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.

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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.--

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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.

70 comments:

  1. That is not very Christian of you to think that only Christians feel bad when they do wrong.

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  2. I don't even know what I just read. I cant believe I read the whole thing, but I refuse to read it again to try and understand the message. Also you know you can simply take pictures of the messages on your phone and post them and it would take like 5 seconds.

    Good luck, and good job disbanding the inner circle. Who needs a group of die hard friends who have stuck with you through racist and sexist rampages and unsubstantiated homosexual accusations. You deserve better.

    MIV

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    1. I didnt disband the inner circle. Josie disappeared months ago. Ppp isnt around if u need him. And lightnings new blog discusses his resignation

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    2. And i wouldnt have the slightest idea how to photograph texts unless someone showed me in person such as Rob

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    3. No you would have an idea if you read the Iphone user manual or searched it online. But you are to lazy to do that and would rather spend your time on the net doing other things. You know doing those things will make you go blind!

      MIV

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  3. Of course, Mr BIGCHARLES, your interpretation of things is not exactly spot on. And you failed to post the beginning of the conversation, which might help explain why I was not happy with you. And you fail to mention that I spent time on my first two days in Las Vegas with you. But, in the world of Tony Bigcharles, nothing is ever what it seems, u see.

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    1. I think an earlier blog did discuss the 2 days with u not sure. This blog entry is to discuss the hurt and pain i felt and the struggle i have trying to be a friend to others. U are welcome to post the earlier cell phone texts since i dont understand how even after reading google. Im very worried about my health. Sitting here at md live drinking water my hearts been feeling weird ever since i woke up. And everytime i sleep lately its always over 12 hrs

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  4. "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 heard of the "gambler's prayer"... this must be the "angry gambler's prayer"...

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  5. Tony please explain to me how this "Not being there" didn't affect you when you ran away to California and left me high and dry in Las Vegas for a week, without even telling me you were going. That was after I had told you where I was and had renewed my phone for an extra week so we could communicate and arrange meet ups. It seem to me that you think it is OK to do this to others, but it is not OK for others to do it to you. Who is being the hypocrite?

    Are you going to tell us what happened at the Palazzo to get yourself banned from there and the Venetian? Are you going to tell us if you threw a tantrum and got banned from the Golden Nugget after your $3200 loss on the slots? Why did you runaway so quickly to the airport and get on the first available flight? Was this as a result of your $3200 loss or a well planned escape from reality or the law?

    When you abandon friends who have just carted your ass all over California, after promising them to pay the expenses and not doing so, or calling friends insulting names and offending them after they have carted your ass all over Las Vegas, is it any wonder people are done with you?

    You just don't see the real world like normal society does and you never will, because in your world you expect everyone to be at your beck and call 24/7 irrespective of what others plans or desires might be. It is always "all about you" and nothing else is important. Well Tony I hate to tell you this, but people like Lightning, PPP, Josie and others who have done so much for you have decided to do their own thing. They are tired of giving you good advice and offers of help, only to be shit upon by you time and time again. You have made your own bed, now you get to lie in it.

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    1. is that bed in a safe room in a good area with only white people around?

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    2. well Koala i felt bad when i didnt get to see u before i left--and was upset lightning didnt also feel bad about not seeing me again. i felt i did wrong not coming to the orleans--and lightning didnt feel he done wrong. to me thats what makes me "the better man".

      i talked to cooldave about the palazzo all the details, sufficient it to say i blew up at an employee who called me a liar, and damaged some property of the casino. However im proud i didnt blow up at the nugget. at the nugget no one had insulted me or done me wrong--i only did myself wrong, so myself was all i could be mad at and walked out of there without incident. im offended u would have the nerve to think the worst instead of the best, when ive done nothing to give u the right to feel this way.

