Hatch All In
I tried a new venue for No Limit Hold'em tonight. This time it was the Sidelines Grill in Alpharetta and it was a much better experience all around. The poker area was smoke free and there was enough elbow room that I wasn't getting bumped around all the time. I don't really mind being around some cigarette smoke, but last night there was no ventilation and it got hot and the smoke just hung there. This time the game was run by a different company, and they didn't provide dealers. This was better for me since I had to pay attention to the pot a little more, but it does tend to be a little distracting when you're trying to deal or shuffle and figure out how to bet. I came in about 10th this time out of 25 people. I made some mistakes, the worst of which was not slow playing a pair of Kings I had in the hole. In the end I got squeezed on chips and went all in on a bluff and got called. I've got a lot to learn about this game, but there's some good players at these free tournies that don't mind giving some decent advice.