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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Maryland Live Poker room

This is definitely by far the easiest poker room to win at ive ever seen, and one of the largest ever not counting the commerce. ive had 100% winning sessions here, which is getting my hourly built back up but slowly when its over 1000 total hours to average in. and ive never had a winning session lower than $192. most of the wins have been quite big $700-800+.

a lot of the policies here really bugs me though. do they bug anyone else?

in vegas, new players are given the courtesy of being able to buyin at the table. In fact, ive never seen ANY casino where this isnt done. yet here, if u dont buy chips at the cage before sitting down, they make u walk all the way back. it just seems kind of rude.

they also take a $2 rake at $10 plus $1 jackpot and the rake gets bigger as the pot grows, not sure what it caps out at. but on small pots its worse than vegas, although not as bad as cali thats for sure.

another thing that seems rude is when ordering food, napkins are never packed into the bag with the food, and if u dont think to act the cocktail waitress (who brings the food which is WEIRD all its own) u just dont have them. theyd make bigger tips if they always were in the habit of asking "do u want any napkins?"

and my good friend Rob will hate to hear that they use the $2 chips here and its next to impossible to get a decent amount of $1 chips. u are constantly short of $1's due to this, and if u need to put in a $5 to pay the BB or SB, the dealer is always giving u $2s back instead of $1s, worsening the shortage.

Plus no button straddle here either.

However its really nice u never ever have to wait for seats unless u are arriving early in the morning or something. i usually arrive late in the day til like 3am, and never ever have to wait for a seat. not even once. early in the morning before noon is the only time theyres a wait. But people shouldnt be coming at that time of day to do their playing anyway if they want good games and good action.

and heres the worst part--dealers arent allowed to play where they work--and u have no chance to win back from them the money they just dealt u out of a few minutes ago because they take all their business to the Other casino by state law.

so if u move to MD to be a dealer u might want to keep that in mind so u dont lose ur right to play here. this is about the only place theyres hiring dealers.

i just got a text from cooldave explaining how to do a screenshot on an iphone 5. will have to check it out and verify it works. a screenshot would work to show texts but not the whole pages of texts, id still need to do multiple screenshots.

i need to somehow decide where ill be staying because its a pain in the butt to be needing to check out or change rooms all the time and the high prices of rooms here arent so good either. couldnt get the great deal from yesterday again. Paid $139 plus tax today.

i like being able to use the shuttle back and forth all the time, its like having a friend with a car whose never got any other commitments. (which is what i thought Ray would be since he dont work and also plays poker). I keep giving tips of $2-3 and i hope he isnt mad im not giving $5 but i dont want to end up paying a lot extra per day. he did tell me he would be willing to drive by the Bank of america close to the mall atm machine to deposit cash if i wanted to. This hotel and all the others that are rich hotels within 3-6 blocks of the mall/casino not all have a shuttle but most do. almost all are over $100-130 a nite unless u are getting a special price.

its really great how the casino is inside (or connected to) the mall theres even a Safeway grocery store about 2 blocks up the street. so it would make it real easy to buy anything u need to buy while u are playing too. theres a promotion going on where u get back 10% in free slot play up to $50 a day on purchases up to $500 in the mail. Joel (the poker meister) suggested i do it and return the items and i said they wouldnt allow that and people would abuse it.

investigated and sure enough they stamp the receipts so the store will know u got the slot play, (and claim with them stamped) the store will probably refuse to accept it back. its certainly not worth the hassle unless u are quite broke and desperate and if u were, wouldnt it be easier to just find other peoples discarded receipts?

i did earn my jacket for 20 hours play and resold it for $20 since i have enough jackets and no more space for clothes in the suitcase. i still need a new suitcase where the wheels work since 2 suitcases would hold more.




Sunday, December 14, 2014

In response to lightnings latest post about his trip to vegas

this old post (sitting in DRAFT) for more than a week now--is now finally ready to be published. there is NO inner circle or friends in my life anymore. Just people out to make fun of me. why else would i leave vegas and go elsewhere? ill probably go see Ray soon in Toledo. he understands me and is a Christian. Only real friends in Vegas are Vince and Cooldave, they never ignore my messages and always get back to me. PPP has made no effort to meetup and say hi since coming here. Josie totally ignored my emails to look at this rough draft a week ago.

I must first apologize in advance, for this will be my longest blog post ever. in fact, its going to be more like a book than a blog post.

