Tuesday, December 30, 2014

exit strategies

As good a room as DE Park is, and as good as the promotions and freerolls they offer (and a lot of $50 and below tournies with a ton of entrants--much more entrants than the stratosphere for example)
i think its time to be planning my exit strategy out of here. theres a few things i dont like.

1. no refrig or micro in my hotel room, it would cost me a higher priced room of about $10 more a day.

2. transportation issues. i still miss walking home in reno.

3. no friends like Ray cooldave or vince living here.

4. heres the biggest issue. i cant stay off the $5 VBJ. yes its countable, but the comp rate kind of sucks, 2 huge losses and ive earned about $40 only in comps. also at poker u get far less than $1 per hour. so food is an expense. i could win at it much easier if id quit betting way too big without a good count just because im stuck. its too tempting to play it wrongly instead of rightly as is why people feel i shouldnt be playing it even though i know how to win. im way better off on a machine with a $1 min. keeps me from betting as much and on the good counts im getting a much better spread.

and i feel like at other places, like MD live, and Parx, and foxwoods, theres games i like better. maybe i dont do as well at them as $1-2 NL, but at least if i dont want to keep playing $1-2 i have other options.

even st louis offers games i like far better than here. especially foxwoods has better choices and so does mohegan sun. better transportation options too. parx is very convenient to hotels and certainly more games. now the issue is just getting there. for id either have to go directly to the train without playing first that day or renew my room not to sleep in but to just keep my things in.

gotta run now to make the bus.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Delaware Park trip report

Lets start off by talking about a missing $200 im quite worried about. i have no idea what happened to it. i dont know if it happened down at Maryland live, (me having $800 in a shoe i took money out of and thinking i still had $1000 in the shoe) if 2 bills stuck together which seems to be happening often, or if i accidently paid the cabbie one in error thinking i was handing him ones. at first i thought i paid cash for my room here in Newark DE, because pricelines ad said book now and pay at hotel. but the front desk said i paid with a cc and so does my bank statement show that. but i left maryland live with what i thought was $1101 (and the $12,100 in the bank).

Paid nothing for the shuttle to the baltimore airport rail station, $70 for a train just for the short distance baltimore to wilmington thats normally much less, outrageous when all the way into NYC was only $110. ive been on amtrak trips much longer for far less.

the second i arrived in wilmington jumped in a cab right outside the train station (no uber here which i didnt know til it was too late) and paid $30. delaware park isnt anywhere near downtown. also had spent some money on food in the train station, etc, but still i shouldve had about $980 at least of what i left MD live with.

after a good long sleep, i woke up about 4.30 am and wanted to get to the delaware park poker room soon as possible for the graveyard promotion of 3 hours play between 3am to 9am being $100 in free slot dollars. was severely disappointed to learn i was told wrong earlier by a guy on twitter and that they couldnt be used for video poker machines after all. nor for VBJ, only for slots. however i ended up getting better than 100% running it thru on the slots later so it became a moot point. called multiple cabs, remember theres no quick fast service here since theres no Uber, there is of course rideshare on craigslist but ive never been comfortable using that, cause it has no screening whatsoever. at first i thought LYFT worked here but another google search shows this isnt a city they serve either. i didnt learn Uber didnt work here til i tried to bring it up on my phone and it says no service. so i finally got a cab to show up by offering $50 and then the guy on the phone who kept saying none were in the area and it would be well over an hour til one was suddenly was able to make it in 15 minutes. he said he would do it himself for $50. (its only 1-2 miles and normally a bit under $10). well 1-2 miles then an extra mile in circles around the grounds of de park up to the front door. which is why its so terrible far to walk it.

there is a train station right on the grounds of de park. the newark de to philly commuter services it. it runs a limited schedule but its a great option for folks on the train from PA. once u are on the grounds of DE park, the casino will pick u up in their shuttle, but their shuttle wont leave the property, but it will go to the bus and train stops on the property.

theres another shuttle service i learned of, its called delaware express. its running on Christmas but needs to be reserved ahead of time to be sure theres room, and its $94 to the philly airport or $131 elsewhere in philly such as the amtrak. theres not really ANYTHING running to the casino in Dover since the city bus isnt running which would get me there VERY cheaply if it was. no bus on christmas. the other casinos are too far with the exception of the one in chester PA 19 miles away (where there is Uber but not here) but thats still a big cab fee and they use the harrahs card so im not exactly wanting to go there. the one in perrysville MD is quite a bit further out like dover de, and sugarhouse i have no idea which card they use but its over 35 miles away. which means $100 cab fare.

so i should probably just take the day off and read moms book. theres not one friend in the area i know and trust to hang out and spend Christmas with except PPP and he is in NY. i dont want strangers that could turn out to not be safe. Joel and Vook are the opposite direction and have families.

