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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

who can describe on here the difference between a donkey and a nit?

Truthfully, i am neither one, (which is known by anyone whose ever watched me play in reno, but tonight i looked like BOTH).

I started the night with $8646, and ended the night with $8771, but at one point, i was down about $200 when i made my final rebuy. i was on tilt, (still hadnt won my first pot), and shoved $100 into a $12 raise and a call 6 handed with AQ, after just losing a shove with the best hand the hand right before.

A different guy this time calls me with KK, and i got very lucky to hit an ace on the board. that was my turning point. after giving back quite a bit of it, a bit later i had JQ spades and called $8 to see the flop. flop comes K9T, giving me the open ended straight flush draw, and the nut straight. original raiser bets $12, and i really dont want to raise because the high hand right now is paying $350 every hour.

u see, all day long during non graveyard hours, regular customers pay $1 a hand to build up the BBJ money, and during the night the high hands suddenly increase to $350 from $100, and its paid out every hour instead of every 4 hours. so the daytime players are MASSIVELY subsidizing the BBJ money of those playing on graveyard and this is why its best to play then.

so i called, as did others, and on the turn its the 2c making 2 possible flush draws. same guy bets $12, i finally decided to build a pot and just pray i get to see the river, but am also satisfied by the size the pots grown to. i make it $41 (how much would YOU have raised there?) and only he calls. river is a red ace, and i shove and he had about $70 left, and folds. so that pot got me to where i was finally $24 ahead.

Played a few more hours, game didnt break til after 6am, later than usual, and i won a few more hands in the meantime, finally cashing out $410 for a $125 profit, not bad for about 5 hours work. but here is the really bad play i want to talk about.

i had QQ and make it $11 preflop and got 3 callers. flop comes 378 with 2 hearts. i bet $25, and one guy calls on my immediate left, and then the kid whose made tons on full tilt from detroit with his friend and has $300 behind makes it $100. both these guys have me covered, and ive got close to $250-280. what would u do in this situation?

i didnt want to lose my whole stack and be way stuck, so i folded. other guy calls. turn comes 3, guy checks, other guy goes allin, he calls with JJ. original raiser to $100 has A9 hearts, misses his draw on the river, and the JJ takes down the pot id won and it was a good pot

i'm glad that no matter how many dumb plays i make, im still overall a much better player than most of the regulars and cali tourists who come here to play, and that overall im still averaging over $14 an hour and closer to $15. i'm glad i have my roll up to such a high level that these kind of mistakes wont affect my bankroll too much. I'm also glad that i dont get really upset the way i did when i was much more broke.

id like to take a vacation, but i cant make up my mind where to go, and i do hesitate knowing that a nice safe place to stay would be like $300-400 a week and then cab fares involved nightly too. thats if i was anywhere like vegas, atlantic city (do they still have them nice condos on the boardwalk for $900 a month?) columbus, phoenix, evansville, jacksonville, toledo, south dakota, desmoines, etc.

Friday, August 15, 2014

An open letter to all who are concerned about my decision making process.

Theres a lot i want to say, but everything is buried down so far in the comments, unless u are subscribing to every new comment, theres a lot u will miss. the good news is im now over $8000 for the first time in years, went home to eat and get online Bovada while i update the blog, and keep finding ways to improve my decision making process. i might even play one of the $100 survivor tournys at the Atlantis this week. the top 10% get a flat $1000 each, and no other alterations to the prize pool are permitted. Am thinking that even if my bankroll isnt enough for $3-5 NL, or other forms of +ev games, its probably about time in my old age i get a little bit more tourny experience.

Yeah it feels good to finally be over $8000. never thought i would a while back, and im sitting on $8028. So im not really making too many bad decisions, even the ones that look bad.

enclosed are 2 comments on the bottom of the blog, yet unreplied to, and i figured id reprint them here so they get seen by all. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Tony, this might seem a little harsh, it's not because I want to pick on you, but because I care about you and want to see you succeed. I think what you did last night was reckless. If you keep up this behavior you will be broke again in no time. You seem to think it's all okay because you ended up a winner for the day, but you need to remember that it's all about the long term. You can play good and win more than you can reasonably expect (run good), or you can play good and lose (run bad), but the only important thing is that you play good and make good choices. Making good choices includes staying away from blackjack, VBJ and VP, and other house games. If you do that you will win long term. Last night you made several bad choices that will cost you money in the long run. I think we all believe that you can win long term, provided you don't sabotage yourself.

If you think you're ready to start taking shots at 3-5, you should be selective about when you do this, and not just play when you're running bad at 1-2. Make sure that the game is good, you're not tired or tilted and that you're willing to go back to 1-2 or go home if things don't go well. The swings in a bigger game will be larger (of course), which could cause you to tilt faster than at 1-2.

When things went bad at 3-5 you should have just want back to 1-2, or if the 1-2 game was that bad go home. Instead you decided to rebuy again (and again?), obviously you're on tilt at this point so you go back to your old habits of trying to win it all back at blackjack. You got lucky at the blackjack table which cooled off your tilt, but what if you didn't get lucky? Would you have had a -$1k day? -$2k? When would you stop?

DO NOT move up or take shots when tilted, bored or tired
DO NOT rebuy multiple times when taking a shot at a higher limit
DO NOT play blackjack or any house game when you get tilted (go home and play on bovada)
DO NOT straddle
DO NOT show your hand unless it is required to win the pot


John MertzAugust 15, 2014 at 5:01 PM
I believe you can beat 1/2 No Limit and make a decent living. I think you should have 10,000 before you take shots at 2/5 No Limit. Once there, if your roll goes down to 9,000 then you need to move back to 1/2 until you reach 12,000. Then try again.

On Bovada, play the double or nothing sit-n-go's. My longest winning streak has been 8 games. I've been playing these in the evenings for about a month now. I'm playing the 20 + 1 level.

