Sunday, June 23, 2013

From Vinces house

over here at Vince's house playing on UP, not sure if it would be a good idea to go out to any casino, Vince thinks it probably wouldnt be since i have so little money. sitting at $928, not counting the money on UP, which is about $73. Just waiting for june 25th to hurry up and get here so i can have my own room again. doubt ill be in a casino again until im checked into my place for a week, and cooldave said he could give me a ride and stake me in the game again, and he might play also. also omerta offered me $45 for that carton of cigarettes, said he would meet me at any casino.

am not sure which limit i should be playing on UP. is it true the players are weaker at smaller levels, or is it not true because people fill the smaller levels up with bots? i mean 1c2c seems to be too small to make anything. then there is 2c5c, 5c10c, 10c25c, and on up. been playing mostly 5c10c or 10c-25c but do i buyin for 20 BB or 50 BB max? and what about sngs and tournys?

the cheap tournies SCMG showed me, that paid 4 out of 10 spots, i no longer am seeing. guess they got rid of them. the ones they do have are too top heavy 40% of the money going to first place. and ive just been playing cash games. i'll be glad once the new software comes out with hopefully DON tournies and omaha cash games added. im not sure how SCMG won so much unless he was playing higher, and also he plays 6max where im not as good at. UP might not be the solution after all, ive always won far more playing live than online. its just i dont feel i have enough money to play live right now unless the money is someone elses.

I was surprised yesterday morning about 10.40am when i woke up, and was browsing emails, and found the DM on twitter from Cooldave offering me a ride into vegas this weekend. I knew he was trustworthy because we had met at last years private tourny. (and he bought me in). so i managed to get checked out in time to get the $30 for sat night and the $12 for sun night refunded to my comp balance, and that gave me $89 in comps for the gas station, and i have $0 comps remaining. saw no need to save any since i didnt plan on going back to Jean. asked cooldave if he needed any gas, and he said that no, his car was already filled up, and he didnt smoke. Cigs are $7.30 a pack there, the good kind like marlboro reds, the cheapie packs there are 5.44 a pack. People shouldnt be surprised, cigs are often about $9-10 a pack if they are sold by a casino. so i bought a whole carton, and some small miscellaneous food and drink items that were ate on the way into vegas. still sitting in my laptop side compartment unopened.

couldnt decide at first where in vegas to go, tried to get ahold of Vince, but he was asleep so we went to the suncoast and i left my things in his car til we could get ahold of vince. Then since the game was $4-8 stud with $1 ante instead of the single $2 blind omaha8 i was hoping for, i didnt feel like i could afford it until he said he could buy me in for $100 (as a stake), and for me to just call him later and let him know how i did. and thats where he dropped me off. waited quite a while for a seat, and also found a free wifi place at TGIF restaraunt while waiting, but it has some type of filter installed that even blocked 2+2 and AVP, not just UP. which is silly for a casino, but it must be the same nationwide filter in all their restaraunts, and im sure all they really care about blocking is people viewing porn.

within the first hour or 2 i got it up to as high as $255, but then i started giving it back, and was down to like $125 at one point. won a pot or 2 finally, and was back to about $180 when i got ahold of vince, and he said hed come by and get me in like 20 minutes. Right before he came and about the time he walked in the room i won more pots, one i scooped, and he handed me 3 racks and i cashed out $323 and left, we got in his car, called dave, met him in the redrock parking lot, got the bags, and made the money exchange, and i ended up with $123 profit for the days work. so that got me off to a great start, so i definitely feel i did the right thing by leaving Jean. but of course, ive got a long ways to go, certainly am still at least $1000 or more short of what i need to start paying for housing, and feeling like ive truly got enough to work at live poker with, or make a $100 buyin in a NL game. The only good news is i wont be playing any more machines. what i really need is to be in a small town up north, in NV enough to play on UP, but no other gambling around. oh, and i need to be somewhere where my rent is less than $100 a week, thats why playing online worked out for me back in MT and in KS. no more of these high weeklies about $160-200 a week. (thats why i wont be able to renew after my week is up, unless im in on a huge BBJ or royal jackpot while playing TX station)

This of course, assumes UP will be a lot better site by then, or a site such as WSOP, nugget or southpoint comes online that is a good site with a better selection of games and or sngs. would like ideas on what limits and buyins to play on UP.

does anyone know if TX station has any free wifi? i know the poker room doesnt, and of the station properties isnt it only redrock and sunset where the poker room or sportsbook has free wifi?

