Posted by Dr Fro 4:57 PM Isle of Capri We drove to Isle of Capri in Lake Charles on Monday and played for about 4 hours, 1.5 at 3-6-12 and 2.5 at 10-20. I lost $75 at the 3-6-12 where I didn't win my first hand until after 1 hour of play. At 10-20, I won $92. I am not surprised that I did better at 10-20, because I find it much easier to play. People make rational decisions, which make it easier for the (slightly) more sophisticated player to put people on a hand. I can't say that I was really ever surprised at hands revealed at the showdown.
Even at the higher "red-chip" tables, the quality of play is quite poor, and I attribute this to the "ESPN Factor" - the influx of new blood inspired by the recent phenomenon of televised poker. I think that pretty much any one of my regular poker buddies could win at 10-20 at the Isle without too much of a problem.
My favorite hand was when I flopped the nut flush from early position. I check the flop, and it checks to the button, who bets. This is a position bet. I call, because a check-raise would be a dead give away. The turn brings another spade, and I bet, acting as if maybe I just made the flush and get a raise from the button, which I call. I check the river, knowing he'll bet (thinking my earlier bet was a bluff and that I was dissapointed that he had called), which he does. I check-raise and show the flush. He was pissed. I managed to get from him 10 on the flop, 40 on the turn and 40 on the river, for a total of $90 post-flop. Had I taken a different strategy, I would likely have gotten no more than $20. Whooo-hoooo!