Friday, November 16, 2012

surviving day by day

finally ate, after i got out of the hole and up $16. am now in my room taking a break updating blogs and comments, and playing a few cash games and sngs online with the $21 i had on lock when i went to sleep.

roll is still $1100. also, i no longer have a mailing address it expired and i didnt renew. and im worried about how ill wash laundry once im out. also im worried about what ill do at the end of 28 days when i have to be out for 2 nights, guess i could go into vegas those days, and wash laundry, will need to ask vince or one other friend. also will need to try and remove everything from the walmart debit card and put most of it into the bank, for i need enough cash in the bank to cover the monthly phone and internet bills which is $180 a month give or take.

if i had enough online to be able to win $180 a month, transferring poker money to vook each month could solve this issue. also my room which was scheduled to expire on monday of next week, is now scheduled to expire on friday of next week instead, right before thanksgiving. Basically all i care about right now is being able to maintain a room indoors, and im glad the heater is working good. Sure does get chilly outside. and i wish i could save up a few hundred worth of comps, so i could get at least some cash when i leave by storing up cartons of cigarettes. or cover a room for a few months to where i could do nothing but sit in my room here and do all my playing online. But that requires having a far larger online balance. id not be in this mess at all had this happened in 2003. in fact my roll was this low a lot back then, and it wasnt the same major issue that it is today, prices were lower then too. inflation hits me harder than most people, and thats also why i am pro-republican being so poor. never understood why poor people want to vote democrat, they will still get most govt assistance regardless of who is president, but at least jobs will be a lot more plentiful in a republican administration, because businesses are republican for the most part, and will feel more COMFORTABLE that they can now afford to hire MORE people without worrying about their business GOING UNDER. i do not understand at all why people dont agree the unemployment rate wouldve fallen dramatically as soon as the stock market wouldve realized we had a new administration, stocks wouldve skyrocketed, businesses no longer worried about the cost of obamacare wouldnt be doing all the layoffs and price increases they are doing now (google dennys and papa johns) but instead would be doing a lot of hiring, and hiring would be so much of even people as hard to employ as ME mightve had a chance.

democrats are so fixated on social issues such as gay marriage, and getting high, they are willing to jeopardize the entire american economy just to elect a democratic president to get those issues through. they care NOTHING at all about the poor and how they will suffer when people get laid off. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are the only ones who showed any true compassion for the less fortunate.

and Michele bachmann would make a much better house speaker than John Boehner because she wouldnt give in out of principle, she will fight for what she believes in. at least she won re-election. we need the house to be willing to say NO to raising the debt ceiling, otherwise we will crash like Greece did, and suffer inflation as nazi germany did, meaning im fucked royally.

the cost of housing actually has helped me, because its kept prices low. but the loss of jobs especially in vegas isnt good, its meant way more poor people and panhandlers id have to compete if i was out on the streets. tons more people standing in line waiting to apply at every available job too.

Obamacare has done nothing to give people like me free healthcare, u can get that free in any emergency room anyway just by not paying the bill when it comes. i dont know where u sign up for obamacare either to apply. does anyone? i should go sign up for food stamps like 47 million others, but ive never bothered to do it, didnt want to do it if i didnt have to, but am really getting in worse and worse shape. i think id qualify finally. whats BAD about obamacare, is they removed $700 million from medicare to pay for it, and now seniors are being denied lifesaving care and being told they will instead let them die and give them painkillers, and its why seniors overwhelmingly switched parties and voted republican in this last election. it was the minorities and the young who went for obama, because their understanding of economics and lifes experiences isnt as great. also they are much more liberal on social issues too.

and with that done, ill now post this, and go read some new comments on the old blog and see what needs responded to. good news is i am now at $27 on lock instead of $21, have been winning, but still am playing such low stakes theres no solution yet to be found by ONLY sitting in my room playing til next friday gets here.

67 comments:

  1. not sure why, but the amount of comments are skyrocketing. the last post shows 100 comments unless i delete a few now.

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    1. It is because the TBC story has just taken an interesting turn: Will you bottom out and begin panhandling or will you somehow scratch and claw yourself out of the hole you dug yourself?

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    2. Of course, your religious and political rants coupled with your unique logic in facing life makes it all the more interesting.