43 comments:

  1. i really worry about my health in my old age, because im pretty much dependent on Josies glasses to see small print, on my cell and online. i wonder how much worse off i will be physically by the time i am 70? cooked some mashed potatoes and chicken nuggets in vinces microwave and oven he said i could use. good news is im now up to $91 online UP. maybe if i was playing a little higher, or more than 1 table at a time, id be up a little more than just $32

    neither of the 2 cats owned by Vinces roommate and his black GF who live here with Vince will let me pick them up. they both run, and that pisses me off. also unlike women, cats dont look good when so fat.

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  2. We are about the same age and I can't see small print for shit.

    It's just a fact of life.

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  3. new roll on UP $106, nice they have a lot more cash tables available than when the site first started, and nice so many of them are 9handed instead of 6handed. but still will be looking forward for that update.

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  4. new roll on UP $110. it does seem to be a whole lot easier to win here than on any other online site, can anyone give me a good reason for that? other than the fact people are playing 9 handed who might normally play 6 max on other sites? or have i gotten better at poker than i was, and just havent realized it?

    my best results in live $1-2 was when i bought in for $100-250. not when i had only $50 on the table, and not when i had over $300 on the table either. so how do i learn to shortstack so i can have better results on UP? UP makes shortstacking very easy, and my game never involved much shortstacking, (at least before my roll dropped a lot). i was almost always buying in $100 deep at $1-2 or $200 before i lost so much on other things outside of poker. would like links to what others think is the best articles to read, and dont suggest online training sites, thats not a good way to learn, and many of them arent really any better than me, all their income comes from running the business and not from playing. the way to learn is to talk over hands with others such as seattle irish and vook, and the pokermeister.

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    1. "new roll on UP $110. it does seem to be a whole lot easier to win here than on any other online site, can anyone give me a good reason for that?"

      I believe your sample size is too large...

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    2. Tony says..."or have i gotten better at poker than i was, and just havent realized it?"

      That must be it, all that VBJ button mashing was good training for online poker. Seriously Tony, everytime you win you think the game is easy, then when you lose you think the game is not beatable.

      Regarding short stack strategies, I make a few posts about that 3-4 years ago when this first came up. Didn't you read any of the stuff I wrote or referenced at that time?

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    3. So you've played on UP for a day or two and you can already conclude that the site is easier than other online sites and/or you've gotten better at poker. How many tables are you playing to generate the tens of thousands of hands that you'd need to have a sample size large enough to reach these conclusions?

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    4. that kind of sample size would take so many months, whatever the data shows that u would learn would be inaccurate by then because by then the quality of the players still playing at UP would be different. and thats a good example why most stats are meaningless.

      but a quick and easy way to tell is by 1. the % of people staying in for the flop compared to most sites, and 2. the fact the sites fairly new, same as we all know a new casino will have looser play the first few months its open.

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    5. pokerdogg can u find the link to those articles and im sure i wouldve read them at the time too

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    6. One day is not enough to determine if "you have gotten better at poker"

      It's not even enough to determine if you are a winning player

      You have to get that through your head.

      You play tight..and you ran good....that's the extent of it.

      Other days you will have the 2nd best hand all day and get sucked out on by rec players who don't care about the stakes and you will lose....even playing as tight as you do....yes,,,you will have losing sessions.

      If you continue to play tight and pick your spots...you can probably be a small winner over time on UP....at least for now....lots of people that are in town temporarily will be there donking around because it is something new.

      Track your stats....its easy enough to do now that you are starting fresh online at a new site. Do it in sessions...just make a note on your laptop what you started with when you log on and ended with when you log off. Do it EVERY DAY...make a note of what time you logged on... how many hours played..what stakes were played and total profit/loss....it takes minutes to do this..and it will help you see what hours and days are the fishiest on UP and you can adjust your schedule accordingly.

      Multiple tables of micro limits are probably best for you because everyone will be splashing around and with your style...you could never beat a 1/2 NLH game online.....live...at a casino...on a weekend...maybe...but 1/2 online is a much tougher game.

