As we all know, i try to refrain from posting about controversial issues on my blog that put me in a bad light, (and im about to write about something similar to Robs blog topic). I try to present myself in the most professional light on the blog, and anything bad or controversial can be said on RTP and twitter instead. But theres some things bugging me which i need to discuss.
But first--let me tell u a couple of interesting stories. I was on the bus home this morning, and some girl in her 20s seemed very high and i thought she might be a hooker. was the only white person on the whole bus except for me, out of 6 people. She was really complaining about the driver stopping alot (because he wanted to follow his schedule and not go thru stops too early--he was just doing his job right) and kept cursing him out and telling him to move the bus or get off and that the cops wouldnt put her off. finally he got tired of it and called his dispatcher, got off the bus and refused to move it.
so his supervisor arrived, and they got her off the bus. i was surprised to learn she was in the hospital all night and had some kind of uniform on i didnt recognize, i thought it was a normal shirt. maybe she really had a job to go to after all. she was talking crazy shit about cocaine and seemed high maybe she wasnt a hooker though.
and the good news was i ended up winning about $200 at the hard rock tonight. Left home about 6pm, took one of moms books with me (title of the book is the 12th imam) and its a fiction book, part of the series of 3 she bought for my birthday feb 10th, half of which is from my son. Total of $37. most expensive birthday gift i think ive gotten in some time, about 3x the cost of my xmas gift.
she also wants me to mail her the books when im done instead of throwing them away so she can read them too. she ordered them online. name of the author is Joel rosenberg and since they are christian fiction im sure none of u know him.
But i was glad to remember to take the bus with me instead of leaving it on the back of my chair when i left the casino. I was winning last night, although at one point id given back the $90 win, but i never really got stuck and the $96 buyin i never needed a rebuy. and to the idiots who wondered why i bought in $96, i didnt want to dig into my sock to reach for $100 bill. its certainly not safe to carry $100s in ur pockets on the bus is it? Part of the poor customer service at the Hardrock is they make u buy chips at the cage before sitting down, so i never got a chance to sit down (before coming to the poker table) to take money out of my sock without being seen. In vegas (and reno) almost everywhere lets u buy at the table (or at least sitting at the table thru a chip runner) to make the players feel far more welcome, and to show they appreciate u being there instead of making u feel like ur buyin is causing them more work.
That being said i did pass a BOA atm the other day and deposit $600 so i had only about half of the cash i did have on my possession not too many days ago.
so my table breaks up, and im at $186 when i move, and i take a seat next to the lady from the other day who i thought was gay and certainly appeared that way, but its possible i was wrong, she did flirt with a couple of men but just the employees. she works in a casino in new mexico called santa ana. so is in the poker industry.
it was the lady who was betting quite wild and loose and very aggressive whose stack would go from very low to very high, and was drinking a lot and made many rebuys the other day but tonight was in for only $100 according to her word and the other players word. she tried to bluff me on a big pot the other day but i made a good call with JJ on a Q hi board and won.
she was on my immediate left, which works out great since she likes to straddle. the person in front of the straddle always has to act first (God i hate that rule, but it least it would give me great position if she straddled). But as we all know, when i win i like to win ethically so i only straddle in casinos no one is at an unfair advantage.
This is the lady who told the story of being thrown out for uprooting a BJ table (and claimed its why she doesnt have a players card at the Hardrock). supposedly she was betting quite big with $5000 on the table and a guy came up and bet $17 and she asked him to take his bet back and he wouldnt and she offered him $50 to just NOT MAKE A BET. and he still refused to not bet his $17, (really really dumb on BOTH their parts) and then she lost a HUGE bet when the dealer drew 21 because of it.
i find this story quite surprising since she supposedly is employed in poker at the santa ana casino, if shes being honest.
Now as i sit here playing a $10 DON sng on bovada, with my $431 balance there, while im typing up this and right before i fall asleep, lets talk about poor customer service, and how i worry its going to make me lose my temper here in florida. although florida has so many more poker rooms than NV offers, it would take many years to get banned at all of them. its not just the Hardrock pretty much all the rooms around here have some of these annoyances.
this is why i consider moving to Toledo so i can be closer to God with the help of Ray, or back to Reno where i get along fine with the poker room manager Cathy woods and dont have to deal with ANY policies there that annoy me. u see, i feel they treat their customers with more respect there, and try to think "lets see what will make the customer happy and feel his business is appreciated" instead of "lets see, what jobs can we get the customer to do for us he really dont want to have to do just to make our life less work"
Getting rid of stress (and long commutes) is good for my mental health too such as just staying home and playing on Bovada, that is if it was possible to win $100 a day. (well at least i need to make that much as long as my housing costs are so high) if they were cheap i could live off $50 a day online.
Let me give u a big laundry list of everything that annoys me here in Florida at the Tampa Hardrock.
1. the lock on the only stall that isnt a handicap stall in the bathroom by the poker room does not work properly.
2. most all the tables dont have phone chargers and the few that do, often do not work.
3. Having to buy chips at the cage before i can take a seat (giving people more time to either steal the seat without signing the list or switching to my empty 2,3,7,8 seat before i can sit).
4. the way they do the button straddle and allow it from anywhere but the blinds. (u can be first to act a very large portion of the time depending on who sits by u).
5. the way they use $2 chips and the fact theres far more of them in circulation than $1s or $5s.
6. they rake $1 on $2 pots instead of waiting for it to hit $5 or $10.
7. being asked if i want to buy the button instead of if i want to wait.
8. the constant use of the word sir when ur name is clearly visible on the bravo.
9. the constant requests of do u want a massage when its ridiculously overpriced compared to $1 at the dogtrack. they should fire most of them and rehire them as cocktail waitresses. i did a survey, by the time the cocktail waitress came by 8 times the table had been offered a massage 19 times. and some of those times they were dropping off not taking orders. theyre way too many massage girls not doing anything and not near enough waitresses.
its a good thing i dont get mad as easy as some and control my temper. most guys would eventually end up commiting acts of violence. most guys have done time in prison or least have beat people up and the only thing i ever did was make one woman feel afraid because she was working in a hotel all by herself about 19 yrs old.
this is the excellent way of how NOT to run a poker room. and not one of these 9 issues exists in reno so im much more calm there. i feel my business is appreciated there.