Friday, October 31, 2014

first time ive even went home to sleep with more than $18,000

i've kind of forgotten about this blog, and i had no idea its been so long since i last updated it, so a short one before i go to sleep.

Am happy to say im still over $18,000 although not quite as much over $18,000 as i was before i went in the wynn to play poker. i had to steal some pots to get back to the $700s from the $300s. And even so, i still ended up losing over $50 in there.

Still been lucky in the VBJ, far more so than my edge wouldve even been. quite unhappy to report Circus got rid of the good VBJ at slots of fun (and replaced it with one that shuffles every hand and uses 6 decks). the old one too was the ONLY shufflemaster one with a $500 max bet instead of a $100 max bet, (making all 5 spots $2500). now granted i never ever played 5 spots of $500 not even once in my life, but it was nice to know the option wouldve been there had my bankroll reached that point.

so now ill be doing my play elsewhere, whereever i find a good machine. could be laughlin or back in north lake tahoe, havent called either place yet to find out whats now going to be available. and of course im still interested in new locations of these anywhere in the usa.

I should be getting to sleep, tonight me and vince and snevman will be in the tourny at southpoint which i think is 7pm? ill have to look on bravo. Koala might also come along and play cash, Vince was willing to drive him.

i really enjoyed the BBQ and tour of turnberry towers and im very glad Rob wanted to join us, although he was quick to leave. Alysia chang looked a lot better that day, and the food was great. i did end up buying and bringing chips for nothing that i dont think is good for my health to eat. i am afraid to eat food not good for my health and i do need to see a dr of all types. we really never went in the pool, played any tennis, or did any cooking on a grill. just basically sat and talked.

I bought a few more things i needed, like pans, silverware that wasnt plastic, and a monthly bus pass. But im down to only $14 on Bovada again. nice i am grandfathered in and can still deposit unlike most NV and NJ residents.

seem to be relying on bluffs quite a bit, and my win rate at poker keeps getting lower in the $13-14 range. id have quite a bit less had i not stolen a few pots. such as with 89 offsuit when i 3 bet $60 into a $15 raise and 3 callers and all folded preflop.

this isnt sustainable long term so im still unsure what changes to make to my buyins and game. i am however losing my fear of having $500+ on the table. maybe i shouldnt be?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

well am i like Rob vegas poker or am i different than him?

Rob wouldve enjoyed playing at my table at Planet H tonight. i was doing good early on there, til the game got filled up with locals instead of tourists, and i include the guy from Chicago as a local, since he was a winning player who plays an awful lot more poker than a real tourist would. What wouldve interested Rob was u guessed it, blogger material for him.

u see, the girl on my immediate left, and the guy with her on her immediate left who wasnt really her BF, were both bartenders at the MGM itself, (he probably knows them). and they chatted nonstop to each other for hours (and the Chicago guy). she talked the whole time about wanting to fool around with other female employees, and made it clear she was Bi, so of course Rob wouldve been interested. and this girl wasnt ugly like so many straight out lesbians are. Id been far more interested in the girl on the OPPOSITE end of my table, at least she didnt have tattoos and was interested in men. i dont think she was taken either and ive seen her at a poker table before but no idea her name.

Later on Koala and Alysia finally showed up, after their lunch date at circus steakhouse, but as u can see on twitter, alysia didnt sit at my table. and for all the wrong reasons too its very sinful in Gods eyes to judge people for how they appear to look, for as the Bible says, man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. i certainly would never refuse to let a girl be my girlfriend just because she wasnt good looking. i dont her to be ugly looking, but she dont have to be good looking either.

i miss the old days when i was in my early 20s and in high school. back then women thought i was attractive, and even gay men thought so as well. i wish i had a picture to show u, other than the ones mom has on facebook, i know exactly which picture im thinking of. (the one of me in the old wichita singles newsletter from 1987).

