Since I started playing live no limit hold’em tournaments recently, I’ve found there are a couple of things that get on my nerves: sticky chips and drunk players.
In a couple of recent games, players started to put together their bets and ended up raising the bet because two of the chips stick together. It doesn’t bother me that they raised the bet. It bothers me that the chips are so dirty that they won’t come apart with a fingernail prod. They need two hands to disengage. In these times with H1N1 hanging over our heads, what would it take to clean the chips? Soapy water?
Another live game pet peeve is the drunk players. The two players that I am thinking about from this week’s play were a distraction and took away from the game. One got up and went to the bar to get a drink in the middle of a hand while he was the dealer. In another game, a more belligerent know-it-all was abusive to other players. He was also frustrated with the pace of play and let the table know. A couple of times he went outside to have a cigarette. Since he wasn’t there when it was his turn to act, we folded his hand. Upon returning he’d be angry because his hand was folded. Huh?
What about you? What gets under your collar when you are playing live no limit hold’em tournaments?