Stay away from Black Jack and the VP & VBJ machines. In the long run, you will lose your money.

Keep up the good work and become a poker legend. Keep grinding.

---------ok first of all i know usually when im making bad decisions, and likewise when im making good ones. that dont always cause me not to continue in them bad decisions, but i know what they are, for the most part. a bad decision is playing any machine that isnt free play and has less than 100% payout (including comps, etc) or any table bet that dont have an edge. a 2nd bad decision is playing when too tired or too hungry and u just dont feel like playing any more. a 3rd bad decision is playing when u can no longer play well due to having too much (or too little) on the table. i feel like this did effect me last night, i gave back $100 at the end.

The decision to play table BJ for $100 a hand flat bet (maximum value allowed on coupon) probably was NOT the best decision, but it took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, and at the time i played yesterday, i was doing the best i knew with the less thought put into it and limited info i had then. Most of the changes in my play for the better here lately have come from listening to others ideas (such as tracking $1-2 results). also online articles, loosening up my game, and learning how much better loose aggressive players do over tight aggressive ones. (in other words, bluffing, straddling and so forth). u cant be afraid to make changes, or open up ur game. i think at least Vook would agree.

i DO need more in my Bovada account, and ive found the games im actually showing the most consistent profit in are the sngs, so those are really all i should be playing mostly. i just hate doing anything to subtract cash out of my actual bank acct roll as we all know, so i never get around to making a really big deposit there.

if i took shots at $2-5 NL (its actually $3-5 NL) with $10,000, i wouldnt need to lose 5 whole buyins to go back to $1-2 NL and the impt thing ISNT to have $10k, its to have at least 30 buyins which is 6k, and that it be the better game than the $1-2 im at. that is the most valid reason for moving tables. I certainly had a good reason to think it was a better game than the one i was in, (the game had poor action, another player with a roll of only $6500 (lower than mine) whose well known as a winning player and has a big thread on

had just moved to that table. if he can do it with less money than me (id asked him earlier) and knew he would win overall and it was worth it, i knew the same thing. my problem is in my last 20 yrs ive not taken nearly enough shots, and this is a reason im so poor today.

a lot of u are guilty of looking at the results, and assume since i lost a hand or two where i had a big edge when the money went allin, it must of been a bad decision.

and i wasnt tilted when i went to play the BJ, it was one of the best times to go play it (as opposed to a VP machine with a payback under 100%). i had a coupon giving me a slight +ev, although not near as good as the eldorado coupons me and Benny were doing, and i felt i should take advantage of the full max value of the coupon. now that was probably an err, since i had less than 100 bets, i feel i shouldve done only $50 instead of $100 flat bets. also i knew i wouldnt lose $1000 or $2000. the most id lost was the $937 i brought and since id never bet without double down and split money in reserve, id not lost more than 2-3 hundred even flat betting $100. started off winning the first hand or 2, so continued playing. ive still got the coupons it could take a very long time to ever get a suited BJ.

but even though it wasnt the best decision about what to bet, the process was good. i mean i thought i was making a good decision since Benny and Cutter agreed at the eldorado with a $2500 roll i should max bet the full $25 on those coupons. I'd still be doing that today if i wasnt banned, and if i ever went anywhere that had a printer on the computer i could use, id print Nicks letter up and try to lift the ban. this still needs done, but having some time pass first is probably good idea. at least i hope so.

and not straddling? its the button straddle, not the UTG straddle im making. all the LAG world class pros wouldnt find no fault with me doing it, it increases their winrates substantially because it shows how they are no longer readable, and conpletely unpredictable, things ive struggled with in the past.

not showing hands? if u dont show bluffs, u wont later get paid off, and mainly once u show someone a bluff, they donk off heavily the entire night thereafter, so its very +ev.

-------anyway i ate, increased my bovada balance to $48 from $21 by winning my sng, and now want to get over to the casino and get back to work, now that the new blog is up and off my mind, and im no longer starving for food. wish the Peppermill had as good of soup as the atlantis and that u could order FREE once a day like atlantis.

Things seem to be going as good as theyve ever been. im almost right back to where i was before i paid the $800 cab fare to vegas from Reno. But with cheaper housing and a lot better player than i was a few years ago. (not having no more of $500-$1000 drops on VP i did a few times on my previous reno visit which made the $15k go down so fast). and now i stick to only the better VBJ machines. When the roll was dropping a lot from the big highs years ago, a lot of the VBJ drops were on the even money 7 hands at once type Binions machines and Planet Hollywood machines i used to play, those are also at the Wynn, and several times they caused me substantial losses. eliminating those losses is really helping. so what im really saying is this $8000 now has a much bigger chance of success than the $15k did a few years prior.

theres no money $20-40 and $30-60 stud games in LA, no more games i dont know that well, no more big losses on VP, ($100-200 losses arent big losses), and my games greatly improved. also im avoiding $5-10 NL which really is too high even for shots.

and although theres many places out east id like to visit, and have MORE now that when i did visit them many years ago (so would have a much better shot of success this time)--its probably still best i continue right in this area doing what im doing. i just would feel 100% better with a whole lot nicer place to live is all. then i wouldnt want to go as much.

i'd like to honestly know how many of u thought the day id be over $8000 again would never come.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

now that i got $7000+ what should i do with it?