i need to add money to bovada too, i lost my last $5 on there am down to less than $2 again after losing the sng i just lost.

most of the clientele of delaware park looks dressed like bums and quite poor. odd thing about this poker room they have BOTH $1-2 and $1-3 NL going at the same time. $60-300 buyin and $100-500 buyin both of which have the button straddle and do it the WRONG way that we dislike.

the inside of de park isnt any different its an old racetrack, huge in size in a very old building thats half empty but filled with machines and very poor carpeting. the old poker room is shut down and the new room is in the very back far from the front door. the 2 VBJ machines nearer to it suck because they shuffle every hand, though they do give comps and are $5 min.

the VBJ machines up front, (about 6 of them mostly empty) has 2 $5-100 ones and $3 $10 min ones and 1 $25-500 one. ive only played the $5. these are better machines since they do NOT shuffle every hand, but 2 3rds of a 6 deck shoe. im up about $500 on them since i came to DE park. u got to look closely the rules differ on them. some have surrender some dont. some stand on soft 17 some dont. so i always pray the 1 $5 machine with the best rules will be empty of people and if theres people they are on a different one. today the promotion made it worth playing. everyone getting 10 points got to pick an envelope for $40-500 in free play, and of course most all get $40, including me which i turned into $28 running it thru once. u get a point for every $150 played thru i think so thats $1500 play thru. so thats a great promotion that goes every wed. i put in about 2 hours play, made 14 points and left over $200 up.

delaware VBJ i think is like vegas. if the rules say shuffle 2 3rds of a 6 deck shoe, it cant be a lottery game theres no bingo diagram on it so its a fair game. no funny rules like PA has where each spot on the machine has its own shoe.

the fact im winning is the real proof its honest.

also i rode the city bus #5 back to my motel from the casino for the first time since no uber and getting a cab too hard, but that bus stops at 10.30pm and its still a long walk of about 3 blocks down a major highway at night. actually de park itself isnt more than a mile or so down a highway a different way but i hate walking it at night in winter. and that dont include the much longer walk once u reach the property itself unless u have their shuttle meet u by the commuter train and bus stop. Just like the inside of the casino its really HUGE. picture 10 foxwoods placed back to back.

ive made a LOT of bluffs in the last month. have succeeded in close to 50 of them. this makes me think i went a large portion of wasted years of my life not making nearly enough of them. i bought in the $1-2 NL game for $60, started losing $27 right off, then added $70 and was in for $130. after a couple hours i added another $100 for a total of $230. eventually i cashed out $742 hours later. and for the first time in a long time my win rate is back to $14 an hour from $12, (which of course means my rate in de and MD is much higher, and my rate in vegas much lower) its no wonder i dont ever want to go back to vegas. at least not for poker instead of VBJ.

the one hand i was going to mention was the 57 diamonds. flop comes 8JQ with 2 diamonds and i call $12 with one other guy and i remaining for the turn. turn comes 8 we both check. river comes 9 and he checks, i bet $45. he folds and i show the bluff.

u really need a bike around here to get back and forth to de park on graveyard hours when the really good promotion is going on and less people are playing and no one is on the VBJ. counting the hourly hi hand promos and the hours for the freeroll the promo might be worth as high as $50 an hour during those 3 hours. also the red roof inn is slightly less per day and very close to this hotel im paying $91 a day and its $45 plus tax if u know how to do it right. not as nice a hotel and outside entrances more unsafe but still.

$4500+ a month (in free slot dollars) is just too much to pass up. too bad i cant solve my long term housing and transportation issues to make this work. they seriously need uber and/or i need an apt on the busline. still im back to around $800 more than i was when i left vegas. which isnt bad considering ive spent a good $1500 or more now. for 2 days of play at DE park between VBJ and poker ive gained about $1000 minus hotel costs.

also the hotel clerk was missing for a good 15 minutes from the desk when i came to check in. had me quite worried at first but finally he showed up.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

still doing well at Maryland live, at least financially at the poker tables.

Well Grump said i had a misunderstanding as to what the dr said to me yesterday. Im sitting here now in my room reading the paperwork he gave me (left when i turned a $697 win into only a $403 win--no longer felt like playing). they did a lab test of a Q-tip swab down my throat and it came back as positive for strep. But when i woke up today i felt much better, so i went to the casino. Too much sleep isnt good for u either, it causes headaches. The actual wording on the diagnosis says Strep Pharyngitis

Anyway, im more concerned about my tooth even though yesterday the clinic that charges me $144, ($14 for the amoxicillin, $85 for the drs visit and the remainder for the lab test) said it wasnt connected to my tooth. Because today i feel a bigger size hole like the tooths somewhat fell down slanted or came somewhat out. Hard to describe unless u look at it, and i really dont think anyone who works as a dentist actually reads this blog. i finally got Joel to tell me the name of his dentist and looked up his website.

im supposed to finish ALL the amoxicillin for 10 days at 3 pills a day even if i feel better.