To begin with, i moved out of my apartment today. (dec 9th).  the place i was living at, that i never wanted anyone to know the entire time i was living in it for my personal safety, (only Vince, lightning, cooldave and koala knew--and that was due to picking me up in person or driving me home). the place id talked about having a 3 month lease (when in really it was a 60 day commitment thru their extended stay program) because real apartments dont offer 2 month leases and i didnt want anyone finding out where it was--and that it wasnt a regular apt, but a hotel type setup. But i didnt completely lie, u see my debit card was charged to renew each time the rent came due. (when i first took it, and then again on Nov 10th). and u cannot just stay a month either, without paying a lot more. but i was afraid people would search craigslist, and figure out which place it was if i said 60 days. that was just way too easy to discover by googling craigslist.

they offer this type of setup thru their extended stay program in many other cities too, tucson being one of the cheapest, even less than vegas by a few hundred.

However, id grown tired of vegas, and tomorrow id either had to call their reservations dept and renewed for another month (no weeks) or move out. i didnt want to commit to paying here (and maybe flying elsewhere like to reno or toledo or baltimore or biloxi--or the tour bus back into LA--and continue to pay for nothing) so i moved out and into vinces house. Lucky for me vince was nearby and able to help me move out so i wouldnt have to deal with it in the morning.

Losing the Venetian as one of the best options vegas offers for poker play (due to the much wider range of games offered there, such as Big 0 at times) is a large effect on me thinking maybe vegas isnt such a good idea. at least other casinos in other places wont have a reason to think ill get into trouble, seeing i'll have no previous bad history in most places, many of which ive never been yet.

And then also (in preparation for leaving vegas) i closed out my newly opened box at the wynn tonight, so i wouldnt have them still holding my $100 deposit for an empty box if it turns out i find long term housing in a place i like better and make new friends and decide i want to stay there and play without moving back to vegas. The day before, i gathered up whatever free play i could at most places (not much to speak of) so pretty much everything is done that would need done before i could leave town.

After all the trouble lightning, Rob, AC and cokeboy went to move the location the previous day to the V (a bit too late since i was already at wynn after leaving the security office) i really wanted to go to the AC meetup because i felt like i owed it to AC to go, but couldnt decide for sure if she really wanted me to and she never really said when i private messaged a lot of people asking. But i was still under the impression lightning wasnt going (because he told me the first day he was here and i saw him that it didnt seem like the type of thing he was interested in--and that he didnt think hed attend). i at the time said he probably should--but only to meet Alysia Chang.

got to sleep so late the next morning (not til about 11am) a bit later than usual--that i didnt wake up until after 6pm again a little later than usual. I immediately texted lightning to arrange to meet him and talk to tell him about the Palazzo, and to help talk over what to do about moving out or staying. Also id still wanted to take him to eat somewhere nice at the Wynn, for free in exchange for doing little for him in the past. (the original idea was to get him into a free room at circus for fri and sat to save him a lot of money)--and i felt irritated he didnt trust me to actually follow thru and it didnt ever come to pass. But id have had to be there with him at checkin since id had to have done it in my name not his so they would think im the one staying there. so i mightve not been awake at the right time and remember my phone "wont ring". i keep forgetting each night to have cooldave look at the phone and try to see if he knows how to solve that issue.

however when i texted him, he was already AT the meetup (it was about 6.20 pm) and alysia held that WAY WAY too early for normal people to attend. vince was still working too. so i never was able to make it, had no ride like everyone else, and any other type of transit wouldve took way too long and this is why theres such a need for Uber in vegas. because as we all know if vegas had Uber, id have called and had a ride within 5 minutes at a cheap price, so id have came.

so i kind of blamed myself for not letting lightning know ahead of time. for i felt if he knew i was wanting to come with him, he wouldve made sure i arrived. and then after the meetup, i was quite pissed he'd asked me once if id be playing at the wynn later (and suggested him and i would meet up). i told him id took the bus to the nugget instead, and later he asked me via text how the games were at the nugget. now of course u get a text like that, u are going to think he must be thinking of coming.

so i mentioned 8 games were going (4 of them $1-2 NL) and i mentioned all the great changes the nugget new manager had made in improving the poker room, such as installing phone chargers, changing the rake to no flop no drop, getting rid of the halves, etc. i thought that might also encourage Rob to come too and check it out.

again lightning never showed, and i eventually found out he was at the MGM with people from the meetup. whose idea that was i didnt know, but i was pissed theyd encouraged lightning to NOT show up.

so then, kind of worried thinking id not get a chance to see him and talk again before he left town, and not knowing the exact time of his flight and what airline he was leaving on wed, i made sure today to be texting him as soon as i woke up. in fact lightnings text even said to text him when i woke up. (so i assumed thats when he would be ready to talk on the phone or hang out).

also i had some really big decisions to make about staying or leaving, and i thought i might possibly leave town long before he did, so i really wanted to make plans as soon as possible. yes PPP normally i dont make plans, but for something as important as this, uve got to make an exception. Planning here was ESSENTIAL.

