Back here I wrote about a visit to Naga Casino. Back then we were playing 5 card stud poker but the good news is that Naga now has Texas hold Em tables and last Thursday night I thought I would give them a whirl. I arrived and changed $100 into chips and then sauntered over to the $3/$5 table which was chockers full of chain smoking Asians and a tea drinking Keith. I was told I was first on the waiting list and so I bided my time until a seat became available. It soon became apparent that this seemingly harmless $3/$5 table was actually a minefield of catastrophic proportions for the unwary. Pots escalated quickly and one swarthy looking Chinese guy who looked like he belonged in a Bond movie kept sliding his little plastic tray across as an all in bet once all the community cards were out. I watched as another Chinese guy called him and then realised that the trays were $1000 a pop. DOINK ! The loser just clicked his fingers and another tray of $1000 was dispensed and so on it went. I looked at keith and asked if I would be stupid to join this game with only $100 and he informed me the minimum buy in was actually $200. Bugger.
Luckily minutes later Brett from the Red Fox and then Glenn from Walkabout arrived as well as Raz and we soon had a $1/$2 game going. The Chinese shark’s wife joined us and things got in the swing well and truly. I had a few wild swings and roundabouts before dusting my dough and I was soon back at the table and recouping not only my initial buy in but a couple of hundred dollars in profit too. It was then that I made a fatal mistake and went all in against Raz. My top two pair were looking strong with one card left to come and Raz was chasing a straight .
Well…he hit that straight didn’t he.
Anyways, I watched Keith walk away with $1200 or so in his pocket and cool hand Gary was also at the $3/$5 table doing his best to fleece the Chinese players. With free beer and buffet and plenty of mates up there playing, I am afraid this might become a regular haunt.