24. May 2010 23:08
Feeling good about my big score, I’ve set out to continue my quest by going over to the Hollywood Park Casino to play in a $100 double shoot-out tourney for the seat. I got there around 4:30 PM on Sunday. The advertisement stated that the first level of shoot-outs were taking place all day, w/ the final table scheduled for 7PM. To my surprise, they were in the process of trying to put together table # 3!!! After some time, we got 6 players who were willing to put up double the buy-in to play for the $1k. Well, that was not time well spent. The levels and stacks (even w/ double the chips) were short and the play was fast. Two players at the table didn’t fold a single hand (I don’t think). After getting knocked out of that tourney I was down $200 and on my way home.
Undettered by the events at Hollywood Park, I decided to take a stab at the Ventura’s “Player’s Club” two-tier $100 buy-in satellite tournament. After several weeks of calling them (the tourney runs only on Thursday night), there finally appeared to be enough interested in running the game. I drove for about 50min in the afternoon and when I got there, they had 8 out of the 10 players needed. After some negotiation w/ the floor person to remove the entry fee for the remaining 2 players, we polled the 8 players to see if they were interested in buying up the remaining 2 seats. $200 / 8 players = $25 / ea. To my surprise, 4 of the 8 players refused! They were there to play $125 (100 + 25 fee) tournament and NOT a penny more. WOW!