Now tonight, after reading tons of the following texts between me and lightning after things went bad, cooldave said i shouldve just asked him direct early into the conversation (he thinks me calling lightning and PPP hypocrites is what offended him--according to cooldave hypocrit is a very strong word) "is there any way ill be able to meet u later today?" now im not sure if lightning wouldve replied had i said that, and now ill never know.

so when lightning said he was "at mandalay bay with Nick" and had a very nonchalant attitude about whether he would be available anytime at all the entire day to talk to, i got a bit panicked, and thought he had no intention of seeing me at all, and cooldave said i probably pissed him off the same way a woman would be uncomfortable if a guy kept insisting on doing something.

I explained to cooldave how i had no intention of being anything but wanting to be there for him as a friend and to share his company, and didnt know how to communicate that to lightning. Also explained to cooldave how God forgives us, and wants us to do the same. Thats what is so wonderful about the love and the mercy of God, and how he doesnt judge the sinners until AFTER they are dead if they still havent repented. People talk so much of the judgement of God--and worry about it--when really God does everything he can to show us how much he loves us--and wants us to love others the same way. man how i fail at this--i need to not go to a new casino locale, but to either the church in baton rouge swaggart has or the times square church in NYC by the late david wilkerson. I need to ask for prayer--for God to control my bitterness and anger when i feel ive been done unjustly. for it would help me not get banned.

i explained to cooldave how everything i said to lightning was unintentional as far as offending him, and how hurt i was seeing that lightning did know his comments were offending me. cooldave just said i shouldve let it go and just waited til the next day to talk to him.

I know that lightning gets offended quite easily (but not so much as i do) and im surprised seeing he works as a counselor and should know others emotionally as messed up as me and be quite tolerant of peoples faults by now. I remember how he lost interest in being a friend to Josie, and got out of her life, and never got over the bitter feelings. And how he blamed Josie for it, when truthfully i think Lightning owed her an apology. I think sometimes lightning can appear to be quite insensitive to the feelings of others who are upset.

but then again, im 100x worse than this. but what makes me "not a bad guy" is the fact im not doing it intentionally to be mean--as is often the case when others are doing it to me--at least i assume thats always the case when i hear a critical comment. especially from those ive trusted like PPP and lightning.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------enclosed is just a very small portion of the numerous texts back and forth from lightning to me or me to lightning. this is the very tail end of the texts and it was very difficult time consuming and hard work to move to the laptop from the Iphone. the main reason i am posting so little when id prefer to show it ALL.

read them in the opposite order, and remember this was the END of the convo, not the beginning. hopefully its clear which texts are mine, and which are his.

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U seem to feel id intentionally be inconsiderate of people and im never that way. Im always surprised when someone says i am cause i sure dont see how. I just want u to know i try really hard to be there for friends and just dont lnow how.

So i tried to treat u the way jesus would treat someone because i loved respected and valued ur opinion and companionship. And if i failed at least i know i tried my hardest to be considerate and make u happy. As long as i try my hardest i dont know what more to do. All i ever expect was the same in return.

Essentially its this. I have problems understanding how to talk to others and make friends. But since im a christian instead of just getting mad and telling friends off i feel bad and apologize if i do wrong. Thats the difference christians and others. Christians feel bad when they do wrong. Others dont care if someone feels they done u wrong

Demanding and selfish wouldve been if im said to leave nick and come get me immediately i didnt do that instead i just wanted to talk and decide if i could meet u this evening later before either of us leave town

To ask to see u at least once in three days or a quick phone call is demanding and selfish? Its not like i asked u to give me another ride tonight or that u had to now i just wanted to setup for later or to decide whether to leave on the last plane to reno at ten pm

lightning speaking--You are an exceedingly selfish and demanding guy. You are also delusional. I am done with you this trip.

Vince is disappointed ur upset since he hoped to see u later. And i certainly wasnt telling u u couldnt hang out with nick while u waited for me to wake up. Essentially all i wanted was to make plans for later to make sure i got to see u one more time before u left. I think anyone will see i tried much harder to be a real friend and go out of my way to be considerate of u in spite of how u ignored me. When a friends in pain and needs a friend to talk to it just dont feel right to not be there for them. U see i would do it for u and thats why i expect others to do the same for me. I dont expect anything from others i wouldnt do for them. This is the bibles decription of a friend

lightning speaking
So you decided that, as a friend,  you would berate me in comments on your blog and message me all kinds of nasty things because I didn't respond exactly  how you wanted.   In the real world there are consequences for your actions, like your numerous bannings. Well here is another consequence. I have had a  great trip with great friends. I am not wasting my final hours with a jerk who gives shit to a guy who has carted his butt all around.--