when u pass 40, and start needing glasses (i worry terribly about my eyes when im old, if i need glasses now, grandma almost went blind due to cataracts til she was operated on, it does run in our family). but thats when u start looking ugly to women. also most women like much bigger and fatter men. men like Vince in other words. the only women whose ever said i looked good in the last couple years was Josie. and im sure she only said that to be nice. Im not even sure if claudia thought so.

they say its men who judge women for their looks, but thats not true for me--im not nearly as judgemental as most. i only care about whether a woman is willing to commit to me and tell me she loves me. her values, beliefs and ability to establish trust is much more important than what she looks like. the other really important quality a woman needs is to be 100% straight and not into women. nothing is cool about bisexuality its gross. and i know Jesus is able to change hearts and minds. I certainly dont have any attraction to men.

and another thing thats made it really hard on me to be accepted is not having a car (even women without a car want this--which is being selfish and unrealistic) and that i dont drink, when most all people, men and women, want to sit around and drink alcohol when out on social occasions. it makes u not fit in. but i grew up around nothing but Christian people and in a private Church school, so i never was around any bad influences. not til i was an adult and homeless a lot, and by then, i was already settled in my ways. no one starts drinking unless its before they are in their 20s. after that its too late to pick up bad habits like alcohol and drugs.

but anyway--lets get back to rob vegas poker. im not like him in that i cant relate to how he isnt turned off by women into women instead of men. but we think exactly alike on the button straddle. u see these 2 players on my left kept doing it for $10 continually, and i was so pissed off by the guys comments he likes it the way that doesnt protect the integrity of the game instead of the way that does protect it (the way the golden nugget and wynn and the Peppermill do it).

the #1 priority of all casinos should be to make sure no seat has an unfair advantage over any other, this is quite important and yet so many places allow just that when they do the button straddle wrong. sometimes u cant move seats. i lost several pots calling the guy down, and as soon as they sat, i knew i shouldve got up.

id have lost big at Planet H, but as koala was declaring he was going home on his next BB i got dealt AQ clubs UTG and made it $6 (following grumps rules for raising). i was still down more than $125 before the start of this hand. the french guy id move away from to have position on check raised me to $25, and one other guy was in. i only called preflop.

flop comes AA3 with 2 diamonds he bets $25, i min raise to $50 (wanting it to look like i had a big pair, and wondering where i stood). he calls, other guy folds. turn comes black 6. he checks, i bet all my odd chips, $107 worth. he check raises me allin, and i begin to worry about AK but of course i cant fold. what hand do u think he put me on when he did that? Koala said he knew i had an ace i dont think so.

river comes Q and i wait for him to show first as he is first to act and had raised me allin. he turned over AT, and i won with the boat, i didnt even need the Q, but i sure was happy to see it. i was afraid if i showed first, he would muck and id never know if he had ak.

this was hours after id moved to Koalas table and the other players had left. so i left the table with $208 profit after being down quite a bit. big difference. and later i won a bit at the wynn too and left when i got too tired in a cab.

which is why my roll keeps growing and is now over $15,800 instead of over $15,500. But im out of money on Bovada now and need to see about redepositing. Also i seem to have burned my tongue eating a peach pie that was too hot.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Koala's arrived in town

and this blog needs badly updated before i fall asleep, hopefully before 4.30pm. didnt realize it had been so long between entries.

am happy to say im finally over $15,100 (and considering my rents been paid up thru nov 11th--am actually better off than i was the last time it got that high in reno years ago). it didnt get that high due to me winning at poker, i lost $191 at the wynn the first time tonight, and then lost $200 more the second time playing with Koala. all the winnings came from about $627 on the VBJ at slots of fun, and $90 on table BJ at the tuscany, when i won 7 $15 bets on one hand where i split 77 against the dealers 4 4 times, with 2 double downs. i didnt get any good hands at all, so luckily the dealer broke.

