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Hollywood man wins Le Batard tournament


Brian Kett of Hollywood won the Feb. 24 Dan LeBatard 790 TheTicket Celebrity Poker Tournament at Dania Jai-Alai.

The final two players decided to chop the pot equally giving each player $1,739 for their $50 buy-in. Kett was the chip leader and was awarded the tournament trophy, as well as the privilege of having his photo taken with 790 The Ticket producer Mike Ryan, who emceed the event.

Dania didn't name the other player.

I continue to learn the lesson that it's much easier to lose chips in poker than to gain them. Although I was having what I considered a cold run, I did get pocket sixes and limped in. After a flop of two hearts and a blank, I get a check in front of me, and I checked, too. The turn came the six of hearts, giving me a set, and the player in front of me checked. I checked, too, to trap on the river, the 10 of clubs.

He checks again on the river, so I fire out 1,000 of my 5,000 stack. He check-raises to 2,500 total. Yup, the flush. I ignored the thinking that "he'll call only with something that beats me," right? The loss pretty much crippled me, at least cut way into the number of hands I could play.

Then, over in the $1-$2 no-limit cash game, after a couple of nice wins, I get ace-10 suited under the gun at a passive table. Raise to $6, get two callers. After a J-8-4 rainbow flop, continuation bet another $6. One player comes over the top, all in for $18, I call (why?) to see his pocket aces. All told, give away $24 in a hand I overplayed out of position, and give back a lot of what I had won, in the blink of an eye.

Dania Jai-Alai’s Cardroom is open Sundays through Thursdays from noon to midnight, Friday and Saturdays from noon to 2 a.m. The fronton is located at 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd in Dania Beach.

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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