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remember all of this is to be read in the opposite order as its typed on here-and remember its the tail end of the convo. this took about 45 minutes work--any more work and its like 2-3 hours.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

From Linthicum Maryland.

ive arrived, checked into my hotel for fri and sat nites, for $237 total and $98 airfare. and now ive got to figure out what to do from here.

wheres the areas of baltimore to avoid? looks like the inner city, but not sure about the numerous buses serving the mall where the casinos located. are at least 1 in 5 of the people on the bus or at the mall, or in the casino white?

which area of this suburb is the nice safe areas where most white folks live? i have never ever been in this area in my life. only time i was ever in Baltimore i stayed at a mission called the Jeremiah house or something like that, maybe Nehemiah? i remember i was about age 21 or less and panhandling to survive.

also looking at the tour buses into AC, seems most of them have shut down? not sure if the one on shipley av is still running.  also looking on train amtrak info to CT PA NY etc or even WV cardrooms. i think its better people riding it than the greyhound or gotobus?

this is an outrageous price for a room thats fairly safe inside at least i hope it is. i think i could find far safer and better accomodations near foxwoods, or maybe near bethelham sands would be a much classier tenants and cheaper. also what about the 2 casinos in delaware?

i imagine the sands are better here than sands or delaware but not the housing situation. anyone have any in detail experience?

there is a bus directly from the airport to maryland live and it seems it goes right by this hotel too. im wondering if ill be the only white person on it? or maybe all will be fine and its white collar business commuters in this area instead of hoodlums. also it seems uber exists here

i feel like i did the right thing getting more sleep than the 1-2 hours on the plane? instead of playing first without adequate sleep right after a huge loss in vegas on VP at the golden nugget, martingaling a 50 play 50c and $1 machine from 1 hand 1 credit 50c to 250 credits of $1

then again i dont feel like i did the right thing. wasted $104 plus tax on fri nite for nothing when my plane didnt get there til 3am.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I feel like i really butchered things awful bad here, what would u have done differently?

This will be just a short post since im tired and need sleep before checkout time (at this hotel that is). Theres a much much longer sized blog post waiting in the wings in the rough draft section but i cannot post it until i first read someone elses post, so it will have to wait. (ill probably be changing many things in the final draft u see). but its a LONG post.

tonight i was playing in the Golden nugget, and its a great game with all the cowboys in there and the new policies. there were still 3 $1-2 NL games after 3am, extremely unusual for a weekday.

i was getting quite tired because i either wanted to catch the plane out east about 7am or to detroit or new orleans or reno or rapid city and most of those left in the morning and i couldnt decide which one to take. But i wanted to go sleep while my one free night was still good so it wouldnt go to waste, so i knew i needed to get out of there. but id went from being stuck $120 to being up $108 to then being stuck again, and was tired of playing.

this is a horrible problem i need help to overcome. (playing when tired, unable to quit when i dont feel like it anymore). i think i put in too many hours.

my hourly now is barely $12 an hour too and will probably keep dropping if i stay in vegas unless i start tracking and playing $8-16 omaha.

Remember all the people who said play loose, 3 bet and bluff? im still not sure of the wisdom of that. a few hours earlier (when a different table thought i was a nit) i got away with reraising $11 raises to $51 in the BB with hands like 56 offsuit and no callers preflop. (all 3 limpers of the $11 bet folded).

still maybe i shouldnt show the bluffs?

anyway--i dont think ill ever fix that. like most of my problems--im too set in my ways.

now for the hand -- so i can log off and sleep.

one of the old guys who regularly wakes early in the morning and plays almost 365 days a year in the nugget, and who most of u would recognize by face who play there, hed just recently sat. he makes it $12, one guy calls, and i call in the BB with 56 clubs. flop comes up 344 rainbow, and he bets $30, other guy calls, and i know ill get paid off if i hit any of my 8 outs so i call. (at least i will unless he has AK).

turn comes 9. old man bets $100 and this is where i should give it up and just leave. other guy who i at first thought might have the 4 folds. now i know hes got an overpair and should fold, but i also know hes committed to paying me off if i hit, thinking it will be a safe card.

so i call. river is 9 and with the double paired board i dumbly shoved, hoping he would see the double paired board and lay down aa being no flush draw was on the flop. instead he calls with aa sure enough, and i look like the table idiot. was i?

Monday, December 8, 2014

I feel bad

     All night long at the venetian i was a little upset with lightning for a comment he asked me via cell that had offended me, and id been waiting for both him and agsweep to show up, and possibly also Nick. Agsweep finally showed up and i was relieved to get to meet her finally, and although she didnt play because her girlfriend wasnt a poker player, she still talked for a while and i thought that was nice of her. Agsweep has always been a very nice and friendly person, in spite of her and my differences in beliefs.

