This blog post was composed on the free wifi at the Gold Spike (not to be confused with the Goldstrike in Jean.) Walked over here from the Nugget when the game broke, but i might go back, theres still 1 other table going, but i lost the draw for seats.
yeah im really disappointed by my last trip out to the Goldstrike. went with $2320, figured that would be plenty, and started off so well, being up to $2623 in the first few days. Then i started both a combination of running bad and betting too much, and too many spots, but the difference was this time the bets lost, and i quickly started going downhill rapider than i shouldve. (including about $60-70 in VP losses) and a few bets of $50-70 each which lost that i had no business making. otherwise, the loss in Jean wouldve been about 60% as much is all.
So, being down to only the $1700s and not wanting to be out any more cash staying longer or paying Vince, ill have NO comps there again now. Used all my $101 comps accumulated at the gas station, buying cartons of cigs, (and 3 single packs) and gave them to Vince for 3 days rent and transportation. and when i woke up late tonight after a nice long rest in a spare room all to myself, i paid him an additional $12 in cash to drop me off at the Golden Nugget.
After a bit of a wait, finally got a seat, and a short time later got moved to the seat i really wanted when a guy left pissed. (the 8 seat). the guy in seat 9, who waved when he went to the table, seemed to know me and said hed played with me before. His luck wasnt so good. an old time stud player. Anyway ive only been there about 1-2 orbits, and i look down at 79 suited in my BB and check my option. (thank God no one raised). Flop comes up 8T 2 with me flopping the open ended straight flush draw. Quickly i glance at the TV, and see the J hi straight flush is $330, and the Q hi is only $90. i never did see what the 10 hi wouldve been.
I bet $2 being first to act, and get 3 callers. turn comes J clubs for straight flush. I bet $5, guy in seat 1 raises to $12, and then the guy in seat 6 (whose got a king hi flush) raised another $20. i then make it $52, and seat 1 folds, and seat 6 calls. river comes 7 (thank God its not the Q to lower the payout) and i shove what little is left of my $100 and he calls quickly and at the end of the hand, after tipping Meg $12, i have $558 in front of me.
But i keep playing, and i wonder if not leaving immediately is a serious err in Judgement. not too many had me covered, and table breaks soon and its best for me it did. i lost the draw for a seat on the other game, which im sure was a good thing.
Reason i went ahead and bet the straight flush on the turn, was i felt id make more betting it, and even if they fold i dont care because then i dont worry about the wrong card coming to screw up my $330
Also i think until i do a better job of playing LESS spots on the VBJ, (or finding a way to use Kimlees method of eating up neg cards, then 1 hand only) and have at least 3k to work with, i think i should stay out of Jean til then. i do feel though, i lost quite a bit more than i shouldve, but sometimes u dont see just how much the bad variance can be on VBJ
I was quite lucky to increase my buyins from 17 NL buyins to 22. thats still very dangerous, and ill never feel safe til i have about 40. and after that i need to start work on raising the buyin amounts til i slowly hit 40 buyins of 300. But even with them few buyins, i still think im better off playing NL instead of $2-6 spread, and also better off playing LIVE than online. Being back at Vinces though, i would have the option to check out the omaha on UP that i couldnt from Jean.