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    3. I know this isn't really my battle to jump in the middle of... but I can't resist.... you accuse someone else of "having the nerve to think the worst" and claim you've "Done nothing to give (him that) right"

      THAT IS ALL YOU DO!!! You have a reputation of listening to everyone's well crafted advice, then taking actions that are comically the opposite of what everyone just said. You are banned EVERYWHERE on the strip except Wynn, Encore, and Circus Circus.... and I guess somehow you've got back into PH since I saw you there Dec.8th. So you certainly have given people the right to expect the worst.
      It is so weird trying to reconcile the arrogant, racist, annoying jackass you can be online with the guy I have met in person. Everytime I have talked to you at a poker table, I have thoroughly enjoyed it, and you seem like a real nice guy. Then I get on here and read, and its a 180....

      I don't know if you are just putting on for attention, or if maybe everyone is like this... nice on the exterior, but a damn mess on the inside.

      Regardless, good luck. Stay safe, win some money, and come back to Nevada in a triumph of excellence and rub it in our faces for telling you to do anything else...

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  6. "U seem to feel id intentionally be inconsiderate of people and im never that way."

    Tony I can remember at least 5 times over the years when we walked into a poker room together, if there was only one seat immediately available you went and sat straight down without even asking me if I wanted to sit down first while you waited for another seat to become available. That is being inconsiderate and unchristian like.

    Amazing how you can drag up christianity when it serves your purposes to do so. Then you say you want to go to the church that Swaggart has in Baton Rouge. Swaggart is one of the biggest con artists and lying unfaithful bastards in the world, and you support him and want to pray in his church? Really, shame Tony, shame on you.

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    1. Tony, when you told me I had a nigger's cock in my mouth, was that being considerate, or was it unintentional?

      Don't try to say you're never that way.

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    2. it wasnt the type of comment Jesus would say to u, so i was sinning when i said it and God wanted me to tell u i was sorry. I often say i need God, and do wrong when im angry. i said it out of anger, because i felt u mocking a conservative republican for his beliefs and ill advised language was just as offensive as what i was saying to u.

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    3. Koala, i didnt realize u cared, u never told me this bothered u, i thought u didnt object to me sitting first. had i known id have let u. Swaggart was a man who wasnt prideful and tried to claim he wasnt sinning, he confessed to the whole church that he sinned and asked for forgiveness. that sure isnt being a hypocrite, thats what God says to do. to tell everyone u did wrong--and ask forgiveness. Look at how much God forgave him, and still blesses his ministry and his music and how clean hes been since. its a great example of how God can do a work in someones life and change them into a better person.

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    4. To this day Tony, you have never actually apologized to me. Saying "god wants me to say I'm sorry," is not an apology. It's a cop out. You once said "I didn't mean to offend you" which is just a lie, and its not an apology.

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    5. thats the way i apologize and show remorse, im a bit different than others and me saying that i should say im sorry is me saying i apologize. others never get what im trying to communicate.

      have u ever told congressman Akin u are sorry for ur comment to him?

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  7. I think TBC is an Andy Kaufman-like performance art character. There is no way anyone in real life can be this big a moron.

    I think lightning and PPP are in on the scam too, like Bob Zmuda was with Kaufman.

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    1. Lightning certainly, PPP the jury is still out on whether he is in on it with Lightning and our Hero.

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  8. I have been thinking this blog is a work of fiction as well.

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    1. I use to wonder as well. I thought it was all a giant level. Rest assured, the train wreck is legit. Best advice -- stay clear of the rails and enjoy from a distance.

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  9. So, it appears that Lightning broke your heart. This is a legitimate concern. If your heart "does not feel right," you probably need to see a doctor. Drinking water will not cure a heart ailment.

    As for your disappointment in not seeing me this weekend . . . You let me know you were in town late Friday night, by way of a twitter offer to "pay me whatever might be fair" to pick you up at the airport . . . at 2:00 am. It was a tough decision, but I decided NOT to give you a 3 mile ride from BWI to your hotel in the middle of the night. Beyond this, I had plans for the weekend. I was not going to change my plans to somehow meet up with you because you dumped 1/4 of your net worth in a VP machine the previous night and fled town last minute. The fact that you sleep all day, and stay up "working" all night, makes it an even easier decision.

    All this said . . . I do believe your complaints about lightning are correct. He should have done more. He could have done more. You deserved more. It's as simple as that in my book.