     But i was still worried about my relationships with other friends, and come to find out i had a lot more friends than i knew i had. For as i found out later on while at the Wynn, (long after id been escorted out of the V by security and told never to return) i found out that not only did lightning eventually show up at the Wynn, but also alysia chang, cokeboy, and Rob. and i was of the impression that all of them with the possible exception of lightning wouldve preferred to play somewhere i was banned. At times im too quick to judge others because of past experiences where others have been unkind and done me wrong. (guys like the one cooldave commented about on the previous blog entry).

So here I am at the wynn, unable to come back to the Venetian, and join them and im really feeling pretty shitty about this point.

but somehow i still managed to get my final $253 i left the V with where i cashed out of my machine before security took me into the back office to call metro, up to $750 in the $1-3 game at the wynn. it was actually a good game for a change. one key hand i was pleased with my play in early on, i had AA and made it $13 preflop. got 5 callers a bit too many. flop comes 457 with 2 clubs and im in next to last position, and i decided to check to control the size of the pot. the black guy on the button who seems to have played alot of poker outside vegas somewhere bets $50 and one guy calls, and i decided to only call and see the turn first. turn comes 4 and the first guy checks, and i didnt want to button to check behind on such a draw heavy board if i was ahead, so i shove my last $200+ in the pot. he thinks a long while and calls, other guy folds. my hand held up as he had QQ.

Not that any of this ever benefitted me of course. i started the night with over $17,200 and ended the night with about $15,600.

so when i walked out of the poker room at the wynn to go home since lightning had by then went to bed without coming to the wynn to hear the story of what happened at the V (actually nothing happened at the V, it had to do with something that happened in the Palazzo close to 2 months prior--and the V just became aware of it). Also alysia chang didnt reply to my message either to come talk and eat at the wynn, and probably also was asleep by then. I was still down about $125, so i didnt want to go home still down, so i decided to sit at a video poker machine since the wynn dont have any good VBJ machines. (what a dumb idea). maybe another idea just as dumb was removing $4000 from my wynn safe deposit box before i went to play the machine also.

ended up leaving the video poker machine over 2-3 hours later, by then stuck about $1100 again instead of $125, and went back in the poker room and sat in the $2-5 game for the first time with over $700.

made some plays i shouldnt have made, because i was too much of a hurry to want to win a big pot, and eventually quit the game with only $200. then i really did go home to bed.

Stuck some mashed potatios in the microwave, and am sitting here eating them now. i have only 2 more days before i have to move out when the rents due. no point in staying in vegas now.

I was pleased that neither lightning, AC, Cokeboy or Rob mentioned anything on twitter about me being banned at the V, i appreciate their willingness to not bring up the subject til i was ready to talk about it in the blog. Maybe after privately talking to lightning at some point later this afternoon/evening when i wake up about 5-7pm, then ill be ready to give all the details why security at the Palazzo was so pissed at me and exactly what happened. Suffice it to say i overreacted when i felt a certain employee called me a liar and was in my opinion out of line. I kind of thought i had nothing to worry about as long as i avoided swing shift in the palazzo since id played in the V a few times since without a problem. but i hadnt been to the players club in the V til tonight, and theyd put a note to call security on my players card. (i'd left the palazzo on my own that day before security could show up).

I am lucky, that with all the poor decisions ive made since nov 1, to still have over $15,000. i sure dont deserve it and a giant portion of my increase from $9800 since leaving Reno was due to very large VBJ wins all of them at the elcortez. (everywhere else i didnt win on it). also my hourly rate still really sucks in vegas, but my PLO PLO8 and BIG 0 rate has helped.

i wont have that long, rents due dec 10, i dont know where ill be and of course, the tooth needs fixed.

the post just before this one was only up 1 day and had only 397 views instead of the 1500+ most posts have. for those only checking in periodically, please dont overlook it and think u read it when u havent.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Much needed update

I've heard from Lightning this week blogging has kind of died out. Maybe thats true, all the best blogs, (Josies, Carmens, the lady married to the poker player in europe,) theyve all kind of went by the wayside. and of course, im not in any way affiliated with any of the blog get togethers not hosted by Rob.

But i still think i should update my blog more often than i have lately. ive been kind of negligent on that, and my blog is a great success story of my rise out of poverty and homelessness, when no one thought id not eventually go broke. Had it not been for Britni and Lorna back in the mid 2000s and the closure of pokerstars to those of us in the USA, id have been successful a long time ago. am sad i squandered such a great opportunity back in 2002-2005. Back then Paradise and Party were even better than pokerstars.