Vince wouldve picked up Koala yesterday afternoon at the airport when we were out buying food for my fridge, but he wasnt ready to arrive in vegas yet. And he wont be renting a car til later on.

Met Koala at slots of fun, and he was unable to check into his room so early. and i offered to get him in early thru my host, but he preferred to wait til 2pm. Also offered to get us food at the wynn, but he wasnt interested.

we did play poker for a few hours though. he won $131, and wanted to make sure i knew exactly how much. i went on tilt late in the session because i wanted to book another profit to keep my hourly rate over $15 an hour but it caused me to play poorly the last orbit (which Koala told me in advance it would be) and i gave away my entire stack in 2 badly played hands. This is a great example of why u shouldnt mind leaving a game a small loser.

and ill see him again (or at least be calling him) when i wake up sometime in the middle of the night. Shortly after this blog post is finished, im going to be asleep.

i still wish i could depend FULLY on poker to supply ALL of my wins without having the steady wins at the VBJ tables, but ill gladly accept the money til things start running badly again. my phone still shows over $1500 worth of wins at the poker the last few days in spite of tonights loss at poker.

and yes i did play a bit at Planet Hollywood. One of the shift managers in the poker room told me via twitter in a DM that Chris says even though my PLO tourny no longer exists and has been cancelled, im still welcome to play cash games and other tournies, including the weekly freeroll. Its actually one of the BETTER rooms in town in way of great games and action and younger players in the game. and a much wider range of tourists.

in the middle of the night, getting a cab is extra tough. i was told by a cabbie between 2am and 4am is shift change, and its much slower getting a cab then. is this true? any cabdrivers read this blog? how do u recommend fast service during those hours? theres like 50 cabs parked a few miles away not doing anything but waiting an hour in line for a $10 fare, and yet i cant get one at home for nothing without a very long wait.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

hopefully this will be the last time i need to buy houseware items.

it would be so nice, if i had someone i could always BORROW AND RENT items such as dishes, silverware, pots and pans from everytime i have a place to live, and then just return them to every time i need to leave town so they dont have to be repurchased. most people store something like this in a vehicle and thats why they keep these type of items for the long term. that, and they dont move around nearly as often.

But i wont be moving (or going out of town) anytime soon. (sorry to Ray because i really should go there and get right with God). i had to agree to stay much longer than just 30 days to be able to move in (at the special price im getting), and they are going to debit my bank card for a little bit over $1000 on the 11th of every month for the next few months. But this is a fairly nice place, convenient to the strip, nice TV, linens, fridge and microwave included, wifi, etc and its 100% safe in my opinion.

this will save me from nights like i had friday. when i started off the day winning $1001 at VBJ early in the morning, and then going out and losing $350 in the $1-2 NL game at the stratosphere, and then getting on the 108 bus to the airport, and deciding to give it one final session to recover at the hardrock before i returned to reno.

where i proceeded to play poorly (both before and after a bad suckout for a $500+ pot where all the money went in with me as an 80% favorite) and didnt know where else to go or what else to do when dead tired since i had no room. couldnt even go to vinces because i knew id lost his keys and worried he wouldnt wake up to let me in. Lost over $700 playing there, and then another $175 on the video poker machine 100play.

when i arrived at the airport around 1am, i found out the earlier flight to reno wasnt til after 8am, and the only earlier flight that interested me was one to Philly at 6am. and without a pillow, i didnt really want to sleep there all night, plus i worried someone would steal my cell phone from where i had it plugged in charging if i slept. (why does a new iphone constantly need charged all the time? is there a way to lower battery drainage and still use it?)

so i searched online and called expedia and finally got a room at an outrageous price for one night. had to book it over the phone instead of the web since it was after midnight.

anyway my hourly rate is all messed up, and the ONLY reason my tracking is messed up has nothing to do with the fact ive been losing. its because i have a new phone, and the old tracking program is only for android phones. so i cant really transfer the old hours over to the new cell. all in all i love the new cell, much better for games on the phone, and also i no longer need wifi while in the venetian since Sprint gets such a good signal. still sucks in the nugget however.

ive been advised NOT to use poker Journal, where i first downloaded and stored a few losing sessions with a negative rate of minus $70 per hour. so i switched to the recommended program poker income pro. it now has 2 sessions logged with a small win for the night. but my messed up logins have nothing to do with the fact ive ran bad lately. after a steady period of new sessions being entered ill soon have a definitive hourly again. the cost of this program, after a few trial sessions, i think is $10 if i remember right.

