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.