Well, things seem to be coming along pretty well. this $7430 is by far the most money ive had in quite a long while, and may be the most ill have at any time in the next few years. its enough to give me a bit of peace of mind, but not really enough to do anything with. (such as play higher limits, learn to drive buy a car, or get a better apt.) u see, for many of them things, access to credit/financing is far more important than access to CASH or a $15 hourly income.

i really wonder what my hourly rate will settle at once i have 1000 hours logged. it barely moves now, since i have over 400 hours logged, wins or losses of a few hundred dollars moves it in very small increments. I need to get in the max hours possible per month (at least 200) for anything decent a month (over $3000 month) but the contradictory thing is the more hours per session i play--the worse my play becomes. short sessions are much better. and i think ive learned most of this thanks to PPPs suggestion of tracking results.

this apt is such a worthless piece of crap for the low monthly rental fee im paying (low even by reno standards) that im seriously considering moving. the neighbors here are decent people, its convenient, it might be work to move into someplace else, but im tired of things not working good here, and also one other thing. plus no working internet wifi bugs me too, not having a working tv only bugs me a minor amount. id only use it to basically watch the news anyway.

But this is why its nice to get away--and be in a nice casino hotel room. i wouldnt mind living in one now that ive got a better bankroll, (one u can live in longterm without worrying about sky hi prices on weekends). maybe like the Pearl river resort in MS-not sure if theres a limit on days in a row, but the weekends are like $45 there poker room rate, and weekdays $35, which isnt a big increase like in many rooms.

then id have an easy nice safe walk daily, no dealing with buses, shitty areas to walk in at night, rooms without working tv or wifi, etc. (power going off, etc).

i wish there were better longer term housing options in north lake tahoe too. i never checked out the place that supposedly had $200 weeklies id called about, but id need a bicycle. cost too much for a cab, but under 5 miles ride, short enough to do on a bike, too far to walk. maybe 12 miles to the poker room in incline, that might be too far even on a bike for anyone except Grump. or my son Mark who often rides 20-30 miles on his.

I still waste money. paid $2 4 times for a bus yesterday instead of a $5 day pass, and then wasted $30 having laundry done instead of spending 3 hours doing it myself. but im avoiding VP machines as much as possible, because im better off playing VBJ in north lake tahoe than any VP here.

i feel like by not moving outright to north lake tahoe and playing the VBJ at the Tahoe Biltmore exclusively while that machine still gives comps and points for drawing tickets, im missing out on about $5000 id have a high likelihood of getting the end of sept. it would be so easy to play heavy and load the drum up to where id have like 75% of the tickets. i am afraid a little of a big loss i might have by overbetting big counts. would be an excellent risk free promo if i had about $25k. then id pretty much be guaranteed the drawing.

and also id like to make a move out east, where most of my friends reside. surely somewhere id find a decent VBJ game too, maybe even a dealers angels. ive heard even the trop in AC put those in, but dont know which type. im pretty sure theyre available near detroit or mount pleasant but Ray wont tell me anything on them because he thinks its wrong to encourage someone to commit sin. also know rhode island has them, maybe delaware too. and i know PA has them with funny rules. (each player own shoe)

also heard they have them in iowa, blackhawk, deadwood, and i know they're at Parx, although the wrong kind with a $5 min bet.

so basically what i need to do is decide BEFORE sept 1, do i move or not, and where? im happy im doing so well, but i also want a more stress free life. i guess thats why i paid so much to not do my own laundry.

im also making better poker decisions with the increased roll. such as making slightly bigger initial buyins, and staying longer with stacks of $200+. but i still should avoid playing too long, and with too large a stack. what should i be doing with the increased roll (poker wise that is) that ive not yet thought of? by the way i got to quit floating, that will cost me money. bluffing is working ok though.

Probably the most important thing of all is to maintain good relations with the dealers and staff, now that i got the roll to do so.

Friday, August 8, 2014

One Bad decision

well i didnt make my 1pm bus to the 2.56pm amtrak to go back to reno, and that wasnt a good idea, for im about $325 poorer than i was then. Only good news was i got them to comp me for tonight, so ive still got a room i didnt think id have today. (that was the one bad decision).

Probably will go back and play poker, take the 6pm bus to lake hyatt pokerroom, and i dont think that would be a good poker room to get out of line in. i havent did anything, but watching the rules, they seem quite strict. Kind of the same reason ive never got out of line in the wynn or Venetian. i only did at the rooms Mark runs cause i used to think of him as a friend til he continually needled my speech defect.

the manager was wondering who in reno was giving out the wrong info about his game, and i really didnt know what to say, but didnt want to name any names. suffice it to say ive made sure all the most important people now know, including Rob and poker atlas, along with the person in reno who gave out the wrong info.

that person gave me the wrong info TWICE. they gave me the hours at montblue and lake hyatt backwards. what they said was true for monteblue was true at lake hyatt, and what they said was true for lake hyatt was true at monteblue.

i didnt even stay last nite at the hyatt til the game broke. first at 2am, the manager said they would have to close at 3pm, no matter what since they didnt have anyone coming in. (i wonder if they do this all the time like some small rooms?) plus id ran my $100 up to $268 and it had been steadily declining, so i saw no reason to keep playing when i fell to $150. wish id quit sooner, it was enough to decrease the hourly rate to $14.90 (which i call $14) from $15.03 (which i call $15). i put in a ton of hours for way less than $15 an hour, so the hourly dropped even though i won. i always never count the cents.

close to $20 of it went for my cab back to crystal bay.

now that ive talked about the lake hyatt regency poker room, now let me talk about the new Stones poker room in the sacramento suburbs. first let me state i seen a public bus route right outside, so it should be convenient to get to. also the action there is much looser than thunder valley and its $1-2 instead of $1-3 like thunder valley. (but they do also have a $1-3 game there besides the $1-2). they do seem to be a lot of people there who know each other and are friends with each other, i dont feel outsiders are fit in too well. but it should be easy to win there.

i didnt win, and quitting the game because i was tired of folding was probably a poor decision. Karen told me she would leave anytime i felt like i wanted to go, and we ended up just going to another casino instead of back home to lake tahoe. i actually shouldve won, the hand i went broke on almost everyone wouldve won. board was 44K turn7 river7 and i had K7 in my hand, and he had KK in his. but its no wonder i was expecting my hand to be the winner til i saw his. he didnt even raise preflop.

its often been said that RTP is full of assholes (true enough) and that i shouldnt post there. Both by friends and people no longer around. My problem is when someone does me wrong by not standing up for me, i feel obliged to call him or her out on it. People should be able to interpret what i say in a way thats non offensive instead of in a way that is which isnt my intention. Notice how i stood up for steve when Rob was thinking evil of him on his blog in the comments (if hes had time to post it yet).