    Good luck on your east coast adventure. Your plan to grind the graveyard promo at Delaware Park seems sound and well thought out. They may or may not have a single table going there most nights. It's clearly the superior place for a poker pro to make a living. Vegas cannot compete.

    If you find your way back to DC next weekend, let me know. We'll spend Sunday watching football . . . maybe check out some museums downtown in the morning. You know, do the types of things friends do.

    Good luck. And remember, water does not cure a heart attack or whatever issue you may be having. If it persists, you need to see a doctor.

    P.S. When are you heading home to Kansas to spend Christmas with your family? Given how focused you are on things friends do for other friends, surely you plan on doing right by your mom and son . . .

    Sincerely,

    PPP (a hypocrite)

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    1. PPP, you may or may not be a hypocrite, but clearly you aren't Uber.

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    2. well u did the right thing not coming to the airport at 2 (since the plane actually debarked closer to 3 than 2). its just that i was mad Vince couldnt pick up lightning, and have often felt the proper thing to do is to "meet friends at the airport" when they arrive in vegas, and wished that i had a car to do so.

      thats not what disappointed me. its that u didnt come to Maryland live, or see me as real person with feelings and emotions that shouldnt be taken lightly.

      Most others dont have to be out a large portion of their net worth to spend xmas with their family. total cost both ways and hotel and cab costs etc would make it a huge burden since im so much less well off than i was at $19,000. were it much easier to see family id do it more often.

      clearly doubt u were pay to take me to a ballgame even if i was into that kind of stuff. however i wouldnt mind taking a meal at a restaraunt of ur choosing as long as i didnt intensely dislike the food. id even not mind something like the museum or a movie as long as we could talk and i could make plans as to what i should do. The main thing that upset me about lightning was he didnt just tell me "im busy now but i give u my word u WILL get to see me later today before u go--just not right now." had i been assured of that im not panicked, and wouldve quieted down and let him be. i was upset i wasnt going to get the chance to "do something nice for him for a change".

      ive never seen de park dead on bravo. one table is fine, who sits at more than 1 table anyway? at least even on the nights id lose id be out far less since id get back the $100 in slot play and yes ive verified it can be gotten every day (but just once a day) and used on VP machine and not just reel slots.

      the biggest worry is that business is so dead, they made the offer out of desperation (and just like the Palms--might suddenly close the room entirely without warning).

      i didnt think my hours would be an issue considering u often are awake and posting online as im getting up at night to go play. i figured u are awake nights too.

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    3. Tony, I do feel bad if I offended you. But I really don't know how to handle you. You show up, unannounced in the middle of the night on a Friday when I am already "out of town," in Baltimore for the weekend with plans Saturday and Sunday. Then you get hurt because I do not make an effort to see you. If you don't see what your expectations and behavior are unreasonable, I really can't help you.

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    4. It's too expensive to go visit family over the holidays but you can punt $3200 on vp?

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    5. i never expected u to show up to be honest--it was my way of letting u know i hoped ud see me sometime within the time im here.

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  10. Im pretty sure herbie would support the de park promo considering hes grinding a promo in the less busy pokeroom at lvh westgate worth about one third as much per hour. Also id qualify for de park freeroll too.

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    1. Much longer replies to ppp and koala will take place when im not at the table but alone in a hotel on a laptop by the way the pokermeister is here and he insists i should stay put at md live

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  11. While in Las Vegas last week, I had the pleasure to play at MGM with a guy from Ohio who is well versed in the TBC blog and story. I let him know the evil truth ... that everything you read is 100% legit (except for the times when Tony lies, of course).

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  12. My heroes are people like Einstein, Beethoven, Dickens, Richard Feynman and Milton Friedman...because of their genius.
    My heroes are the creators of the US Constitution...for creating the only government in the history of mankind that is run by the people...
    My hero(ine) is a Japanese immigrant, whose ex left her penniless with 2 young kids (she raised them without government assistance by working 10 hrs a day for 5.00/hr)

    ...and in a sense, Tony, who has somehow survived without welfare, without money, friends, education.

