Thursday, November 29, 2012

meeting up with old friends this weekend, why else would i come to vegas?

Friends like lightning, grouchie, and poker Johnny, all people whove done at least something to help at one point, and have probably all gotten mad at one point. also i dont really know Rob, but i understand he will be there too. Wish Josie wouldve came, but since she closed down her blog, maybe she no longer qualified to play in it.

as u know the only poker game i can afford is the $1-5 early morning stud game at sams town, ($2-4 limit which i wont do because the rake isnt beatable in the opinion of most experts) and the $2-6 spread limit game at TX station. So i am NOT going to vegas to play poker, and also i will not be playing any machines while in vegas, (except to claim my free play at a couple places). if u see me playing anything else, u are welcome to everything i have in the machine. (applies to las vegas only)

so then why am i going to vegas then for 3 nights? well i needed to check out after 28 days, but not really since the manager offered to let me extend it. also i needed to wash my laundry really bad. and its extremely important i put $200-300 into my bank account so i can cover fees and bills taken out and deposits.

of course i dont have all the money in cash either, about $500 of it is still on the walmart debit card too. but i am down to less than $200 in the bank. am still holding onto over $1300, and had i not bought $40 worth of lock poker money from vook this morning, id still be in the $1400s. im happy to report ive not played a sng over $5 today, and its up to $65 on lock now. this will give me a way to play poker in the privacy of my room in vegas since i wont be able to do anything else once my chores are out of the way. also i need to load up on about $20 worth of cheap roman noodles to bring back here after the weekend, i can heat them up with the coffepots they have in the bathrooms in the room.

i truly believe that if i played live $1-2 NL poker in vegas (even buying in with only $50, it would be so stressful on me mentally--if it was my own money that is--id lose every buyin) and thats why i wont do it. Isnt the whole goal of this exercise to teach me discipline and bankroll management? and to not try and rush winning? i dont think most people realize how badly my life would deteriorate if i lost my one place i can stay at without paying cash, or the rest of the $1300. but if i doubled the $1300 it wouldnt really change all that much.

i do think i can grind up at least $1000 profit online lock before new years however, and im certainly looking forward to doing it. i feel like its going to be what will save me. also im playing more at a time (except now when im typing up this blog and only playing 2 at a time). earlier today i was in 5 at once.

Thanks so much to poker Johnny, he is going out of his way to do me a very big favor and i so appreciate it, otherwise i dont know how i would get around. i am taking him out to eat with comps too. i'll possibly end up doing the same with lightning too.

like poker Johnny, i value the friendship of lightning very much and im glad he will have use of a car. i just hope he understands everything ive told him in private. I also trust him too, along with Johnny. i still wish he would get a better phone, i dont understand SMS or what it really means, and until pokerdogg commented about how twitter works, it seemed logical if u can get on twitter u can get online, and i thought he didnt realize if he was online he could get his mail. Guess he wont see the email i sent him.

I'll be playing a TON of online poker over the next month, besides earning my room and breaking about even on the VBJ each day and that will take about 4 hours a day on a weekday and about 10 hours a day on a saturday. am up about $200 cash in the 3 weeks ive been following the bankroll rules. (not counting comps). George has assured me i wont go broke if i dont overbet. but he also says even a guy spreading $1 one hand to 5 spots $100 each, would only get $60 an hour long run by counting (not factoring in alot more than that in comps). not the George who posted but a different george, he plays VP machines for a living and is a very wealthy man. actually he scours all the casinos all over NV for anything he finds that is plus EV, kind of like herbie and online sportsbooks.

but playing that machine IS NOT going to be what recovers my bankroll. all its going to do is keep a roof over my head while i do everything else. what i win at it will be very small, the $200 i am up in cash is quite a bit more than my expected EV was.

at least a year from now when all is said and done ill be so glad i learned not to overbet my edge and to have found my patience and discipline. and im so glad ill never be playing any of those vegas and laughlin VBJ machines again with the worse paybacks and comps.

and i am so glad Pete got me here this summer too, without it id have never got to attend my own meets, too bad koala disappeared and we wont see them meets next year. i wouldve liked to had seen them again, plus all the attendees and the new attendees.

now to save time tomorrow morning, so i dont have to make PokerJohnny wait, i went ahead and got the hotel manager to put fridays comped room dollars back on my players card today so i dont have to do it in the morning, the lady at the desk didnt like the extra hassle til i checked out, but she checked with her manager and they did it for me now. so this means ill be able to leave right away tomorrow.

im having a lot of real trouble trying to get google analytics added to my blog. its supposed to show me where my leads are coming from, who else has installed this and are they able to help in any way?

ive also got a bunch of wynn food comps i need to somehow turn into cash too besides the allegiant airlines $144 voucher.

this is going to be a long hard row to hoe before i ever have the money to go back to live poker and be able to afford weekly rooms in vegas again, but im doing what i need to do to survive, and keep in touch with everyone i care about and keep the blog up and running so i dont disappoint all the readers. have survived so far. i definitely dont take no risks with what i consider the case money.

