Friday, August 9, 2013

Trip Report --Pechanga, oceans 11--great promotions

Sitting in the starbucks Ximeno/pacific coast hwy. on the 173 busline between starbucks and hawaaian gardens. slept in an old run down motel without the net on long beach blvd near the willow grove metrolink bluelink last night. was $55, and the roll is now down to $1017 counting that, bus expenses train expenses and $100 or so loss in oceans 11 yesterday.

never got a hand in the omaha8 at oceanside and soon left the game, in time to get the laundry, waited there from 8pm to 9.20pm, and there wasnt an employee on the property, id been told the last wash was at 8.30pm previously, and yet not a single employee had ever showed up to lock the doors, and also i noticed a sign in there that said left behind clothes got donated after 7 days, cant remember when 7 days would be up. had to leave to make the last bus into los angelos, but instead got off in long beach. so i wasnt able to get the suitcase that would hopefully still be sitting in the back room closet.

i knew that $1203 would probably be a high water mark, cant keep going up forever in a row, but i am so relieved that im so much better off still than i used to be all last week. it could be horribly worse, so lets not get too hung up on the fact $200 of that is gone already.

Pechanga is the best casino for poker in california, and is accessible by a lot of different shuttles and also the city/county buses in the temecula areas. nonstop action even in the middle of the night, and the promotions are a lot better there, which i will go into in detail. and as u will see, the variance is also quite great there, especially in 5 card omaha hilow.

to begin with, on wednesdays Pechanga has a freeroll for 1 hours play, for $2500, and 3000 in chips extra for 2 hours play or more. they have one in the morning at noon, and another one in the evening at 7pm, sometimes people qualify for both. its a satellite format where its played down to 10 people, and they automatically get $250 each, no deals or any kind or chopping is allowed unless its done under the table.

and also at the same time there is a splash the pot promotion every hour for $50, so if theres 10 people at the table thats worth $5 an hour per person. ten tables an hour qualify for this, if theres more than 10 tables going, some tables get left out, usually there isnt, but our table was the ONLY one left out 2 hours in a row.

waited awhile when i first got to pechanga, after using the internet downstairs in the open table areas near the center bar, the internet works fine anywhere in the casino and there dont seem to be any problems with using ur laptop or plugging it in like at sycuan. they seem pretty customer friendly which is why i claim its one of the better casinos.

my first seat was at $1-2 NL $40-100 buyin, saw 2 guys who couldve been from RTP. i was on the button, and probably erred by not raising with AT clubs on the button after several limpers. flop came 10 9 3 with 2 diamonds, and id only been playing about 30 minutes. i felt the kid on my immediate left probably knew what he was doing. he bets the flop for $12, one guy calls, and i shove whats left of my $40

he calls, one other guy calls, and it turns out he has the same hand as me, (he reshoved which worried me with about twice my chips) and the caller had K4 diamonds and rivered the flush

so i get half the $6 side pot, and then get called for the 5card omaha8 game and i immediately took it. started off as bad as the previous trip to pechanga, had aakk2 double suited the first few hands, flopped the king hi flush and ended with a fourth of a HU pot losing to an ace hi flush and the same low to a caller with A234J with the nut flush. i did raise preflop and got a few calls, including the winners hand.

cant ask for a better hand than that in 5 card omaha. a few minutes later i had A3 clubs A6 hearts with a forgotten 5th card, again raised to $12 preflop in a kill pot, flop comes right up 9TJ with 2 clubs killing the low, turn is 6h, giving me TWO nut flush draws, and of course i missed them both. and had to pay a lot to stay in to see it. so i got stuck early and quickly and continued to run the way spencer chen knows variance works

and at the time the tourny was signing up for the freeroll i was out $240 after paying $5 for 1000 chips more for the dealer addon tip. the splash pot promotion got me too, i folded 556T9 (total junk) on a raise preflop in the $50 extra splash pot, (the only folder). of course the flop was 522, and id ended up with half of a huge pot. so i seen the next hours splash pot with QQ456 suited, (another junk hand) flop was 379 rainbow, and hung around more, and lost more when i hit the 5 on turn for striaght and lost both halves. damn them splash pots.

in the middle of the night, its a better promo. $25 per half hour splash pot per table. and i won several of them AFTER the freeroll ended. thats how i won over $400 more in the cash game after the freeroll ended. variance finally went right and i began hitting a lot of nice scoooped pots. on fridays the splash pot is even better, they do only 3 tables per hour, but for $100 instead of $50 and all the losers who dont get the splash pot get $20 each at that table.

and theres a much bigger prize pool freeroll for hours played monthly, and whats nice is the mandatory chop at 10 to keep the prize money from being too lopsided.

was down to $473 at the start of the freeroll and quite worried, but started getting lucky in big pots as far as hitting nut flushes and hands holding up in other situations. at one point had 73,000 chips of the total 520,000 in play., my goal was to remain at 10% of chips in play at all times. not everyone began with the same size stack and i started at 7500 chips. 15 minute blinds.