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    3. Everyone likes watching a trainwreck. Some may turn away, but glance stealthily for a split second. Others may stare, glued to what's happening. Your recent posts have been far more entertaining since we are watching the meltdown of someone who many here have come to know, either love 'im or hate 'im. The drama here is much more captivating than any daytime soap opera. I await with baited breath, the next installment in "As the Tony Turns". Please do not let us down.

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  2. "but at least jobs will be a lot more plentiful in a republican administration"

    What do you care? You seem to come up with even more excuses every day for why you refuse to look for a job.

    " tons more people standing in line waiting to apply at every available job too. "

    I'll send you $50 for a photo of you standing in one of those lines.

    By the way, for Papa John's to cover the cost of healthcare for all of their employees, they could raise the price of each pizza by 5 cents. That would do it. Of course, you'd probably argue that most Americans would refuse to pay an extra 5 cents for their pizza - massive inflation hitting the poor (like you) and all.

    Your reasoning on these issues is fundamentally flawed - but at least it's entertaining.

    Maybe you should use some of your dwindling roll to buy some warm clothes - you're gonna need 'em when you're living on the streets soon.

    Good luck (of course).

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  3. Tony, this was posted at the tail-end of the comments on your previous blog post:

    "JJ BooeyNovember 16, 2012 12:57 AM
    Tony, I have a friend that owns a small commercial cleaning & an landscaping business in Vegas...if you want I can probably get you some part-time work. lmk"

    I responded there, but I'm responding here again to make sure that you see it.

    If you follow up on this, and end up getting some part-time work, then you'll get a $50 bonus directly from me on your first paycheck.

    I am 100% serious.

    What say you?

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    1. Why would you offer to pay Tony to get a job? First, that only creates an incentive for Tony to earn one check and then quit. Second, enough with giving money away to this fleabag. Donate it to charity, if you want to feel good about yourself.

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    2. I'm not doing it to feel good about myself. I consider Tony a friend, and I'm trying to encourage him to make good choices. My hope is that he will find some kind of work, and stick with it.

      However, rest assured I will give your opinion all the consideration that it merits.

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  4. i replied to BOtH of u there about it, would like more info involving the job the pay and what the work would consist of. i would gladly take a job paying enough to get me out of this mess, i worry any job i get would pay so little id not be one bit better off. i want enough to rent a place to live by the month, and have about $2000 or so a month in income coming in also so i can get out of this mess if i take work. otherwise whats the point if ive got all the additional responsibility and none of the benefits?

    how do i get a high paying job like u? i think all i need is a little money to get started, if i use better management skills i can easily grind out a few thousand a month at poker, have been doing it for years, im just a little short right now to play at all.

    wouldnt u settle for an income of only $25,000 a year if u had no family, and could just play poker all the time and be willing to live on vastly less money urself just to get out from under all the responsibilities u have now?

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    1. Every day you're one day closer to homeless and you don't know what the benefit of getting a job would be? But you claim you're 100x smarter than the rest of us?

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    2. Tony, you are not going to get a "high paying job" like me. I have worked very hard for a long time to get where I am today. I put myself through college, and also paid for my own MBA. I have 30 years of job experience in Finance & Banking.

      And no, I wouldn't settle for $25k if I had no family or responsibilities. I enjoy what I do for a living (for the most part ... obviously, there are bad days sometimes).

      I am not saying you need to find a job to cover ALL of your expenses immediately. I am trying to get you to realize that a job will provide you with a baseline income to cover most necessities - so you wouldn't need to panic about money every time your roll gets low.

      What I'm hoping for you is a situation where you have food/rent covered by the job, and extra income from poker on the side. You'll need to find cheap housing initially, which means it won't be the Ritz. But you can move to nicer accommodation as your roll grows and your pay rises.

      You can start the job while you're living in casinos in Vegas. Then move up to a room-mate situation (yeah, I know this scares you but just find some balls and man-up for a change) ... then eventually get your own place. When I was young and in college, I worked full-time and lived with a room-mate. I did that for several years until I graduated, got a better job with a much higher income, then got my own place. Eventually, I saved enough to buy a house. Everyone has to start somewhere, then ... baby steps, yeah?

      And no, I'm not going to front you the $50. Here's the deal: You fax me, or scan/email your first paycheck stub and I'll then transfer $50 straight to your bank account. Looks like another poster has pledged $50 also - so you're up to a $100 bonus already.