    I suspect this blog is his only link to sanity. He bares his soul. He shares his thoughts with his imaginary friends.
    I've met, talked to, and played poker with Tony at least a hundred times.
    I cannot imagine the horrors he faces on a regular basis, knowing that if his bankroll disappears, he is DEAD.
    He is real. He has many flaws, as we all do. But he survives, he doesn't cheat or steal. So I place him in a special category of my heroes.


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    1. Interesting take, Dick. Yes, Tony is certainly a survivor. The way he can't hunker down when almost broke and then lift himself back up is amazing at times. However, his bankroll is his only lifeline because he refuses to get the help he needs in many different areas. In my mind, that is not heroic. It is idiotic and tragic. He doesn't have to live the way he does, but he chooses to do so.

      Were Tony to accept some basic social services, he would have a regular place to live, food, and could then support his lifestyle in a much better way. However, he rejects those things.

      As for cheating and stealing -- I disagree. It is evident that Tony is a tax cheat, at bare minimum. As for stealing, his situational ethics lead him to believe that skipping out on rent and other obligations is okay. One can rationalize things any way one wants, as Tony does, when convenient.

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    2. great comment and thanks, but i cannot recognize the u from the picture, im horrible with faces, in fact Joel will tell u today id forgotten his. Let me know who u are the next time i play at ur table.

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    3. Tony, you totally ignored the crux of the comments from Dick & Lightning - instead talking about meeting Dick. How bout you comment back about your thoughts on the above comments?

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  13. Lightning is shocked by Tony acting like Tony. LOLLLLLLLLL Josie's not shocked that Lightning still acts like a girl. :)

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    1. Stay on alert, ma'am. Tony may end up at Foxwoods any day now. It could be tonight . . . it could be tomorrow . . . it could be this weekend. Whenever it is, you will be expected to hang out.

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    2. what im shocked by, is that u wouldnt acknowledge my request to view this post before i publish it, (and omit anything that i probably shouldnt say) maybe u didnt see anything to remove, i dont know, but i wish ud at least have said id rather not instead of total silence. i didnt even know u were even still reading the blog. also if i make it to foxwoods within the next month or so and havent died yet or a heart attack or tooth infection, i hope both u and waffles stop by. im sure he isnt still reading the blog. I am a little shocked lightning didnt understand i was making a real effort (more so than with koala) to do something nice for him as a friend, in the way of wynn food and free housing, and was disappointed he wouldnt let me.

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  14. I must say im really thrilled with the quality of the games at Maryland live, even though i never felt i had enough money for $2-2 PLO or $2-5 NL. (played NOTHING but $1-2 nl) at least im finally trying $200 buyins instead of $100. I've found its been so long since i bought in short ($40-60) i now cannot play short as well.

    even after expenses, i still have $13,500+ not bad since i had only $13,100+ when i stepped out of the hi-limit lounge at the Golden Nugget in vegas, and only $12,700+ by the time id paid for the first 2 nights hotel and a cab ride and plane ticket. This just goes to show u how easy it is to win money at Md live, no wonder the pokermeister INSISTS i remain nearby. in 3 days ive won almost $1000. but not quite. at one point today i was up $357, and left with a profit of $192.

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    1. Tony, you've been playing poker for how many years? It's hilarious how you are either incapable of understanding the concept of variance, or simply refuse to.

      Granted, the games are definitely very good at MDL! But how are you going to live? It's basically isolated in the middle of nowhere. You have no car. You will have no life other than taking a bus back and forth to Maryland live and staying at a shitty hotel. Also, it's only a matter of time before you get bored and dust off a few grand on the machines.

      But, other than this, it sounds like you've got the perfect set up for long term success.