Right now im in the middle of a $14 triple up sng on bovada, and im really pleased with the quality of the wifi where im staying and the fact its totally free. But ive only got $83 on Bovada to work with, (but another $42 if i reach the money--which i just did 15 minutes later). if i could depend on a steady monthly check of $1000-2000 from this site, it would be nice.

the good news is i will now be in town long enough to see both Koala and Nick. the bad news is if i dont get this tooth fixed soon, i wont live nearly as long as either of them will. and i really think i should see a regular medical dr and have him take a good look at my health too.

at least now i wont be dependent any more on playing VBJ to earn free hotel stays, and comp dollars. i got tired of being dependent on it to cover my losses at $1-2 NL, and my bills. hopefully now things will get back to the way they were before i started winning so much on the VBJ. $6000 to $14,000 is quite the swing.

tonight i took a bad beat and felt quite pissed i didnt leave when my $112 was up to $408, but instead played another round or 2, and left with $217. (then moved to Omaha). the game was good, some new asian sat that was buying in big and bluffing, but it made the game too high variance. i won over $100 off him by calling his bluff to begin with, and not more than 1 or 2 rounds later lost big when he rivered me, where i was again calling his bluff.

the final hand in question i had QQ and he had 10 4 suited. he calls $15 raise preflop and flop is 347 with him getting a pair and a flush draw. river comes 8 to put a second flush draw out, and he raises to $60 and i call. (i should shove, but id have just lost more). how bad is not shoving there?

river comes 10, putting the backdoor flush up and i call his $100 bet. is that a bad call? (dont be results oriented). i called because i knew he was bluffing the turn, and my read turned out to be right.

but at least once i moved to the omaha i still made a good fold. early on i laid down AAJ9 utg because i had no low. flop comes J99 and 2 guys are calling or betting. on the river, one had A9, and the other guy had JJ. folding that preflop saved me quite a few bets.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

a nice new cell phone, and a $13,200+ roll. now whats next?

Good thing Vince lets me use his address, or id have a bit less. got $75 voucher from hacienda lake mead and vince and i cashed it tonight for $20 gas.

also bought me a stronger pair of reading glasses, i really worry about not only my teeth, but how my eyes will be when i get old. ill need a nurse.

ive still got $92 on bovada too, won a little bit on there earlier, but $32 of it is currently in a live game so it might not remain that high.

was really nice how i arrived at vinces house just about 20 min before the fedex man showed up with the Bovada check.

i win at everything anymore--except $1-2 NL. my hourly is now in the $13 range. i win at VBJ ($500 earlier at slots of fun, and $68 at the hacienda) win on Bovada, win at limit hilow omaha, omaha at suncoast, PLO8 venetian, etc. win at tournaments. still cant beat anyone HU though, lost $40 to Victor at the Plaza and he is not someone u want to play, even though i got all the money in twice with the best of it then lost.

and i dont believe for one second the tahoe biltmore got rid of their VBJ machine. if thats true, id never be able to move back to reno like i want to do.

i dont want to have to depend on NON holdem games to make my living, or depend on VBJ to make my living, but neither do i want to live where VBJ isnt available. i want to diversify. ive had some winning sessions at $1-2 NL in vegas recently, but the games are tougher here than reno, and ive had multiple sessions with a $100 loss earlier i had to climb back from. ive been way above average on all forms of VBJ lately. i almost took a $1300 loss, had i lost my 2 bets of $228 each this morning when stuck. but i won those bets one of them with a double down.