      C'mon, man - you can do it.

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    3. A) $25,000/year is a low paying job, not a high paying job. But to make that much, you need to work 40 hours/week at $12/hr.

      All you need to do is find something you can do that pays $12/hr.

      You keep saying you don't want to do physical work, but, really, what else are you going to do? What are you trained in that you could get hired doing? What skills do you have? You are always needing help installing stuff on your phone and computer. So, I don't think you have what it takes to do that type of work.

      But there are plenty of physical jobs you can get. Why not get a job cleaning at a casino in Vegas? Or taking care of the outside grounds at one? Or get a job bussing tables at one of their restaurants. If you show up, do a good job, have a good attitude, and are willing to help out and learn, you can move up into better jobs. No one is going to make you the president of the company to start out with. You need to take an ENTRY LEVEL job and WORK your way UP. Especially with no experience. You need to start small. Prove to them you can handle the job, can take direction, can learn. As you prove yourself, you get better jobs with better pay. It's not that difficult.

      B) You say if you use better management skills, it will be easy to grind out thousands playing poker. Do you actually believe you are capable of this? I see in your blog, you have already started betting over $6/hand in VBJ. Do you actually believe you are magically going to become disciplined at gambling?

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    4. i am making a few very select bets of over $6 at VBJ because i actually think this is the correct +EV move and proper bankroll management move, after reconsidering my system after reading jcool's old post. besides with my roll now at $1100, the spread would be reduced to $1-5 instead of $1-6 and that just isnt beatable, he is right i think. so now on very select situations if the count is exceptionally high and not just like +1, or 2, i will go up to 1% of the roll which is $11 max bet. however those occassions are extremely rare. the wider spread should help in overcoming the small house edge (not counting comps that is). this is probably a better system even though im risking up to 1% of the roll on rare occasions. i think another good addition would be to quit for the night and TOTALLY only play online poker in the room, once i am down 5% for the day. (that would mean losing $57) that however would exert a little discipline. wouldve protected me from the drop to $1100 from $1300 the other night. another thing concerning me is the smaller roll will force me to play less and less, making earning the comps harder to cover rooms etc.

      as much as id like a job in vegas paying enough to survive (at least $500 a week) so i can afford room, food, bus, and slowly build cash back up, i cannot leave here til i have a place to stay, otherwise im immediately putting myself out on the street. with my roll at only $1100, i cannot take out $160 or so for a weeks room in vegas either. my roll is not high enough to take so much out upfront its not a wise move.

      also i dont consider cleaning in a casino, or bussing tables physical labor. to me physical labor is lifting heavy objects, or standing in front of a grill all day cooking. a job with tips would certainly be taken and accepted because those are extremely high paying jobs, almost everyone who works for tips gets well over $25-50 an hour

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    5. The job pays $10/hr and you would be doing: pressure washing, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, buffing, cutting grass/trees, general cleaning, etc. lmk if you're serious about getting AND keeping this job. gl

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    6. The job pays $10/hr and you would be doing: pressure washing, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, buffing, cutting grass/trees, general cleaning, etc. lmk if you're serious about getting AND keeping this job. gl

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    7. i will probably need it as an option, but will he mind if im broke and sleeping outdoors without a way to shower? anyway ill need to wait til im back in vegas, but i dont really want to go there because i wont have money for housing once i arrive. the work seems easy enough as long as im not climbing those trees to cut them or climbing roofs, id be afraid to do that. i dont even know what buffing is.

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  5. ill send you fifty bucks too if you get a job

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    1. ur word is no more reliable than amandas word who never sent the $10, because everytime u were in vegas and was going to meet me u never did

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    2. i told you one time i would try to meet up with you. i was on the strip that night with a friend who did not want to go downtown. thats the reason. i want you to succeed tony and right now you should get a temporary job until you get back on your feet. 50 bucks still stands. good luck

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  6. Would a PayPal donation button be in order at this point?

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    1. why do i need it, anyone knows how to transfer money to me on lock poker or to my bank because all the bank needs is my email

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  7. would like vooks and others opinions on the following article. i have a feeling that im going to be forced to do a far higher percentage of my poker playing online in the next several months than ive been used to in the recent past.

    http://www.pokerheadrush.com/2012/11/11/what-do-these-numbers-mean/

    also for the benefit of my readers, wish someone could teach me if theres a way to make these links show up in the comments as clickable instead of the readers having to bother with copying and pasting the links, just to make it more user friendly.