Pokerdogg claims its important to know my true winrate, and the games im best in. well the only way to do that, (is by filtering the results) and that cant be done on the cell phone too well. at least from a first glance at the software. would be a ton of work trying to see different hourly rates, instead of it just showing up. thats why for learning purposes u need a large sample size of games with pretty much the same conditions. $1-2 games in cali bear no resemblance to $1-2 games in the reno area, or the vegas area. so if i was to track them, id need to own 2 phones. i was actually thinking id WIN in cali, because i was under the impression from previous history at the commerce winning at $1-2 NL is easier in cali. but id already decided not to track cali before i started because i wanted to learn my win rate in reno as compared to my win rate in vegas (wasnt trying to learn the overall win rate). so i felt like mixing in cali wouldnt give an accurate picture. Lake tahoe is a suburb of reno so of course it counts.

Unlike Pokerdoggs opinion, i feel like for the results to be MEANINGFUL and something to guide me as to what to expect. pretty much all the game conditions should be SIMILAR. which means pretty much ONLY track 1 game, and 1 location (state and city that is). all im really trying to learn is what to expect if i stick to playing $1-2 NL in the reno area, this is all that really matters, and is important because it helps me know if im doing the right thing by staying in reno and playing monthly, or if id have a better chance of winning somewhere much further east or south. I'm glad ive learned as much about my hourly rate as i have, because it helps me see that coming up here to north lake tahoe wasnt such a good idea, and that im much better off just playing poker. certainly i aint winning $15 an  hour here, not even $1 an hour--though i still feel i could if i had say $40k to work with.

had i followed others suggestions and mix up all the results together, id have learned NOTHING. u dont need to track a game u will only play once or twice and wont play again for a year or so most likely. u only need to track whats ur bread and butter.

u can list a room on the phone, but in sacramento, not one room was showing up when u are to enter the room, only the reno rooms were listed to choose from. and in reno since my phone gets poor reception in the atlantis, the atlantis is not listed as a choice. so i have to type in atlantis, so there are 2 different atlantises showing up now in the results. at the gsr and the peppermill it will show it automatically thru the location software gps.

but even though u list a room, when u go to filter the results, u can only do so by game, so ALL my $1-2 results would be mixed together, making tracking meaningless if not already prefiltered the way im doing it.

Cizzle on RTP is an attorny like PPP is. he should have enough sense to know all those guys are trolls instead of agreeing with them, and so should pokerdogg. i clearly wasnt trying to influence the results by deciding before i played whether to track or not, win or lose.

also people should know that i was referring on twitter to unattractive women deserving just as much respect as attractive ones and just as much glory. they have it harder in life and i feel more sorry for them. I feel a lot more comfortable writing an unattractive one and being her friend than i do an attractive one, and aint really interested in the attractive ones--which u should all know from all the women ive written to and hung out with, and that speaks well of me as a person, and im sure Grump feels the same way. Which says something really good about him as a person. Grump is a liberal but he is one who is able to think and doesnt just parrot what hes taught, and is willing to take stands that are sometimes unpopular and not politically correct. If i had the money, he is the first person id travel to see. (the one id most like to have a long conversation in person with).

u see, the Bible teaches that its a major sin of vanity and pride to take pride of ur appearence or care for ones looks, and this is a major sin thats wrong with most women, and why i cant find a girlfriend, because no one believes what God teaches anymore. women care about looks as much as men do, instead of the type of person thats on the inside. and i feel bad for those who are discriminated against and left behind, and it applies to everything i do and say. also i dont judge others for what they think or how they believe, like others such as Suzy on twitter do me(this is also someone id like to meet in person in sandiego and have a long conversation with). i feel like everyone has the right to think or believe what they want--without others giving them a hard time, or feeling like they have the right to tell them how to think or feel. the problem with todays pro weed pro amnesty pro gay marriage crowd is theyve forgotten the first amendment applies to everyone and that we still have religious rights to. (and the right of freedom of association). to be able to say and believe whatever--without it affecting our popularity, or ability to find work, our ability to be a TV personality, own a baseball team, have a cooking show, be a radio talk show host, etc. Real friends would see what im saying and not think im condemning ALL women. so i dont know why AKgal was that way, and is why i said that, but cokeboy didnt understand, but he dont want to understand either and its the same way with many of u.

however im a sinner too, so it must be said to be truthful, if my blog was as popular as Poker atlas and Robs blog is, and all them pokerstars websites and blogs--i wouldnt be as resentful. thats why i said i feel i have the same responsibility as rob does. for i report on anything and everything as does he, plus im more honest and truthful about how i feel, as is he. and i dont always do whats in my best interests but in the best interests of the game.

speaking of which theres something regarding integrity in poker rooms thats really bothered me for a long time. i hate the way poker rooms allow green and black chips on the table in NL games. this makes angleshooting so easy as a lot of people have poor eyesight and cant see chips well too far away. NOTHING should be on the table except $100 bills, and $5 chips and $1 chips. (and the coin u might put on top of ur stack) nothing else. what is the reason poker rooms allow the other chips? i assume its because a lot of floormen get tips, and they get the tips for making calls in favor of the regulars over the outsiders. so of course theyre going to do whatever promotes angleshooting. this really bothers me, and i wish there was a solution. The only true solution is for all the managers to be convicted of sin before God when they feel like ruling a way they know is unfair, no matter how big a tipper someone is.

