. For example, I knew Micon by reputation and he knew of me from another site, but we never met until we played at the same table. Also, I got to catch up a bit with Robert Turner a while. I know Robert mostly from when he used to work in LA for the Bike and Crystal Park. However, Robert is mainly playing poker right now and seems to be doing ok. Honestly, I think Robert is looking better than I have seen him in a while. I had forgotten how much I really enjoy some of the camaraderie that goes with playing poker and hanging out with certain poker players.
As far as the poker is concerned, I did quite well. I was among the chip leaders in the event heading into dinner break. When we were approaching the bubble, I had taken a big hit to my stack, but after a huge pot, I moved up to 120,000 in chips. I wound up finishing 9th in the event, one spot short of the final table.
When we got to around 12 handed, we were in the Limit holdem round of 2,500 and 5,000 blinds with 5,000 and 10,000 betting Limits. I had exactly 10 big bets. I was on the wrong end of two pots and I was left with about 12,000 in chips. I moved in with pocket sixes and was called by Robert Turner with A-7. He flopped a seven, turned sevens up, and rivered a full house to send me packing. This is the 2nd tournament in my career Robert knocked me out of.
Overall, I am very happy with my play. I made a great run and had a fantastic time. $1,095 for finishing 9th didnât hurt either.