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  8. The varied income levels for the broad spectrum of jobs in the US are mostly based on supply & demand. If you are qualified to perform a job that only .1% of the workforce can really function in then exceeding the proverbial six figures is easy. If you are qualified to perform a job that any person of say one hundred million can perform then you are looking in the range of minimum wage to $10 an hour. Might be time to consider what you have done over the last twenty years to differentiate yourself from one hundred million unskilled people in the workforce to the top one percent most highly paid skilled workers in the US?

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    1. i think the fact i graduated from HS a year ahead at age 17, and have a higher IQ should qualify me for something better, even though i have a hard time relating to others socially and have no work history.

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    2. No offense, but HS doesn't mean shit. I graduated at 17 too after skipping a grade in grade school. But, unless someone dies, everyone graduates high school. A high IQ means nothing either. You have to KNOW things.

      I went to college. I had a high IQ. I struggled through it for years. Eventually dropped out. Turns out I had ADD which I didn't get diagnosed until I was 40.

      But, while in college I taught myself how to build websites. So, when I dropped out I got a job doing that. When the dot com bubble burst I got a job doing tech support for a network provider. It sucked as a job, but it paid the bills and was something to put on the resume. Left there after 4 years and one promotion.

      Work in the financial data industry now. But I keep learning about technology. Keep learning about how to use tools like Excel and Access to analyze data and create reports.

      There are smart people all the time who get fired. There are people who are not as smart who go far. IQ doesn't mean anything in life. You have to know things. And you have to work hard, work hard doing your job and work hard at learning new skills to get a better job.

      But having a high IQ and graduating HS a year early doesn't entitle you to anything. Those two things and no work experience means you are qualified to work a cash register at McDonald's. You have no education and no work experience. ID means nothing.

      Why would an employer hire someone to a good position that didn't have experience or education (college, tech/trade school, military, etc.)?

      You are going to have to identify what it is that you are good at. Then you are going to have to identify jobs that use those skills that you are good at. Then you are going to have to find the people who are responsible for hiring for those jobs and convince them why you would be a good fit for their company. Then once you get the job you have to convince them that you are good at it and should be kept on board. After that, you have to convince them that you are good enough to be given more responsibility and more duties for which they will give you more pay.

      And you keep proving yourself over time. That way if you ever need to switch employers, you can. Because you are building up a work history. You are building up skills. You are building up the ability to follow direction and work with others.

      But first, you have to realize that you aren't entitled to anything because you scored higher than others on a meaningless IQ test.

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    3. "i think the fact i graduated from HS a year ahead at age 17, and have a higher IQ should qualify me for something better, even though i have a hard time relating to others socially and have no work history."

      I think the fact that you have shown no motivation to change, learn or adapt - Have not had a job in decades, will resort to begging instead of trying to find a job and have tried to get back on SSI instead of getting a job means you should qualify you to start off on the bottom rung just like everyone else

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  9. on my 2nd session, (after posting the blog entry) i went back downstairs and made $19 so my total win for the night ended up being $35, and i only earned about $8 in comps, my bets are totalling so much lower amounts now. am still not yet out of the $1100s. and i cant risk leaving and going into vegas until i know for sure where i can sleep at night, no way can i afford rooms in casinos outside of this casino, in vegas its $200+ a week. also my balance on lock poker is also at $35 now too.

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  10. one really nice thing about lock poker for those of u thinking of depositing there is they pay u rakeback every day, so u never have to wait around. plus they use the dealt method instead of the contributed method

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  11. "i think the fact i graduated from HS a year ahead at age 17, and have a higher IQ should qualify me for something better, even though i have a hard time relating to others socially and have no work history."

    What?!? <*slams head into desk several times*> Tony, you just don't get it. Your "high IQ" certainly doesn't manifest itself by your insane rantings here on the blog. No one is going to hire you because you graduated early, or because you have a (allegedly) high IQ.

    You're going to have to start with a basic job - as mentioned, things like landscaping work, busboy, dishwasher, cleaner, etc. A little manual labor isn't going to kill you - in fact, it'd probably be good for you. Some physical exercise will get you into better condition and have ancillary health benefits.

    Stop making excuses.

