am checking out of my room at the pioneer now and boarding my amtrak shuttle, so i no longer have to worry about anyone finding out im in laughlin (and messing up my plans to travel to KS to spend it with family). been so worried about this the last 2 nights. a big part of the twitter feed the last few days was misleading, but of course the people i sent emails to knew the truth, at least most of it, but not quite everyone i emailed. But the lions share of the "inner circle"
and ill be glad to be in ALBQ tomorrow afternoon, arriving mid afternoon, deciding now where to book the room for a week where the shuttle still picks up at, and will basically do the deciding while on the train, as long as my cricket wireless is active.
Earlier today i wasnt mad, for i started off today winning $153 on the Pioneer VBJ (making up for last nights $174 loss on it) and of course, at Riverside Laughlin i won $142 in last nights omaha8 game too. I really enjoyed the movie though the food cost a lot more than the movie and am thinking i really should go way more often. The story and the message in the movie "Gods not dead" was quite powerful and i can get at least some of u to go watch it, i wonder what i should offer as an incentive to achieve this. Mom suggested i go and see it, and im sure glad i did.
But heres the story on the dammed tourny. there were 5 tables of us, and when it gets down to 10, thats when deals and chops become suggested, otherwise it pays 5 spots, $500 for 1st, down to only $50 for 5th. many weeks im told its chopped even money at 10 players $100 each, but certainly not nearly all. To be fair to all, i really love the way the chop works here because to avoid anyone being unneccessarily needled or pressured, they give everyone 2 cards face down, one with the word YES on it, and one with the word NO, so the vote is by secret ballet. everyone pushes the card of their choice to the dealer, and those cards are shuffled to avoid knowing whose is whose. the other cards are also pushed in face down and collected, and then the dealers turns over the cards to see if any say NO on then. ive never ever heard of any other casino doing it this way. a lot of what the riverside does is great, very good promos there.
its not entirely a freeroll, u have about 20% of everyone elses stack if u dont take the $15 addon, so of course everyone takes it. i worry often about busting out early on, but somehow i keep surviving and make it to the final table but had to start shoving quite a bit, i was so often down to very few BB always less than 10, sometimes by quite a bit. blinds double rapidly every 15 minutes. 300-600 etc are not used. 1k 2k, 2k 4k, 4k8k, etc. so they get really huge quickly making the later rounds total crapshoots.
and almost every time i had the worst hand, (or my opponent had the worst hand against me) the worst hand was winning every time.
now at the end, this one guy who had a sizeable lead earlier didnt have so much of a lead at the end, and one old guy with diamonds and a dog right inside the poker room, had a lot more chips than him. so once we hit 10 players, they first have a 10 min break, then the first vote. after each player is knocked out, they vote again. good system really.
so we go to take the first vote, and the chipleader is late coming back and they want to vote for him, but cannot, and soon he comes. sure enough theres one no vote and we all assume its got to be him, and he sure dont say or act like he votes yes. no one else says they voted no either. his rings are worth so much, he obv dont care about the money.
finally we get to 9 and vote again, still 1 no vote. im having to make weak shoves. by the time we get to 8, i have become the new chip leader. the guy in 3rd place (who really wants to chop) suggests that I and the original old man with the dog get $10 extra each from all, and he gets $5 extra, and the other 8 all get the other $150 each (minus the $25). of course im voting yes for that, being chipleader. and suddenly this time theres 2 no votes--cannot imagine where that 2nd vote came from, one of the players suspects its me--but damn sure wasnt me. i think the original guy from the earlier tables was the no vote that time--he clearly voted no later on at 6 players.
and i think the reason he now said no was he also had about the same amount of the other guy who wanted the extra $5 each, and thought it was unfair that guy gets $5 extra. but hell i just wanted out of there with something, id have gladly took an even money chop--but didnt want to appear too eager to take a raw end of a deal being chipleader. granted i was only at 60k next biggest stack was just over 40k and to show u what a crapshoot, i still had only 6 BB.
so later on 2 bust out (one at a time, with votes in between) not at once-- and we are at 6. now heres where things get interesting. i still suspect the guy with the dog was the same NO vote at 7 players. 5 of us get paid even if no chop, so this is the true bubble. im being forced to make many shoves, and starting to run poor, im down to 28k from 60k blinds 5k 10k and make 1 bad play shoving my 58 clubs (it won for me twice earlier) against a guy whose been folding way too much, and this time he has AQ and dont fold and i lost. so im suddenly down to 8 chips and cant make it thru the next BB.
so another old guy whose been wanting to chop in seat 1, he dont have enough to make it thru either, and UTG he shoves knowing he will be BB next and has enough for the BB, but then not enough left for his SB. (blinds just increased again to 10k 20k) the old man in seat 10 whose BB it is now, needs only about 4k more to call him, and its like a 50k pot preflop. if he calls, i have a shot to make the money cause the UTG guy might bust.
the guy folds (wtf???) and i am 100% sure the guy only folds to make sure i am the bubble (with only 8k left and blinds 10k-20k knowing ill be the BB 2 more hands. remember this is the guy whose been refusing the chop, (for the simple fact of wanting to deny me the money). even if he was offered $600 and everyone else take $50 each, he wont chop and thats more than first pays.
so im livid when sure enough, i bust out, (only one who bubbled). they didnt even vote at 6 handed, because by then the new chipleader (original old chipleader from many moons ago) now again swears he wont chop no matter what now that hes just won a ton of chips so he says not to pass the cards out. meaning i never get to see if there wouldve been 2 NO votes at 6.
all i can think of, as i leave the room to rush to mcd next door in the aquarius and to my room at the pioneer, is all the serious crimes id like to do to the old man, and the poker room staff. im way too wound up to do anything but come here and start typing away. how dare the old man hate the idea of me getting any money so much as to play the way he did and vote the way he did everytime just to make sure i dont get any of the money--even when im chipleader and wanting to just make sure i get something. i dont blame the new chipleader for not wanting to chop because he was pissed from before no chop when he then did want a chop, but this guy was just too much.
excellent example of the type of assholes guys can be when they have a lot of money (think hamsterdam) and why im not an asshole, when i have money is when i am trying very hard to be nice to others, and not all that much when i dont and need to just survive day to day. for others its the exact other way around, and this is very difficult for me to accept.
serious update--i missed my shuttle to amtrak, it was amtraks fault, i was 20 min early waited 90 minutes, it never showed, called amtrak and found out they forgot to tell the driver so he didnt stop because he was late thinking he wasnt picking anyone up. so amtrak refunded the entire thing at my insistence (normally its nonrefundable)
went back to the pioneer and slept all night. am now trying to get into vegas as soon as possible where i will see Benny whose enroute from reno now. booked a flight on allegiant to wichita for $86 on april 25th next fri so i will now see mom 3 days SOONER so this is a good thing, plus its a lot cheaper. so i wont be in albq or dodge city now. just as well, this plan is a lot better.
one final and important update--i found transportation to vegas--which means i can now post the blog--that will make u happy. im now on hiway 95 headed north on a different companies $60 shuttle that left at 1pm, the last one of the day and i phoned at 12.52pm 8 minutes in time to let the driver know--so i got lucky otherwise id been stuck in laughlin
won $98 on the VBJ this morning at the pioneer, so overall i made about $75 off VBJ (and earned 4 nights comps which never got used)