The motel im at (in a horrible area without a shuttle causing me big cab and Uber fees last 2 nights) and ill make sure next time to avoid getting this hotel its ONLY 2 1/2 star hotels im given instead of 3 star. I dont mean horrible in the way of crime, theres NONE out here, its strictly office workers and its right next to the NSA entrance off the highway with big signs saying RESTRICTED, employees only.

i mean horrible in the way of huge transportation costs and no shuttle. its actually a nice hotel considering im getting it for so much less than all their other customers at $63 a night instead of the normal price.

u get a much better chance of not getting the wrong hotel if u dont use the 60% off name ur own price option and instead use the 55% off express deals option on priceline. that way i can make sure to select 2 1/2 star (instead of 2 1/2 star OR HIGHER) and that way ill either get the 2 1/2 star hampton inn or springhill suites both right by the casino with a shuttle. the hotel im at now is 3 stars.

never in my life have i seen a casino so easy to win at. im averaging $200-300 a day in the $1-2 NL and theres no way in hell id ever average that in vegas. all i need is enough money upfront for one of those nice luxury leases on the apts a half mile down the road.

what caused me to have such a high $28 cab fare on the way home is the huge amount of holiday traffic on the roads by the mall, (really nice how the casino is in a mall) i wonder if any other casinos are in a mall in a city i dont know about? and me stopping for food at safeway. getting so old, im starting to really worry about my health, so i bought toothpaste (airport security seized my original tube when i left vegas) a quart of milk to drink, a bag of tiny sized carrots (mom fed me those alot as a kid, along with apples, arent those supposed to be good for teeth?), and potato salad, all which u need to go to a real grocery store to buy and are much healthier foods.

all my uber fares werent near that high. took 3 trips on uber, one black lady, one black guy, and one indian guy. still hesitate using it though due to horror stories online. all of them were between $12 and $16. no bad experiences to speak of yet. i feel 100x more at ease anytime i can see its a woman driver instead of a man.

the hotel that charged me $45 more than Priceline agreed id be charged never answered my email i wrote about 36-48 hours ago and im really going to be pissed if i have to phone. i feel im just out. Maybe i also need to write Priceline too. Priceline gave me the price and it said PAY AT HOTEL. i wish id looked over the statements and pointed it out when i left but i left in the middle of the night without a manager on duty just the night desk clerk.

ill play a few sngs or cash games on Bovada with the $15 i have there before i sleep cause im just not tired yet. But i did feel like id lost back enough money, so i decided to leave the casino. for some reason my wins here are much bigger than in vegas, and it might be due to running good, but i think its just a much smaller percentage of people at the table actually gambling for a living.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Maryland Live Poker room

This is definitely by far the easiest poker room to win at ive ever seen, and one of the largest ever not counting the commerce. ive had 100% winning sessions here, which is getting my hourly built back up but slowly when its over 1000 total hours to average in. and ive never had a winning session lower than $192. most of the wins have been quite big $700-800+.

a lot of the policies here really bugs me though. do they bug anyone else?

in vegas, new players are given the courtesy of being able to buyin at the table. In fact, ive never seen ANY casino where this isnt done. yet here, if u dont buy chips at the cage before sitting down, they make u walk all the way back. it just seems kind of rude.

they also take a $2 rake at $10 plus $1 jackpot and the rake gets bigger as the pot grows, not sure what it caps out at. but on small pots its worse than vegas, although not as bad as cali thats for sure.

another thing that seems rude is when ordering food, napkins are never packed into the bag with the food, and if u dont think to act the cocktail waitress (who brings the food which is WEIRD all its own) u just dont have them. theyd make bigger tips if they always were in the habit of asking "do u want any napkins?"

and my good friend Rob will hate to hear that they use the $2 chips here and its next to impossible to get a decent amount of $1 chips. u are constantly short of $1's due to this, and if u need to put in a $5 to pay the BB or SB, the dealer is always giving u $2s back instead of $1s, worsening the shortage.

Plus no button straddle here either.