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    1. In the eyes of 99.9% of potential employers the value of graduating from high school one year early= ZERO

      Value of claiming a much higher than average IQ also has value= ZERO

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    2. If pushing a red button once a minute for 40 hours a week in exchange for room and board is too much manual labor and not worth Tony's time, I'm not sure you're going to have much success in getting him to consider any job that exists in this world.

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    3. the only thing was it didnt pay cash. plus u tried to make it sound really degrading by saying to be in a tiny dark closet with nothing else with me to do, instead of saying in an empty room.

      if i only got room and board, and NO CASH, id never have a dime more than i have now, wouldnt i?

      which pretty much is why im afraid of any job, i need a chance to try and save up cash to get back on my feet

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  12. one big issue is i fear if i found work, it would be interpreted by most people that i was a failure as a professional gambler, making it hard for me to live with myself and accept myself emotionally. i fear that most people have no confidence in me, and only want me to get work so they can finalize their own feelings im a failure and want to seal it in, to make sure their feelings are validated that i am actually am a failure.

    my entire validation as a person depends on being able to pull out of this hole without needing to depend on an employer to feel sorry enough for me to offer me a job

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    1. There is no shame in working. That's what people do. 99% of people spend their day doing something that they would rather not be doing because it allows them to buy food and shelter. Looking for work does not make you a failure.

      Even by a very generous definition of failure, you have already failed as a professional gambler. You're out in the middle of nowhere, making $5 blackjack bets with a tiny edge and depending on casino comps to keep a roof over your head, playing 2c/4c and $2 sngs online. This is not success. Even if you were the best poker player in the world you can't even earn slave wages at those limits.

      I recently got a job at a pizzeria where I deliver pizzas and wash dishes. I resisted getting a job for a while, because like you, I felt like I was admitting defeat. But having something to fall back on makes playing poker much easier. And there are other benefits to having a job as well. Having responsibility for something feels good. Even a lowly dishwasher is an important part of the restaurant team and it can't function without one.

      If you think your lack of work experience means you can't get a job, you're wrong. In vegas there are thousands of illegal immigrants with jobs and 40% of people with severe mental retardation have jobs.

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    2. And how many people think you are a successful professional gambler at the moment? The truth is you are miles removed from being that at the moment.

      Even if you are to be successful in the future, you will need more than $1100 in life. Especially when that is not a real roll it is your entire worth.

      A professional gambler may pay VBJ for fun, but not as a money making proposition.

      Get a job, rebuild, forget VBJ, and try again if you must. At least then you wil be less of a failiure in everyones eyes.

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    3. u do realize flushdraws entire net worth is less than mine? he publicizes it on his blog which i added to my blogroll where u can see it, is about $200 as when i last looked. thats why he said others would kill to have my $1300. (which of course has gone down since). im still wondering what his rent is.

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    4. and he seems to do ok just grinding low stakes online, i dont think he even plays live, and all he does is spend about 12 hours a day playing online in my opinion

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    5. From $15000 to $1100 in 1 year of Gambooling equals success.

      That's what I look forward to.

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  13. Yeah Tony.

    I'd panhandle in the warm California sun before I got a job so that people would KNOW that I'm a successful VBJ shark.

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  14. So I played the Dealer's Angel VBJ game with TBC for a few hours a few days ago...wasn't sure of which casino he was at, but as often as I drive down to vegas from northern cali I had an idea and got lucky--

    He is pretty much a hopeless gambler, despite a rather advanced knowledge of most gambling games. Goes to show how difficult it is to overcome degeneracy. He was ostensibly spreading from 1x1 to 3x6 with the count which might be a break even play on that game if executed properly (and this wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing since you get 1% back in comps, which can be used for "luxurious" hotel rooms, crappy buffets, gas, cigarettes and other things that TBC might be able to sell).

    The problem is that he uses HiOpt I without the Ace side count(!) WTF?!? I challenged him on why anyone would be "foolish" enough to use a non-ace-reckoned count when the ace is the most important card in terms of effect of removal, to which he had no response (of course).

    Furthermore, he doesn't bet strictly with the count. He tends to martingale in high counts. So if the count goes up he will play like 3x2 or 3x3. If the hand, wins he bets the same amount. If the hand loses, he goes to 3x6, which is supposed to be his max bet. But if that hand loses, he will keep going and going. He stayed "disciplined" while I was there but he told me about many times when he martingaled up to 3x20 or 3x32 or whatever, and of course he's posted about many of these blow ups on his blog.