SOMEDAY, I WILL HAVE LEARNED TO NOT WAIT TIL I AM DOWN TO THE CASE MONEY TO START USING GOOD DISCIPLINE AND MONEY MANAGEMENT. IT WASNT MACHINES THAT BROKE ME, IT WAS THE NEED TO ALWAYS GET EVEN. IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS, IVE CONQUERED THAT BY QUITTING OVER $100 STUCK 3 TIMES. THATS ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS.

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  1. Nathan's House (Centennial Hills)
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    1. I live in North Las Vegas and have been looking for a nice friendly home game.

      If you read this - please send me an email at grrouchie at grrouchie dot com so we can discuss it further.

      I just want to get into something that is nice, relaxing where I can play like a donk and blow off steam now and then - not have to take it so seriously!

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  2. Tony:

    Give me a call - I think you still have my number. We might be able to make a deal on that allegiant ticket.

    s.i.

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  3. Great to see the new layout; what's your favorite book that you've read in the last year?

    It's also good to see you setting goals such as $1,000 in profits from playing online by the end of the year. Tangible goals like that are great ones and putting them out there can help a lot so that people can root you on.

    With such bad players online that goal seems pretty easy but you never know.

    You've got a total of 32 days to make $1,000, so that's an average of $31.25 in profits every day to get you there.

    Since your last blowup on November 10 you've played 131 SnGs for a total profit of -$15.75. That's an average profit of -$0.83/day from SnGs.

    In that same period you've played about 1,200 hands at cash games, mostly at .02/.04 PLO 6 Max (-$6 over 611 hands) and you're slightly down overall.

    That's a long way off the $31.25 you'll need to book every day in profits to get to $1,000 profit in a month.

    Any clues you can share with us as to how you're going to do that, after a month of not doing that? Is the plan to just win more? Move up in stakes to take more advantage of all them bad players?

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  4. Tony,

    The last paragraph in this blog seems to indicate that you may finally be seeing a bit of light.

    "SOMEDAY, I WILL HAVE LEARNED TO NOT WAIT TIL I AM DOWN TO THE CASE MONEY TO START USING GOOD DISCIPLINE AND MONEY MANAGEMENT. IT WASNT MACHINES THAT BROKE ME, IT WAS THE NEED TO ALWAYS GET EVEN. IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS, IVE CONQUERED THAT BY QUITTING OVER $100 STUCK 3 TIMES. THATS ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS"

    If I had a dollar for everytime someone told you this in the last 10 years, I would be rich.

    Not sure why you will listen to total strangers spewing VBJ strategy that will result in very, very minimal edge (if any at all) but you won't listen to people who have helped you for years when they tell you that you don't have to end every session as a winner, life is one big session.

    I really hope you are learning, it will make a tremendous difference if you are ever able to rebuild "the roll".

    Good luck,

    snevman

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  5. Oh yeah, I forgot, I really like the new layout of your blog, well done.

    Good luck,

    snevman

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  6. Well, at least it appears that you have some kind of plan. I hope it works out for you. Have fun in Vegas!

