I do not recall for how long I have been following Tony’s story. After all, his story is as old as the internet. I am only going to focus on the last year and a half of Tony’s adventures. Several other people have referred to Tony as “Hero” or “Our Hero” (especially Pete P. Peters) and I plan to interchangeably use Tony/Hero in this post. The last eighteen months have not been easy but our Hero has been through a lot in his long and strenuous gambling career. Tony began 2013 with about $2000 to his name. In 2013, he set out to improve his overall net worth; but before February ended, Tony was under $1000 and had taken up residence at the (truckers gambling spot) Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall in Jean, Nevada. He spent countless nights playing the Dealer’s Angles Blackjack machine in order to earn free rooms and win some money. While Tony was struggling in Jean, a late Christmas gift came but it was not delivered by Saint Nick. In fact, Santa Andy was kind enough to send our Hero money and food. At the halfway point of 2013, Tony was hanging on to $1300. He got tired of living like a zombie in Jean and needed a change. Down to $1000, he returned to Vegas and was relying on Vince for transportation and shelter. July continued to be a bad month for Tony. He moved his operation to Southern California in search of “gold”. In his case, gold stood for a land of cheap poker buy-ins and no machines. Our Hero’s kryptonite is made up of video poker and video blackjack. Times were rough because he was down to his last $500 and unable to afford a room; our Hero resorted to sleeping outside for a short period of time in San Diego. The immense pressure to survive would have forced most men to abandon gambling and look for a more suitable solution; but true to his gambling spirit (addiction?) our Hero did not waiver from his plan. He returned to the battlefield (casinos) to fight on. Waving the white flag was not an option and would only have happened if his net worth reached $0. In September we saw our Hero do quite well on Bovada playing online poker. He managed to win close to $1000 on the site. It was a much needed financial boost. Tony put a nice streak together and finished the year above $2000. On one hand, he was able to stage a comeback from $500. On the other hand, he started 2013 with $2000 and did not improve financially. He had a tough year but in the end was back to where he started. In January of 2014, Tony was back in California and doing what he does best; he was playing poker at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, buying in for $40, grinding a profit, and then relaxing in a room inside the spa. Before January was up, our Hero returned to Vegas and upon arrival dropped down to $1500. Lady Luck knocked on our Hero’s door in early February. With a combination of winning a high hand promo, receiving a share of a Bad Beat Jackpot, and a profitable session on a video blackjack machine, our Hero and Lady Luck elevated his net worth above $2300. The good times kept on rolling and by the first week of April, Tony managed to continue his improbable comeback and briefly surpassed the $6000 mark! He was planning a trip to Kansas to see his family. It was going to be his vacation but Lady Luck beat him to it. She left our Hero without a warning and before he made it to Kansas he was down to $3700. After visiting his family, he was back in Nevada the first week of May and feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back to work (gambling). The only problem was that Lady Luck was still on vacation. Without her, Tony only had one way to go – downhill. Before he knew it, he was back down to $1000. In less than two months our Hero lost $5000! Fortunately for Tony, after her month off, Lady Luck returned and rewarded him immediately. The reward came in the form of a Royal Flush promo for which Tony collected over $750.
Recently, our Hero took his talents to Reno and it looks like the decision has brought him some stability. It appears that Tony has found a city where he feels safe, apartment renting prices are reasonable, buy-ins for poker are low, and he can play online poker. Tony net worth is back to over $5000! I do hope that our Hero can manage to stay in Reno for the remainder of the year and accumulate over 500 poker hours in the same game/environment. Not too long ago, Tony was down and I thought out. In the past year and a half our Hero has shown great resilience. We saw him zigzag across the Western United States just like the Pony Express did over 150 years ago. We saw him increase his net worth while paying for an endless number of motels, cabs, meals, bus fares, kitchen supplies, and hundreds of tee-shirts. I wish him luck and success on his quest to $10,000. And I hope (when he reaches $10,000) that he is disciplined enough not to let his new net worth trick him into playing the higher limit games. My suggestion to our Hero is – Put a daily stop-loss at $300. This would mean that Tony could lose $300 at poker for 30 straight days and still have some money left over. I believe that he is good enough that he will not have 30 consecutive losing sessions at the poker table. But the question remains - By the end of 2014, will our Hero find himself closer to $1000 or $10,000?
Good Luck Tony!