I'm over at the starbucks at sahara and Paradise (closest place to the stratosphere to use the net) taking my mandatory 1 hour break since i cashed out $224 (from $89 in total buyins and addons) since i want to sit back down with only $50 of it. (this is what makes the commerce better--u can move tables and sit back down with less immediately--all u must do is post when u move a table voluntarily). new players dont have to post.
am glad to report my rolls back in the $2800s, was getting worried the other day when it dropped to the $2500s. but i won $99 in 3 days of grinding UP at Vinces house, mostly 50c$1 PLO8, last nights GVR plo8 live tourny (sorry to see that ending) and then 2 wins in a row at the stratosphere--last night and this afternoon. and ill be back over there soon once the blogs updated.
now last night, as soon as i sat in the game at the stratosphere (thanks a ton to 7-10 suited who drove me there from GVR--also known as Chris from AVP and twitter) i got KK almost instantly and doubled up to $99. didnt play more than about 15 min and then he also drove me to Vinces, and i think he went home or to the redrock from there. he only went to the strat hoping to play the 11pm tourny, not to play cash. it was a better game last night, lots of tourists.
and today the strat was a better game too--a lot looser than the horrible $1-2 NL at GVR yesterday so damned tight i dropped $73 in waiting for the PLO8 tourny. there were actually a lot of non-regulars from out of town in it. i bought in $50, later added $19, and finally about 30 min later added another $20 for $89 total. finally a big pot develops where the tourist raised to $11 who button straddled alot, but seemed to play a lot of poker and his buddy was with him. they're from IL, play on the boat at times, but oddly enough they didnt seem to know who lightning was. anyway i considered shoving for maybe about $60 more, but that wouldve been a bad mistake (considering the outcome) id won much less. i called, and so did 3 others. flop comes KTQ with 2 spades. he bets $40 and i shoved for a small amount more (not sure exact amount) his buddy calls, and he calls. 6 diamonds (blank) comes on the turn, and he bets his buddy allin, who folds, then he shows he flopped the nut straight. i rivered the boat when the K hit the board. i was also hoping to lose with set over set, for $160 jackpot payout, so i was hoping he has KKK and not the straight. thank God he didnt or the K on the river wouldve cost me the whole pot.
so as soon as the BB got to me i left, for $224 is way too much of my life's savings to have on the table unless im stuck.
i wish the 50c $1 plo8 went more hours online than just 3pm to 12pm most days and sometimes not even then, but i think its slowly gaining steam. Poker Kat disagrees he thinks its dying within 6 weeks he said.
got to meet Luke from twitter tonight for the first time, he was in my tourny at GVR last night, and its sad they are discontinuiing that tourny. its the last time ill ever get to play it, and its the only tourny im 100% in for 3 out of 3 cashes. turned my $45 into $250, i was the chipleader, so i suggested a chop that wouldnt be unfair to me--at least i dont think it was a bad chop. was it? i had about 40-45k, 2nd place aggressive young guy on my left i was afraid of had like 30-35k, old man had like 25-30k, and the other 2 had like 10-15k each. so for the chop i said $250 each for the top 3, and 4th and 5th $100 each, and everyone surprisingly accepted. now 2nd was paying $288 so was it a good idea for me to suggest the chop?
still wonder if i should be back in cali playing $40 NL, away from VP, but i need someone like Vince to live with in los angeles for $70 a week who plays at commerce. or if $2800 is enough to grind $1-2 NL in vegas, or to go to toledo or tampa, or back to Jean. or maybe i can grind online at Vinces even though my win rate per day is low. Poker kat is right about it being more if i wouldnt keep needing to leave when my stack gets too big.
yesterday at GVR heres a hand that couldve made me lose a lot more--but didnt. i had KT offsuit, and seen a flop for $2, i think in the BB. flop comes T97 and the SB bets $5-10, and i called. turn comes T he checks, i bet $10 other guy on end calls (old man). river comes Q putting a possible flush out there. i dont see the flush, and bet $20 and the old man calls whose flopped the straight and never bet. had he raised the turn, id lost more. maybe id also lose more if i check the end and he bets. also im not sure if the details are right. flop mightve been checked, and the SB mightve been the turn better, in which case i felt i made a mistake not raising more, but id still lost.
id update more frequently but if im not selling ads--i just dont enjoy the blog as much as i used to