And ive enjoyed my time this week with both Lightning and cooldave88, (who recently quit his job to spend more time on poker.) I also hope to see agsweep tomorrow.

my times almost up where im living, rents due dec 10 (id originally thought it was dec 11) and im considering moving out since im so often out of town and just living with Vince again when im here. my lease is almost up.

after a win tonight at the wynn, plus another $300+ in the BIG o game, (even after losing over $275 to cooldave on one hand) im back to a little over $17,000. over $4000 of it is in my safe deposit box in the wynn. also i won a few hundred on VBJ at the Venetian the previous nite after leaving Planet H where lightning and i played both the $3-6 mix and the regular $1-2 NL game the day before.

About the only thing that still needs done is the fixing of the tooth. and i've got the search done to one of these 3 dentists. u see the one in vegas never returned my email. i wonder if insisting on an email reply instead of a phone is why, but its rude to tell me how they are going to contact me instead of letting me pick what i prefer.

http://www.rotadental.com/colorado-springs-dental-anxiety/

http://www.hollisdds.com/Home.html

http://www.adkinsdental.net/library/7660/AnesthesiaWand.html


Cooldave met Alysia while at the V tonight, and i was shocked he joined the PLO8 5 card Big 0, since hes never played that game. he also won earlier in the $1-2nl. one of the players was a real dick and not only me thought that but so did the lady and cooldave, that he was very condescending to all of us. i started off the game playing him HU because it was the only way to get the game started. also his supposed article in card player on big o i cant seem to find and doubt it exists.


also, i was quite surprised to learn that pokerstars.net started offering Big 0 on their play money site, i had no idea pokerstars added it. they sure didnt offer it a year or 2 ago. i took off the site from my computer about 2 yrs ago. it would be a GREAT way for some of u wanting to learn the game to gain experience. was anyone else aware of this?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I've learned a few things




Well i just left my hotel across the street from the Bicycle (with the excellent wifi) that i stayed in the last 2 nights for $192 total, and that was quite a bit, considering i first checked in about 3.30am thurs nite/fri morning with the first checkout being 11am-12 noon. yeah i couldnt get them to let me in early and i was dead tired, having just got off the tour bus from pechanga where id been dead tired after playing $3-6 5 card Big O all day long. so i kind of only got 1 nite for that price. That being said, im not used to staying in nicer hotels, and having done so, and seeing how much better quality everything was, im not surprised rich folks do this all the time instead of staying at motel 6, where the wifi pretty much works shitty everywhere if it works at all. they all offer it but it sure sucks there.

Just got checked into my room at Commerce casino though, for only $85 plus tax for $102 by using pricelines express deals 55% off. had i went by the desk and paid, it wouldve been $134 plus tax, she said their rates are going up soon. thats not 55% but priceline advertises express deals as up to 55% off. still its far better than the rate u will get by asking the floorman and telling him u have been playing so id suggest those of u unfamiliar with how it works start using priceline.

u have to use the option where it wont show u the hotel name til after u book it. but of course, having it listed as a casino hotel--u know which one it is anyway.

and the good thing is, this hotel the wifi works good too.

Some of the other things ive learned are how great a service Uber is and how fast. its too bad i cant use that in vegas, for id move into vinces house (and feel like im part of a real family) and save a lot of money. for the 2nd time since using Uber i had a female driver today pick me up. Unless of course u count the 2nd time i rode with the female Uber driver named Cassandra in the pechanga area. im sure one of u will ride with her sometime if u use uber in that area, shes always out and about. Very pretty woman without a boyfriend. and claims she is a student and Uber is her only income. I was hoping she advertised other things on craigslist too.

Im a little surprised Uber seems to have more women drivers than black drivers. ive also learned that living as close as possible to a casino is a major concern to my emotional well being and stress level. if i cant easily go and come it wont work out well.

and ive got some good news i found out shortly before leaving vegas that i never mentioned to anyone but Lightning. the wynn said i spent enough time there to get a safety deposit box in the poker room, and that they had a vacancy. so i think ill take one to help diversify my portfolio. that will give me more peace of mind. The wynn is one of the best rooms in vegas as long as u dont mind playing nothing but NL.

I've learned also, that i made a big mistake leaving vegas when i did. im wasting a lot of money in cali on hotels, thats for sure. And i feel like it wasnt right to disappear on Koala, since i might not see him again. he was worried his health might not allow him to return to vegas, and in spite of the horrible things he posted in my blog and RTP, i still consider him a good friend, willing to hang out. I was really grateful for his willingness to go to cali, even though i wish id not made the trip. i shouldnt be looking for VBJ--i should be sticking to poker. i might not have made any money in cali, but i didnt lose any either at poker. it all went on expenses. had i NOT went to cali, i might still be way down, for i couldve lost $2000 at VBJ maybe. so i feel really sorry i didnt make it over to the Orleans and wish i had and i apologize.