i guess i am starting to write more like Rob does, at least in terms of longer blogs.

i am also making my blogs more professional, in that im avoiding saying certain words i used to use, because i am aware my fame is growing, my roll is growing, and its easier to get in this habit early. think of how popular will be once i score $25,000 or more in a major tourney in the next few years, and all the sites unfamiliar with me such as cardplayer and bluff magazine, wicked chops poker, find out about me.

all i hope is that i find the strength to get back to reno soon before i lose anymore. im down to only $5100, from $5500, and though id like to be around for all the tickets in sat nights drawing, i really should leave tomorrow afternoon. i was very lucky to talk the lady high up in the marketing dept into giving me a room totally free today, it wasnt easy.

be aware if u ever stay at the Tahoe Biltmore, do not take a room in the hotel itself, or the cottages in the back. the rooms across the street in the older looking part of the motel that for some reason cost a little less, are actually much nicer inside, have much better wifi that actually works, and fridges and microwaves which the rest dont have. they should be the ones costing the most, not the least.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

North lake Tahoe Biltmore

yes me going here wasnt the best idea, or the best planned. but theres nothing going on in reno now, and i dont really care for where im living at. at least here in north lake tahoe there's working wifi, (i can finally play candy crush saga again, working TV-i can finally watch the news,) and i can still play poker on Bovada since i just deposited another $30. the difference is im a place that i actually like staying at, and when i go to play a machine at the casino, its the kind i actually like to play instead of one with a paytable below 100%. ive not got to watch TV in about 2 months. didnt even bother that nite in the atlantis.

and tomorrow i will have the chance to play $1-2 NL at 7pm at a casino ive never played poker in before.

i couldve planned the trip better and much cheaper by riding the amtrak to truckee in the morning, and then the city bus, instead of paying $7 to go to carson city-south lake tahoe, and then $80 more for a cab to north lake tahoe once i found out the montebleu poker room wasnt open the hours the elderly lady who props daily at the peppermill swore it was. her ex husband lived in lake tahoe and died last year, and she said in the winter they are closed part of the week and in the summer its all 7 days, but that wasnt the case though. but i thought i did my research regards of what grump and rob thought. i never call places on the phone, dont like to (or call women unless im really in love with them) and i dont want to start now.

i figured id spend the night playing poker. then went to harveys, but feel uncomfortable knowing theyre owned by harrahs although i doubt they know about harrahs joliet. there was a list, and i didnt wait around, so i went to the other poker room at lakeside and there was only a tourny going and the last entries ended 10 minutes prior and no cash game. so thats when i gave up and found a cab willing to discount the trip to $80 to north lake tahoe. otherwise the meter read $101.

at least here the VBJ is still mostly empty most of the time anyway. at least theyve not changed the rules and it still shuffles at 2 3rds of a 6 deck shoe, and its the ONLY one anywhere in a very large area of the country that does. and since the min bet is still $1, u can get a wide spread. i think the cashback rate (not counting random promotions) is 10c on every $100 bet and 25c comps. Ask Chaperone and Cutter if thats correct. and by the way herbie is back in vegas too.

too bad i didnt get to play any poker in downtown carson city, but there was no monday night game. only tues nite is the NL game with $1-2 blinds, and the other days are limit games and omaha games and the $2-6 game at cactus jacks wed-sat across the street. the carson nugget poker room closes sun and mon. i did notice quite a few weekly motels around that im sure have less drugs and crime than reno. and ive still not tried any of the weeklies around this area in north lake tahoe. theres still drunks and bums around here, one of whom asked if i could spare $5 yesterday. but overall im sure its a lot better than reno, but here is quite a bit more expensive, thats for sure. had i not got my room rate refunded, it wouldve cost me $69 and over $80 with tax.

they had the wrong address for me, so i never knew about my $30 free play (til i came) and my 2 free nites coming to me. i used them for mon and tues nite once i found out this morning, and used $35 in comps to pay for wed nite. checkout date is now set for thurs. i dont think i should stay here too long when i have a place paid up in reno and extra days would start costing me if i didnt have a ton more comps.

food here sucks. restaraunt closes about 9 pm or 10pm, and the other restaraunt closes 1pm. food choices are very limited, and theres no buffet. and theres no convenience store to buy food to put in my room, so what good is the fridge and microwave? surprised the casino even has these in the rooms, and the cottages in the back are quite nice too. wifi is working much better than my last trip, also theres even a laundry room. wish id took all my dirty laundry instead of just my last 3 clean shirts and the one i had one for 4 total.

guess i needed to ride the local bus earlier in the day to go to the safeway about 20 minutes up the road (really only like 6 miles but long winding roads) so it feels much further. then id have food in here. it would be really nice if these rooms has long term rates. (or if the poker room was 7 days).

now to avoid paying $20 to get to the poker room, and $20 to get back, im going to try and arrange shuttle service, and the lady at the front desk offered to help reserve me a ride. this casino dont have a shuttle but the other casino does. the city bus runs during the day and i suppose i could ride it there, but not to get back, it dont open til 7pm.

i do wish id used better judgement in picking the right day to make this trip, and im lucky to still have about $5500, close to what i left reno with. my phone must be paid $40 before midnite and then i deposited again on Bovada so that knocks it back under. im up about $100+ on the VBJ overall and also with the free play i got. plus ive paid no cash for my 3 nites here. so essentially ive paid cash for food, (thats costing money for sure-and getting my cab fares back). but i might take a $1000 loss yet, its still early. probably a good idea would be to spend more of the time playing live poker and bovada poker and less time on the machine, or to keep the bets small enough so losses dont go over 5%..

