Friday, August 28, 2015

up, up and away

Well earlier today i got my room taken care of for thurs fri and sat nights, took a nap of a few hours, and played a little with the $800 on Bovada, which im also doing right now. Sad thing is, im also out of clean laundry, and Vince is away in cali, and theres no laundries in the casinos. Guess i should buy more tshirts.

Lucky to have a nice fridge in this room, most of them dont. and a big sized one at that.

and its still going up (all due to luck of course, no skill) and is now past the $23k mark. i got lucky when after leaving the poker room stuck $360+ (and having given back most of the $445 win at poker earlier this afternoon-- most of which came from a hi hand jackpot with a $43 tip) i went and played a few hands of VBJ. waited for the count to be somewhat positive, then divided out a few hundred in bets among 3 spots. lost some of the spots, and then meant to divide out $640 in bets among 4 spots. accidently bet $740 worth of bets instead of $640, then won a double down on one of the hands when the dealer busted on a bust card. shortly thereafter i left the machine with a big win on it that had recovered the poker loss, and a profit, which is why im now at a new high.

a day or 2 earlier while staying in my FREE room at the nugget thru the same host that got me into the slot tourny (all from last dec play mind u, nothing recent much to his disappointment im sure) i found out i was wrong about being able to use poker comps on their hotel rooms. only food, gift shop, spa, etc. u can use it on many things, just not for hotel rooms. but i did end up with 4 days free. i did play an hour or so worth of $15 and up paigow poker, and it was commission free so i thought i was getting a great deal, not realizing that the dealers Q hi paigow would be treated as a push instead of a win for me. i did win a bit over $100 at that table though by martingaling bets.

still wish i couldve got a chance to use the pool and the slide, but i didnt have any swimming trunks, nor did i know where to buy them without wasting a lot of time on a bus to the residential areas to visit a store like a walmart. i wouldnt know where to buy them downtown. it wouldve been free while i was a guest.

as soon as i am out of comp rooms, i need to leave town and get settled somewhere so i have somewhere to keep my things and not have to move all the time or worry about weekends. but prices are so much higher than they used to be. especially for the extended stay america places i used to take, like about $400 a month more. if anyone here works in hotels, could that be because its summer, and maybe prices will go back down? it was oct when i took it before i think. i know the one in Phoenix is much cheaper, and the ones around Parx and delaware Park and Maryland live are much higher yet. (some passing $2000 a month)

lots of cheap airfares too. my mother would rather i not come til the 2nd week of oct. she is having relatives over, and also will be in therapy for surgery on her hand associated with tendinitis and thinks oct will be better to go to a doctor with me that Mark uses.

it was nice of Koala to make one final trip to the nugget to play with me the day before. i took him to the nugget buffet. he has not done well at all on this trip financially.

Monday, August 24, 2015

You need to run for your life

I'm in an old rundown building and trying to make it up to the upper floor, and im climbing a ladder where some other guy had just came down and when i get up there, theres painters equipment all over the floor and filthy rags lying around, and im looking for a bathroom. so i walk past him, and thankfully he doesnt question my presence as to who i am and why im there, and im thinking in a tiny room at the end of the hall if i remember right, theres a bathroom. so i round the corner, and theres no bathroom, just a stove.

so i dream i start to urinate in the stove, and i move a pan to the side, and i dream as soon as i do, the urine ignites the stove and catches it on fire. and the pan i threw to the bed that ignited catches the bed on fire and theres 2 fires. i run back out of the room, trying to figure out how to get out and start yelling to the painter he needs to run for his life.

but suddenly the hall is filled with large groups of blacks everywhere, fighting etc, and i go running down an escalator 1 floor, and theres a lady yelling for the cops saying this guy just ran out of the store without paying $94.16. and i tell all those people theres a huge fire overhead and they should all start running for their lives too.

