Saturday, November 29, 2014

I've learned a few things




Well i just left my hotel across the street from the Bicycle (with the excellent wifi) that i stayed in the last 2 nights for $192 total, and that was quite a bit, considering i first checked in about 3.30am thurs nite/fri morning with the first checkout being 11am-12 noon. yeah i couldnt get them to let me in early and i was dead tired, having just got off the tour bus from pechanga where id been dead tired after playing $3-6 5 card Big O all day long. so i kind of only got 1 nite for that price. That being said, im not used to staying in nicer hotels, and having done so, and seeing how much better quality everything was, im not surprised rich folks do this all the time instead of staying at motel 6, where the wifi pretty much works shitty everywhere if it works at all. they all offer it but it sure sucks there.

Just got checked into my room at Commerce casino though, for only $85 plus tax for $102 by using pricelines express deals 55% off. had i went by the desk and paid, it wouldve been $134 plus tax, she said their rates are going up soon. thats not 55% but priceline advertises express deals as up to 55% off. still its far better than the rate u will get by asking the floorman and telling him u have been playing so id suggest those of u unfamiliar with how it works start using priceline.

u have to use the option where it wont show u the hotel name til after u book it. but of course, having it listed as a casino hotel--u know which one it is anyway.

and the good thing is, this hotel the wifi works good too.

Some of the other things ive learned are how great a service Uber is and how fast. its too bad i cant use that in vegas, for id move into vinces house (and feel like im part of a real family) and save a lot of money. for the 2nd time since using Uber i had a female driver today pick me up. Unless of course u count the 2nd time i rode with the female Uber driver named Cassandra in the pechanga area. im sure one of u will ride with her sometime if u use uber in that area, shes always out and about. Very pretty woman without a boyfriend. and claims she is a student and Uber is her only income. I was hoping she advertised other things on craigslist too.

Im a little surprised Uber seems to have more women drivers than black drivers. ive also learned that living as close as possible to a casino is a major concern to my emotional well being and stress level. if i cant easily go and come it wont work out well.

and ive got some good news i found out shortly before leaving vegas that i never mentioned to anyone but Lightning. the wynn said i spent enough time there to get a safety deposit box in the poker room, and that they had a vacancy. so i think ill take one to help diversify my portfolio. that will give me more peace of mind. The wynn is one of the best rooms in vegas as long as u dont mind playing nothing but NL.

I've learned also, that i made a big mistake leaving vegas when i did. im wasting a lot of money in cali on hotels, thats for sure. And i feel like it wasnt right to disappear on Koala, since i might not see him again. he was worried his health might not allow him to return to vegas, and in spite of the horrible things he posted in my blog and RTP, i still consider him a good friend, willing to hang out. I was really grateful for his willingness to go to cali, even though i wish id not made the trip. i shouldnt be looking for VBJ--i should be sticking to poker. i might not have made any money in cali, but i didnt lose any either at poker. it all went on expenses. had i NOT went to cali, i might still be way down, for i couldve lost $2000 at VBJ maybe. so i feel really sorry i didnt make it over to the Orleans and wish i had and i apologize.

And also to Alysia, she made a good effort to include me in her life and be a real friend and to try to understand, and i shouldnt be so paranoid due to prior misconceptions she had. I would like lightning to get on here and tell the story of how i was worried the same thing about him picking me up in Joliet, to better help her understand. this was before i knew him nearly as well as i do now. Maybe Josie could also tell the story of how i was afraid to go to Claudias house for the first time, if she still reads the blog. im sure that will help alysia understand im that way with everyone and it's nothing to do with me worrying about HER specifically. remember when JJsomething or other on AVP got so mad when i suggested if he rents out his house me might "kill me in my sleep?"

i've been paranoid my whole life, and its why im alive today, i never got close enough to anyone to trust them so they could do me harm. when i feel in danger i flee, notice how fast ive left Pechanga a couple times.

I really think ALysia has tried to be helpful in fixing the tooth, and im no longer worried about riding in her car. she never asked me to get in it anyway, and she did help to see about getting a dentist in LA, that id be paying for, but i only want the ones that use the wand injection method, that dont allow many to pick from.

i feel strange vibes in there and it feels like the holes are opening wide between the tooth and the gums, and fear several might need out, so its best i do this very soon upon my return into vegas. maybe vince or lightning will go with me, i should be there before lightning arrives dec 4.

before i went to bed last night i hit the BBJ players share for $724, so that puts my roll back to the $16,000s from being at only $15,040 at the start of the day. won about half from it and the other half from mexican poker where i played the NL. the $1 ante game, $100 min buyin, not the $200 min buyin $5 ante game which i think is way too steep. should be $2. i wonder if Rob has ever played that game?

im unhappy to report that the reason ive been all over cali instead of staying near the commerce is because i got banned there for a week, which is now up. it was due to a dispute in the game i was in a week ago wednesday. i was totally in the right, but i went about it the wrong way. but since i was in the right, i was told i was only being banned a week. the other person, what they were doing was wrong by planning to steal my money and leave without paying me, but i freaked out over it and made a scene. i dont really want to give too many details. Had they not stated to the whole table they were leaving and not paying and it showed that on film, theyd not have been so understanding.

