Tuesday, August 5, 2014

North lake Tahoe Biltmore

yes me going here wasnt the best idea, or the best planned. but theres nothing going on in reno now, and i dont really care for where im living at. at least here in north lake tahoe there's working wifi, (i can finally play candy crush saga again, working TV-i can finally watch the news,) and i can still play poker on Bovada since i just deposited another $30. the difference is im a place that i actually like staying at, and when i go to play a machine at the casino, its the kind i actually like to play instead of one with a paytable below 100%. ive not got to watch TV in about 2 months. didnt even bother that nite in the atlantis.

and tomorrow i will have the chance to play $1-2 NL at 7pm at a casino ive never played poker in before.

i couldve planned the trip better and much cheaper by riding the amtrak to truckee in the morning, and then the city bus, instead of paying $7 to go to carson city-south lake tahoe, and then $80 more for a cab to north lake tahoe once i found out the montebleu poker room wasnt open the hours the elderly lady who props daily at the peppermill swore it was. her ex husband lived in lake tahoe and died last year, and she said in the winter they are closed part of the week and in the summer its all 7 days, but that wasnt the case though. but i thought i did my research regards of what grump and rob thought. i never call places on the phone, dont like to (or call women unless im really in love with them) and i dont want to start now.

i figured id spend the night playing poker. then went to harveys, but feel uncomfortable knowing theyre owned by harrahs although i doubt they know about harrahs joliet. there was a list, and i didnt wait around, so i went to the other poker room at lakeside and there was only a tourny going and the last entries ended 10 minutes prior and no cash game. so thats when i gave up and found a cab willing to discount the trip to $80 to north lake tahoe. otherwise the meter read $101.

at least here the VBJ is still mostly empty most of the time anyway. at least theyve not changed the rules and it still shuffles at 2 3rds of a 6 deck shoe, and its the ONLY one anywhere in a very large area of the country that does. and since the min bet is still $1, u can get a wide spread. i think the cashback rate (not counting random promotions) is 10c on every $100 bet and 25c comps. Ask Chaperone and Cutter if thats correct. and by the way herbie is back in vegas too.

too bad i didnt get to play any poker in downtown carson city, but there was no monday night game. only tues nite is the NL game with $1-2 blinds, and the other days are limit games and omaha games and the $2-6 game at cactus jacks wed-sat across the street. the carson nugget poker room closes sun and mon. i did notice quite a few weekly motels around that im sure have less drugs and crime than reno. and ive still not tried any of the weeklies around this area in north lake tahoe. theres still drunks and bums around here, one of whom asked if i could spare $5 yesterday. but overall im sure its a lot better than reno, but here is quite a bit more expensive, thats for sure. had i not got my room rate refunded, it wouldve cost me $69 and over $80 with tax.

they had the wrong address for me, so i never knew about my $30 free play (til i came) and my 2 free nites coming to me. i used them for mon and tues nite once i found out this morning, and used $35 in comps to pay for wed nite. checkout date is now set for thurs. i dont think i should stay here too long when i have a place paid up in reno and extra days would start costing me if i didnt have a ton more comps.

food here sucks. restaraunt closes about 9 pm or 10pm, and the other restaraunt closes 1pm. food choices are very limited, and theres no buffet. and theres no convenience store to buy food to put in my room, so what good is the fridge and microwave? surprised the casino even has these in the rooms, and the cottages in the back are quite nice too. wifi is working much better than my last trip, also theres even a laundry room. wish id took all my dirty laundry instead of just my last 3 clean shirts and the one i had one for 4 total.

guess i needed to ride the local bus earlier in the day to go to the safeway about 20 minutes up the road (really only like 6 miles but long winding roads) so it feels much further. then id have food in here. it would be really nice if these rooms has long term rates. (or if the poker room was 7 days).

now to avoid paying $20 to get to the poker room, and $20 to get back, im going to try and arrange shuttle service, and the lady at the front desk offered to help reserve me a ride. this casino dont have a shuttle but the other casino does. the city bus runs during the day and i suppose i could ride it there, but not to get back, it dont open til 7pm.