Then i wake up. i slept a long time, constantly went back to sleep, and im wondering if its connected to my eyesight or health, cause i worry about my scalp and maybe getting infection into the brain or skull. mom would like me to come early oct and make a bunch of doctors appts for me but i fear i need one long before then but she cant do it any earlier.

actually im in a much nicer place to stay than circus or el cortez. got 3 free nights at the nugget, and didnt have to use any of the comp dollars so i could stay more. still want to go out of town too, theres hundreds of cities and towns id like to check the casinos out. still have about $21,600 and can afford to do so or to use it to start helping my health while im still alive.

sounds like ill need this money, the economy is collapsing and i hope my money is safe in the bank.
before i leave the nugget, my room has a very nice view of 3 floors of the pool. if i get ahold of swimming trunks, i might want to check out the slide myself. anyone know what renting a cabana costs? could also use the comps at the spa for a haircut and also a massage

and it might be fun to listen to peoples advice and go to an area of the county im not banned from most of the $2-5 games and wheres theres multiple choices

Sunday, August 16, 2015

the road to $20k

sorry this blogs never updated, but i dont really know what to talk about anymore. nothing exciting happens in my life, but maybe thats better as it might mean a life with less stress.

i did enjoy playing poker last night with Chris and Nick (Chris for the 2nd time this week) and i will probably leave vegas or go home for a while once i have to start paying for rooms with cash instead of with points or comp dollars everywhere.

and i keep getting so close to 20k. at one time had 19,800 then dropped to 18,300 and now im back to 19,500. would still like to play a bit higher once i hit 20k. its bound to happen eventually.

won last night too, but none of it from nick or Chris and he won more than i did. i still think games in vegas are better than a few years ago. and thats a very good thing in my opinion.

i dont have enough on Bovada to bring it up to over $20k, i have only $185 there and if i withdraw there before the end of august i might be charged this time.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pahrump Trip report

Well this afternoon Vince and i went somewhere ive not been in about 10 yrs or so. and on the way the first place he wanted to stop was the ALAMO near silverton. i gave him $30 gas and bought his food and he found a gas station before leaving Vegas for $3.05 a gallon and thought it was a good deal. (in pahrump it was $2.65)

He was very shocked the BJ game at the Alamo had been raised to a $10 minimum, and they quit paying 3-2 and went to 6-5 and it felt like they were purposely trying to kill the game, and it seems it was changed less than a week ago.

so we drove Blue diamond road to Pahrump, saw a small bar in mountain springs, and nice scenery enroute to pahrump.

by the way its very difficult in vegas to find a fast food joint that hasnt closed down the shake machine for cleaning in the evenings but we were lucky tonight to hit up the right place going home. not sure how many others readers ever experience this.

he was looking forward to playing a low stakes poker game and watching the lake at the Lakeside casino resort (which used to be stocked with fish but now isnt). But the poker game at the nugget really sucked. horribly tight, multiple $3 no action pots.

we looked around for VBJ at the casinos but werent able to find any til one of the poker players at the nugget told us of a new one installed at a different casino after all the others were removed years ago.

so we went and checked it out. it takes a players card gives points and has promotions similar to the hacienda and terribles in fernley as far as awarding random bonuses which strongly effect the payback and make it very difficult to evaluate because who knows how often it appears. also theres free play drawings u dont have to be present to win. seems to shuffle every hand but like circus, it dont say for sure. no one else was on the machine. bets are $1 a hand (up to 5 spots of $100 each if no one is on it). uses 6 decks, hits soft 17, allows surrender and doubling after splitting and pays 3-2. seems it was installed 2 weeks ago, no enemies or friends on RTP know about it, nor did John Mehaffey or his website. im in the process of asking friends how to evaluate the payback with the value of promotions included.

except for the nugget, no casino had live BJ. seems the old terribles across from the nugget was bought out by golden gaming, and they now own 3 properties all in pahrump. there is a terribles in pahrump called terribles roadhouse but its in a brand new location. and theres only 1 poker room.

glad to report my roll is still above $18,300 and im now ready to sleep

Saturday, August 8, 2015

its laundry time

I'm in my hotel room waiting for Vince to call me between 1.30pm and 2pm, at which time he says he will meet me outside to have me give him my laundry (and pay him) and then drop me off downtown to see Koala in the nugget poker room and hopefully be at the elcortez drawing at 805pm.