so i had to make sure my bans lifted before i returned. this is why i took today at the commerce for 1 nite only before i go back to vegas. the one lady working wanted to make it longer but her security supervisor overruled her saying he made the decision and the other party instigated it, which caused me to overreact.

not having a car to store my suitcase has been a major concern. to store it easier and be allowed to store it, it needs to be far smaller, but then it wont hold enough clothes, and no one else deals with this because they either own a car, or live locally, or dont plan to vacation more than 1-2 days. but im tired of having to rent a room immediately when id rather just play cards all day and wait til i leave to see about renting a room or leaving town. paying a few hundred more a month to haul around a suitcase is dumb but its either that or have no belongings at all.

since the amtrak bus to vegas is $55 instead of $25-35, maybe its the emptiest bus. never did find an empty one. or find out if i can pay for 2 seats at $25 each to avoid sitting by someone on a normal bus. and also i found out its ONLY the hi limit tables at the bike offering both free food, and wifi charging stations under the seats. the main casino dont offer it.

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  1. "I was hoping she advertised other things on craigslist too", I love this solid gold! I also like that you consider "Portfolio Diversification " getting a safety deposit box. Let me know when you offer financial advisory services to your resume.

    Also why do you have people checking out casinos in Mesquite when you are banned there?? How do you get banned in Mesquite? I have seen people get into some pretty brutal fights and security never even so much kicks them out.

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  2. " the other party instigated it, which caused me to overreact."

    No. YOU caused you to overreact. No situation can cause that. No other person can cause that. Only you can cause that. You choose how you're going to react. No matter what the provocation is, the only one that has control over your response is you. As usual, you are trying to avoid responsibility for your own actions, your own choices. You could choose to respond to the situation in a civil manner, or you could choose to respond in a way that gets you banned. Either way, it's all on you. 100%. Not even 1% of the blame for you getting banned falls on "the other party."

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  3. Ha -- the trip to hell and back. Let's not forget the ending to your Joliet stay the next day -- the Omaha slowroll followed by ...

    Full trip post and comments are at http://lightning36.blogspot.com/2012/05/mini-road-trip-to-see-tbc-sevencard2003.html#comment-form

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  4. "And i feel like it wasnt right to disappear on Koala, since i might not see him again. he was worried his health might not allow him to return to vegas, and in spite of the horrible things he posted in my blog and RTP, i still consider him a good friend, willing to hang out. I was really grateful for his willingness to go to cali, even though i wish id not made the trip. i shouldnt be looking for VBJ--i should be sticking to poker. i might not have made any money in cali, but i didnt lose any either at poker. it all went on expenses. had i NOT went to cali, i might still be way down, for i couldve lost $2000 at VBJ maybe. so i feel really sorry i didnt make it over to the Orleans and wish i had and i apologize."

    Thank you for the apology Tony. I am not sure what horrible things I posted in your blog and RTP, However, I don't think that there is anything I posted in there that is not the truth. The reality is that you tend to see things in a much different light than most others, and although most advice given to you here, and on RTP is good advice, it does not suit your desires at the time. So you choose to ignore it or find excuses in your mind to justify your reasons for not following that advice, until it is too late. A good example of this is your current excursion to California. Only now after it is too late, and you have blown a lot of money, are you realizing that it was not the smartest thing for you to do .

    I would like to have seen you again before I went home, which was why I kept asking you to come over to the Orleans. I really don't know if I will ever come back to Las Vegas again. We talked about my health issues when we were driving to California, and I was telling you about the different stages of cancer. Unfortunately when you are at stage 4, like I am, there are no other stages you can advance to and remain alive. So I live one day at a time, and even though I plan for the future, I really don't know what the future holds for me.

    So all the best to you Tony, I really hope that one day you find what you are looking for. There are people out there who really do want to help you and see you make a decent life for yourself. But you have to learn to trust these people, listen to what they say, and not make really stupid statements about them or their actions, which invariably brings you undone when you do so.

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    1. Koala:

      Best of luck, sir. I didn't know you were at stage 4; I'll be rooting for you.

      s.i.

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  5. Tony could you please use more caps on the words ........ the, i,my, so. Thanks, much appreciated. To whom it may concern don't ever date Ohio Italian woman they are crazy by the way.

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  6. Tony, was I the one who recommended Uber to you or did someone beat me to it? Also, why do you keep mentioning the tooth without going to the dentist? Your blog readers can't help you fix the tooth! Keep blowing up at the casinos, it only makes us read more!

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  7. No, I've never played Mexican Poker. I actually have no idea what that is, I have enough trouble winning playing Hold'em, I game I presumably know.

    I believe the smallest game to get free food at the Bike is $2-$3 no limit. Probably some of the bigger fixed limit games too.