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  7. Tony,


    If you're in Vegas, you may have a way to rebuild your bankroll somewhat. There's a young guy that hangs around on the strip in front of Bill's or on the overpass to Bally's with a cardboard sign that says " Kick Me In The Nuts - $20 ", and seems to have been doing a lot of business, especially on the weekends. In fact, last week there were three more guys in that area doing the same thing, so that area may be tough competition. But maybe you could find another spot that has little or no competition. Last Saturday night, the fellow sitting next to me at the Flamingo Poker room went out and offered the guy $20, but the guy had just been kicked about a minute before and was recovering, so he had to turn it down. One of the guys said he was making $300 to $400 a night on the weekends. I know this sounds like a goof, but it's true and if you don't believe it, just go down to that area and check it out, he's been there for a few weeks now. While you're there, you might want to look at the $50 buy-in game at Bill's. They are getting two tables a night and the action looks good. And don't pull that " I can't afford to play poker crap ". The last night that you gambled high at VBJ, you said you played six hands of $21 a hand, and then six hands of $42 a hand. Sounds like the end of a fatal Martingale play ( which book or BJ expert got you on to a Martingale System ? ). In any case, those two hands cost you close to $400 ( and you probably had come off a $5 and a $10 round in the progression ). So if you can bet that type of money in a minute when your bankroll was around $1600, you can put $50 on the table at Bill's and attempt to play solid poker. You are not going to get back to solvency playing the stakes you are playing out at the border. Get back to poker, Tony. Or you could try the kick in the nuts gig. I know that it sounds desperate, but you situation is very desperate.

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  8. Tony,

    If you're back in Vegas, there may be a way to rebuild your bankroll somewhat. The last few weeks, there has been a young guy that hangs around on the boulevard near Bill's or on the pedestrian overpass to Bally's. He has a cardboard sign that say's " Kick Me In The Nuts - $20 ". He seem's to be doing a pretty nice business from young drunk guys! Someone said that he is making $300 to $400 a night on weekends. This past weekend there were three other guys in that area with the same sign, so there is now some competition. I know this sounds like a goof, but go there and see for yourself, it's true. While you're there, go in and look at the $50 buy-in NLHE game at Bill's, and don't give me any of that " I can't afford to play poker " crap. You posted recently about the last hands that you played VBJ at higher stakes. The last two hands were six hands at $21 a hand and then six hands at $42 a hand. So you lost close to $400 in less than a minute when your bankroll was around $1600. You can do that and you don't think you can afford to buy in for $50 at poker? You can't afford not to, Tony. You will never have a chance at regaining solvency playing micro stakes online and at VBJ. Or you could try the " Kick Me In The Nuts " gig. I know it sounds desperate, but you are in a desperate situation. I don't know if anyone is doing this in other spots on the strip or downtown. BEST OF LUCK.

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  9. So after 3 weeks you're up $300 and a room that isn't close to anyone or anything that benefits you after putting in 40 hours a week in front of a machine? Wouldn't a job be better than your 2.50 an hour plus a free room when you self admittedly are running above expectation?

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  10. This entire post seems way too coherant (sp?) to be TBC. It makes way too much sense.

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  11. There was an article about the kick in the nuts guy in a weekly mag, he makes $100 on slow days and $200-$300 normally. Has $1000 days sometimes. He bunches up his pants in a way that makes people miss 8/10 times, still a lot of hits tho lol.

    He said a guy put him out of commission for weeks before when he kicked him and then showed is Superbowl ring as NFL kicker. lol

    Tony won't be playing at bills, as he is barred from all Harrahs properties and barred from most everywhere I play so I will never get to meet up and play with him in a game.

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    1. wait - when did he get thrown out of Harrah's?
      I know MGM and I know Binions/4queens - but I thought Harrah's was the last place he was still able to go with lots of rooms/games?

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    2. I don't know about every Harrahs, but he got thrown out of Harrah's Joliet (Chicago area) about six months ago. I was there when it happened. Tony was on tilt from what he told me was something like $700 in blackjack losses. Then he got slow rolled by a guy named Mike( who has been kicked out since for other things supposedly). Mike said he was paying Tony back for a previous slow roll Tony had done in another game to a another player. Tony went nuts and stood up a threw his chips everywhere and started screaming at the top of his lungs. He throws a pretty crazy temper tantrum and then then marches off. I went and told Tony that Mike did not have him covered and was going to get back like $150 from the last pot. Tony returns and Brenda the floor person is getting ready to call security so they could look at the video to verify how much he was going to get back. Tony is still screaming and waving his arms now he starts aggressively walking towards Brenda. He yanks the phone out of her hand and that's when security restrained him. It was the craziest thing that has happened in the poker room in the last two years by far.
      I read Tony's blog since and he says he is not a violent person and would never physically harm someone. I do believe him and actually felt kinda of sorry for him afterward. At the time though, he was totally out of control and no one knew what he was going to do. He would of only been kicked out for a month or two for just throwing his chips and screaming. But when he got so aggressive with Brenda I think he is banned for life. I don't know if that applies to all Harrahs Ceasars Entertainment Properties. I just felt that what really happened here was Tony's mental disabilities taking over. That's why I felt sorry for him and I now am hoping for better things to come for him.

