I tried to play poker this weekend. I really did. I even had the car rented and the hotel room booked. But work and Hurricane Sandy got in the way.
If all went according to plan, I was to wake up early on Saturday, take the PATH train to a nearby train station in NJ, rent a car there for 1/2 the price it would cost if renting from New York, and then drive to the PA Sands with enough time to enter their 11:00 AM $150 satellite to the $2,500 buy-in, $500k prize pool guarantee Main Event of their deepstack series. But if you want to make god laugh, tell him a plan.
This is what really happened. I woke early, exhausted from a late night hanging out with cousins who were in town from Florida. I stumbled my way, dreary eyed, to the PATH station. And then I saw the sign. The PATH was closed due to repair work related to Hurricane Sandy. SONUVA! So, I did what any self-respecting person would do, and gave up.
I wish I could have figured a workaround. The only ones I could figure out would involve either a lot of cost (renting a car from the city) or a lot of wasted time (taking multiple trains and cabs to get the rental car. Instead, I decided to spend the day with wifey Kim and accept my fate.
God damn it, government! You need to free poker! Live, online, whatever. It’s gotten so bad that I even returned to one of the underground clubs, where I won $53 at 2/5 NLHE, a minor accomplishment, albeit better than losing.
So, no deepstack tournament for me. My next trip is AC for X-mas, but I may squeeze in a midweek trip to AC or a nearby casino since I have vacation time to burn in December. Now I just need to hope that the necessary transportation will be running.
Until next time, make mine poker!