However its really nice u never ever have to wait for seats unless u are arriving early in the morning or something. i usually arrive late in the day til like 3am, and never ever have to wait for a seat. not even once. early in the morning before noon is the only time theyres a wait. But people shouldnt be coming at that time of day to do their playing anyway if they want good games and good action.

and heres the worst part--dealers arent allowed to play where they work--and u have no chance to win back from them the money they just dealt u out of a few minutes ago because they take all their business to the Other casino by state law.

so if u move to MD to be a dealer u might want to keep that in mind so u dont lose ur right to play here. this is about the only place theyres hiring dealers.

i just got a text from cooldave explaining how to do a screenshot on an iphone 5. will have to check it out and verify it works. a screenshot would work to show texts but not the whole pages of texts, id still need to do multiple screenshots.

i need to somehow decide where ill be staying because its a pain in the butt to be needing to check out or change rooms all the time and the high prices of rooms here arent so good either. couldnt get the great deal from yesterday again. Paid $139 plus tax today.

i like being able to use the shuttle back and forth all the time, its like having a friend with a car whose never got any other commitments. (which is what i thought Ray would be since he dont work and also plays poker). I keep giving tips of $2-3 and i hope he isnt mad im not giving $5 but i dont want to end up paying a lot extra per day. he did tell me he would be willing to drive by the Bank of america close to the mall atm machine to deposit cash if i wanted to. This hotel and all the others that are rich hotels within 3-6 blocks of the mall/casino not all have a shuttle but most do. almost all are over $100-130 a nite unless u are getting a special price.

its really great how the casino is inside (or connected to) the mall theres even a Safeway grocery store about 2 blocks up the street. so it would make it real easy to buy anything u need to buy while u are playing too. theres a promotion going on where u get back 10% in free slot play up to $50 a day on purchases up to $500 in the mail. Joel (the poker meister) suggested i do it and return the items and i said they wouldnt allow that and people would abuse it.

investigated and sure enough they stamp the receipts so the store will know u got the slot play, (and claim with them stamped) the store will probably refuse to accept it back. its certainly not worth the hassle unless u are quite broke and desperate and if u were, wouldnt it be easier to just find other peoples discarded receipts?

i did earn my jacket for 20 hours play and resold it for $20 since i have enough jackets and no more space for clothes in the suitcase. i still need a new suitcase where the wheels work since 2 suitcases would hold more.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In response to lightnings latest post about his trip to vegas

this old post (sitting in DRAFT) for more than a week now--is now finally ready to be published. there is NO inner circle or friends in my life anymore. Just people out to make fun of me. why else would i leave vegas and go elsewhere? ill probably go see Ray soon in Toledo. he understands me and is a Christian. Only real friends in Vegas are Vince and Cooldave, they never ignore my messages and always get back to me. PPP has made no effort to meetup and say hi since coming here. Josie totally ignored my emails to look at this rough draft a week ago.

I must first apologize in advance, for this will be my longest blog post ever. in fact, its going to be more like a book than a blog post.

To begin with, i moved out of my apartment today. (dec 9th).  the place i was living at, that i never wanted anyone to know the entire time i was living in it for my personal safety, (only Vince, lightning, cooldave and koala knew--and that was due to picking me up in person or driving me home). the place id talked about having a 3 month lease (when in really it was a 60 day commitment thru their extended stay program) because real apartments dont offer 2 month leases and i didnt want anyone finding out where it was--and that it wasnt a regular apt, but a hotel type setup. But i didnt completely lie, u see my debit card was charged to renew each time the rent came due. (when i first took it, and then again on Nov 10th). and u cannot just stay a month either, without paying a lot more. but i was afraid people would search craigslist, and figure out which place it was if i said 60 days. that was just way too easy to discover by googling craigslist.

they offer this type of setup thru their extended stay program in many other cities too, tucson being one of the cheapest, even less than vegas by a few hundred.

However, id grown tired of vegas, and tomorrow id either had to call their reservations dept and renewed for another month (no weeks) or move out. i didnt want to commit to paying here (and maybe flying elsewhere like to reno or toledo or baltimore or biloxi--or the tour bus back into LA--and continue to pay for nothing) so i moved out and into vinces house. Lucky for me vince was nearby and able to help me move out so i wouldnt have to deal with it in the morning.

Losing the Venetian as one of the best options vegas offers for poker play (due to the much wider range of games offered there, such as Big 0 at times) is a large effect on me thinking maybe vegas isnt such a good idea. at least other casinos in other places wont have a reason to think ill get into trouble, seeing i'll have no previous bad history in most places, many of which ive never been yet.

And then also (in preparation for leaving vegas) i closed out my newly opened box at the wynn tonight, so i wouldnt have them still holding my $100 deposit for an empty box if it turns out i find long term housing in a place i like better and make new friends and decide i want to stay there and play without moving back to vegas. The day before, i gathered up whatever free play i could at most places (not much to speak of) so pretty much everything is done that would need done before i could leave town.