sent out all those twitter feeds late in the tourny, and they did a side deal to give the bubble $20 without the houses ok, and then later were considering violating and reneging on the deal when the employees were saying they cant, a few were quietly asking if the deal was still on and saying it would be unfair to back out late into the play, especially the guy who was short and some of his friends were in on the deal that all 12 of us had originally agreed to. anyway the deal seemed to still be on, just under the table and they absolutely wouldnt allow us to officially chop with more than 10 players but to play it out. why they are so strict about it being 10 ways who knows. anyway someone eventually bubbled, for quite a while all 11 of us none were short stacked and a lot of us had potential to lose out on the $250. thankfully it wasnt me, and after honoring the under the table deal, i had $20. found out later a lot of ill will was created when one lady didnt honor the deal and another guy only gave $10. the house could solved it by more flexibility about deals, but other than that its a pretty good room

after that, my roll was at $703 and i sat back down in the live omaha game with $30, surprised to see it still running, and started winning like crazy, starting off with a $120+ pot in which i was allin. i was due for the good size of variance, quite overdue really. when i eventually got on a city bus at 6.11am, (no more shuttles to diff LA locations til later in the day) is when i had just over $1200. so yeah the games beatable, but u need quite a bit of a roll to handle the variance, id recommend $2000-3000.

i am so relieved, was terrified id be under $500 and then i didnt know how id survive at all, or travel anywhere or play anything to make money, get online, or nothing. and now that im back to $1000 from $1200 i sure dont have an easy road. am still homeless, unable to afford rooms again after that one day i took since it had been so long and was too afraid to get off that bus anywhere else, not knowing long beach, but at least i feel like im making progress and that WEC was right in his first estimation years ago instead of the way he feels today. these loose games are better here in calif and there is money to be made in them if u can wait it out til its ur turn to have a good day.

43 comments:

  1. So, are you staying in Pechanga or heading elsewhere?

    What's the play, Tony?

    s.i.

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    1. now how the fuck would i know? basically just to keep on surviving day by day. mainly to not have a plan

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    2. Your plan is to not have a plan? I sort of like that!

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    3. "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." - e.b. white

      s.i.

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    4. i alternate btw improve and enjoy.even days improve and odd days enjoy.

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    5. he hasn't had a plan since he gave up his govt house. I don't think he would stay there anyway he wants to be in the game too badly. He has been homeless for quite some time just been using hotels when he could afford them. The fact he would rather be homeless and gamble then try to regroup is just sad.

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  2. new roll $842, lost over $170 in the omaha8, all with monster hands of course. spencer chan is right about the variance in omaha and its killing me. need to get to somewhere i can just play online til im in better shape but that also requires that i can win online and any online site other than pokerstars has always been so much harder to win at than live poker. was good to meet steve though and madlib, or whoever that guy was who wanted to take a video of me. am paranoid about who it mightve been and where hes posting the video

    had to reset all my google passwords since the computer crashed and its continually claiming im signing in from an unrecognized location and looks suspicious to google.

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    1. FYI....Bovada is now offering their version of Rush Poker...it's called Zone poker and it's exactly the same. More hands per hour = more $ per hour. Just sayin'.

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    2. i always hated rush poker because u couldnt do other things same time, preferred normal games

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    3. It must be in beta anyway as they are only offering micro limits...way below your level. And it's true, there are "other things" you can't do when playing rush, such as studying betting patterns, getting reads on your opponents, etc. due to the nature of the game...surely this is what you meant.

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  3. new roll $873. spent about 4 hours online, playing seals and redownloading a few things that disappeared. then i finally took a break, and made a small win between $2-4 stud (odd it was still going--and $20 NL where i was in the game for as much as $51). really need to sleep instead of going to any other casino. how would i sleep if i took a tour bus to pechanga?

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  4. Try a Tylenol PM or a glass of warm milk whichever is more convenient...

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    1. can u use ur detective skills to find Britni if i can give u the old bank acct info, or could any private investigator reading the blog? always wonder whatever happened to her.

      or what about that Jean tour bus info, as far as where u catch it at and the time and day? me calling before the phone got shut off several days ago did no good.

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    2. What part of private reservation for 50 people is so hard to wrap your mind around?

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    3. I helpd track down OBL but Britni is far more elusive and i think a couple of rtp guys could do a better job finding britni than me

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    4. no i spoke to the people who rode that bus often in Jean, and they told me its open to the general public, i just cant remember where u catch it, all i remember is downtown. it was NOT a private group. someone should be able to get the info if they bug enough people

      and lester, how about a bus to laughlin thats a day trip turn around or to Primm? id walk to Jean from Primm, its only 8 miles.

      or lester, how about finding out how to get hotels under $40 and know for sure which hotel im getting on that make a deal hotel reservation site? cant remember who knew the trick, was it Mc Gee or Herbie?

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    5. if u dont know for sure the hotel, u will end up getting stuck with a hotel where theres no way to get to it without a car.

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  5. Tony, aren't you completely stressed out? I don't think I could live without having a place to go home too.

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    1. u get use to it. believe me . lol

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    2. he has a home. just waiting to lose his bankroll .then have some1 buy him a tix to his mothers. then have some1 do all the paperwork to get his govt check. no stress easy street,baby.