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  12. I am sure Tony could get at least $50 for each kick in the nuts.... :)

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  13. relaxing in my room at circus, just woke up, got $144 in food comps at wynn i need to do something with, seattle irish, vince and lightning all asleep dammit, and im playing on lock. added the life of a poker dealers blog to my blogroll. PokerJohnny came in really handy yesterday, and i lost $40-50 over at sams town playing stud. roll is still in the $1300s, once seattle irish buys my voucher will be more, also will be more once i sell vook back the lock money. its up to $90

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  14. Hi Tony,

    Sounds like you're going to have a great weekend. I wish I was going to be there too with you, Lightning and Poker Grump. Poker Johnny sounds like a great person and a good friend.

    Josie

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  15. wishing lightning and seattle irish would wake up, sitting in my room playing $5 sngs, sent vook back $60 for the $40 so he will ship my bank $51, meaning ill be back in the $1400s again instead of the $1300s soon as he ever wakes up. wouldve went and ate with friends if i wasnt the only one awake around here. and i didnt want to waste $7 on bus fare going to sams town cant afford it and before i do anything i need to meet seattle irish and sell him that voucher. and good news is i still got $49 left over on lock, depending on how i do in the 3 sngs im in now.

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  16. so good to finally have my laundry done and off my mind though

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  17. Who did your laundry for you? And are you going back to your mysterious desert VBJ sanctuary on Monday?

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  18. poker Johnny. not for free, but cheaper than vince. rode around in vinces car with him and anne, got mail, and turned in mailbox key, box now officially closed. ate at wynn using $17 of comps, leaves with me $127 comps would never paid that in cash.

    rolls a little over $1500, will increase more once i sell this to seattle irish, he says he dont have the money til monday. tomorrow at 10am i will most likely be playing the promo at the riv, possibly with lightning. or any other friends in town willing to join. right now im just playing $5 sngs in my room and strongly considering a nap soon. Vinces roommate might be gone for a month in February. i need at least double what i have to even consider regaining my old lifestyle in vegas playing poker.

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  19. Sorry I didn't get to meet up with ya Tony,
    Real life interfered after I busted out of the WPBT

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    1. no reason why u couldnt came by anytime tomorrow or later on tonight, no reason lightnings going to a concert tonight either instead of coming over, thought if i slept in the afternoon taking that 3 hour nap everyone would be happy id be awake this evening. apparantly not.

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    2. Tony,

      I know that it is hard for your to understand, but people have other things to do in their lives. People make plans in advance and have other interests.

      Why would someone make a trip to Las Vegas, plan on going to a concert, but then cancel going to the concert to play $2-6 spread Hold 'em?

      It is a difficult concept for you to grasp, but most people enjoy other activities. Most people work and then plan relaxing vacations that don't involve grinding low limit poker.

      Good luck,

      snevman

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    3. i dont think he planned it ahead of time, he was probably hanging out with someone he met at the blogger tourny who said hey u wanna attend a concert, so he said "sure" and did it without advance thought, and decided hed just see me tomorrow. now im worried i wont wake up by 10am, wont get a seat, and then i dont know what we'll do. i guess the reason it bugs me is i felt like last night he wanted to meet me while i was asleep, so i made a special effort to take an afternoon nap so i could see him tonight, then he didnt care to see me.

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    4. "now im worried i wont wake up by 10am..."

      Whenever I'm worried about stuff like that - say, I have to be up early for a meeting or to catch a flight - I SET THE FUCKING ALARM CLOCK. And, if it's SUPER important, I set the alarm clock and ALSO set the alarm on my phone for 5 minutes later - just in case there's a power failure overnight.

      These are the kinds of things RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE do when they have obligations - or even just stuff they don't want to miss.

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    5. Do you expect him to set his own alarm clock? By now you surly know that he has to post that he needs someone to actually do this for him since he cannot figure it out his self.

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  20. Even though you may feel that way, VBJ won't get you there.

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  21. Can you use the comps at any of the Wynn restaurants? If so, I'll give you $40 for the 127. lmk

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    1. well the biggest issue in getting any cash is id have to go there with u and pay for the meal with my players card and u have to know the exact amount u want the comp made out for. u would need to be in vegas today or tomorrow

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  22. Alarm clocks work.

    And the world doesn't revolve around you. Sometimes things don't work out in your favour. It happens to everyone.

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