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  15. also im learning ALOT about how to use priceline properly for my best benefit. (i just wish i understood OTHER things as easily (like taking pictures of texts). Right now i just checked into a $150+ hotel (with tax) for only $67 (with tax) on priceline thru the name ur own price option. this is much closer, short walk from the casino, (but used their FREE shuttle (hotel shuttle) not casino,) and was told it would still be running when i wake up after midnite. this is on the high floor of a total luxury hotel with business travelers, so who cares if theyre black or white? and it looked like most were actually white. no ones going to ever be committing a crime here, thats for sure.

    so i saved about $30 on my hotel, considering id paid about $90-100 at the old hotel nearer the airport (and much further from the casino) and whats great is no $20 cab rides or Uber rides.

    Never have i ever stayed in my life in a hotel this nice and luxurious. its one of the ones in the Marriott chain and is every bit as nice as any ever stayed in by PPP. (i wonder if PPP understands how to get the $67 price on a $150+ hotel including tax?)

    if i could get this price and this quality and these free shuttle rides on demand 24/7 all the time, it would be easy to live here longterm, even though id be paying over $2000 a month in expenses. Maryland live really is the easiest casino to win in ive ever seen, including the commerce. surprised PPP prefers the horseshoe, but its probably only cause im banned at the Horseshoe, same reason Rob and AC and cokeboy and lightning prefer MGM and everyone else prefers MGM. if i werent banned at MGM, they wouldnt like the place anymore.

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    1. "Never have i ever stayed in my life in a hotel this nice and luxurious. its one of the ones in the Marriott chain and is every bit as nice as any ever stayed in by PPP. (i wonder if PPP understands how to get the $67 price on a $150+ hotel including tax?)"

      Don't bait me, Tony. And you're staying at a Residence Inn across from a mall in a shitty neighborhood. Let's not get carried away . . .

      I play Horseshoe instead of MDL for several reasons. First, there is never any wait to sit down in the poker room, unlike MDL where, during busy times, there is often an hour waitlist. Second, I'd rather accumulate points at a Caesars' property, where I'm Diamond, than at MDL! which has no other casinos or affiliates anywhere. The fact that you are banned is just gravy.

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    2. I own a house that I rent 40 minutes from MDL only $2100 per month. 3 bedroom, 2.2 baths. I think a hotel for 2k a month is a bad decision.

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    3. "Never have i ever stayed in my life in a hotel this nice and luxurious. its one of the ones in the Marriott chain and is every bit as nice as any ever stayed in by PPP."

      Here you go again Tony, bragging about spending one night in a nice hotel, and trying to put people down because you think you have surpassed their level of luxurious living. You did exactly the same thing at Alysia's BBQ to Rob when you bragged about your then living arrangements compared to Robs.

      Believe me one night in a nice hotel or two months in a reasonable apartment does not make you King of the Penthouses. Perhaps if you were a bit more humble, others might be more inclined to believe you were more of a christian than a hypocrite.

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    4. Tony - what you fail to realize about people is not all people are driven by money and profit. PPP works hard at his day job & appreciates being taken care of when not working. He doesn't necessarily care about where is a more profitable game. That said, you ARE driven by money and profit. Therefore, if you do so well at MDL, figure out how to get your costs down & keep on playing there instead of chasing some slot promotions at DE Park.

      The guy you met today - who I introduced you to - GolfPro - has connections to the poker room manager at MDL. You totally ignored him / barely looked up from your phone to acknowledge the introduction. It was pretty rude of you - I would think you'd want to get every advantage you can get there...

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    5. OK Tony I give up on you typing into Google and spending 5 seconds learning how. I goggled how to take a picture of texts on an Iphone and this was the first result. Very simple explanation. http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-take-a-screenshot-iphone-ipad/

      You need to get PPP to take you on a boys gettaway to the W in San Diego. PPP can use his points and then you will know what a truly nice hotel is, and understand how the 1% such as the thrice P live.

      MIV

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    6. So after not even a week, you can confidently say that it's the easiest casino to make money? Also, taking screenshots is a simple as holding two buttons on your phone. The main one on the bottom and the power one on the top right.

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    7. i had no way to know it was golfpro. why call me out here for being rude? i didnt know he really was interested in meeting me, he didnt hardly say a word and i thought it was someone YOU wanted to meet me, (not his desire). the name Golf Pro, i recognize. i think u mentioned his real name, but i didnt recoginize it.

      i never called u out for being rude to that old lady outside and scaring the daylights out of her after she about hit u with her car, why call me out?