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  6. waking up, slept anouther 90 minutes in the spa, after first winning $79 and cashing out $119 in the $40 NL game. new roll $959. Kind of torn between Pechanga and commerce, Pechanga better games and promos for small roll, but commerce offers a more affordable indoor sleep option. nowhere at all to stay at Pechanga, not even outdoors. it might be time to start playing $40 NL since i now have 23 buyins. Played to get max value out of AA instead of take it down preflop, and it worked, got a lot of extra money when victim made 2 pair to my top set. also made 4 7's a later pot to bring the win up a bit more.

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    1. Tony:

      How do you sleep in the spa? To what type of spa are you referring? In my head, I am picturing you with a mud bath and a relaxing hot stone massage, but I'm pretty sure that's not the reality.

      What type of spa is it? Do they know you are sleeping there, or do you have to hide?

      s.i.

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    2. theres 2 small rooms, with couches and chairs made out like beds for people to relax with low lightning and some showers and steam room, and hot pools. but the 2 small rooms have space for like 4-5 people each to sleep and is used for that purpose

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  7. You do realize you're paying over $1000 a month right now for lodging and not even getting the full amenities of paid living space right?

    But you're happy because its convenient and close to gambling.

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  8. new roll $1024, bought in $40 NL and cashout $75. hitting and running is good for me til i get a much bigger roll. am up to 25 buyins now, but that dont seem to be anywhere nearly enough, especially when i still dont have enough to afford to pay even a single expense other than spa fees. nothing for a phone, battery etc and if i won $500 more no change. its simply amazing how much cash needs to be warehoused in reserve at all times, and is why i miss the old pokerstars and $1-5 stud days so much with the cheap weekly sleeping rooms of the 1980s and 1990s

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  9. new roll $1052, hit and ran 1 final time in the $40 NL game.

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  10. http://www.everythinglv.com/forums/showthread.php?6197-Turnaround-trips-to-Las-Vegas-or-primm-from-Los-Angeles/page2&s=1d329c0f87352b7f63cb8a189b819e0a

    i no longer have a working phone, am wondering if anyone can find a pickup point, cost, and time for Primm or Laughlin this is old info from 2011 and might not be valid

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  11. Josie, please make sure ur password still works. it wont let me log into 1 account at all because i dont know when i created my google acct and cant get a text from google, and im using my other gmail acct. see if u can log into my acct it should let u because unlike me, it will recognize it as being from the same computer. when mine crashes it keeps not recognizing the computer anymore. if u can get in, change the password, then email me the new password

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  12. still need to redownload AVG antivirus too and spybot

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  13. Tony is nuttin but road gambling rat this is when he happiest been doing this since i met him in 96 plans r for people tony is a road gambling rat

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  14. Dont use antivirus scam tony u rat

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  15. woke up a while ago and ready to get to work. new roll $1012, i paid for the spa and for food also

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    1. What you're doing isn't work.

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    2. any good professional including pokermeister and pokerdogg, would challenge you on that. its real hard work to play correctly instead of like a donkey

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    3. How many out of you, pokermeister, and pokerdogg are homeless, unable to cover $200 a month in fixed expenses, and can fit everything they own in life into a laptop case?

      You need to stop lumping yourself in with successful people when you are struggling so mightily.

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    4. first my expenses are more like $200-300 a week instead of per month, counting the spa, food, and getting around. also i couldnt fit everything i owned into the laptop case and that was what created a problem. third, lumping urself in with successful people is what breeds success in u too.

      i am not in this situation because of my poker play. i am in this situation because of the bad decisions i made 1-2 yrs ago when i had a large bankroll. the decisions ive made in the last month have been the decisions thats kept me afloat and from going completely bust because all of them more recent decisions were wisely made.

      and thats all anyone should care about. (not the old decisions in the past, but the decisions i make today).

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    5. You are homeless and comfortable with being homeless. Google fixed expenses. $200 a month is your fixed expenses.

      You're not spending $300 a week right now either. But pulling numbers out of your ass to suit the tale you spin is easier than tracking though isn't it?



      Lumping yourself in with successful people breeds about as much success as hoping and wishing does.

      Working harder than your competition actually breeds success. You wouldn't ever do that because you're allergic to hard work because you overdosed on entitlement a long time ago.

      And things you did 1-2 years ago didn't get you in your current situation. Jean did. And you're DYING to go back. Because you have learned nothing

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  16. new roll $1029, ended up winning $17 in $40 NL, but i was getting a little worried because i had to rebuy and was in the game for $75. guy sitting on my immediate left was nice, talkative, and remembered me from the other day, a good player who could understand what i was going thru, since something similar once happened to him.

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    1. sure. they r all good players.wow. 17 dollars. good job.

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  17. new roll $1046, won another $17, but was in the game for $112 and the action was so loose, (first loss a guy called my allin preflop with 73 offsuit) it wouldve not been a good idea to hit and run when i had the $40 max buyin up to $112 had i had any decent sized bankroll instead of so little. so many big pots for $40 NL on that table.

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