a friend of mine ive never met who ive talked to online was in reno from cali and today went back to cali. had i been downtown reno sun nite or mon nite i couldve met her, she was staying across the street from the sands. she had some business going on with a problem with the courts involving a car, and visiting her daughter gravesite, her son moved to reno and he was getting involved with the wrong people in cali and shes also got other things going on in her life but no boyfriend and her ex husband pretty much stays out of the picture. shes not sure when she will be back in reno, and was extremely busy trying to fix some problems while she was in reno, and she took really hates drugs and im glad to say shes no more "420 friendly" than i am. she does drink though. guess now ill have to go to cali if i want to see her. we talked on the phone about 2 hours sun nite before she fell asleep, and shes not comfortable driving after dark and gets ssi from a car accident in her teenage years. had i been downtown i couldve seen her, im wondering if she thought it strange i left reno instead of making sure of what was up before leaving for tahoe. i didnt know she was going to be in reno another night, but one of her plans didnt work out right and she had to stay an extra nite.

anyway we all know i dont always make the wisest decisions, and we all know my #1 priority is always doing what i want to do to make money and NOT to be doing anything which takes money away.

Friday, August 1, 2014

One good decision

well for the first time in a long time, im finally doing something a lot of other people have recommended i do, that i never felt i had enough money to do. Which is to pay my rent upfront for a month (which ends up saving me about $160 a month). and since today was the first of the month, this was as good a month as any to do it.

I've always felt i didnt have the money to do so, but considering i lost $500+ the day before, and was thinking about making some bad decisions, i figured i better do it now before i end up NOT paying it and leaving reno, and being without a place to live again. now if i want to leave reno and go to lake tahoe, ill be coming back here and have my things stored safely, or if i take a short vacation of say a weeks time to visit Vegas, Grump, Lightning, PPP, or Josie. Also would like to find out WTF ever became of seattle irish. no one on this blogs heard from him since i left vegas.

the $160 approximately give or take i save paying upfront monthly is going to amount to a lot over the course of a year too. and speaking of missing out on something, all the hours i played in July were essentially for nothing. for theres no monthly freeroll this august at the beginning of the month like there usually is because of the tourny with Estafario at the end of the month that u have to win a drawing to get into. (the 100 with the most hours --im #1 in hours-- 19 of them will win a drawing aug 21-23 to get into the tourny with him, and all 20 of them will get at least $500 or more). But theres an 81% chance u wont get in, no matter how many hours u played.

so July just wasnt the right month to get a lot of hours in.

i passed the 344 hour mark, and im still at $15 per hour win rate, so i guess im not doing too bad. im just anxious to hurry up and get it over 500 hours as quickly as possible, without it ever dropping under $12. thats still a lot more per hour than most people with jobs earn per hour--most jobs are minimum wage of $7-8 an hour or less.

I dread the job i need to do of cleaning out this microwave too, and also of fixing a tooth ive held off due to the fear of intense pain.

i dont understand why this one guy on twitter said this---

 Chris Hudgins ‏@DesertDealer  3h
@sevencard2003 congratulations on paying rent 1 time, something that everyone else in the world does every single month
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 about me paying my rent monthly. many people dont pay monthly at least not in vegas. many live with their family, friends, or spouse and pay close to nothing at all. many people get behind on their rent and never pay--im always seeing people in the process of being evicted at many of the low price places ive lived at. its really only those with plenty of money who do what Chris said. in vegas, theres at least 100,000 people living in weekly rental places, considering they have about 1000 units and theres at least 50 of them in vegas. all of them pay weekly instead of monthly.

and another bill im paying now is my phone, and also my internet. so there goes close to $100 more but not quite. still need better broadband, and then my bills will be over $100. Remember its been a while since i could play candy crush saga from home. what i want is a much nicer apt with wifi once im a few thousand better off. i feel like the post commenter named "dave" in the last issue of the blog gave a lot of good advice as to what all needs done as the roll grows before i start playing a little bit higher. that, and an apt with a lot nicer kitchen.

and im surprised i was able to deposit on Bovada a couple days ago. living in NV, im not supposed to be able to. has anyone else in NV or NJ or DE successfully deposited on Bovada once the ban went into effect?

But i dont think i deposited nearly enough to not have to worry about going broke, or to be able to play decent stakes. i dont like to lock up a lot of money and have it directly removed from my bankroll, but ive only got $53 there still after that deposit. 1% of my roll is really all i want to have tied up there to be safe. (even though the money there isnt part of the roll).

take a look at any room reservations site for reno or tahoe, u will be really shocked. only 6 out of 79 hotels have a vacancy at all on fri and sat this weekend, and the lowest price is way over $100, no matter how run down the motel. its a good reason for me to avoid going to tahoe to play the VBJ machine. (the only one thats beatable with a wide enough spread, because the ones in sparks are no good, with single points and a shuffle every hand).

so yeah im down to about $5300, but thats still not bad considering the bad year of late 2012 to early 2014. those were the worst 18 months ive had in many years, and most of u probably thought id not still be in action today.

i do a lot better on bluffs if done early in the session instead of late, and sometimes get away with floats too.