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    8. Tony - it doesnt matter who it was. I was introducing you to someone - ANYONE - and you refused to take the time to look up from your phone. In fact, it was as if you didn't know me or care to acknowledge me either. If I wanted YOU to meet someone, or if it was a reader, does that matter?

      As far as the old lady, she was not old. She nearly ran me over, honked at me while she was doing so, and was on the phone - not paying attention. What does that have to do with anything?

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  16. Tony you measure friendship by someone doing what you want them to do when you want them to do it. As long as you are using this yardstick to measure friendship I doubt you will ever be satisfied with anyone's 'friendship'.

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  17. Tony, when you become aware that somebody has been offended or hurt by something you did or said, here's how to handle it:

    1. A short message like this: "I see/hear that I've made you mad. I'm sorry. I'd like to know how I can make things right again. If and when you'd like to talk about it, please call me."

    2. If and when you get a call in reply, say something like this: "Thank you for calling. I have to admit that I'm not sure what I did to make you mad, but I hope you'll tell me. I hate knowing that I've hurt you."

    3. Listen, without interruption, until the person is done explaining what went wrong, as he sees it. Let me point out, for emphasis, that listening here means keeping your mouth shut. You cannot listen when you're talking.

    4. When he's done, summarize back to him what he just explained, followed by a question asking whether you have correctly understood his complaint. (Google "active listening" for more details on how to do this.)

    5. If he tells you you've misunderstood, go back to step 3. If he confirms that you hvae correctly understood the problem, then apologize. It helps if you also add something like, "I can see why you'd be angry at that."

    6. If you can do so sincerely, state what you'll do in the future to avoid causing the same kind of problem again.

    7. Ask forgiveness.

    Now, this is the most crucial part: None of the above steps involves YOU saying what HE did wrong. None of the process involves you saying what God wants that person to do. None of it involves asserting what you think true friends ought to do. None of it involves being defensive. None of it involves you repeating how you're handicapped and people ought to make special accommodations and exceptions for you. None of it involves posting mind-numbing details and documentation of the whole mess on your blog. None of it involves listing who else thinks that you were right and he was wrong.

    If you were also hurt or offended by something he did or said, stifle it for now. Your task is to fix what YOU did wrong--even if you think that your wrong was much smaller than his. If your complaint still needs airing in order to set the relationship right again, you can deal with that later. If you try to deal with it at the same time, it will sound defensive, as if you're not really taking responsibility for whatever it was you did to cause offense. This means putting the other person's needs ahead of your own. After you have received explicit confirmation that you are forgiven and the other person still wants to try to continue the friendship, then, if you need to, you can ask, "May I tell you how I was hurt by something you said/did in this?" However, (1) this isn't tit for tat; if you don't have some such genuine need, drop it. (2) He may not be ready to move on to that aspect of it, which is why you ask, and respect whatever the answer is.

    All of this is premised on you actually wanting to set right whatever you have done wrong. If it's just a pretense, and your real goal is to justify your actions and explain why he shouldn't have been offended, don't bother, because you'll just make things worse. Which is what you usually end up doing with all of your long-winded, defensive essays. If you did a word count on your post above, you spend way, way more time being defensive than accepting responsibility. The latter bits are completely drowned out by all the crap about what God thinks Lightning ought to do, what real friends should do, why you were justified in thinking and doing what you did, etc.

    And thus we conclude today's life lesson.

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    1. its just i dont feel like people ive offended care about it being made right--they only want to carry anger and bitterness-so why bother? even if i do everything u say--they wont accept the apology. people dont care if they upset me u see, they only care if i upset them. i guess thats why i see the entire world as hypocrites. (certainly not just PPP and lightning--they shouldnt take that personally).

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  18. "alysia held that WAY WAY too early for normal people to attend"

    "same reason Rob and AC and cokeboy and lightning prefer MGM and everyone else prefers MGM"

    "Most others dont have to be out a large portion of their net worth to spend xmas with their family"
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    It's pretty clear to me at this point (if not before) that you have zero comprehension of a) what "normal" is, b) what real friendship entails and c) how much more valuable personal interaction with family and friends is than gambling.