    But did you see the menu? Their food is reasonably priced even if you have to pay for it. I recall when I first started playing there--it was actually $1.-$2 LIMIT hold'em (blinds were 50 cents and $1), they had a great spaghetti lunch for $2.50. As close to free as you can get. Their other food is reasonably priced.

    As far as I know, they phone chargers are only on selected tables on the Plaza, not all of them there.

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    1. ive never looked at the paid menu, but sounds reasonable

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  8. Nobody is looking to get close enough to you to harm you. If anything they dont want to get close in fear. of you. You are like a wild chimpanzee monkey, you might be fun to hang around for a while. But you are wild and have primal instincts. Then one day you just snap and take a bite out of some poor girls face. You need to realize that you have potential to do great things in life. You need to make %100 perfect choices in life. If its not +ev dont do it!

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  9. How can not having a car have been such a "major concern"? From what i can tell you have never had a car and don't even have a driving licence. I guess the chances of you ever getting one are almost zero so just quit worrying about it. Really what is the point.

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  10. diversify your portfolio, hehe

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  11. Tony, did you read the requirement list to get a learner's permit? I switched my license from Cali to Nevada and had to bring BOTH my driver's license AND passport! And do you think for even one second that you can pass the vision test? What about the written test? If you are really serious about learning to drive, fill out the form for a learner's permit, pay the fee, take the various tests and get back to us. Otherwise this is going to like the way you treat your tooth.

    You cannot keep on complaining about something and then not do anything about it or people will get upset with you and wonder what is wrong with you. Don't you want to take care of the things that bother you???

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    1. the tooth needs done far more before this would ever get done. got to prioritize, but its something to think of for the future.

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    2. If the tooth needs done why don't you take care of it?
      Ever post I read has you griping about your tooth but you don't care enough to take care of it.

      You do realize that you could develop a serious infection which could lead to your tooth KILLING you if you don't take care of it right?

      To put it in other terms, If you don't fix your tooth PRONTO you might never be able to play VBJ again

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  12. Played one final session of $20-40 stud before i got the 1.30pm tour bus to vegas, and managed to lose only $91. made it home with $16,800 milk went sour on nov 26, and i need more sleep before i go out. monthly bus pass expired nov 27, and uber no longer exists here. had it not been for 3 big wins right before i went home, id have gone home in the 14000s and not the 16000s.

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    1. You dodged the $10K by Thanksgiving bullet but can you now dodge the $10K by Xmas bullet???

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    2. The easiest way to assure ill stay over $10,000 is to return to la where all i can play is poker

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  13. Can you look into buy a VAN TONY? You could buy a solar generator and plug a portable toaster oven, blender for smoothies, coffee pot, mini fridge. You could sleep in it and travel cross country instead of spending thousands on hotels every year. Some people love this lifestyle of traveling, and you cant travel without a van or a bus that has a bed. Buy an automatic and its really easy to drive. How much did you spend on hotels and apartments in the last 12 months TONY? Would you believe me if I told you that you could have atleast 5k extra in your pockets and have a VAN to go with it?

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  14. You're referring to JJmaximum on AVP, who wanted to buy and rent out a house in Las Vegas. I met him, and investigated that house for him. He was a heckuva guy, and would never kill you in your sleep. ANY landlord would be offended if you told him that!

    "to help diversify my portfolio"....lol

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    1. i doubt most would be offended, i think most landlords know of the big fear many people have of being in a place with roommates instead of having the entire house(or apartment) all to themselves, which is why the vast majority of people dont find a roommate but go rent a place of their own.

      if most people didnt have the same fear--no one would own their own house--or rent their own apt seeing it costs a lot more.

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    2. the reason for the fear is he wasnt one of the friends i hung out with and got to know. i have the same fears of everyone til i get to know and trust them. Ask lightning, Koala, Alysia, etc. i cant see how hed think i was saying anything about him specifically, but im referring to the entire world in general being untrustworthy if theyre not among ur close friends.

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    3. my fear of roommates is NOT that they are going to murder me in my sleep but that they won't pay their portion of the bills and screw me over.

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  15. Tony, in your last day at Commerce you kept saying you were playing "PLO Mix"?

    What is that? A mixed game that is mostly PLO? How do they do that? A mixed game that is all various Omaha games?

    I looked at Bravo, they had a listing for a PLO game but nothing about a PLO mix.

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  16. Rob,

    I was about to ask this very question. Great minds...

    -t

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  17. A mix of straight Omaha and Omaha High/Low would be my guess.

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  18. Title of this post, "I've learned a few things" - Um, yeah. I bet this won't get posted.

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  19. Have you learned the most important lesson?? Stay away from VBJ and other machines.

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  20. sick call Mc Gee and i hung out at the Venetian this morning and briefly stopped in the hardrock before there was a game. He might see lightning this week, and is being staked by God knows who for games at the Bellagio all month. Plus he has a much nicer car now.

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  21. "Im a little surprised Uber seems to have more women drivers than black drivers."

    my favorite line for the night

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