Saturday night we had our first Michigan Poker Monster holiday party at Cada’s Poker Room in Sterling Heights. We had 34 RSVPs, so I was excited to see what kind of turn out we actually got. Turned out that 20 of our invitees showed up, a respectable number, and everyone I talked to had a blast. Thanks to Cada’s Poker Room for providing the food and a couple of private tables to mix up the games.
One of the tables started off as a mix-game table, but the players quickly decided to switch to strictly PLO8 (because of some of the donating personalities present in the room at that hour), and later even switched it up to Stud Hi-Lo. I wish I could have played in that game because I love those two games, but I gave preference to our guests to sit down before me, and wouldn’t you know it, the game was so fun, that no one wanted to leave. Eventually I did make it to first on the list, but never actually sat down.
The second table was for the others at the party that just wanted to play NLHE. I was happy playing NLHE with the guys, and we made it a little more interesting by running the 72 game at the same time. I don’t know if you’re familiar with this game, but suffice it to know that I got to play 72 five times, and I not only won 3 of those hands, I also won a net of $20 from the 72 game. It can get expensive to win those bets because you usually have to bluff!
The Michigan Poker Monster provided free t-shirts for those that wanted them (we ended up giving them to others in the room that wanted them too), and we also got a number of drops for the show this week. Make sure to listen for your favorite local player on Thursday.
There was a lot going on at Cada’s that day. They were running their first ever $250 buy-in tournament. The first one sold out at 60 runners, but they had enough runners for a second tournament that started shortly after that for 45 runners! I have a feeling this is going to be a popular tournament in the area going forward. Joe Cada actually ends up winning the second tournament, and 2010 WSOP Bracelet winner Dean Hamrick ends up winning 3rd place in the first tournament.
Speaking of Dean, he ended up giving us a fantastic interview for this week’s show. What an articulate, well-spoken, nice guy. Could have talked with him for another couple of hours if he didn’t have to drive back home in the bad weather we had that night. He had plenty of opinions on lots of subjects, so definitely tune in on Thursday to hear that interview. He had nothing but praise for Cada’s room, and I think his endorsement will go a long ways to help the room attract some of the poker players in the area.
All in all, everyone at the party seemed to have a great time. I was happy to finally meet some of our listeners and some of the players from the Detroit 2+2 thread. Hope we will be able to do this again next year. Happy holidays!