after falling to sleep about 8-9pm last night, then going back to sleep and back to sleep repeatedly with lots of weird dreams, im sure i got plenty of rest (about 11-12 hours) and will be capable of staying awake a bit longer this evening. which is good.

new roll is $17,977 which is quite good compared to when it had fallen all the way to the $14,600s and i finally have more than i did when i left the Tahoe biltmore. Plus my hourly for the $1-2 $1-3 games id been tracking is now finally over $14 an hour again.

from previous years of experience i was worried id have a lot harder time of winning at $1-2 and $1-3 in las vegas, but that doesnt seem to be the case this trip. either the games have really gotten better than 2-3 years ago, or MY OWN GAME has gotten a lot better.

am sorry to hear i missed out on playing poker with snevman and chaperone, are they still in town?

even worse, i missed out on seeing AKgal and Chris (stump) last night, and possibly seeing snapple too who was out with them, without Nick needing to be present. Koala and I were also wondering if pokerdogg ever has any more plans to be in vegas again?

if anyone hasnt seen the hand history i posted yesterday on twitter from, please go and check it out.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Koala, Herbie,Vince, Cooldave, Joel, (the pokermeister) and the El cortez.

Sorry for the long time between updates, i usually dont go back to my room til im half asleep, and the last thing i want to be doing when dead tired is to go to the work of creating a new blog entry.

I've met Herbie (and his girlfriend) (which proves the guys who claim women wont want a guy who travels all over the country gambling are full of shit and that if a woman really loves u she wont care what u like to do with ur time or where u are living). Theyve been spending a lot of time on the same VBJ machine at the Elcortez as i have. (and ive spent too much time on it, im down over $2000 on it overall this trip).

First guy i met was Joel. i was waking up late in the afternoon, and found a text from him he would be playing at the wynn about 3 more hours. so i rushed over there on the bus, and hung out with him for a while, eventually he left before i did, and i eventually left stuck $305, running my AJ into 66 on a flop of AJ6. was sitting with position on him the entire time and once beat him on a big pot where he had the K hi straight and i had the A hi straight.

the day before Vince and i had hung out at both the Cannery and the Poker Palace. actually that was 2 different days, and we also checked out the new room at the Aliente, that as u might expect has very little business on their electronic tables. They do have the ultimate texas holdem tables some claim are beatable, (dont see how).

the game at the poker palace was loose and i was lucky to recover a $200 loss and walk out with about a $200 win. A regular from the stratosphere named Scott went there with me.

then one day Cooldave walked up to me on the VBJ at the elcortez. i didnt recognize him either for a minute but then we went to the wynn and played a while. disappointed all the times i was at the wynn i never could get stealthmunk to play NL with me, or to leave the PLO tables to hang out.

then finally last night i met Koala at the nugget, and today he got a new USA phone up and running and texted me the number. i guess ill see him later today when he wakes back up.

he hung out for a while at the nugget and watched, didnt play, i won back $400, and then we went to eat. i offered to pay him for last years gas but he didnt want it.

i have noticed ive had far more chips on the poker tables than i used to (wec should be proud). and i seem to be bluffing more often than i used to also. i still have a hard time raising when out of position though. or 3 betting not so great but slightly playable for a limp hands on the button. i dont see why i should change those things.

to live in vegas longer term, i might need to move into Vinces house. rooms here sometimes are as high as $500 and up a week in the casinos, this week will be more than the previous week and i have no more sat and fri nite comps.

almost forgot to mention i met Benny Profane and his wife the first day or so i was here and staying at circus.

and im still a little bit less than $15k overall but would be slightly over there had my $168 Bovada withdrawal arrived yet. ive still got $420 on Bovada give or take what happens in the sngs im playing in my room now.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Finally in vegas

and still holding onto a roll of $15,500 after a small win today at the wynn and also on a machine. and i had a small win at the commerce before i left of the $600+ id lost the previous day, and the $1400+ id lost in fresno on the way to los angeles. getting off the train enroute to LA wasnt such a good idea and i probably shouldve just went back into reno from Crystal Bay and got a plane straight into vegas.

