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.





41 comments:

  1. Hot peach pie? You are living the good life, sir!

    P.S.. Was Alysia's shirt on backwards when she showed up?

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  2. If you're going to make the case that you aren't judgmental, don't follow it up 2 sentences later with saying bisexuality is gross.

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  3. "i miss the old days when i was in my early 20s and in high school." Classic haha

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    1. i was 17 when i graduated, those are 2 different sentences.

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  4. Why aren't you addressing the issue of a woman who stinks being your girlfriend?

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  5. Tony:

    Please answer these questions:

    1) Are you saying Alysia did not want to sit at your table and play poker with you because she thought you were unattractive? Why do you think that?

    2) Why do you feel the button straddle (done the wrong way) challenges the integrity of the game? What is the right way for the button straddle to be done?

    3) You appeared to slow roll the nuts on the AQ hand. How do you feel when others slow roll you? Or are you now stating that you ALWAYS feel the hands should be turned in order of play?

    Glad you won at poker!

    s.i.

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    1. as Grump and the rest of u know, seattle irish has never cared once in his life about integrity or ethics. we know that from his old comment years ago i should try taking LSD and acid and ive never trusted him since. so when he offered me gum in the car tonight, i made sure it was drug free.

      this was further evidenced by him leaving after bluffing away his $300 buyin repeatedly (while at the hardrock with me and Koala after we left the game at the wynn he felt sucked) locking up a seat saying he would return, then never returning, and never sending a text to explain til i finally bugged him enough to make him say he was in the bar across the street with a friend, and that was the last text he sent.

      the right way to button straddle in the way the golden nugget, hardrock and wynn do it, instead of the harrahs caesers stratosphere LVH way.

      the reason why (and ive talked about this enough in the past) its bad for the integrity of the game, is it dont give all the players at the table an equal shot to win. if u are sitting in the wrong seat, u will always be acting first more often than ur fair share. each player needs to be on equal footing whereever theyre sitting.

      i do always feel the hands should be turned over in the proper order, and an even better rule would be all hands be shown in cash games in allin situations same as in tourneys

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    2. The Wynn and LVH do (or did) it the same way. Do you prefer SB acts first or UTG acts first? And how the fk do either challenge the integrity of the game.

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    3. the wynn has the UTG act first instead of the small blind, i thought LVH did it the harrahs way. the venetian just started doing the straddle last monday--the harrahs way.

      by the integrity of the game, i mean all the players arent on an equal footing. some players will never get last option (who never straddle) without a seat change or a casino change. all players deserve this option when its their turn, not just the straddler. its a hugely unfair disadvantage to the SB that dont exist when the straddle is done the WYNN way.

      the players who dont like it quietly leave without coming back, and only the ones who vocally were selfish enough to promote it remain.

      by selfish, i mean i dont like the ME ME ME attitude of those who push the straddle. they think only of what might give them an unfair advantage, other than whats best for the room. i get mad a lot of time at the table because i see other players being either unfair or unkind

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    4. That's a fascinating take on things, Tony. Absolute rubbish, of course, but fascinating. All the players are on equal footing because they all have the same option of straddling on the button. You have that option every time you're the button, don't you? You simply choose not to exercise that option.

      Your reaction to my offer of gum was pretty funny. I had no idea where you were coming from when you asked if that gum had LSD in it. I don't think I ever suggested you should try LSD, Tony, but please link that quote if it exists. Regardless, how would me suggesting that you should try LSD mean that I have "never cared once in (my) life for ethics and integrity"? Is your point that anyone who ever suggests something illegal has no integrity? For the record, I don't think you should try LSD (meaning you, specifically), and I've not done it since grad school.

      I did play quite badly at the Hard Rock (one buy in, not several). It was such a good table - I shouldn't have bluffed, as folks were paying everything off regardless. Poor play on my part. It was great getting to talk to Koala, albeit briefly. Good to see him in good spirits and health. I had intended to return, but ran into a friend from Clemson and we ended up talking late and going across the street for some german brew.

      s.i.

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    5. LVH/Westgate does it the Wynn way. Still not following you. The SB never has last option irrespective of how the straddle works. This just in: all seats at the table are not equal. Having me to your left is a huge disadvantage. And apparently you don't realize that you are frequently "unkind" with your rambling hand postmortems.

