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playing poker and teaching science: Greektown and an amazing exhibit
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I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. In the past I have tried to give back a little by volunteering at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America. I also love Frosted Flakes. I have taken a year sabbatical from my teaching position in order to sail the Caribbean. Does that sound crazy to you?

Monday, April 30, 2007

Greektown and an amazing exhibit

First and foremost, if you even get the opportunity to view the exhibit “Our Body, the universe within,” make sure you go! As you can imagine, as a science educator I’ve seen many science exhibits. The “Our Body” exhibit is the most amazing display I have even seen and it’s currently at the Detroit Science Center.

The exhibit contains actual human bodies that have gone through a polymerization process that plasticizes the cells on the molecular level. The 30+ displays have bodies with the skin remove in order to allow the viewing of muscles, nerves, organs, etc.

It’s a must see!

I also had the opportunity to play a little poker at the Greektown Casino in downtown Detroit. I found the poker room, a large area with a smoking and a non-smoking side, and put my name on the list to play $3-$6 hold em.

While waiting on a considerably long list, in a obviously poorly managed room, I found out that they had a short list for a $1-$2 no limit game with a buy-in between $50 and $100. The list was moving fast so I decided to play a little no limit for a change.

Good decision.

At least in the end it was a good decision. I determined that I would kiss off $200 to the night’s entertainment. In that way I wouldn’t be worried about the money and would only focus on my chips and playing good poker.

Two things were less than desirable in addition to the sloppy management of the room as a whole. First, in lieu of a rake they collected $6 for time every half hour with the dealer change! The second was that you could not reload your chips until you busted. I havn’t played enough no limit to know if that is a standard procedure, but after and hour of play -$12 and my two pair lost to an inside straight draw and my pocket queens went down in flames to A6 off suit, I was near enough to the felt that I pushed all-in with A9 suited to either double up (I would have tripled up) or bust out so I could re-load.

I busted out. REBUY!

Even though I was down a buy-in I felt good about the way I was playing. I questioned it a little when a second 9 hit on a board of A93 while I was holding A10. I called a half pot bet on the river and immediately had my first buy-in back again.

Then I was dealt 53 off suit on the button when the first man in yelled “family pot” as he tossed in his $2. Everyone was chatting and having fun and nine players limped in. The flop was 537, and it checked all the way around to me. I said “I’m going to bet because I have the best hand and tossed in $15. I had two callers. The turn was a pretty little five and I checked my full house and said, “I know someone has the 89 so NO SIX!”

The river was a blank and it checked around to me again. There were two spades on the board so I said, “You missed your flush draw.” I tossed in a value bet of $20 AND GOT RAISED by what I assume was a five because when I asked if he could beat a full house he mucked his cards.

Overall I went from my fist buy-in to the felt and then back up $380 for a tidy $180 profit, not counting tips and time, for a three hour session in a new room.

Coupled with the Science Center exhibit, it was a very good trip!


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