what a wild day, and what a big scare when i went over to a hotel on virginia av to check into for a week, (but after seeing the clientele and the lie on the sign outside, im glad i didnt have my ID on me). Let me start at the beginning.
i woke up in my room at the sands, the overpriced one for $79 for 2 nights, because they not only added a $4.99 resort fee, but a $2 destination fee, (why not just call it all a resort fee?) so many dump hotels (if theyre in casinos) are now doing that. not just the real resorts. and im sure it makes many of u angry, not just me. but i didnt fall asleep til like 7am, and i woke up still tired at 12.20pm in a hurry to check out before they knocked on my door wondering why i was still in the room.
so i went downstairs, and sat in the $2-6 spread game. (not being able to play at the eldorado--for NOTHING i did in the poker room but at the BJ table as we all know)--has caused problems in good game selection. and of course $61 in comps down the tubes. I hope Nick isnt mad i didnt mail his letter yet, i was waiting til i had a reno address for them to write me back at. I certainly appreciate the fact he wrote it and its ready to go.
so im in a bad game (although i did win $100 in it twice the previous day, which only got back some of the money id lost and spent since leaving lake tahoe). i can no longer win on gemtiles, and am not even ahead overall on it anymore. and im certainly never been ahead on VP at the peppermill and ive wasted $100 or so twice there now.
by bad i dont mean bad action, but bad in the sense i really need to just do the "hail mary" play, by sticking to playing NOTHING but NL. especially as great as $1-2 NL is for shortstackers in reno with all them $10 live mississippi straddles, and low min buyins. almost as good as the $10 an hour free chips promo 4am to 9am Ray told me about in toledo at the casino in their $1-2 game.
so i ran really bad, lost about $70, and left when the game broke to go rent a room for a week somewhere (or to take the 4pm amtrak east, hadnt yet decided). ended up going to the atlantis to buy a phone charger in the grocery store across the street, to deposit money in the BOA atm across the street, and to try to put in 10 hours for a free room at the atlantis.
all 3 things went wrong. the atlantis had no rooms available today, the BOA atm didnt work (although a later one i passed downtown did thank God) and they only had iphone chargers in that little grocery store. But i did manage to charge up the phone while in the atlantis, of course i didnt stay long enough to charge it fully, and now its dead again.
the only good news is on all the long twitter conversation i had with Andy, which it seems no one read. in which i was way up off my $50 NL buyin, but i cashed out only about $260 of it, and then of course threw away $50 of it in the VP machine.
so i take a bus to a motel with a sign outside claiming $14 rooms that looks like its full of bad people living there. and of course, the rooms are really $40 and they claim theyve been trying to remove the sign for a long time, but dont have the power to do so. almost all the tenants are paying $550-600 monthly. not daily.
thats when i noticed my ID is missing, and im panicking because id have no way to replace it without traveling to lousiana since i have no other documents. as it turns out im glad i didnt stay there due to the clientele.
but i did end up losing $130 in the sands due to having to come back here to get the ID (a dealer in the poker room found it) so in that way i dunno. i ran so horrible for $2-6 playing my normal tight game most of the time its unreal, and i got in a great bluff in the NL at the atlantis, but i dont seem to do well in limit.
let me tell u about the great bluff. i had 89 spades and limped $4 with 4 others. flop comes QJ7 and we all check. turn comes 5 spades and i have 2 draws, a guy bets $12 in late position, i check raise to $25 and only he calls. river doesnt help in no way, it pairs the jack. i bet $45 (only chance to win) and thank God he folds, and i win with 9 hi. the atlantis has a tighter game because no one straddles there as much, at least not today. sometimes there was a $4 straddle.
i feel like maybe i got lucky, with that board, and his turn bet, ud think his hand would be too strong to fold wouldnt most of u?
anyway, now for the real surprise. (it wasnt losing the ID and the possible trip to louisiana). the dealers at this casino none of them know ive had a reputation for low tips at some other casinos in the past. all of them think im a good tipper. it started with a decent sized HHJ tip, and lots of $1 tips on very small pots, and $1.50 to $2 tips on many bigger sized pots.
its a test to see how im treated, for im 100% convinced its not ur behavior that endears u to the staff, but whether u tip. ive gotten away with several things in this casino i would never get away with otherwise. and thats why the dealer stored my ID for me and set it aside at the poker desk, i was so relieved they had it when i called. every time they saw me piss off a player, then never really did anything but talk to me, but always let me sit back in. some of the dealers even comment they like me and really appreciate my business, and to please try not to piss off some of the other players.
i cant really afford this though, and i dont think i should play spread limit anymore much. its killing me even though ive had quite a few $100 days, but ive had some $100 negative days too. more than u would think.
i dont think i should stay in reno really, better promotions elsewhere, more choices of games with no worry of them breaking, and its a lot easier to hit run and rebuy fresh elsewhere in other places. even if i was in toledo, id have multiple rooms in MI to pick from with the closeness of detroit and Rays car and willingness to drive all over the area unlike most guys. many of them are charity rooms, u dont have to go the whole 60-70 miles into detroit either.
but the idea of immediately starting off about $300 poorer due to traveling there kind of holds me back, and the fear that i was being setup in toledo on the previous trip also holds me back.