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  6. Tony, you're not ugly! You're not and you know you're not. You're a good looking man and like all men, if you want to be attractive to women, you should brush your teeth, look and smell clean.

    Koala, I'm so happy that you were able to make the trip. Be well my friend! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Josie. In your absence, Alysia has been taking excellent care of me. It is a pleasure to be in the company of a really nice lady.
      Koala

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  7. I don't know where Tony got the idea that I thought he was ugly. I never said anything of the sort. He's no Brad Pitt (like 85% of the male population) and just because the other guy smelled freshly showered and was wearing my favorite Giorgio Armani fragrance and happened to be eye candy, it doesn't necessarily take anything away from him. Do you have ANY clue what most Vegas cardroom denizens look like??? Or for that matter, smell like?

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  8. An interesting couple of days have gone by. On Tuesday Tony sent me a text message that he was going to play in the 1 pm tournament at Sam's Town. I finally managed to make contact with Alysia Chang and she came over and picked me up at 2.30. We went sightseeing around the outer suburbs of Las Vegas then headed for Mt Charleston. Fantastic views and scenery that I have never seen before in real life. Sent a text to Tony to find out where he was, which happened to be the Nugget Downtown, so Alysia said she would drop me off there. When we arrived at Main St. she was unable to turn because of road works, so I jumped out at The Plaza and walked down to the Nugget. Found Tony and his first words were, "Where is Alysia?" I told him she had gone home. Next questions, "Why didn't she come in, doesn't she like me?" My reply was I don't know if she likes you or not Tony, but she had other commitments."

    A few minutes silence then the next barrage of questions, "What good things did she say about me?" She said nothing good about you. "What bad things did she say about me." She said nothing bad about you. "Why not?" Mainly because we did not talk about you. "What did you talk about?" When she wasn't concen trating on driving, we talked about the scenery and life in general.

    After several hours of poker where I could not get a hand to save my life, we walked down to El Cortez, so Tony could show me his beloved Dealer's Angels. He played on that for a while and then I went back to my hotel.

    Wednesday Alysia and I had a very nice dinner in the Circus Circus Steak House. When I arrived there the Host asked me if i knew anyone by the name of Lightning. When I said yes he told me that Lightning had called and had bought Alysia and myself a drink, which he paid for on his credit card. Thanks Lightning, it was a very nice thing to do, and set us up nicely for a very pleasant evening.

    After dinner we moved onto Planet Hollywood where we knew Tony was playing poker. Alysia dropped me off while she went to park her car. I saw Tony and his first questions were, "Where is Alysia, doesn't she like me?" I said I don't know if she likes you or not, and she is parking the car. "Oh." I was quickly seated at a different table from Tony and when Alysia turned up a few minutes later she was seated at a third table. Somewhere along the way Tony got the impression that Alysia was trying to avoid him because she did not sit at his table. She had no choice, Tony's table was full. Later he moved to my table. But just before that or just after, Alysia came over to me and said she had no luck on the 1 2 she was playing in. I thought she was then heading for the restroom. It turned out she had gone home. Tony then said to me later, "Why did Alysia say goodnight to you, but not to me?" I told Tony that she did not say goodnight to me either.

    Just as I was getting ready to leave Tony got into a big hand with another guy, which Tony has already blogged about. They were both all in on the Turn, and when the Q hit the river, that gave Tony the absolute nuts. But instead of just flipping his cards over and accepting the win, Tony made the other guy show his hand first as Tony had called him. Tony had AQ, and the other guy had A10. I thought it looked like a slow roll and was ugly to watch, because Tony then proceeded to waffle on about how he thought the guy had AK against his AQ and he thought that he was behind until the river came. Blah, Blah, Blah. The whole incident of the showdown looked really bad from a poker etiquette point of view. Sure Tony was within his rights to demand to see the other guys hand, but when you just take $300 plus of someone, you don't need to be an asshole and crow about it.

    Koala

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    1. didnt Grump say people who are first to act, SHOULD show first? how it is fair that when people call someones allin bet, they LOSE the right to see the other guys hand in situations where they have a near nut or nut hand? is that really a good enough excuse to deny them their civil rights, or should they only have the right to see the guys hand when they themselves have a weaker hand?