    I cannot fathom for one second what it must like to be you with all your demons and inner voices telling you kinds of effed up stuff. You're no picnic, Tony. I may as well just put it out there because honestly, being diplomatic just doesn't work.

    * You smell. You don't use deodorant and your breath is hideous. Lightning and Koala thankfully only had rental cars but I feel sorry for every Uber driver you've accosted with your unique scent. That night when we were at Planet Hollywood and I didn't want to sit at your table? I could smell you from three feet away. Go ahead and have hurt feelings about this but fixing your teeth/gums would go a long way towards amending this issue. Also showering. With soap.

    *You expect people to go with and cater to YOUR schedule and interests instead of understanding that relationships (all relationships including dating and friendship) require a certain amount of give and take. I personally HATE MGM. I liked it better when the lion habitat was there and when they had a theme park in back. But I went anyway because the rest of the group wanted to go. It's Rob's home casino and PokerPrudence promised her friend that was working that she'd show up. I'm not a fan of the room and the promo messes with my playing style. But I went anyway because well it's the social thing to do. The fault of being banned by MGM doesn't lie with Rob, Prudence, Nick, Lightning nor me. You need to own the fact that YOU screwed the pooch on this one, junior. Seriously you need to own all your bannings and for once take responsibility for your behavior.

    *Hello, you dusted off $3200 on a MACHINE and then complain about the expense of going back to Kansas to see your mother and son???? Are you that messed up about your priorities? How much is it to spend part of the holiday season with loved ones (I presume you love your mother and Mark)?

    *You have not responded at all when people suggest that you have a gambling problem and need help. You keep your head in the sand and deny, deny, deny. You need to stop it. You unquestionably have an effing problem with gambling and need help. If you ask nicely, I'll bet PPP would take you to a Gamblers Anonymous meeting if he has time. Any of us would. If you had said to Lightning or Koala or me, "I think I have a gambling problem and need help" while you were out here, we'd be there for you. I think anyone would do you the favor of taking you to a dentist too. It's just the stupid, crazy shit you pull that we're not in on. Sorry, we're here for you to improve yourself, not to assist in your destruction.

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    1. im well aware of the value of good friends, is why i get mad if i have none or feel others dont care. what really upset me about lightning is i really wanted to do something nice for him--and he didnt trust me. also it bugs me my mgm ban has nothing to do with anything in that poker room--just the fact the corporate put it in the system for other things--and the only true MGM property ban itself (away from the other corporate ban) had to do with a hooker lying about me to a doorman after ripping me off. (according to security i tried to grab a female guests coat to stop her from leaving--no mention of it being a hooker and her giving the doorman a tip).

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    2. You are really full of it, Tony. I had already experienced the TBC "feed you with my comps" routine not once, but twice before. For those who don't know, Tony offers to buy you food with his comps, then before you get to the restaurant, he wants you to pay him for 50% of the value of the comps. Don't act like you were going to give me a room for free. You even asked me why I would rather pay the hotel than you. And there are certainly reasons why I would rather pay the hotel.

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  19. I used to think that the "2003" in the nickname and blog title referred to maybe the year you created it, I now believe that 2003 is the number of card rooms you are banned from playing in.

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    1. it was the year i first created my sevencard2003 yahoo messenger id

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  20. AND ALL OF THIS IS WHY I ALSO GAVE UP ON TBC. I see nothing has changed. TBC you just alienate those who consider themselves friends. I would ask if you ever considered a "friendship" as going both ways. but knowing you, all you care about is yourself.

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  21. Y'all could just copy and paste comments from 2+ years ago. Been an intriguing blog but isn't everyone starting to get "burnt out" on the saga.

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  22. Why oh why do all of you keep trying? It is almost as funny as watching Ole racist Tony do the same crap over and over.

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  23. So many go good comments, dunno where to begin.

    Read Grump's response over and over again. And consider hiring him as a life coach. I doubt you could pay him enough tho.