Monday, July 28, 2014

guest post by XDEX7

I do not recall for how long I have been following Tony’s story.  After all, his story is as old as the internet.  I am only going to focus on the last year and a half of Tony’s adventures. Several other people have referred to Tony as “Hero” or “Our Hero” (especially Pete P. Peters) and I plan to interchangeably use Tony/Hero in this post.  The last eighteen months have not been easy but our Hero has been through a lot in his long and strenuous gambling career.  Tony began 2013 with about $2000 to his name.  In 2013, he set out to improve his overall net worth; but before February ended, Tony was under $1000 and had taken up residence at the (truckers gambling spot) Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall in Jean, Nevada.  He spent countless nights playing the Dealer’s Angles Blackjack machine in order to earn free rooms and win some money.  While Tony was struggling in Jean, a late Christmas gift came but it was not delivered by Saint Nick.  In fact, Santa Andy was kind enough to send our Hero money and food.  At the halfway point of 2013, Tony was hanging on to $1300.  He got tired of living like a zombie in Jean and needed a change.  Down to $1000, he returned to Vegas and was relying on Vince for transportation and shelter.  July continued to be a bad month for Tony.  He moved his operation to Southern California in search of “gold”.  In his case, gold stood for a land of cheap poker buy-ins and no machines.  Our Hero’s kryptonite is made up of video poker and video blackjack.  Times were rough because he was down to his last $500 and unable to afford a room; our Hero resorted to sleeping outside for a short period of time in San Diego.  The immense pressure to survive would have forced most men to abandon gambling and look for a more suitable solution; but true to his gambling spirit (addiction?) our Hero did not waiver from his plan.  He returned to the battlefield (casinos) to fight on.  Waving the white flag was not an option and would only have happened if his net worth reached $0.  In September we saw our Hero do quite well on Bovada playing online poker.  He managed to win close to $1000 on the site.  It was a much needed financial boost.  Tony put a nice streak together and finished the year above $2000.  On one hand, he was able to stage a comeback from $500.  On the other hand, he started 2013 with $2000 and did not improve financially.  He had a tough year but in the end was back to where he started.  In January of 2014, Tony was back in California and doing what he does best; he was playing poker at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, buying in for $40, grinding a profit, and then relaxing in a room inside the spa.  Before January was up, our Hero returned to Vegas and upon arrival dropped down to $1500.  Lady Luck knocked on our Hero’s door in early February.  With a combination of winning a high hand promo, receiving a share of a Bad Beat Jackpot, and a profitable session on a video blackjack machine, our Hero and Lady Luck elevated his net worth above $2300.  The good times kept on rolling and by the first week of April, Tony managed to continue his improbable comeback and briefly surpassed the $6000 mark!  He was planning a trip to Kansas to see his family.  It was going to be his vacation but Lady Luck beat him to it.  She left our Hero without a warning and before he made it to Kansas he was down to $3700.  After visiting his family, he was back in Nevada the first week of May and feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back to work (gambling).  The only problem was that Lady Luck was still on vacation.  Without her, Tony only had one way to go – downhill. Before he knew it, he was back down to $1000.  In less than two months our Hero lost $5000!  Fortunately for Tony, after her month off, Lady Luck returned and rewarded him immediately.  The reward came in the form of a Royal Flush promo for which Tony collected over $750.
Recently, our Hero took his talents to Reno and it looks like the decision has brought him some stability.  It appears that Tony has found a city where he feels safe, apartment renting prices are reasonable, buy-ins for poker are low, and he can play online poker.  Tony net worth is back to over $5000!  I do hope that our Hero can manage to stay in Reno for the remainder of the year and accumulate over 500 poker hours in the same game/environment.  Not too long ago, Tony was down and I thought out.  In the past year and a half our Hero has shown great resilience.  We saw him zigzag across the Western United States just like the Pony Express did over 150 years ago.  We saw him increase his net worth while paying for an endless number of motels, cabs, meals, bus fares, kitchen supplies, and hundreds of tee-shirts.  I wish him luck and success on his quest to $10,000. And I hope (when he reaches $10,000) that he is disciplined enough not to let his new net worth trick him into playing the higher limit games.  My suggestion to our Hero is – Put a daily stop-loss at $300.  This would mean that Tony could lose $300 at poker for 30 straight days and still have some money left over.  I believe that he is good enough that he will not have 30 consecutive losing sessions at the poker table.  But the question remains - By the end of 2014, will our Hero find himself closer to $1000 or $10,000?
Good Luck Tony!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I need to practice my tournament skills.

Well for the 3rd time since coming to reno--i played a tournament at the Peppermill. (this happened sunday, not today, just havent got to posting about it yet). it was $40 plus $10 plus $20 rebuy anytime, so $70 was my total investment. it also allowed re-entry if u wanted. I was doing ok at the first break, then everything went to pot later on. the blinds just go up too fast. I've forgotten the key hands because this is so much later after the fact.

I only played it because i was pressured to play it (why i dont know) by the drunk girl on my immediate left in the cash game earlier who was getting into it. the one who said her boyfriend was a cop and was black, and who knew about autism and asked me if i had it, and strangely enough, loaned a stranger $200. i felt quite uncomfortable the entire time, since she knew about autism, but she was really nice--(and did i mention drunk?). she was really worried the guy she loaned the money too wasnt coming back, and wanted to make sure i vouched to the floor about her lending the guy money, and the guy at the other end didnt like her taking money off the table. she was afraid she wouldnt get the chips back.

really strange thing she did which was quite nice, she kept giving others money. twice to women players opponents she wanted to see win, and she had like $800 in chips. she also said she "didnt want to take my money--and that no one is gunning for my chips." when she put my $40 allin preflop early on, i lost with KK to her TT, and she felt really bad and said "dont leave" and immediately handed me $40 in chips to rebuy. i was terrified someone at the table would complain that she cant pass chips and was relieved no one said a word.

was even more relieved once id finally got home, i was worried she would later ask for the $40 back, especially since i left the table a winner. (and for those who ask, yes i tracked my results accurately by considering my buyin $80 instead of $40). she was so worried about the kid who plays in there a lot keeping her $200 i was worried she would ask me for the $40 too, but no she didnt want it. only for me to enter the tourny, and yet we were never at the table together. Told me she could tell i had aspergers and understood it due to family members of hers.

i really appreciated the $40 and thanked her profusely.

after todays win in the $1-2 game, im now up to over $5300, and still holding at $17 an hour. Am pretty sure me moving to reno has increased the quality of my life--and is helping me make better decisions. Talking to Ray on the phone helps too--as far as doing what i know is right. he is thinking of moving out here or maybe to Biloxi after he takes care of medical bills in Oct.