And also to Alysia, she made a good effort to include me in her life and be a real friend and to try to understand, and i shouldnt be so paranoid due to prior misconceptions she had. I would like lightning to get on here and tell the story of how i was worried the same thing about him picking me up in Joliet, to better help her understand. this was before i knew him nearly as well as i do now. Maybe Josie could also tell the story of how i was afraid to go to Claudias house for the first time, if she still reads the blog. im sure that will help alysia understand im that way with everyone and it's nothing to do with me worrying about HER specifically. remember when JJsomething or other on AVP got so mad when i suggested if he rents out his house me might "kill me in my sleep?"

i've been paranoid my whole life, and its why im alive today, i never got close enough to anyone to trust them so they could do me harm. when i feel in danger i flee, notice how fast ive left Pechanga a couple times.

I really think ALysia has tried to be helpful in fixing the tooth, and im no longer worried about riding in her car. she never asked me to get in it anyway, and she did help to see about getting a dentist in LA, that id be paying for, but i only want the ones that use the wand injection method, that dont allow many to pick from.

i feel strange vibes in there and it feels like the holes are opening wide between the tooth and the gums, and fear several might need out, so its best i do this very soon upon my return into vegas. maybe vince or lightning will go with me, i should be there before lightning arrives dec 4.

before i went to bed last night i hit the BBJ players share for $724, so that puts my roll back to the $16,000s from being at only $15,040 at the start of the day. won about half from it and the other half from mexican poker where i played the NL. the $1 ante game, $100 min buyin, not the $200 min buyin $5 ante game which i think is way too steep. should be $2. i wonder if Rob has ever played that game?

im unhappy to report that the reason ive been all over cali instead of staying near the commerce is because i got banned there for a week, which is now up. it was due to a dispute in the game i was in a week ago wednesday. i was totally in the right, but i went about it the wrong way. but since i was in the right, i was told i was only being banned a week. the other person, what they were doing was wrong by planning to steal my money and leave without paying me, but i freaked out over it and made a scene. i dont really want to give too many details. Had they not stated to the whole table they were leaving and not paying and it showed that on film, theyd not have been so understanding.

so i had to make sure my bans lifted before i returned. this is why i took today at the commerce for 1 nite only before i go back to vegas. the one lady working wanted to make it longer but her security supervisor overruled her saying he made the decision and the other party instigated it, which caused me to overreact.

not having a car to store my suitcase has been a major concern. to store it easier and be allowed to store it, it needs to be far smaller, but then it wont hold enough clothes, and no one else deals with this because they either own a car, or live locally, or dont plan to vacation more than 1-2 days. but im tired of having to rent a room immediately when id rather just play cards all day and wait til i leave to see about renting a room or leaving town. paying a few hundred more a month to haul around a suitcase is dumb but its either that or have no belongings at all.

since the amtrak bus to vegas is $55 instead of $25-35, maybe its the emptiest bus. never did find an empty one. or find out if i can pay for 2 seats at $25 each to avoid sitting by someone on a normal bus. and also i found out its ONLY the hi limit tables at the bike offering both free food, and wifi charging stations under the seats. the main casino dont offer it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I just left Ventura

Im in the starbucks outside the Oxnard amtrak station about 3 blocks away, and i booked a train leaving at 7.50pm towards los angeles, but im actually going further than that. so i paid more than just the price of the fare into los angeles.

ill be staying on the same train, no need to transfer, and ill be arriving at my final destination about midnite. I also booked a mon nite and tues nite stay (guess i have multiple rooms paid up tonight) since i checked out of my other room here. the 2 nites total will be $123.

Roll is down to about $15,400. after losing a lot more than i shouldve today at the casino in Ventura, i went back and lost about $25 more in the small $50-100 buyin $1-2 NL and of course my Uber fares (taken 3 trips now) and all the other money im wasting.

im disappointed that the low limit buyin PLO mix dont run more than 1 day a week in Ventura. todays game (which im told almost NEVER goes on mondays) was 5-10 PLO mix with most people straddling $25, so it was BIG. min buy was $600 and i left after losing $600. and earlier i was stuck $442 in the smaller NL holdem game. the whole day was bad. now the night before i won about $300 in the game.

over the longterm, Ventura would be a good option if there were housing available. the rake is next to nothing, the games are loose, and no jackpot drops. the money u save in rake would easily cover the high cost of a place to live. but i think i should have at least $20k in the roll. and if i play the game i played today that i certainly shouldnt have, at least $100k.

dont get me wrong, i didnt play poorly in it, and i got the money in with good positive equity. (hands i put in like 25% of the money, with an expected value of 33% plus.) and hands where i hit the flop strongly and petered out, like nut flush draws combined with nut low draws. and one hand i mightve been bluffed.