Feel like i need to see a doctor because of a bump on my forehead that feels infected thats driving me nuts. last time i had one it finally went away, but i worry its affecting my eyesight and i worry its coming from my itchy scalp.

Forgot what day Koala arrives, and i should be seeing Benny Profane this afternoon if im not asleep. I saw stealthmunk and alysia chang this morning at the wynn, but only briefly because they wouldnt let him sit at my table because another table was short and AC couldnt sit there either and no they werent both there at the same time. i was surprised he wasnt in the $10-20 PLO game and i didnt think the game would go since i figured it would be built around him. i did see his bank account balance online on his Ipad of over $400,000 but he claims he owes it all out. i expected him to look far different, and i didnt recognize alysia chang either because shes far better looking than i remembered. The guy i was originally sitting next to at the Wynn was the head coach for a major team in Syracuse.

this is why i seriously need a doctor, to see about any infections and about my eyesight and to make sure im not developing untreated diabetes. anyone had any experience with the doctor on call they send out to the hotels and how overpriced it is? at least then id have time to tell him ALL of my concerns instead of being rushed in and out of an office since id be the ONLY patient. i dont want to waste a ton of time sitting in an urgent care waiting room with 25 others.

i'd never been in vegas if all the motels in the commerce area wouldnt been sold out yesterday for about 20 miles all around when i badly needed sleep. the special olympics took all the available rooms all over town, and the only thing i could do was leave the area. id have preferred to play a little more PLO mix and visit lake elsinore casino where ive never once played. but i had nowhere to go. i didnt even get to play any 20-40 stud. mightve been the only thing that got me to vegas with 15k instead of 10k though.

the real mistake was getting off the amtrak in fresno. wasted money on hotels, (including having a room in fresno and los angeles both the same night since i got the 9pm train out) and just barely made the train when my black uber driver dropped me off as it was saying last call.

the day before i dropped a little the first day in fresno, and played again the following day, where i think i did much worse and probably played worse, losing about $1400. but one hand i got it in good with a set and he had a flush draw for over $360, but then he sucked out after the money was allin on the flop. then another hand i was allin for $120 preflop with QQ to another guys AJ. i was really surprised by 2 things. one u can straddle half ur stack from ANY position (even the blinds) which is similar to the rules at the peppermill.  and 2, there was almost no tables going except pit games. (which i played due to no commission and broke about even).

rob's Vegas poker atlas showed 47 tables. only 2 of them are poker tables going however, much to my disappointment. one $1-3 NL game which didnt start til noon, and a $4-8 game. later on the next day eventually there were 2 games of each and an omaha but later in the day, the vast majority of the time theres only 1 NL game if not a weekend. i even played a tourny the first morning for something to do and didnt miss the money by very much.

after leaving reno and moving out of my room with about $15,800, i went into Tahoe, and briefly had it up to over $18500 on the VBJ. left the biltmore with still over $17,500 after some drawing saturday night. had i not gave back about $700 id have stayed there longer. my landlord in reno said he would gladly rent to me again anytime. if i drop too much i might need to move back. at least i can finally win at the Wynn. they removed the even money machine at the encore that played 7 hands at once and thats just as well. i hope ill also still be able to win on the machine at the El cortez and i hope they havent removed the machine from the Hacienda in Lake mead. maybe Benny will be able to find a new location thats added one.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What should i do with all this money?