    He is actually a likeable guy in person. And this is coming from someone who has been rooting for him to go busto for at least six months now. Not saying I really want him to win now, as I still think busto might be the best thing that ever happened to him, but I am somewhat torn.

    My original plan when I went in was to not talk to him or acknowledge him and just observe, but TBC makes this impossible. Within the first minute of sitting down, he told me where his life roll stood to the nearest dollar. Then he told me about his strategy playing the game. After watching me play a few hands, he determined that I "knew what I was doing" and became very excited. On his blog, he always bitches about other players and people who talk to him and stuff, but he was very excited to talk to a knowledgeable player. I did not exactly admit to counting, but did not deny it. I didn't explain my system to him, but I suggested that paying attention to the aces might be a good idea lol. I also did not admit to being a follower of his blog or even knowing who he was, but he told me all about the blog and even spelled out the URL for me multiple times, telling me how he has thousands of followers lol. He also told me some familiar stories about his days panhandling, living and playing poker on the boat in Dubuque, IA, living at River Palms grinding the not-as-good VBJ where you can't quite tell when the dealer shuffles, etc. etc. etc.

    When he first saw me firing "huge" bets, he insisted that I must know Cutter and Chaperone's Runner (he used their real names) which I denied, of course. There was a rather unfortunate incident where I accidentally hit a "jackpot" due to back betting all of TBC's hands, having some double downs and the dealer busting. I should have known better, but the back betting feature was new to me and I was just playing around with it and didn't consider the possibility of a "jackpot." Besides, how could I pass up the opportunity to have 1/3 of TBC's life roll in action riding on his 3 hands?

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    1. Not using an ace reckoned count on a 4 deck game is horrible. HiLo is the obvious L1 count choice. There's nothing wrong with KO for people averse to true counting, though I'd never recommend it for a 38% pen game, you're going to miss too many betting opportunities early in the shoe. (But I wouldn't ever recommend playing a 38% pen game in the first place)

      Tony seems to put a lot of faith into the assumption that the machine is actually shuffling when the screen says "shuffle". Do the Nevada laws actually require this? I wouldn't trust it without doing extensive analysis on a large number of shoes to verify that the game isn't shuffling after every hand.

      Also, a 1-3x6 spread IS NOT A 1-6 SPREAD. It's more akin to a 1-12 spread in terms of risk. When you play 3 hands at once, they aren't independent. The covariance requires you to reduce your betsize to stay at a constant risk. So the good news Tony, is that you're playing at an advantage given that you're using an effective 1-12 spread. The bad news is, your risk of ruin is likely in the double digits. Not the low ones either.

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    2. of course the machine must follow the law, or the casino could be charged with fraud, even the above poster will tell u that. if it says it shuffles every 80 cards of a 4 deck shoe, thats what it does and i even counted out to be sure it was shuffling once a hand passes the 80 card mark during a hand. and yes it did it right at the time of it showing the animation of the dealer shuffling. and i accept my risk of ruin could be as high as 25% but leaving and immediately being without housing isnt a solution either. wish i knew a way to immediately get into a room in vegas for under $75 for a week if i returned. also wish i felt more comfortable adding about $100 to my online balance so i could grind $5 sngs instead of $2 ones. and what do u mean by L1?

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    3. Do you realize that wishing only works in fairy tales? You need to work at making your goals come true.

      If you want an apartment or if you want more money in your Lock account, write those goals down on a piece of paper. The underneath each goal, write down the steps that you have to take to reach each goal. Each day look at that piece of paper and work on the steps you have written down. It's not rocket science. Anyone who has graduated from high school should be able to figure it out.

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    4. Which law are you referring to? Could you please cite it?

      Level 1 count, where the tags are all -1,0, or +1.

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    5. So, forgetting about everything else, could you tell if TBC was even keeping an accurate count?

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  15. Tony, "professional gambler" is not a legitimate job. Therefore, you haven't been a failure at is. If anything, you've been a failure at life by trying so hard to be a professional "gambler."

    On the other hand, professional "poker player" may be a legitimate career. And, to the extent you failed at that it was only by giving up on actually trying to grind poker for a living.