After all the trouble lightning, Rob, AC and cokeboy went to move the location the previous day to the V (a bit too late since i was already at wynn after leaving the security office) i really wanted to go to the AC meetup because i felt like i owed it to AC to go, but couldnt decide for sure if she really wanted me to and she never really said when i private messaged a lot of people asking. But i was still under the impression lightning wasnt going (because he told me the first day he was here and i saw him that it didnt seem like the type of thing he was interested in--and that he didnt think hed attend). i at the time said he probably should--but only to meet Alysia Chang.

got to sleep so late the next morning (not til about 11am) a bit later than usual--that i didnt wake up until after 6pm again a little later than usual. I immediately texted lightning to arrange to meet him and talk to tell him about the Palazzo, and to help talk over what to do about moving out or staying. Also id still wanted to take him to eat somewhere nice at the Wynn, for free in exchange for doing little for him in the past. (the original idea was to get him into a free room at circus for fri and sat to save him a lot of money)--and i felt irritated he didnt trust me to actually follow thru and it didnt ever come to pass. But id have had to be there with him at checkin since id had to have done it in my name not his so they would think im the one staying there. so i mightve not been awake at the right time and remember my phone "wont ring". i keep forgetting each night to have cooldave look at the phone and try to see if he knows how to solve that issue.

however when i texted him, he was already AT the meetup (it was about 6.20 pm) and alysia held that WAY WAY too early for normal people to attend. vince was still working too. so i never was able to make it, had no ride like everyone else, and any other type of transit wouldve took way too long and this is why theres such a need for Uber in vegas. because as we all know if vegas had Uber, id have called and had a ride within 5 minutes at a cheap price, so id have came.

so i kind of blamed myself for not letting lightning know ahead of time. for i felt if he knew i was wanting to come with him, he wouldve made sure i arrived. and then after the meetup, i was quite pissed he'd asked me once if id be playing at the wynn later (and suggested him and i would meet up). i told him id took the bus to the nugget instead, and later he asked me via text how the games were at the nugget. now of course u get a text like that, u are going to think he must be thinking of coming.

so i mentioned 8 games were going (4 of them $1-2 NL) and i mentioned all the great changes the nugget new manager had made in improving the poker room, such as installing phone chargers, changing the rake to no flop no drop, getting rid of the halves, etc. i thought that might also encourage Rob to come too and check it out.

again lightning never showed, and i eventually found out he was at the MGM with people from the meetup. whose idea that was i didnt know, but i was pissed theyd encouraged lightning to NOT show up.

so then, kind of worried thinking id not get a chance to see him and talk again before he left town, and not knowing the exact time of his flight and what airline he was leaving on wed, i made sure today to be texting him as soon as i woke up. in fact lightnings text even said to text him when i woke up. (so i assumed thats when he would be ready to talk on the phone or hang out).

also i had some really big decisions to make about staying or leaving, and i thought i might possibly leave town long before he did, so i really wanted to make plans as soon as possible. yes PPP normally i dont make plans, but for something as important as this, uve got to make an exception. Planning here was ESSENTIAL.

Now tonight, after reading tons of the following texts between me and lightning after things went bad, cooldave said i shouldve just asked him direct early into the conversation (he thinks me calling lightning and PPP hypocrites is what offended him--according to cooldave hypocrit is a very strong word) "is there any way ill be able to meet u later today?" now im not sure if lightning wouldve replied had i said that, and now ill never know.

so when lightning said he was "at mandalay bay with Nick" and had a very nonchalant attitude about whether he would be available anytime at all the entire day to talk to, i got a bit panicked, and thought he had no intention of seeing me at all, and cooldave said i probably pissed him off the same way a woman would be uncomfortable if a guy kept insisting on doing something.

I explained to cooldave how i had no intention of being anything but wanting to be there for him as a friend and to share his company, and didnt know how to communicate that to lightning. Also explained to cooldave how God forgives us, and wants us to do the same. Thats what is so wonderful about the love and the mercy of God, and how he doesnt judge the sinners until AFTER they are dead if they still havent repented. People talk so much of the judgement of God--and worry about it--when really God does everything he can to show us how much he loves us--and wants us to love others the same way. man how i fail at this--i need to not go to a new casino locale, but to either the church in baton rouge swaggart has or the times square church in NYC by the late david wilkerson. I need to ask for prayer--for God to control my bitterness and anger when i feel ive been done unjustly. for it would help me not get banned.

i explained to cooldave how everything i said to lightning was unintentional as far as offending him, and how hurt i was seeing that lightning did know his comments were offending me. cooldave just said i shouldve let it go and just waited til the next day to talk to him.

