Saturday, October 09, 2004
Poker at the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas
I arrived in Vegas at 9am at the Boardwalk on the strip. They wouldn't let me check in early because they didn't have my room ready yet. So I walked over to the Excalibur to check out their poker room and play a little poker. I was hoping to play $1/$2, but the only table where they had an open seat was at a $2/$6 spread limit Texas Holdem table. It was full of a bunch of older men.
I wound up playing until about 4pm in the afternoon at the same table with the same old guys. We occasionally had people sit down and get up and leave, but the core of the table were these same six fellows.
At the end of my 7 hours of play, after tipping the dealer and the cocktail waitresses multiple times, I was only down $20. I started talking with a railbird when I finished playing, and he explained to me that I'd been playing at the table with all the local regulars--apparently they play poker every day at the Excalibur at that table, and most of them play really tight and really well. He said that having only lost $20 for 7 hours with those guys was actually pretty darn good.
I did overhear one of the players muttering to another player that I never had the hole cards they expected me to have when we got to the occasional showdown. I think that's a good thing.