Bought into the game at the commerce with $40, lost it to the same donkey who at one point had over $600 in front of him with 88 preflop against his 67 offsuit (yes he called my allin reraise with that) why wouldnt i reraise and isolate--hes raising 93% of his hands. rebought $9, won a pot, was back to about $42 and then eventually lost it, rebought $20 and finally got aa and left the game with $110 ($41 of which was profit). i only rebought $9 the first time to avoid breaking the $100 bill.
The casino at Pala has a very small poker room with some decent promotions. they do high hands every hour some days, aces cracked some times of the day, and pay up to $5 an hour cashback with some racing for dollars promo.
The main floorman used to work at the Trop in AC, and i think banned me on 2 occasions. theres usually only 1 or 2 tables going at Pala, main game seems to be $1-2 NL. and the payouts and options really suck on the VBJ, (and betting limits) its not worth playing. and the 100play machine forces u to bet at least $1 total bets so its not worth playing either. u do make $15 in free play everytime u take the bus though--so sometimes homeless people ride it to SLEEP free of charge or to collect that money. Pechanga also gives out the free play too.
the players are quite bad, lots of button straddles, and they do it the way Rob and I hate, instead of the correct way a more classy joint like the Golden Nugget does it. some of the guys raise over 80% of the time preflop, so u can make money in the long run nitting it up with $40.
i played the game 3 sessions. and had 1 win of $66 profit, one win of $67 profit, and one win of $232 profit. no losses at Pala. (except the $64 i donked off in the $3-6 limit waiting for the game to start) so its a good place to play so far. they let me check my bag without asking if i was a hotel guest and the wifi there works great, even out on the outdoor patio and theres a plugin outdoors too. and it dont block all the things commerce blocks. i heard the hustler is even worse about blocking things. (i dont think any of my readers play at the Hustler and if thats the case--i dont blame them for not playing there).
another thing i want to do when back in vegas is test out that new PLO8 on UP--and i guess ill have to pay for a room a week since i cant stay at Vinces til the 25th. man is that going to set me back a ton--ill not be able to afford to play in the games PPP and lightning will want to play. But right now--im so tired--all i can think of is sleeping a good long nap 7am to 1230pm on the mexican tour bus into vegas for $25.
am still of the opinion cali is a better place to play than vegas--if i can only resolve the option of where to stay--im too old to be sleeping on buses and not having a room--and i just dont feel safe sleeping outdoors in a sleeping bag--as cheap as it would be to sleep daily on a train--its a better option than wasting a ton on hotels or sleeping outdoors and if i have a unlimited travel pass i cant be made to get off. thats why other homeless people also do it (but very few since most dont have the money). Biggest issue with playing too far south in cali is they wont store ur bag at some of the casinos further south.
One of the players at the table in Pala said hed read my blog if i mention Gregs name, but i cant remember which player is Greg. all i remember is which player is Vinny.
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