I have never seen so many scary looking motels all up and down the streets of 2 major roads going opposite directions in a major city, and surprisingly the bus service is quite good, at least during the week. From my hotel, i should be able to get to many of the different cardrooms on the bus, and also to a walmarts and a major cheaper grocery store. but im paying way too much. i couldnt get a discount i expected to get so instead im paying $378 a week
and talk of sketchy neighberhoods and players, i sure wish i had a friend in this area with a car that i both knew and trusted and would feel safe going home with. I was joking about WEC picking me up, and then dropping out of sight a day or two. But something really couldve happened to me tonight at the bus stop. This cardroom is on the upper floor of a very old looking building, far off from the main north south road the bus travels on. Plus its all fenced off. there was never more than like 3 games going, even though they have plenty of tables.
Minimum buyin in the $1-2 blinds NL game is only $20, and the max buyin is $200. theres also a $1-3 game, and on rare occasions PLO with much higher min buyins of $200. they do rake 50c chips. But the players are really really bad, and lot of them look like exconvicts, gang members or dope dealers. i sat there about 10 hours, and turned my $40 buyin into $395. so its easy picking in this cardroom, probably a lot more so than the one most of the people living in this area go to. I just need a friend with a car so i can play there everyday. Was going to try to find a walmart enroute to my expensive hotel, but never did.
after researching google online however at least i know where i can find it in the future, and also which one is 24 hours and which one is NOT. For i wont be leaving the area for at least a month, even if i was to get banned at one of the casinos.
Rob's poker atlas phone application has came in quite handy in researching rooms and games in this area too. Also some of the people on 2+2 thats claiming this city is no longer worth moving to to play poker are also of the wrong opinion--at least from my initial impressions so far. its just it costs too much to live here if u cant rent an apt, some ads on craigslist dont really exist so they should quit running the ads, but the games are loose. i seriously wish i had the $19k roll still. then i could easily afford all the upfront expenses in getting settled in. im at $11,500 only, even after todays $300+ win. i paid way too much on plane fares, housing, (almost $1000 including cabs etc) and the big loss at ballys, Taj, etc.
i made up the comment in the old blog too about there being a $225 PLO tourny today. i only did that to throw people off to where i was traveling, along with the hotel being on west 123rd. that also isnt the case. im sure this cardroom has never ever had a tourny that high.