just goes to show--stick with playing the game u are most comfortable in. and i wonder if ill be able to sleep on the train. sure wasnt gonna use Uber all the way, its like $160. the shorter Uber trip from the casino and by the hotel on the way was only $13+. train ticket cost me $39. But since i refused to pay an extra $20 to sit in the business class section, no wifi will be available on the train. i can do without it for those 4 hours. as long as its not too crowded and i dont have to sit next to anyone i dont want to sleep with, im happy.

im sure PPP knows i didnt post that tweet that cost me $100 on purpose?

i wish i knew how to fight, i wouldnt be afraid of getting in everyones car and i wouldnt alienate and piss off the people i care about most. and also those im just beginning to get to know too.

also i just learned that booking.com seems to be a much better reservation site than orbitz. am still afraid of getting a motel in the wrong area if i use pricelines name ur own bid to save money.

once i get to my final destination, im not sure if i feel like checking out what games are going at a different casino, or just relaxing in my room i had to pay for so i wouldnt worry where to store a suitcase at. it will depend on whether i get any sleep on the amtrak. had the amtrak went to vegas instead of putting u on a bus into bakerfield on the way (and out of the way too i think) id have booked a different train, for what i really want right now is to just go home til my lease ends.

once it ends, i really want to be in a small town, nice apt living close to a casino, pensacola or reno, just something low risk and low cost to avoid a lot of drama and stress over money. $17 an hour is extremely well and i miss the ease of earning that in reno.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Los Angelos trip status so far

I didnt really pick the best time to go to los angeles, im wasting money, and i shouldve waited til after Koala left town, after i seen lightning, and after my lease in vegas expires. But i did want to find a game i could average $20+ per hour in LONGTERM as soon as possible.

Im still down about $400+ at poker since coming here, most all of it in the $20-40 stud game the ONE and only day i played it, and id be slightly ahead had i not played it. but im out more than that, ive paid money on cabs and the motel room for a week, so im down quite a bit more than $500. in fact way more.

Barely holding onto about $16,200 left and i was slightly over $17k when i arrived. But still im far better off than i was the last time i was in cali. am thinking i should soon settle down in either reno, Pensacola, or St Charles MO or Baltimore and just do nothing but grind good poker games. something away from too much variance, and i guess one VBJ loss that didnt happen might actually mean i did ok by coming to los angelos.

Today i spent the day at Hawaaian gardens instead of Commerce to check it out, and one of the host props for the PLO game dropped me off at my motel saving me from waiting til 5.28 am for the bus. but id been far better off financially had i got the last bus out at 10.50pm.

i started off the evening up $270 (won 3 out of 3 $100+$10 double up sngs). and then gave back mostly all of it in the $1-3 PLO PLO8 mix. Dudley the host claims he beats it for $20+ per hour not counting his salary, and i assume id do as well given enough of a sample size.

was hoping to see steve but he never showed up, he said he couldnt get a ride.

I am strongly considering returning to vegas soon as possible til my lease is up, i might cancel the trip to lake elsinore or Ventura, or maybe go ahead and do it tomorrow. i might as well be sitting in vegas (with rent paid in los angeles til sunday) as be in Los angeles with rent paid up in vegas. whats the difference?

also feel like the tooth will need taken care of soon too. i feel a slightly bigger size holes. also the fridge in this room and microwave arent the best.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Up the street from the Commerce a few miles

safely arrived in Los angeles, and just got thru paying for a hotel room. with a roll of still over $16,600. Going to play a few oldtime games where i think my hourly is a lot better than the measly $12-13 hourly of $1-2 NL holdem in vegas. Games such as $20-40 stud, and $1-3 PLO PLO/8 mix.

this is the first time ive ever been in the los angeles area with nearly this much money and the first time i could ever really afford to give these games a fair try. also i notice a weird structure on the bravo. $300-500 buyin NL omaha high?

glad the wifi works fine at my hotel, and im not sure whether to try and fall back asleep or head on over to the Commerce now. right now im relaxing in front of the AC, but wish i had some food in my room which i dont. the fridge here isnt all that big.

and of course i left most all my things in vegas, since im planning on returning in time to see lightning. I shouldnt feel tied down to staying there and playing bad games simply because my rents paid up, why would anyone think that?

a vacation away from the VBJ machine would do me some good. i never mentioned this, but one of the days i had a $500+ loss on the VBJ recently was on a machine with quite poor payouts shuffling every hand, and i knew better than to play it. id like to see how i do playing nothing but poker for the entire week im here or so.

i wouldve liked to see Koala, i dont know if anyone told him of my twitter post, but all i really meant was i felt affection for him as a friend and he was special to me as is all my other friends. had i not felt uncomfortable giving out my room number where i stay, which no one knows, id have invited him in to use the restroom.