      His logic here dont make sense, and he dont really understand what hes saying because he fails to think it thru in a way thats fair to the caller.

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    2. You don't know what a civil right is. Research it and come back and explain the error in your thinking

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    3. Tony one reason you should show the nuts first even if you're formally not required to is that it increases the odds the person you busted buys back in. Also it avoids making yourself look like an asshole.

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    4. Classy move calling the restaurant to buy your friends a drink. Lightning sounds like a true gentleman.

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    5. Lightning is nothing but class. Some people could take a page from his book...

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  9. well, tonight i got quite lucky. and Koala wasnt still at the table to see it happen, he had left over an hour earlier. But at least he didnt do what seattle irish did and just disappear, and lock up a seat saying he would return then never return.

    u see, usually when im stuck $413 all at poker, and rebuy for $500 late in a session, i dont get out of the hole. but the hardrock has the LOOSEST live $1-3 NL games ive seen. lots of the nightclub crowd. and there was 2 particularly bad players at my table, one of whom kept winning and i swore to Koala in a text that he would go broke.

    and he did leave broke about 2 hours after Koala left. and he was over $800 once. when i left, i was the chipleader by a large margin and a profit of over $100 for the day, including the recovery of all id lost at the wynn with seattle irish.

    the usual villian made the usual raise to $12 preflop, which pretty much included the top 75% of his range. i had 77 on the button and decided to 3 bet (for something different this time) to $70. and he was the only caller. flop comes Q66 with 2 spades, of which i had none. he bets $100 and i call. turn comes 8 of spades. he bets $100, i call. river comes 8. he bets$100, i call, and won. he had ace hi

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  10. before i made my deposit onto Bovada to play a $50 don sng (which i won) i had $17,023. a new high water mark.

    Koala, do u remember the guy at the nugget from NY who seemed so superior to everyone else in what he thought his ability at poker was? and how i told u outside the building how i didnt like the attitude of either him or the woman whose a regular he kept chatting with nonstop?

    i came back into the building after u got ur bus, and when i got back, he had unplugged my phone charging next to our chairs, and plugged his in instead USING MY CHARGER, and used the excuse mine was 40% charged already and his was only 6% charged, and then seemed offended than i minded and left.

    i told u he had the attitude we were all beneath him and his rights superseded everyone elses and theres the proof. he left to go play 5-5 PLO at the aria he said. he thought his money made him much better than all of us.

    i wouldve told u this when i seen u at the casino, but id forgotten about it.

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    1. Yes I remember him. He was the guy you told, and everyone else within hearing distance how much money you had in the bank. Then about three hands later you accused him of trying to get out of putting in his blinds. He was about four times your size and could have snapped you in half like a pretzel. He was pissed off with you. You are setting yourself up to be beaten up or robbed.

      Tony, you really do need to shut up at the table and stop telling everyone your life story and how much money you have. Also when you win a pot, there is absolutely no need for you to go into a long winded post narrative of what you thought he had, etc.blah, blah, blah. People do not want to hear you flapping your gums and bragging about how good you are after you have won a pot from them.

      Tony you will never get a women to see you as an attractive person if you do not take care of your body and your appearance. Sitting at the poker table constantly picking the scabs on your head, bragging, getting pissed and throwing cards across the table are all bad impressions you create. Get yourself some decent clothes to wear, clean up your body and your facial hair and make yourself look presentable. You can still wear a beard if you like, but keep it trimmed and looking neat. Sometime you look like a troll that has just stepped out of his troll mine or cave. These are all things you can and should do if you want women to see you in a different light.

      I'm not sure what "Civil rights" have to do with poker. I never realized that politics were part of the game. I do know there are times when etiquette and common sense should prevail in the game.

      Koala

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    2. It sounds like nothing has changed since 2011, when I wrote this admonition to Tony: http://pokergrump.blogspot.com/2011/07/skirmishes-in-information-war.html

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    3. Interesting quote from Tony under the article Grump posted:

      sevencard2003 said...
      thanks to grump for his useful info, but as most people who know me know, (and all the readers u have who have no idea who tony is) my problem really isnt the poker, tonite i am getting ready to update my blog, but looked at urs first, tonite i won $400+ at poker between osheas and ceasers, but am going back to my room out $500 again because of that goddamn VBJ machine at slots of fun. MY PROBLEM ISNT REALLY ANY OF THESE POKER RELATED THINGS, ITS MY DISCIPLINE TO NOT DO WHAT I KNOW I SHOULDNT.

      s.i.

