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.