I know that lightning gets offended quite easily (but not so much as i do) and im surprised seeing he works as a counselor and should know others emotionally as messed up as me and be quite tolerant of peoples faults by now. I remember how he lost interest in being a friend to Josie, and got out of her life, and never got over the bitter feelings. And how he blamed Josie for it, when truthfully i think Lightning owed her an apology. I think sometimes lightning can appear to be quite insensitive to the feelings of others who are upset.

but then again, im 100x worse than this. but what makes me "not a bad guy" is the fact im not doing it intentionally to be mean--as is often the case when others are doing it to me--at least i assume thats always the case when i hear a critical comment. especially from those ive trusted like PPP and lightning.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------enclosed is just a very small portion of the numerous texts back and forth from lightning to me or me to lightning. this is the very tail end of the texts and it was very difficult time consuming and hard work to move to the laptop from the Iphone. the main reason i am posting so little when id prefer to show it ALL.

read them in the opposite order, and remember this was the END of the convo, not the beginning. hopefully its clear which texts are mine, and which are his.

U seem to feel id intentionally be inconsiderate of people and im never that way. Im always surprised when someone says i am cause i sure dont see how. I just want u to know i try really hard to be there for friends and just dont lnow how.

So i tried to treat u the way jesus would treat someone because i loved respected and valued ur opinion and companionship. And if i failed at least i know i tried my hardest to be considerate and make u happy. As long as i try my hardest i dont know what more to do. All i ever expect was the same in return.

Essentially its this. I have problems understanding how to talk to others and make friends. But since im a christian instead of just getting mad and telling friends off i feel bad and apologize if i do wrong. Thats the difference christians and others. Christians feel bad when they do wrong. Others dont care if someone feels they done u wrong

Demanding and selfish wouldve been if im said to leave nick and come get me immediately i didnt do that instead i just wanted to talk and decide if i could meet u this evening later before either of us leave town

To ask to see u at least once in three days or a quick phone call is demanding and selfish? Its not like i asked u to give me another ride tonight or that u had to now i just wanted to setup for later or to decide whether to leave on the last plane to reno at ten pm

lightning speaking--You are an exceedingly selfish and demanding guy. You are also delusional. I am done with you this trip.

Vince is disappointed ur upset since he hoped to see u later. And i certainly wasnt telling u u couldnt hang out with nick while u waited for me to wake up. Essentially all i wanted was to make plans for later to make sure i got to see u one more time before u left. I think anyone will see i tried much harder to be a real friend and go out of my way to be considerate of u in spite of how u ignored me. When a friends in pain and needs a friend to talk to it just dont feel right to not be there for them. U see i would do it for u and thats why i expect others to do the same for me. I dont expect anything from others i wouldnt do for them. This is the bibles decription of a friend

lightning speaking
So you decided that, as a friend,  you would berate me in comments on your blog and message me all kinds of nasty things because I didn't respond exactly  how you wanted.   In the real world there are consequences for your actions, like your numerous bannings. Well here is another consequence. I have had a  great trip with great friends. I am not wasting my final hours with a jerk who gives shit to a guy who has carted his butt all around.--

remember all of this is to be read in the opposite order as its typed on here-and remember its the tail end of the convo. this took about 45 minutes work--any more work and its like 2-3 hours.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

From Linthicum Maryland.

ive arrived, checked into my hotel for fri and sat nites, for $237 total and $98 airfare. and now ive got to figure out what to do from here.

wheres the areas of baltimore to avoid? looks like the inner city, but not sure about the numerous buses serving the mall where the casinos located. are at least 1 in 5 of the people on the bus or at the mall, or in the casino white?

which area of this suburb is the nice safe areas where most white folks live? i have never ever been in this area in my life. only time i was ever in Baltimore i stayed at a mission called the Jeremiah house or something like that, maybe Nehemiah? i remember i was about age 21 or less and panhandling to survive.

also looking at the tour buses into AC, seems most of them have shut down? not sure if the one on shipley av is still running.  also looking on train amtrak info to CT PA NY etc or even WV cardrooms. i think its better people riding it than the greyhound or gotobus?

this is an outrageous price for a room thats fairly safe inside at least i hope it is. i think i could find far safer and better accomodations near foxwoods, or maybe near bethelham sands would be a much classier tenants and cheaper. also what about the 2 casinos in delaware?

i imagine the sands are better here than sands or delaware but not the housing situation. anyone have any in detail experience?

there is a bus directly from the airport to maryland live and it seems it goes right by this hotel too. im wondering if ill be the only white person on it? or maybe all will be fine and its white collar business commuters in this area instead of hoodlums. also it seems uber exists here

i feel like i did the right thing getting more sleep than the 1-2 hours on the plane? instead of playing first without adequate sleep right after a huge loss in vegas on VP at the golden nugget, martingaling a 50 play 50c and $1 machine from 1 hand 1 credit 50c to 250 credits of $1

then again i dont feel like i did the right thing. wasted $104 plus tax on fri nite for nothing when my plane didnt get there til 3am.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I feel like i really butchered things awful bad here, what would u have done differently?