    To add to AC's comments.....MGM has been my favorite poker room since long before I started a blog and long before I had ever heard of you. And you KNOW that. That's the reason I usual end up playing there--and since I've played there so often, I consider many of the staff my friends, and I'm friendly with many of the regulars.

    Then, the night before, Nick & Lightning had especially good runs at MGM, and playing there for a few days really came to like the room. That's why they wanted to go back.

    As noted, I had brought Prudence along, and I was driving her. She had arranged to meet a friend back at MGM, and figured I wouldn't mind taking her there since it's my favorite room.

    In the meantime, you had texted Lightning that you were already at Golden Nugget. One thing for sure, none of us were interested in going downtown. If you had gone to Wynn or Planet Hollywood, it's likely Nick and Lightning (but likely not me, because of my commitment to Prudence) would have joined you.

    Furthermore, I'm not going to look it up, but I clearly recall your expressing NO INTEREST in attending this dinner, once you found out that we would be playing a game you never heard and did not involve gambling. We all assumed you wouldn't be attending because of of what you had said on Twitter.

    Going back further, you know, if you had only answered Lightning's simple question the night before, we ALL would have headed over to meet you at the V much earlier. Not only would you have gotten to play with us, but you probably wouldn't have gotten banned from the room! At least on that night. You know what question I'm referring to, I will save you the embarrassment of repeating it here.

    And the idea that the timing of the dinner--6PM-- was "WAY WAY too early for normal people to attend" is one of your more ridiculous assertions. Actually, many--if not most--"normal" people do indeed eat at 6PM. It's a perfectly acceptable time for people who are on vacation or have flexible hours--like professional poker players. The time would have given you plenty of time to grind during your preferred wee hours of the morning.

    I could go on, but this comment is long enough.

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    1. odd no one wants to go downtown. with the new rules and policies, its now one of the best poker rooms. i originally thought it would be much closer to where the meetup was on sahara since thats near the downtown end of the strip, making it CONVENEIENT for lightning. and the reason i originally wasnt going to attend was lightning said it didnt sound like something hed be interested in. i didnt feel waking up after 6pm was unusual, i figure its normal for those who make their living at poker. i forgot there was going to be a dinner there too instead of just cards for humanity. i was offended by lightnings question and thats why i had agsweep tell him the news. i was assuming he asked the question simply because he didnt want to come. sorry if i misjudged him on that one. i do think lightning wouldve made much more of an effort to see me if i came to champaign that PPP did when i came to Hanover.

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  24. I missed something: Tony lives better than Rob?

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    1. What can I say? Tony said this at the Alysia Chang BBQ in October, so it must be true.

      I'm checking Priceline now to price flights to Baltimore and hotels near Maryland Live, in a futile attempt to catch up.

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  25. Am happy to say i cleared over $800 in profit again today, this is by far the easiest poker room to win in ive ever seen. Must be a lot of rich people with lots of Govt money near here. Getting ready to fall asleep now, but i didnt plan things out of priceline properly ahead of time, and i lost my option to renew at the $67 price, and when i came over here to renew instead of to check out since im doing so well at the tables i cant leave yet for de park, i had to pay the FULL $139 plus tax. will have to plan better for tomorrow.

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    1. Yes, please do plan ahead. But, tomorrow is a long time away. First, why don't you MUST SLEEP IMMEDIATELY for 12 hours . . .

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  26. also im worried. i dont know if these are just hotel deposits that havent come back to my bank acct yet, but theres definitely some mistakes in bank statement and charges. i got charged $82+ for a room at the hotel i used points for instead of my bank card, my 2nd $40 deposit i never got back only the previous days $40 deposit, and my $237 room for the first 2 days at extended stay in Linthicum before i moved hotels i got charged $282 for. after i was told $237 online. ill wait a week and see if its corrected and just a deposit that will show back up in a day or two and if not then ill worry about how to fix it. has anyone else ever been incorrectly charged the wrong price for a room, or charged for a free room? once these get fixed my bank acct will be about $200 better off.

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