this is a really nice phone but i still cant find a way to really go back without closing the page entirely, and ive also had issues trying to download apps from the apple store. and ive lost Vinces house keys too. For a while i was worried it wouldnt charge after fully dying, but i then later discovered i didnt have the charger plugged in properly.

and of course, the old problem still, of not being sure where i want to settle, and where i can rent cheaply a short walk from a poker room i can win at regularly, without being in an unsafe neighborhood or dependent on a car.

but having all this money sure does give me options.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


considering i have no credit, and unpaid past phone bills, id have a very difficult time getting a nice new phone without paying a fortune upfront, and to get on a good plan. so im lucky to have someone like Vince in my life.

we stopped at a Sprint store today, (his carrier) and talked to them about adding me to Vinces plan (and id have unlimited everything, and the fastest service)--and since i waited too long, ill have to change phone numbers. no way around that, and since my new phone will not be an android no way to transfer my contacts and poker records i dont think. but its supposedly a lot nicer and more powerful phone.

got it for $50 (worth $400+) and ill owe $75 a month for the monthly service, and $36 upfront to activate service. Bill will go to vince in his name, and ill be paying $75 to him every month, for a period of 24 months since they made him go with a contract since hes on a fairly new contract already now. at least he trusts me not to do him wrong, and we will pick up the phone in person Friday. they get it thru the warehouse and NOT the local store, or id have had to pay twice as much today.

so ill be giving Vince $161 friday, and then $75 a month for 24 months thereafter, and ill have much better quality of a phone, and much better quality service.

even if im not in vegas its still very easy to pay vince, since i just transfer my bank acct to his. we have the same bank. he's not been doing well at his job, and he would like to get back into dealing.

monday night, Vince and i played the stud tourny at the Plaza, i bought him in, and he got $20 and i got $40 when they chopped, 3 others were also in the chop, one of whom got $30 and one $40 besides me.

i shouldve held out for a lot more money, i was quite a bit in front, but dead tired, yes i definitely took the worst of that deal. a lot of gypsies were in it.

still not doing too well at live $1-2 NL, and have less than $70 on bovada after having a check of $700 sent to vinces house enroute fedex now, but at least im still a little over $11,300, and will have more once the bovada check comes.

of course, theres the big looming expenses friday of the phone and tooth expenses coming up too. and also im thinking of taking a 1-2 week vacation to a state none of u would ever expect that has no casinos where id be going. a complete nongambling vacation. to fly out saturday is like $300+ including luggage and theres a nice motel for $55 a night with great pics on craigslist if u commit to a week. there is also a transfer, its not a nonstop flight. takes about 8 hours to fly overall including wait time. It's one of the places ive always wanted to visit, not including siberia or israel.

Pretty much all of my wins have been at VBJ, the $1200 loss notwithstanding, im still way up at it overall. my host even commented as much and cant understand why. of course, i know why though. its because unlike 99999% of the players i know how to win. i may bet too much, but i know when the odds favor me, when they favor the house, and when to variate from basic strategy.

i've found a church where im planning to visit soon, and its right next to the sea (only less than a block off the ocean). nice quite peaceful place, close to God, and im also looking up dentists in that area now using the painless wand technology and ive found at least 2 and im sure a certain friend who grew up and knows the area intimately can help provide a recommendation in case my tooth goes bad while im on vacation. the other church id love to visit is about 50+ miles from the airport, but i can get there on public transit on the #10 bus.

and of course, i still play mom scrabble at times on facebook. was reading her post today on her wall describing Gods feelings on homosexuality. i just got done beating her by 20 points in a game she was ahead the entire way, when i scored a 7 letter word on the last hand, with the help of this site.

i also think Alysia Chang and vince should hook up, they both share a love for non holdem omaha and stud type games, and for skiing.