i don't know whether i should call today a "good" day or a bad "day", but i am upset about one thing, i no longer think this $1-3 stud hilow game is beatable. having 50c a hand taken from antes and the antes dropped if it reaches 4th street is just too much, because its $3+1 max and thats no matter how small the pot is as long as it gets to 4th street.
u see, this is the 2nd time in a week ive been in on the BBJ. the first time it was a players share of $80. today it was the BIG end, for $267, when i lost 6432A to a wheel. the jackpot never gets very big in stud. and yet i arrived at the casino with a roll of only $636, and left the casino with a roll of $733, and i wont have that when i leave here cause im sitting at Dennys 24 hour eatery so i can use my laptop. Killing time on seals with clubs with about 240 chips there, worth about $21, and no that isnt part of my roll.
How does someone win $267 in a BBJ, and yet leave the casino winning a bit less than $100 in profit? i am now seriously of the opinion thats too heavily raked and anted. the people who have actually played stud8 with me, such as cooldave, know i beat the game overall. Same game i used to play on pokerstars and party poker years ago in Montana. and i still see plenty of bad play with hands i would NEVER consider staying in with on 3rd, such as 2 lows and a face card.
u see, $90+ an hour is coming off the table, plus the jackpot $1. and they take $1 more at $30 for the jackpot, didnt realize that was legal, thought cali didnt allow it to be based on pot size at all. $90 an hour is A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT for a $1-3 hilow limit game. anyone who claims the opponents are better than me really dont understand math very well either. its the rake. using Frosty stink Mitts logic, the $2-4 fixed limit game (against the weakest opponents) would be more beatable per hour than a normal $1-2 NL game. Since he claims its not the rake, but the difference between u and ur opponents. anyone knows this argument falls flat on its face.
so the real issue, if the game isnt beatable, then what the hell do i play and where? yeah id be better off outside cali, but its nice and cool here at night compared to vegas (in the 60s mostly) and anywhere else wouldve cost more to travel to. Plus theres smaller stakes games, that Phoenix and FL dont offer to my knowledge. i dont have the money to play normal games and stakes, and i feel ive been overly lucky in the $20 NL to beat that rake. and i keep feeling like i cannot afford $40 NL even though i currently have 18 buyins. im still not wanting to spend ANY of the money for gambling, (or for living expenses) what i want to do is lock up the money in a hole in the ground and just panhandle all day long til the roll gets back over $1000. i know that would be the "responsible" thing to do, but it sure wouldnt be very enjoyable, so i cannot discipline myself enough to do it.
another thing, i keep thinking the dealers are cheating me. why? because they think im not going to tip (even though i gave out a $7 tip today) and that dealer was actually glad to see me win it, cause she knew how much i needed the money--we talked after the game the day before. alot of dealers are
like JG, without a Christian bone in their body, and only concerned about their own financial needs and no one elses. And stud is the easiest game for a dealer to cheat in, especially the old time dealers whove dealt for years in underground games. its so easy to fix it so someone gets nothing but bricks when its obv they are going low. easy to hold out a face card and make sure they get it, or to make all ur low cards go to the player next to u, who keeps hitting them like crazy. Even JG, she told me the dealers will be trying to fix it so i dont win because i cant afford to tip every hand. so why shouldnt i be paranoid? the odds are too remote for me to get so many bricks day after day by pure chance. i even lost rolled up 888 to 1 opponent who starts with Kc and 2 more clubs, who backdoors a low and a flush.
so its very easy for me to sit there angry all day. angry because the dealers are too dumb to realize im one of the better tippers when im not broke. this is evidenced by all the times i gave $5 instead of $1 when my roll was riding high. i specifically did that so one day when i went broke, they wouldve already been prepayed ahead of time. even AKgal (a dealer) told me before my tip was quite generous up in OR 1 day years ago when i won a tourny for about $900 and gave about 10%. if i am winning good i always take care of the dealers, but i sure dont feel much like it when im losing my fucking ass, and i feel like its no ones business anyway.
we all know that when i have money i give it away to everyone, way too much of it in fact, thats been my downfall in the past. it has a lot to do with why im in such pitiful shape now, (i never put my needs first). Only my wants. JG knows i offered a woman a place to live free and clear, no strings as to what the other person had to do and whether they gambled or not. if i was rich everyone would be happy with me, as much as i would do to raise money for those i feel i could relate to who function like me (wanting to rely strictly on gambling at poker but underrolled). and that has a lot to do with why i see nothing wrong in getting the same in return from others.
yeah dealers would make a lot more than a flat $1 a hand if everyone used my system for tipping. NOTHING on rolls of under $2000, $1 a pot up to $3000, $2 a pot up to $5000, $3 a pot up to $10,000 and $5 a pot on any roll thats higher. that way the rich pay their fare share. and there are so many players with a roll that high they would come out far better off.
a wise man once said "from everyone according to his ability, to everyone according to his need". thats the system Jesus used and one we should put into place today. Karl Marx had the right idea, but his hatred for God ruined everything and the lives of millions.