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    7. Tony says..."pokerdogg can u find the link to those articles and im sure i wouldve read them at the time too"

      It was either on your old AVP or VPN blog. Obviously anything on VPN I won't be able to find. I don't really have time to search through my posts right now, I seem to remember you didn't respond to my posts at the time, so I thought you probably ignored them. I remember referencing Ed Miller's book for sure, he has a section on short stacking. I don't remember what else I posted at the time, but it is probably not worth the time to try and dig that up now, and there are probably better information out there than what I said years ago.

      Tony says..."that kind of sample size would take so many months, whatever the data shows that u would learn would be inaccurate by then because by then the quality of the players still playing at UP would be different. and thats a good example why most stats are meaningless."

      I've heard this type of arguments before, I don't agree in general. Yes, some stats may change over time (even your own playing style may change), but the point is tracking the stats give you the ability to analyse what is going on, especially if things are changing over time.

      In the online world, if you want to employ a short stacking, multi-table strategy, it is imperative you track stats of your opponents and yourself. If you don't know the stats for your opponents and yourself, you will have no idea when/whom to 3-bet/4-bet profitable, when to squeeze, whom you should 4-bet shove and whom you should 3-bet fold, etc, etc. Also, when you play online multi-tabling, the stats for yourself accumulates way way faster than in live poker, an useful profile can emerge within a few sessions, and a decent idea of your winrate can be had within a few weeks or months, depending on your volume.

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    8. Pdogg

      UP doesn't have HUDs available as yet....so he can't track other players...but I agree wholeheartedly with your post.

      Tony needs to start tracking his play.

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  5. I am curious your thoughts on Vince's girlfriend....Do you like her? Is she a friend of yours? Do you tell Vince he could do better? Will you sleep in the house if she is there? Does she know your overall views on black people (or are those reserved solely for black men)?

    Would you date and/or marry a black woman?

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    1. no one ever said Vince had a black GF, but if u read the comments, it does say his roommate does, who lives with him and Vince. she is pretty much in her room almost the entire time playing on UP, never smaller than $1-2 NL, a lot higher stakes than im playing. Vinces actual GF is white and told Vince things about getting on SSI or medical or public housing i need. in fact i have a picture of them in an old blog or facebook or on my laptop somewhere. I dont think this other woman knows hardly anything of my blog, nor does Jim. sure id gladly accept any woman who would take me who isnt really ugly, in other words no one id be embarrassed to be seen with. ive written to black women on several websites such as tagged, myyearbook, etc.

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    2. but since u ignore ur mail, i really shouldnt respond to u when u dont respond to me. at least u are better than the black pimp, u at least posted it here instead of on RTP

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    3. Yes, I see I made an error in comprehension and you were talking about Vinces roommate. I thought it was strange I had not heard that before.

      Thank you for the response.

      I answer you all the time in my email if I think you are looking for a response or are asking a question.

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    4. Then don't misplace your modifier if you want us to know what the hell you are talking about. Some of your post require the Rosetta Stone to decipher intent and meaning, yet always seem "offended" when no one can figure out the puzzle you leave.

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  6. Tony:

    The average life expectency for homeless people is 48-52. If you make decisions that lead to you being homeless, you will not have to worry about your health at 70.

    s.i.

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  7. You've said before that you believed blacks and white dating/marrying was contrary to God's will as expressed in the Bible. Have you changed your mind, or has God changed his mind?

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    1. If god has a strict stance against Black n White relationships/marriages how does she feel about Mexicans and Whites?

      Just curious.
      I'm getting married next year but don't want an angry vengeful god

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    2. God is cool about the Mexicans, its the whites that bother her.
      Koala

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    3. its not really all that clear, God did command it of the Jews back in the Old testament, but im not sure if that law is one that applies today.

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  8. Tony, I have seen you claim this several times, and it is just not true. Your basic line is, "You can't keep accurate stats because a game might run tight for 6 months, then loosen up, then die for a while. The game is in flux, so stats can't accurately describe the current game."

    I really think this is both an excuse for your unwillingness to keep DETAILED track of your play, but it is also an excuse you can throw out when you hit a rough patch. Your hindsight is very nearsighted. This thinking is how you justify that. Maybe you should see if Josie can find you some hindsight glasses.