This will be just a short post since im tired and need sleep before checkout time (at this hotel that is). Theres a much much longer sized blog post waiting in the wings in the rough draft section but i cannot post it until i first read someone elses post, so it will have to wait. (ill probably be changing many things in the final draft u see). but its a LONG post.

tonight i was playing in the Golden nugget, and its a great game with all the cowboys in there and the new policies. there were still 3 $1-2 NL games after 3am, extremely unusual for a weekday.

i was getting quite tired because i either wanted to catch the plane out east about 7am or to detroit or new orleans or reno or rapid city and most of those left in the morning and i couldnt decide which one to take. But i wanted to go sleep while my one free night was still good so it wouldnt go to waste, so i knew i needed to get out of there. but id went from being stuck $120 to being up $108 to then being stuck again, and was tired of playing.

this is a horrible problem i need help to overcome. (playing when tired, unable to quit when i dont feel like it anymore). i think i put in too many hours.

my hourly now is barely $12 an hour too and will probably keep dropping if i stay in vegas unless i start tracking and playing $8-16 omaha.

Remember all the people who said play loose, 3 bet and bluff? im still not sure of the wisdom of that. a few hours earlier (when a different table thought i was a nit) i got away with reraising $11 raises to $51 in the BB with hands like 56 offsuit and no callers preflop. (all 3 limpers of the $11 bet folded).

still maybe i shouldnt show the bluffs?

anyway--i dont think ill ever fix that. like most of my problems--im too set in my ways.

now for the hand -- so i can log off and sleep.

one of the old guys who regularly wakes early in the morning and plays almost 365 days a year in the nugget, and who most of u would recognize by face who play there, hed just recently sat. he makes it $12, one guy calls, and i call in the BB with 56 clubs. flop comes up 344 rainbow, and he bets $30, other guy calls, and i know ill get paid off if i hit any of my 8 outs so i call. (at least i will unless he has AK).

turn comes 9. old man bets $100 and this is where i should give it up and just leave. other guy who i at first thought might have the 4 folds. now i know hes got an overpair and should fold, but i also know hes committed to paying me off if i hit, thinking it will be a safe card.

so i call. river is 9 and with the double paired board i dumbly shoved, hoping he would see the double paired board and lay down aa being no flush draw was on the flop. instead he calls with aa sure enough, and i look like the table idiot. was i?

Monday, December 8, 2014

I feel bad

     All night long at the venetian i was a little upset with lightning for a comment he asked me via cell that had offended me, and id been waiting for both him and agsweep to show up, and possibly also Nick. Agsweep finally showed up and i was relieved to get to meet her finally, and although she didnt play because her girlfriend wasnt a poker player, she still talked for a while and i thought that was nice of her. Agsweep has always been a very nice and friendly person, in spite of her and my differences in beliefs.

     But i was still worried about my relationships with other friends, and come to find out i had a lot more friends than i knew i had. For as i found out later on while at the Wynn, (long after id been escorted out of the V by security and told never to return) i found out that not only did lightning eventually show up at the Wynn, but also alysia chang, cokeboy, and Rob. and i was of the impression that all of them with the possible exception of lightning wouldve preferred to play somewhere i was banned. At times im too quick to judge others because of past experiences where others have been unkind and done me wrong. (guys like the one cooldave commented about on the previous blog entry).

So here I am at the wynn, unable to come back to the Venetian, and join them and im really feeling pretty shitty about this point.

but somehow i still managed to get my final $253 i left the V with where i cashed out of my machine before security took me into the back office to call metro, up to $750 in the $1-3 game at the wynn. it was actually a good game for a change. one key hand i was pleased with my play in early on, i had AA and made it $13 preflop. got 5 callers a bit too many. flop comes 457 with 2 clubs and im in next to last position, and i decided to check to control the size of the pot. the black guy on the button who seems to have played alot of poker outside vegas somewhere bets $50 and one guy calls, and i decided to only call and see the turn first. turn comes 4 and the first guy checks, and i didnt want to button to check behind on such a draw heavy board if i was ahead, so i shove my last $200+ in the pot. he thinks a long while and calls, other guy folds. my hand held up as he had QQ.