    If you were to get a job to earn money to enable you to take another shot at professional poker, no one would view that as a failure. It's like a professional baseball player being sent down to the minor leagues to work out a hole in his swing. Do what you have to do, and then take another shot at it. Nothing wrong with that.

    In short, the only way you fail is by continuing to try to beat machines. And, your failure is in the act of committing yourself to the endeavor in the first place, not in the results.

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  16. well this post should go to prove to grump that ANYONE who plays video poker +ev machines for a living, DOES NOT WANT TO DEAL WITH W2 FORMS. and no it dont mean they are cheating on their taxes.

    i wish id not destroyed the bankroll, following ur advice more, watching the aces more closely, and having the wider spread, id have never gone broke. but now my rolls so much smaller, its harder to have a wide enough spread. what do u think of the other guys advice a day or 2 ago that said my spread was too small with that low of penetration? Thank u for NOT MENTIONING the location of the VBJ machine or the city its in.

    i use that particular count, because its the easiest to not lose track of the count with. i would like to know which count u suggest i use that isnt too complicated, to follow the aces with. i use it mainly because im looking to make PLAYING decisions properly, (such as do i hit this 12 against this 4, do i stand on this 16 or hit is vs 10, and i dont want to make errors because i am not sure how much of the plus count is aces instead of 10s if u understand).

    also, since u told me ur name was something other than the name on ur players card, and the name on ur card was the same as the other big money player who has friends playing off his bankroll, naturally i assumed u are part of his group. wouldnt u? why did u give me a different name than the name on ur players card if u didnt want to raise my suspicions?

    u putting in all them $100s when u first sat down blew ur undercover strategy and immediately made u stand out as a knowledgeable player, plus u had a players card most of the players dont use it which is totally foolish since thats the whole point of playing is to get the comps. ive never seen anyone do that but George and his friends.

    i am not sure using a different counting method would make as big a difference as u seem to think, arent all counting methods just as valid since my system is used by millions of card counters just like urs is?

    and i challenge the assumption im then betting $6 after betting $3, etc, i only do that if i think the deck is still in my favor by the count, and i dont always do that either. only at the right times. and once i lost such as sizeable roll, ive kept my bets really small ever since. it was only the first day or so i was here i ever made any bets of $20 and up, the first day i blew a sizeable %age of my roll which totally messed up my entire life from then on dropping so much of it, i was over $3000 once before the huge drop. but some of my huge bets were as high as 3 spots of the entire amount in before that drop just out of sheer anger i kept losing when the count was so high. i wish i had the bankroll management that night i had when u were there and that ive had since u returned home. and im still thinking George sent u there to check on how im doing after his buddy told me about the machine down in laughlin

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  17. ec post=entertaining read. TBC, why do you choose not to post my comments? Quit sucking.

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  18. theres going to be ZERO comments posted by everyone in the next 10 hours til about 9pm tonight, i am going to sleep now.

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  19. making 1 quick final comment before i fall asleep, this card counting discussion and talk with the player who watched me play, has gotten me to now be looking up tons of articles about the hilo count with a side ace count to read at my leisure once i wake up

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    1. Too bad you won't take the same time to read the many helpful articles on HUDs for online poker.

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    2. what did u think of the hud article i did read and linked to on my blog?

      that article was so useful theres no need to read other articles

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    3. Well, then you should be able to hook it up and play with one then.

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    4. sevencard2003 says..."what did u think of the hud article i did read and linked to on my blog?

      that article was so useful theres no need to read other articles"

      The article was ok, just a pretty high level view of HUD, and a few examples of how to use it. However, it is far everything there is to know about HUD.

      Saying you don't need to read any other articles is like saying you want to be a professional race car driver, and all the training you need is contained in an introductory video from a regular driving school. Reading statement like this, I don't know if I should laugh or cry.

      The same thing about your VBJ counting. You've been doing this for 20+ years, and only a few days ago you decide to read some article about accounting for aces in your counting? Really, it took you 20 years to get to this point?

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  20. "well this post should go to prove to grump that ANYONE who plays video poker +ev machines for a living, DOES NOT WANT TO DEAL WITH W2 FORMS. and no it dont mean they are cheating on their taxes. "

    Why would anybody care if there is a W2 form or not if they are declaring all of their income honestly? I occasionally get one for a larger tournament win, and I don't care, because it all gets accounted for the same anyway. It would not affect my taxes one bit if every casino tracked my buy-ins and cash-outs and reported them all to the IRS, because they would match the numbers I use anyway.