i do wish id used better judgement in picking the right day to make this trip, and im lucky to still have about $5500, close to what i left reno with. my phone must be paid $40 before midnite and then i deposited again on Bovada so that knocks it back under. im up about $100+ on the VBJ overall and also with the free play i got. plus ive paid no cash for my 3 nites here. so essentially ive paid cash for food, (thats costing money for sure-and getting my cab fares back). but i might take a $1000 loss yet, its still early. probably a good idea would be to spend more of the time playing live poker and bovada poker and less time on the machine, or to keep the bets small enough so losses dont go over 5%..

a friend of mine ive never met who ive talked to online was in reno from cali and today went back to cali. had i been downtown reno sun nite or mon nite i couldve met her, she was staying across the street from the sands. she had some business going on with a problem with the courts involving a car, and visiting her daughter gravesite, her son moved to reno and he was getting involved with the wrong people in cali and shes also got other things going on in her life but no boyfriend and her ex husband pretty much stays out of the picture. shes not sure when she will be back in reno, and was extremely busy trying to fix some problems while she was in reno, and she took really hates drugs and im glad to say shes no more "420 friendly" than i am. she does drink though. guess now ill have to go to cali if i want to see her. we talked on the phone about 2 hours sun nite before she fell asleep, and shes not comfortable driving after dark and gets ssi from a car accident in her teenage years. had i been downtown i couldve seen her, im wondering if she thought it strange i left reno instead of making sure of what was up before leaving for tahoe. i didnt know she was going to be in reno another night, but one of her plans didnt work out right and she had to stay an extra nite.

anyway we all know i dont always make the wisest decisions, and we all know my #1 priority is always doing what i want to do to make money and NOT to be doing anything which takes money away.

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  1. So I'm just trying to understand the logic here, Tony. The very last paragraph of this post says "and we all know my #1 priority is always doing what i want to do to make money and NOT to be doing anything which takes money away."

    You just paid a full month's rent in Reno and you've been on a pretty much continual upswing in your roll (which is supposedly your number one priority), but you just had to pay $80 cab fare and another $69 room fee to make a trip to that shining beacon of hope...one of dem good machines. Makes perfect sense.

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    1. the $69 room rate was only paid, becuase i knew it would get refunded the next day. the $80 cab fare was only spent so i wouldnt be stuck in south lake tahoe overnight with nothing to do and nowhere to stay. both expenses had a valid purpose.

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    2. I get that you feel the expenses were justified or you wouldn't have shelled out the cash. The part I don't understand is why go to Lake Tahoe at all? You have a place in Reno that is paid up for the entire month and you've been consistently winning at poker? Is there some other reason for heading to Lake Tahoe besides boredom and a desire to play a VBJ machine that has the features and structure you like?

      You just seemed like you were on such a good and positive track and now I'm waiting for the post where the count got so good that you had to bet $100 a hand and then you lost so you had to try to win it back and before you knew it you were down $2,500.

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    3. Tony:

      I was wondering the same thing; why did you leave Reno? You said something about nothing going on in Reno right now, but I have no idea what that could mean. I assume the poker rooms were open.

      You've been doing really well in Reno - why leave?

      s.i.

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    4. nothing going on in reno meant nothing i had to be there for. (didnt have to be there to pay rent each friday--or be there for a freeroll, thats not til much later in the month)

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  2. am happy to report im now back to $5700. i picked up a little over $200 on the VBJ, and it really bugs me theres no way at all to buy food at all 3 casinos in town in the middle of the night before 7am. not only that, the nearest convenience store is many miles down the road, not in walking distance, and theres no cabs parked around here this morning. the city bus wasnt up and running yet either. so i bought 1 candy bar at the hotel desk. sometimes the casino across the street has hot dogs at the bar til theyre out. im going to play online for a bit now. i finally have a few chips on seals too plus a little on bovada.