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    4. Excellent post that should be read for its general advice and insight.

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  11. am happy to report im now at a new high water mark of over $17,500 in the roll and still holding onto just over $14 an hour as i get close to the 850 hour mark. of course, almost $6000 worth of the last couple months winnings were at VBJ.

    id like ideas of all the things i should be doing with some of this money, other than just warehousing it for emergencies, and to make larger sized buyins, slightly bigger games and maybe some tournys. such as maybe see a medical dr and it be made sure my overall health is fine besides just a tooth needing fixed.

    i need my scalp looked at by a dermatologist, checked for any serious eye problems or midage health concerns for serious diseases, a normal checkup, and it would be a great time to learn how to drive, try to get a NV id, pay a lawyer to clear up old issues, etc.

    i should really spend $2000 or so on myself and i should probably buy a lot of things for where im living too.

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  12. The annual health insurance open enrollment period starts November 15, for coverage starting January 1.

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    1. im not interested in buying insurance, even though theres an illegal and unjust law over 50% of the voters disapprove of requiring it. the reason being, its only for catastropic conditions, and doesnt do anything as far as paying a dr for a normal office visit.

      an office visit is what i should have and that will cost maybe $50-150 who knows?

      what im more interested in knowing, is how do u find and select a dr that takes cash? do many take cash, or is this hard to find?

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    2. Here's an idea. Don't talk about the ACA since it's obvious you know nothing about it. I have no issue with those with an informed opinion against it, but you clearly don't.

      Also, lol at $150 for a physical with labs.

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    3. Whether insurance is, functionally, only for catastrophic conditions or pays for ordinary things depends on its terms, especially the annual deductible. It is certainly not the case that all Obamacare-compliant insurance is catastrophic only.

      But even if it were, isn't that an OK thing to have? Don't you want to be able to get care when you have a heart attack, or cancer, or get hit by a car, or fall down the stairs and break a leg and need surgery on it? Do you want to go without medical care in those situations? Or is that you want the medical care, but just hope/assume that somebody will give it to you for free?

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  13. Tony, since you're so into being old fashioned, per Emily Post, I would really like an RSVP, what side dish or beverage (two six packs of soda, chips or cookies) you and Vince are bringing plus your plus one's full name for the guard gate. Koala is showing up at 5 as he has a lunch appointment.

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  14. Also it would be much appreciated that whatever you bring could be shared by everyone.

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  15. I don't care about your bank roll,17 million isn't worth spit compared to being right with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Your mom knows more than any of the ones that talk in these church's . She would have known right away some of the wrongs of the Catholics here at the church games

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  16. Tony, be careful on the dating sites too. Woman have taken photo shop to a new level. They start out with high school pictures then dong a blend of 10 or so into a current photo at 45. Why do they care about looks so much? And you never know who you are talking too either, i think the last one I said hello to was actually P.P.P. posing as Laura Ingalls.

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    1. This happened to me one time. I was emailing a pretty girl on Match.com. She said she was 28 . . . 5' 3", and 115 pounds. We got along really well over email and instant message. Finally, after 6 months, we decided to meet.

      When she showed up, she did not look anything like her picture. Much heavier. And about 6'2" . . . But I was buzzing pretty hard after several Dark-n-Stormy's, and I was determined to get a piece.

      Eventually, after a few more drinks, we started making out right there at the bar. I thought I felt whiskers, but I wasn't sure, so I ignored it.

      We went back to her place (I rode the back of her Harley). When we got there, we watched WWE for an hour or so, and had a light snack (a rack of ribs and several Budweiser Tall Boys . . . each). We then went up to her room. Next thing I know, I had a cock in my ass. It was disturbing. I felt deceived.

      Long story short -- we saw each other a few more times before I put an end to it. It was the last time I used Match.com.

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    2. Damn, that is a rough one there Pete. Look at the bright side at least it wasn't angerisagift. He crawls up so far he could pull poop patrol!

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

    You, sir, are different than him.

    s.i.

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