 I dont have all the options to play online that u can find at but still holding onto my online poker money on Bovada, simply by playing micro low stakes. have $30 there still so i have something to do while online at home. still wished ive cashed out like $50 less.

not sure why some people dont believe me about the $100 i gave back the guy at the poker room cage i discussed on twitter and the RTP thread. my goodwill with the staff in that room (cathy woods and the other 2 guys who run it) is worth a lot more to me than the $100 is, and besides im honest. thats why i wont go apply for food stamps. Besides ive been trying to make changes, because im worried about life after death, and i worry about making God unhappy with me. i feel like ive done enough to destroy and ruin my life--and i feel like now i can do so well off playing poker ill never have to worry about money at all (once i can ever hit 10k again that is).

the only change i think might be good to make is to take 8 hour naps instead of 2 4 hour naps, but the way im doing it now really helps me play shorter sessions--and leave when i should.

the reason i should practice my tourny skills is, theres an event coming up soon, a private tourny for 20 people, with Antonio Estafario (famous Pro). they will draw 19 names out of 100 with the most hours, and those will all be in a private tourny with him as the 20th player. its a FREE event, and everyone in it will get $500 or more.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to have large wins playing poker. 1. straddle 2. play way too loose. 3. get lucky

i set a record for my longest session here in reno, todays session was 9+ hours, and resulted in a win of $252. Which keeps my hourly at $17, as i pass the 221st hour. and now i really am good and tired, too tired to play on Bovada even with the remaining $39.

when i first arrived, there was no seat open in the $1-2, so i sat a short while in the $3-5 NL while i waited, (and where im not tracking play to avoid mixing up the rate). bought in $200 minimum, (thank God its not $300), and on the 2nd or 3rd orbit got dealt 99 when the button makes it $25. i call, one other guy calls. flop comes 458 and im first to act. i shove into a $80 pot for $160, and thankfully no one calls. then my seat opens and i quit up $50. maybe i should play $3-5 more.

i sit in that game for hours, and its a rather poor game, not much action, and many good players. eventually im down to my last $60 of $270 worth of buyins total after about 4 hours. one big pot i lost i flopped the nut straight, a guy shoves allin for over $100 with 2 pair, and runner runners the flush to beat me. that table sucked.

so finally, since nothing else was working, and id seen a guy win a big pot with 25 offsuit in his blind (the only guy id been able to bluff more than once) and a fairly tight player, i straddled UTG for $5. 3 people limped, looked down and saw 25 offsuit, shoved hoping no one would call, and one guy fairly new to the table called.

flop comes 8TJ spades and i feel im done for, T on the turn, 5 on the river, and i won the pot. he must of had ak or something.

a few hands later, same guy, and he made it $13 and i call with KT clubs. flop comes A45 with 2 clubs, and i tell him ur gonna hate me if a 2 3 or 5 comes. he bets $20 and i call. turn comes 5, i shove, he folds 77, and i show the bluff.

and from then on i couldnt lose. eventually i cashed out $522, which happened to be the high water mark of the day. changed tables once for a better action game, and thats where the last $150 or so of the winnings came. the new table i also got action for raising 52 offsuit first hand of someones straddle and showing it. But truthfully i was much tighter than the players at the new table. I just appeared to be loose.

Friday, July 18, 2014

hows my play?

even after dropping a ton of money tues and wed nights, im still in relatively good shape before i pay the rent today. i can remember not only when i was better, but also when i was a lot worse. (mostly in the 1990s). but then again, i remember being in AC NJ back then with over $6000, and buying in $1000 in a $1000 min buyin PLO  game with a guy named tuna, and a guy named Sklansky. that was when i used to hang out with Mark Bogart the bum, who was a much bigger degenerate than me, and always lost it playing BJ, and needed rooms all the time. i think he died, not sure. wonder if anyone from ac knew him?

Somehow i need to find a way to get money onto Bovada. im down to about $25, and in a $1 PLO high tourny. I'd gladly pay more than the money is worth just to have a way to deposit. if i run out, im totally screwed, and i can only play extremely low stakes, cant even afford $5 double or nothing sngs. too bad they quit taking NV residents. theres so many people constantly rebuying in this $1 PLO it can get expensive too.

i was in for several buyins this afternoon, eventually was forced to use the ATM, and managed to recover and profit $56. Tonight i never was in for as much, although i eventually was in for $89 instead of $40 or $69. won a big pot, and soon after left after folding a hand i was unsure about, and also feeling like i might now have too many chips to continue playing well. Ended up winning $129 tonight. Finally got over 200 hours logged now.

I'm too old to play longer than 7 hours straight anymore--its been a long time since ive had a 7 hour session. all the sessions ive tracked are much shorter--usually not over 2-4 hours. not only that, my play rapidly deteriorates when i dont feel like sitting there anymore.

Nothing like my old AC NJ days, in which my record at the Taj was 52 hours. of course i left broke, looking for somewhere to sleep and panhandle.

but this is the hand i was questioning--and the more i think, the more i feel i did the right thing. i was talking to a good winning regular at the desk as i was cashing out same time as him, and he says i made a good fold that she hadnt raised all night preflop and was no question she had a bigger pair than me.

i am in the SB for $1, and about 8-9 people limp for $2 preflop. (it was a good game). lot of $500+ stacks too. i look down and find JJ and decide i better narrow the field. (mistake 1, should limp, setmine, and maybe win $350 on the hi hand). i make it $20, hoping thats enough, UTG calls, another guy calls, lady on the button goes allin for about $160, and what can i do? how can she have QQ KK or AA if she only limped the button with that many in front of her and didnt want to narrow the field? but she isnt a regular so maybe she plays unnaturally.

i decide to fold, but it makes me feel like im playing scared money so i left on my BB, all the other callers folded too.

vook? Grump? Pokerdogg? Koala? what did she have?