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  3. Headed to sacramento to play just for the day. If you want to ride along, you are welcome. They have $1/2 NL with $40 buy in. Multiple tables.

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    1. i havent the slightest idea who this is, but this is showing its a brand new google profile just created. not sure whats up. when will u be driving thru this area? and i was going to take a nap sometime between now and 7pm to be awake for tonight.

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    2. Tony, assuming this profile is even legit, might I advise you to NOT accept a ride from a stranger. I mean, why the f*ck do you even want to go to Sacramento to play poker in the first place? These are your same old problems creeping up again . . . The urge for machine play . . . your inability to stay put for more than a few weeks at a time.

      Tony, you were winning in Reno. Get your ass back there and go back to work!

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    3. am happy to report the trip was fine, visited 2 cardrooms/casinos for the first time, made a new friend who plays in reno all the time or sacramento and knows all the regular players. its definitely a legit profile from her twitter, and no harm came to me. didnt win anything though, lost about $80 at the poker between both places. i felt safe when i seen the twitter profile was created way back in feb 2011 and wasnt just made to fuck with me, and it was definitely a womans twitter. plus me and her were the only ones in the car.

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    4. Tony, still don't miss a beat. lol

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    5. Good to see you are results oriented in life as with poker.

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  4. To echo JT88, how come you have paid for a month and then just left ? literally 2 or 3 days after you were saying how good for you it was, you are now saying you dont care for it ! Guaranteed, this young lady has something to do with it.
    Get back on the Reno money trail.

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    1. never said i dont care for reno, i do, its the best place for me. just wanted to do something different. didnt know this woman at all til today and shes married and just wanted someone to talk to while driving who plays poker. if id not came along, she mightve invited another poker player.

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  5. Been playing some online poker myself for a while too.. Somehow I am a little intimidated by Offline Casinos with the glitz and the showbiz around the whole thing.. I dont suck as much at Live Games.. In fact most of the times I end up in the money... Would love to follow your game... do write in a little bit more about your game-to-game experiences. I believe every player progresses in every game session he plays... The more the number of sessions, the better the player generally.

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    1. kind of seems like spam, this person is in india and their google profile shows a business gin rummy site, but the link obv isnt on the blog, i wonder if they tried to and it didnt go thru. the broken english is the dead giveaway

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  6. You can lead a horse to water........massive vbj BLAST-OFF!!!! in 3! 2! 1!

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  7. am happy to report my room is now taken care of for thrus nite with comps, but i certainly wont have it for friday or sat, so its time to be leaving tomorrow, although i really dont want to. at least ive not had a big loss yet. overall im only about $150 out, and thats the cost of the cab fare, food, and poker in sacramento, and the money i put on bovada, etc. im right about even on the VBJ.

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    1. It's always hard to come home after a great vacation. But, as you know, you've got to work hard to earn those vacations. So back to the grind . . .

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  8. I decide4 before I went to sacramento not to count it in my $1 2 results, win or lose, since its a totally different game in cali. But I consider tahoe part of reno, so when I sat down tonight at $1 2, I began tracking results. The important thing is to decide before the results happen

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    1. Plus, you were just relaxing on vacation, so it wouldn't really be fair to count those results.

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    2. how can u not agree with the decision? Pokerdogg should at least understand the importance of getting an ACCURATE picture of play in the reno area at $1-2 NL as opposed to vegas. mixing in cali results would be a very poor idea, because it would give an inaccurate opinion as to how id do long term playing $1-2 NL in the area around reno. i wouldnt learn anything about my play, and my phone dont filter by state so i cant filter that on the phone, so of course its best not to log the results at all.

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    3. jfc tony
      track all your poker play (as well as table games and machines)

      you know what actual professional poker players do?

      1)live indoors 365 days a year
      2) track all poker play regardless of where it is

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    4. Tony, which part of my "keep track of EVERYTHING" message you don't understand. Your phone app filters by casinos, doesn't it? Even if it doesn't, it is easy enough to adjust the results, as long as you have all the records. Enter it now, before you forget the numbers.

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