Not that any of this ever benefitted me of course. i started the night with over $17,200 and ended the night with about $15,600.

so when i walked out of the poker room at the wynn to go home since lightning had by then went to bed without coming to the wynn to hear the story of what happened at the V (actually nothing happened at the V, it had to do with something that happened in the Palazzo close to 2 months prior--and the V just became aware of it). Also alysia chang didnt reply to my message either to come talk and eat at the wynn, and probably also was asleep by then. I was still down about $125, so i didnt want to go home still down, so i decided to sit at a video poker machine since the wynn dont have any good VBJ machines. (what a dumb idea). maybe another idea just as dumb was removing $4000 from my wynn safe deposit box before i went to play the machine also.

ended up leaving the video poker machine over 2-3 hours later, by then stuck about $1100 again instead of $125, and went back in the poker room and sat in the $2-5 game for the first time with over $700.

made some plays i shouldnt have made, because i was too much of a hurry to want to win a big pot, and eventually quit the game with only $200. then i really did go home to bed.

Stuck some mashed potatios in the microwave, and am sitting here eating them now. i have only 2 more days before i have to move out when the rents due. no point in staying in vegas now.

I was pleased that neither lightning, AC, Cokeboy or Rob mentioned anything on twitter about me being banned at the V, i appreciate their willingness to not bring up the subject til i was ready to talk about it in the blog. Maybe after privately talking to lightning at some point later this afternoon/evening when i wake up about 5-7pm, then ill be ready to give all the details why security at the Palazzo was so pissed at me and exactly what happened. Suffice it to say i overreacted when i felt a certain employee called me a liar and was in my opinion out of line. I kind of thought i had nothing to worry about as long as i avoided swing shift in the palazzo since id played in the V a few times since without a problem. but i hadnt been to the players club in the V til tonight, and theyd put a note to call security on my players card. (i'd left the palazzo on my own that day before security could show up).

I am lucky, that with all the poor decisions ive made since nov 1, to still have over $15,000. i sure dont deserve it and a giant portion of my increase from $9800 since leaving Reno was due to very large VBJ wins all of them at the elcortez. (everywhere else i didnt win on it). also my hourly rate still really sucks in vegas, but my PLO PLO8 and BIG 0 rate has helped.

i wont have that long, rents due dec 10, i dont know where ill be and of course, the tooth needs fixed.

the post just before this one was only up 1 day and had only 397 views instead of the 1500+ most posts have. for those only checking in periodically, please dont overlook it and think u read it when u havent.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Much needed update

I've heard from Lightning this week blogging has kind of died out. Maybe thats true, all the best blogs, (Josies, Carmens, the lady married to the poker player in europe,) theyve all kind of went by the wayside. and of course, im not in any way affiliated with any of the blog get togethers not hosted by Rob.

But i still think i should update my blog more often than i have lately. ive been kind of negligent on that, and my blog is a great success story of my rise out of poverty and homelessness, when no one thought id not eventually go broke. Had it not been for Britni and Lorna back in the mid 2000s and the closure of pokerstars to those of us in the USA, id have been successful a long time ago. am sad i squandered such a great opportunity back in 2002-2005. Back then Paradise and Party were even better than pokerstars.

And ive enjoyed my time this week with both Lightning and cooldave88, (who recently quit his job to spend more time on poker.) I also hope to see agsweep tomorrow.

my times almost up where im living, rents due dec 10 (id originally thought it was dec 11) and im considering moving out since im so often out of town and just living with Vince again when im here. my lease is almost up.

after a win tonight at the wynn, plus another $300+ in the BIG o game, (even after losing over $275 to cooldave on one hand) im back to a little over $17,000. over $4000 of it is in my safe deposit box in the wynn. also i won a few hundred on VBJ at the Venetian the previous nite after leaving Planet H where lightning and i played both the $3-6 mix and the regular $1-2 NL game the day before.

About the only thing that still needs done is the fixing of the tooth. and i've got the search done to one of these 3 dentists. u see the one in vegas never returned my email. i wonder if insisting on an email reply instead of a phone is why, but its rude to tell me how they are going to contact me instead of letting me pick what i prefer.




Cooldave met Alysia while at the V tonight, and i was shocked he joined the PLO8 5 card Big 0, since hes never played that game. he also won earlier in the $1-2nl. one of the players was a real dick and not only me thought that but so did the lady and cooldave, that he was very condescending to all of us. i started off the game playing him HU because it was the only way to get the game started. also his supposed article in card player on big o i cant seem to find and doubt it exists.

also, i was quite surprised to learn that pokerstars.net started offering Big 0 on their play money site, i had no idea pokerstars added it. they sure didnt offer it a year or 2 ago. i took off the site from my computer about 2 yrs ago. it would be a GREAT way for some of u wanting to learn the game to gain experience. was anyone else aware of this?