Probably will be in Las Vegas before too long to see stealthmunk, Cooldave and Koala and Vince and Carmen and Flush Draw, etc. But possibly will be in los angeles instead. the games are a lot better in los angeles.

its not an easy trip from Truckee CA to Las Vegas. theres no plane, unless u first go to reno or sacramento. no train that goes straight thru, u either have a long layover in SLC where u board an Amtrak bus (much nicer than a greyhound bus) or a long wait in emeryville where u then can board a train to los angeles many hours later. or deal with multiple buses going thru stockton and bakerfield and i HATE buses.

a much nicer trip would be to blackhawk where i can ride in a private sleeper car all the way for less than $400, which is easily affordable, or to be out in the open with everyone else, for less than $200. But i have no friends there. None of the people reading my blog play there regularly.

although my bankroll is MUCH higher than it normally is, im still not as well off financially as most poorer people even though i have more than a years rent in the bank. the reason i can say this is i do not own a car, and even about 90% of those who are poor have one. i wouldnt even be surprised if about 25% of the homeless with almost no money at all have one.

what should i be doing with all of this money? fixing my teeth and having them cleaned? seeing a dr and finding out why my eyesight is going bad? finding out if im developing any unknown medical issues such as diabetes? Taking it out of the bank and putting it in a safer place such as a casino safe deposit box or a california cage casino account? should i be staking people such as Ray, Vince, flushdraw and Carmen? playing with at least a $300 buyin every time i set down in $1-2? Playing $2-5 and $3-5 NL instead of $1-2, but how much do i buyin? i really wouldnt have the slightest idea, and because im undecided and dont want to make any more rash decisions, im staying where im at and sticking to this VBJ machine in tahoe for now.

ive already made 1 rash decision. i moved out of my apt in reno and the landlord claimed that i was a good tenant with my rent, and would re-rent to me again anytime if i ever went back into reno. and as far as that goes, i might have to go back, simply to use the airport to fly somewhere else.

i could even afford to fly back to Baltimore and pay $1800 a month for the candlewood suites 60 day commitment program near MD live if i wanted to. then id have a place under 1 mile away, a nice kitchen in a safe place for about $65 a night instead of $100. i dont like committing to 60 days. all the extended stay americas in Phoenix for $903 a month near the casino are the same deal, a 60 day commitment. so if i needed to leave the area, id be stuck.

So many friends id like to see in vegas, but the games will be tremendously bad i fear. much worse than Reno, incline village, los angeles, and Phoenix. Koala, stealthmunk and i can play a little bit of $1-2 NL at the nugget, the poker palace, the redrock, GVR, southpoint, the hardrock, the orleans, the wynn, the Nugget, Planet Hollywood, Boulder station, Sante Fe and possibly elsewhere in vegas, but i just worry the action is exceptionally poor. it would be nothing like Blackhawk or NH for action.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Blackhawk CO

well, to avoid having too much cash on hand (and blowing it at the tables or in the machines) ive deposited $1000-1200 in the atm 4 times now in the past week. and ive got a better idea now of a good city to go to and get cheap hotel rooms from gambling. more than 1 casino and more than likely tables going 24 hours where im not banned anywhere.

and this morning i am at work. yes im sitting at the laundrymat washing my own laundry. nothing else to do at this time of day (ive been awake since 1am and the game at the peppermill last nite broke up extremely early). before 2 am and i even sat in the $3-5 for about 30 minutes til it broke too. made a little over $100 in it. also yesterday i as always lost in the $1-2 pot limit mix game at the atlantis and theyve added more games to the mix for 23 games total.

but me and the poker manager did crack the BBJ there yesterday in the $1-2 while i waited. he got $500 i got $250 and the rest of the table got like $35 each. had they not just changed it to $1000 from $10,000 id got much more.

was disappointed to only make it to 18th in the freeroll sunday but at least i got paid something.

am pleased to see how well stealthmunk is doing in the wsop main event. 10th place out of 27 remaining and they will play down to the final table tonight.

Played a bit of table BJ at the Peppermill and at one point was down $400, then up $200. i still left up but only due to winning over $300 on big split, not from table BJ.

ive been told rooms can often be got very cheap in blackhawk CO. the isles website on poker atlas claims $29 sun-thurs. my only worries are weekends. that might eat up any profit. also the gates is offering $5 per hour cashback up to 40 hours a week. then theres another 2 casinos outside CO springs offering good deals on rooms too, including some free ones. thanks to Herbie for causing me to investigate this. would like his advice about weekends staying awake 48 hours isnt an option. im guessing bus into denver (shuttle).