    Tell me one good reason why a player would want to avoid getting a W2 form other than wanting to have income that he was not going to report and pay taxes on. I can't think of one.

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    1. Tony does have a point, if you are grinding VBJ, you want to get as many hands thru as you can. Getting delayed everytime you have a W2 form will cut into EV.

      But, this is a moot point with his liferoll right now.

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    2. Rakewell the only pertinent part of your post is your statement "I can't think".

      Any AP will tell you that to be successful it is best to be invisible. The main reason you don't want to get a W2, especially when it can be easily avoided, is the unwanted attention of the casino and the requirement to provide further identifying information. The fact that it is at worst against casino policy to play in a casino under a false name (assuming there is no intent to defraud), which many APs do for various reasons, whereas it is a felony to provide false information such as name or SSN for a W2 form.

      Being W2 adverse falls in the same category as not wanting to exceed the 10k threshhold for a CTR. You simply don't want to make yourself known. Even if you are known to the extent that you have a players card you don't want to call attention to anyone that you were ever actually there.

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  21. I stopped reading once you said Google, Denny's and Papa Johns.

    You do realize that Papa Johns could have just raised the price of their Pizza by less than 15cents per pizza (which no fat fucker would have actually realized and kept paying even though the pizza is shitty) instead of cutting thousands of jobs and putting people in a terrible position?
    Blaming Obama for the loss of jobs is like blaming Obama for Hostess going under.
    It's fucking retarded :)

    http://www.grrouchie.com/2012/11/obama-killed-twinkie.html

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  22. Tony,

    Here is some inspiration for you:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXXmeP9TvBg&sns=em

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  23. Tony: If you're serious, and I hope you are, here are a few places hiring dishwashers.


    https://brinker.taleo.net/careersection/brinker_hourly/jobdetail.ftl?job=50533&src=JB-10020

    http://tfg.iapplicants.com/ViewJob-350285.html

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    http://www.hirebridge.com/jobseeker2/viewdetail.asp?joblistid=161376&cid=6795&logoh=1&source=Indeed.com

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  24. "u do realize flushdraws entire net worth is less than mine? he publicizes it on his blog which i added to my blogroll where u can see it, is about $200 as when i last looked. thats why he said others would kill to have my $1300. (which of course has gone down since). im still wondering what his rent is.

    and he seems to do ok just grinding low stakes online, i dont think he even plays live, and all he does is spend about 12 hours a day playing online in my opinion"


    For your information FlushDraww plays about 7 hours a day. Flush draw WORKS in the fast food industry, not the best but it is a JOB. FlushDraww and his girlfriend put food on the table keep a roof over their heads for $425 a month for a one bedroom, have a car payment and pay the electric, cable, internet, auto insurance, and credit cards.

    For your information FlushDraww started with a bankroll of $0 on July 1st after taking a very very long break from poker and everything I have online I earned at the tables and through bonuses and rakeback. I grinded 24 man PLO freerolls for a dime here and a quarter there to get where I currently am at.

    My net worth is not what I have online that is simply my bankroll but I am working towards playing full time live, uhhh full buy-ins not short stacking, and in the meantime I will continue to WORK 7-8 hours a day and then come home and grind 5-7 hours a day at online poker and everything I have in my roll will all be earned at poker. In the meantime I will love my girlfriend with all my heart, WORK 35 hours a week, and play poker as much as I can.

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    1. What you speak is Crazy Drawer of Flushes.

      You mean it's possible to actually work a job AND play poker?
      On top of that maintaining a healthy (hetero) relationship, having a roof over your head where you don't have to move every week - owning a car and eating non buffet/diamond lounge food?

      Heresy I say, Heresy

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  25. I don't see my blog on your blogroll

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  26. heard from a guy who might be interested in staking me in small stakes sngs, he thinks thats what i am best cut out for and hes probably right, only thing is i am worried as to where id live and pay rent while i tried grinding it up. probably to avoid people bashing him here he sent me a PM elsewhere.

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  27. have finally got this fixed, ur blog has now been added, anyone else want their blog added?

    even more important is this getting anyone any readers?

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    1. Tony - Yes - I derive some traffic from your blog to mine.

      Flush- Now following along with your blog and look forward to reading your journey!

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