Monday, September 24, 2012

What We Have Here...

Is a failure to communicate.  Or at least that's what I think must be causing most of the stuff I'm seeing at the Bike on a day to day basis.  First of all I did play Saturday, and I was justly smoted in the Commerce 60, dusting off 2 racks over the course of 6 hours in just one of the most magical unicorn and pixie dust filled games of the modern poker era.  Nobody any good whatsoever in the game, several world class fish you could build the entire thing around, and I simply couldn't win a pot.  I won't bore you with the details, but I think I lost hands with 70+ percent equity on the river in pots of over 20 bets at least three times, and well it was just sort of silly.  But that was Saturday and I was at Commerce because why would the bike have a game on Saturday, what with like 8 employees on the payroll to support the thing and them giving everyone who walks in the door $15/hour?  No reason.  Playing on Saturday?  Inconceivable!  But that's not really what I want to talk about, how there isn't a game a lot of the time for really no good reason.  No, what I want to talk about is how they've managed to pull that off by walking you through today.

I rolled up way too early, like 9:45am, but I had some things to take care of (I'm trying to get HEM working, check my hours, read my book, blah blah blah) so it was OK if I had to wait but holy cow there is the alpha fish so me the 10am prop (the guy who has exactly my old job) him and this guy whose job is to play poker at the bike (he's not a prop...he's not a host....I don't know what he is, but he is employed by the casino) fire up the game.  The actual host comes in, then we pick up another super live one and bang we're off and running.  I forget the complete lineup when it happens, but it's something like me, two of these "people who work here but do whatever they want", and 6 other customers filling the 9 seats when a guy who should always always always get a seat instantly walks in and...doesn't get a seat.  He's super live.  He's super flighty.  And he wants to play.  And neither of them get up.  Not only don't they get up, one of them lobbies for 10 hands straight, leaving his chips on the table, giving me the impression he's quit but actually is just talking to the prop (who did dutifully give up a seat in an amazing game).  The other one is actually stuck for the first time I can probably ever remember (9 times out of 10 she just dings us for $1000, then gets up to fold for 5 hours straight in the NL game), and the prop actually talks to me about it, asking if it was always like this.  Yup, I tell him, some things never change.  Then, 30 minutes later when the flighty fish has guess fucking what driven to commerce, she locks up a 20/40 seat but, at the suggestion of the other one, LEAVES HER CHIPS on our table so "the guy in the 20 won't come over right away because they need to get that game going".  As an aside, the 20/40 game is now being run "by the corporation" which means the 40/80 props (and there are like 4 or 5 of them) not only don't play it, but actually seemingly go out of their way to sabotage it by starting 30/60 mix games to draw players out of it.  So now they are trying to sneak another 30 something white pro (who won't play 20) into the game ahead of this 20/40 player (who as it turns out is also a 30 something white pro but at the time he could have been anybody) in a spot early (both should be behind the fish guy who's probably lost a rack at Commerce by now) and it's just...ridiculous.  A player quits, the prop gets back in, and then the two live ones bust out on the same hand and I have just had enough and snap spite quit.  If they want to fuck things up that badly, I'm sure as shit not going to try and fight them.

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