because of this, i think CO works out better than NH. plus it $123 on amtrak is all, or $309 if u take a sleeping car which is nicer. i am so damn sick of going into the peppermill and finding no game in the middle of the night. and also of playing shorthanded.

lets pray i make it out of the laundry room alive. only me and some weird homeless guy not washing any clothes, just trying to sleep. might be drunk. not a soul around, nor an employee. im worried because i have a laptop on me, plus $400 in my pocket nothing smaller than $100 bills. its the laptop that might suggest id be worth robbing.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Making moves and bluffing

i'm trying to get my sleep hours fixed so i can be wide awake for the noon tourney sunday (and to be awake enough to still be awake many hours later on the final table). so i really dont like being home now to take a nap (at 3.45pm in the afternoon) when i wont be able to sleep at this time tomorrow.

I thought that by playing late last nite, (instead of going right to sleep when i arrived back on amtrak about 5pm last night). thats why i went to the casino about 4-5 hours to play first yesterday. (before i took the cab and bought food, pants, socks, and deposited my 3rd $1000 in the atm within a week). i could sleep like say 11pm to 8am, and then play like 9am to 9pm and then wake up about the right time sunday.

instead i woke up too early this morning. about 6am, and looked at bravo live and seen a game going, so i went to the Peppermill and started playing. shouldve went back to sleep, now i feel like i need a nap at 4pm, and i feel being tired kept me from playing my best.

im lucky to be winning anything at all. but i did quit with $191 profit still after once being up $421. Puts me back in the $15,000s again and keeps me at the $13.25-$13.50 an hour mark.

Early on in my session, i initially bought in $200. started losing while playing 5 handed, and eventually was in the game for $313 after rebuying. i lost with a flush to a bigger flush. One guy from cali, whod player a lot of poker i think, reminded me of WEC and he also had spend time in a camper for 7 months in the past and visited some casinos. he had about $2000 in front of him, so i assume hes an experienced player. he played a lot of hours just as i did.

while being down and after a lot of having to fold, id learned which player might lay down his preflop raises. so when a new player sits and straddles $4 UTG, on my BB, and this one regular young kid in late position raises to $13, and one guy behind him calls, i decide to make it $60 with 35 clubs hoping for either all to fold, so i could show it. instead the $4 straddles tried to shove allin, but the dealer ruled it a string bet and that he could only call. (thank God). and then the kid making it $13, sure enough, folds. and one other guy on tilt calls. not the ideal situation.

flop comes 334 and im thrilled. i shove, the straddler calls with TT, and the old man gets out. comes runner runner QQ and my hand holds up. then soon afterwards i win a pot with aa against QQ

the new player cant stop talking about it, goes and rebuys and is on tilt about the hand.

many hours later, right before i leave, i'd just given back about $80 and am thinking of leaving soon. I'm looking for another situation to win a pot that no nit would ever win. (a pot that shouldnt be mine).  i see the flop with 88 in a pot where one guy made it either $7 or $10 and i think i was in early position.

there are 3 of us, and the flop comes AT6 with 2 diamonds. we all check. turn comes 7, putting 2 flush draws on the board. i check, original raiser puts small bet of $15 out there, and the mexican guy calls who plays a volitale style. he was up a lot once and has given it all back, and im assuming he is on a draw, and the original bettor has a pocket pair between TT and AA, but not a set.

i decided to bet $75. (was that dumb?)

im expecting the guy who i think has me beat to fold, and the mexican guy to call with a draw, that id be a slight favorite over.

he folds, the mexican guy calls, and river comes offsuit 5 which looks like a blank. so i check, giving him a chance to bluff at it  (he did once before and i won by calling) and knowing i cant get a hand better than my 88 to fold. he bets $55.

i call, and he had 34 of hearts (no draw whatsoever on the flop) but on the turn he picked up a 4th heart for a flush draw. and rivered a straight.

i still feel i read the situation well, (first guy folds and 2nd guy called with a draw). so should we not second guess the play due to the poor results? anyway i left. good nite everyone.

i only hope i do as well as stealthmunk in tomorrows event.