    Games do change all the time. BUT, if you have a large enough sample size you get an equal look at the tight games, the weak ones, and all the things in between. I just saw someone say that in poker you are "just trying to get lucky." I think that is the most accurate thing I have seen today.

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  9. Not that you have to follow it but pokerstrategy.com has a guide for shortstacking. It is basically play very tight like 10-10+ and ak and never call only raise or fold. Obviously you should play a few tables b/c it could get boring folding. Maybe it will work for you?

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    1. with a shortstack u raise even more often, hands like AQ AJ, if no one else has raised, u sure dont fold. actually i think id do better buying in more except for omaha PLO that is, am still experimenting alot.

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  10. thanks to Vince for about half of my laundry now clean, some new shoes from walmarts, and a ride and shelter. tomorrow ill be able to check into that other place in NLV

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    1. Tony, you should get down on your knees and kiss the ground that Vince walks on. He is with out a doubt one of the best friends you have ever had, and ever will have.

      I have had the privilege of meeting Vince on a couple of occasions. One of nature's gentlemen.

      Koala

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    2. What is the plan for when that week is up?

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    3. Tony you need to get down on your knees and offer prayers of thanks to your God for Vince. He is without doubt one of the best friends you have ever had.

      Koala

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    4. ive known him a lot more years, from way back in the early 1990s in acnj.

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  11. won $67 at texas station hanging out with pokerJohnny and seattle irish, who drove me home to Vinces house and we got lost on the way back and Vinces roommate let me in. am now relaxing on UP, will wake up this afternoon and Vince will drive me to my apt for a week to check in sometime after 3pm. Vince certainly did a lot to help, and also Omerta came by and gave me $45 for the carton of cigs. down to only $84 now on UP however, and these new shoes are nice and much better. Thank God i have so many good friends who care and dont want me out on the street broke.

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  12. have stayed off machines since coming to vegas, never really even felt tempted to play them since ive spent little time in the actual casino, and am so short of money and would never want to upset Josie, but i am disappointed the $117 i was briefly up to on UP has dropped all the way down to $75. ill sure be glad when they offer better games like DON sngs and omaha.

    that being said, i was always a lot more of a winner in live cash games, and maybe i will have enough after all to spend more time in cash games. my results have been better at them by far, and this new cell phone tracking application im using seems to be far better since u dont have to pay to use the filter, so im going to be tracking results all the time for all games instead of giving up like i did last year and only tracking the $1-2 NL. (so my results wouldnt get mixed up)

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    1. You're doing really good Tony. A lot of good people like omerta, s.i., cool Dave, and esp Vince are helping you out but the key key is you're not letting that help go to waste.

      No worries about volatile machine play cuz you won't start, you're doing good at live poker and tracking results. You can continue these three things and watch your roll grow. It's all up to you.

      P.s. $75 is PLENTY to work with.

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    2. Keep reinforcing his hope that gambling is the answer to his problems ...

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  13. and if anyone is curious what the minimum is i would feel comfortable staying in vegas and paying weekly rent again is, (after my week is up) instead of being homeless or leaving town, to whereever i could still get on UP that is, its $1654. how i came up with that figure shouldnt be too hard to decipher.

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  14. good thing i wasnt depending on the RIV for free rooms, just learned that their poker room closed up yesterday for good. and i just got checked into my new room in Nlv and the internet works here to get on UP

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  15. not doing good at all on UP, got the free $50 and im up only $7 plus the free $50 bonus, have won hardly nothing for all these days of play and i was winning close to $60 once at vinces house. this is why i need the money to play live, just cant win enough online in microlow stakes. and i cant find my spoon, and also i need to go buy food at walmart and spend about $30 for a weeks supply of food til next tuesday. i sure do hate to spend that much, i only want to spend half that, but i fear ill eat at least $40 worth of food, need frozen meals, got a microwave, milk, cereal, etc.

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  16. Good job calling it Wal-Mart not Wal-Mart's.

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  17. Tony is a $64 tournament where 1/4 get $250 up your ally? Seems like the ultimate game for someone who wants to do nothing but pay flat structured SnGs.

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    1. sure but where do i find it? live or online? but thats a little too high for my roll, i need the same type of structure for a much lower buyin.

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