theres no internet here, but before i left i brought up this page and closed the laptop with it open, so i could type while on this shuttle bus. it just wont be saving as i type, so i hope nothing goes wrong. had a longer than usual rest last night, and it would be easier if i didnt wake up as often feeling a need to use the bathroom. because where i was sleeping im worried about getting charged with trespassing instead of just told to leave, and no, im sure not saying where it is. also im starving to death but want to eat somewhere i have comps or can get $1 meals
so there was no poker game at 9am here at Barona, and they said the $3-6 limit usually starts a little before 10am, and next is the $1-3 NL ($100 min). the $1-2 NL with the $40 min buyin dont usually start til 11am. so since i have never played a machine here, (they give u no free play for signing up for a card) i sat at the 50play 2c multi denominational VP machine for a few minutes, but i couldnt figure out why it wouldnt let me bet. then i noticed a sign saying $1 min bet, and that sure screws up those who martingale. ud think the casino would want their business, not discourage them from martingaling, and insisting they flat bet.
anyway i won $58 on the VP, was briefly up $108, and new roll is $659. i was going to make sure that if i did lose, i would lose less than $20. but i started off winning. one thing that irritated me was the machine auto held cards, sometimes different than what i would hold. such as holding JT suited instead of just the J when there were 3 suited cards in ur hand. one time it auto held 3 to a straight flush when id have normally held the high card unsuited instead, (jacks or better) but went with their hold and got a straight flush on 1 of the hands.
never did play any poker there, ive seen other people id swear are homeless just riding one of the many casino shuttles in the middle of the night just for something to do. me, i did it to hide out in a particular spot where i wouldnt be cold and relatively safe and get some sleep, and to also be close walking distance back to where i could plugin a laptop and get wifi. Only once have i played poker at barona, buying in $40 running it up to $75, and then losing it back which i talked about in a different blog a few days ago.
at 7pm last night, after leaving the starbucks by the village club i walked back to the village club and sure enough, the $3-6 omaha had broke up leaving only the $6-12 omaha, way too high so i didnt play. instead i went up to the trolley station to catch the 8pm barona shuttle to get some sleep. so i really didnt play much poker yesterday. lost less than $20 in the $3-6 omaha earlier in the day at the village club before i walked to starbucks, but at one point was $63 ahead, and of course lost it back rapidly. $3-6 with a kill almost every pot is a pretty big game. especially when they use a $2 small blind to get a $5 rake every hand. (both blinds are taken upfront unless it doesnt get to a flop).
still wouldnt mind going to sacramento, blueeyedmurphy on twitter offered to drive me if i make it to ventura, so if i die out in the desert u know who to blame. but i doubt ill make it to ventura. but now im wondering if the rake is higher in sacramento making it not a good option, seems to be that way, although ive not yet gotten the details on what they take if its no flop, or how late the omaha8 game goes.
id also like to visit the palomar club at 5526 Broadway at least once but theres so many Broadways i dont know which citys Broadway that is. i heard that if u get there at 9am, and play til noon, u get $50 more if u play the entire time from 9am to noon, the game at that time of day is usually $3-6 holdem, probably unbeatable and tight, but should check it out.
-------12 hours later---
sitting in the starbucks in chula vista, by the trolley station, was worried sick when my laptop died earlier it would delete my post since i had no internet at the time and it wasnt auto saving, but when i plugged it in and opened the page, it came right up, what a relief. spent the entire day playing at Sycuan, where of course u cannot charge up anything or use a laptop at all, i only go there because i like the poker there better, particularly the $1-3 stud. am happy to report i now have a roll of $721, won about $60-70 there, and spent very little today, the $2 an hour there in food comps is very good for never running out of food. actually won in that game today, and only left earlier than i intended because i started losing back too much, at one point my roll was at $767.
theres a good article by mike caro titled "scratch" in the newest edition of Poker Player newsletter that u all should read, describes what often goes wrong when im sitting in a poker game, and start out playing my best and later frustrations set in. Let me know what u think AFTER reading it.
early on today at Barona i got aggravated at the machine i was at, because it right near a BJ table, and i heard the dealer giving out very bad advice that benefitted the house, and i hate it when dealers do that. (he was telling the players they should never surrender anything). that is a very good rule for the player. if i can find another bus, i might go out to Barona later to sleep, dont know how safe it would be sleeping in this area of chula vista, i never have, or i could make it over to the village club, but then what would i do? i think i might still be able to make the last bus to oceanside too as far as that goes, but then id have to go withOUT my suitcase hidden away in El Cajon, their city buses have shut down for the night, lots of suburban buses shut down early unlike Vegas.
ive saved the link for all the 24 hour starbucks places, and it shows one in lake elsinore, never did visit the casino there. heres the link for those interested. http://www.openwifispots.com/guide_free_wifi_wireless_hotspot-airports.aspx
still wish i knew how to get on the tour bus to Jean from the los angelos area, for anyone interested in finding this out. the only fear is now that i have no phone or net, if i go there ill have no way to grind on seals. but ill have a few weeks of free housing betting micro limits on VBJ, never making a bet over $3. earlier i didnt have the discipline to bet that low, but now i certainly do. its amazing how much discipline u get when it suddenly dawns on u that maybe u cannot recover 100% of the time from going broke like i always have in the last 5-10 yrs.
there is free wifi on the busses in the san fransisco area, and also in the Reno area, and also some airports, finding a lot of links about free wifi but i need it in a place indoors where i am alone. i loved being at Vinces house alone when he was at work playing online. ive no phone, but when he gets around to reading this new blog, id like him to write me on facebook and tell me what id need to do to be able to stay there free for awhile or anyone else in vegas. would going to Opp village to ask about jobs or that other vocah rehab place do it? i dont want to go to KS yet, something happened there years ago and i never came around for 10 yrs after mom called the police on me, and it had nothing to do with Mark, but with her and she was worried for her safety. after that she wanted me to stay away for many years til she finally let me come there to live in 2005-2007
also i feel like poker is my only real ticket out of a bad situation. it got me out of a terrible life before, that i've never wanted to talk about in this blog when i ran away from home, and only gave small hints of. i would be judged too harshly if the true story came out, and being judged by almighty God is enough. Not only that, poker also kept me away from panhandling and a roof overhead, most of the time without any type of assistance from the govt. i sure hope the other players arent 100x better today killing off that option from being viable. one thing really making it hard is much higher prices, and higher jackpot drops that never existed then. i read in that same magazine tonight that club fortune increased their $1-4 game to $2-6. and i had to hold a flashlight to the paper to see it because i have no glasses. if anyone knew my life truly before poker, theyd understand why i will never give it up, poker has been a saviour to me.