well i now have access to a stove again. (guess i should again buy some pans). also have access to a large sized refridgerator again and a microwave. And according to my new landlord, they work fine, and ive not lived here enough minutes to test them out, and i need to leave and spend $50 or so at the grocery store filling up the fridge (and the freezer) with food.
im also told the TV gets tons more channels than id ever want to watch, that the hot water works great in the bathroom and the air conditioner works good, and also a brand new hot water heater has just been installed (and still needs work done on it). and of course, all i really care about is the WIFI and the microwave working. havent even yet looked at the wattage on the microwave to see if its 1100 watts instead of 700. But at least i wont have to go buy all those things.
for $600 a month u dont get that much, and i paid him half a month plus some extra when moving in. so im really running out of money fast. i still need a much better xray than the one i had, a dentist to do a ton of work in my mouth, i need to buy a bunch of things for my place, and my suitcase is filled with holes and needs replaced. and im down to $7900 left.
but the good news is im no longer homeless. and the wifi that i bought today thru verizon for $188 upfront including modem, charger (which i can carry around and also use for my phone) and initial fee, works ok in here to play on bovada, although it dont work nearly as well in this room as it did in vinces car so im a little disappointed.
it will cost me $90 a month and an extra $10 for every gig i use over 10 GB a month. and my sprint phone service thru vince is also $80 a month. so just like before--ive got 2 huge monthly bills again. and verizon told me my previous history of nonpayment wouldnt be an issue, since im now on a prepaid plan instead of a contract.
so lets hope nothing goes seriously wrong and that i start recovering, now that i have a stable place to live, am finally nowhere near any of those VBJ machines, and will be just playing poker. i wont be as lucky as i was before. there wont be a way to obtain free housing in Jean, and there wont be anyone like Andy to bail for out for $750 when im near destitution.
to get a free room in Jean NV it was for every $1200 in total bets run thru the VBJ machine. very easily obtainable now, but not the easiest to do with only $1000 roll. to earn that same free room at the tahoe biltmore, its $14,000 in total bets run thru the VBJ machine. which is quite difficult to do even with the much larger bankroll of over $7000. this comparison helps u all see how generous Jean NV was with housing compared to all other casinos and how losing that as an option really didnt help. i couldve bet next to nothing of my roll and played online poker there exclusively, but at the time i didnt because i had so little money i never had much at all on bovada. i dont think i ever had even $3000 at one time while in jean.
i imagine deadwood SD would be about $7000-10k a day thru it for a free room but its a wild guess i have no idea. it cant be as good as jean, or certainly as lousy as the biltmore. But for the time being, im staying where im at, and trying to grow the roll back up, at least to 15,000. i can also give Bovada my new address, and try to grow a roll here. my initial $20 deposit last made is now at $63.
soon as i buy food, ill test out the microwave, and i pray he gave me correct information. he does have a Bible in his office and mentioned that he was a Christian when i commented on it.
most people in my situation would probably feel like $7900 is way too low of a bankroll for all these new expenses ive got, and would probably feel like theyve got plenty to play $2-5 with. (and also feel they could win more per hour at $2-5 than $1-2). now whether its true a good player should earn more at $1-2 than at $2-5, thats certain debateable. But i cant risk it. the consequences of dropping $300 ten times at the table are much more severe than the rewards id receive if i won $300 ten times at the table.
which of my readers, if offered a 60% chance to go double or nothing for every penny they had to their name would accept it, if winning would only make them twice as well off, and if losing would have them homeless and penniless and living outdoors on the street for the next 30-50 yrs of their life? i doubt very many of u would. i doubt many of u would for a 75% chance. (lets say u picked 1 card from a deck of 4, and 3 were good and 1 was bad.)
am in the middle of my poker tourny and seem to not be doing too badly in it, ive reached the final table so my online balance on Bovada will grow by at least $40+. once its finished im definitely leaving to buy some food. the landlord knocked on the door and wanted to show me how to use the heater. now i didnt even notice the heater earlier, all id noticed was the air conditioner. and it wasnt the easiest to learn while playing my tourny. but i think i can adjust the heater now if i need to. it was quite warm this afternoon, especially in vinces car.
was sitting in the car using the net while he was in a sporting goods store in a mall in Sparks called scheels. he got approved for over $13,000 worth of credit there and he normally dont like to apply for credit to keep his rating at the top. theres also an indoor ferris wheel in there, and i went for a ride on it with him and he snapped a picture from the top of the wheel.
-----10 hours later----
well i won over $300 in that Bovada tourny, so now i have a nice little balance on Bovada that hopefully will be withdrawn and added to my bankroll next month. I guess that proves u can still make a living playing online. at least until the govt shuts them down.
i got off to a bad start tonight at the peppermill after early on being $100+ ahead and hitting quad aces. (my 2nd quads til about 11pm tonight will pay $300). at one point i was in the game for over $300, and down to $40. made several addons or rebuys. eventually i ran it up to $524 due to some good decisions and a bit of luck, including the hand where i beat chaperones aa with jt offsuit when i hit the 3rd jack on the river.
lost a big hand at the end, and left with $383. i was headed up the street to buy some food, and ran into the Chaperone outside, and he offered to take me to walmart. i thought he was overly eager to do so, and wasnt sure who he was, so i wasnt that comfortable til he mentioned he knew of my blog and asked if i recognized him from the gold spike in Jean. i was a bit wondering he might be a blog reader due to him mentioning without any prompting how the machine at the Montblue is the type that shuffles every hand. also, the fact he was from seattle, and was straddling my blind at every opportunity.
while in the walmart, chaperone surprised me in the checkout line by paying for the entire $72 cost of my food, and cookware. then he drove me home too. i never wouldve expected him to do that and of course, andy, benny, or cutter never wouldve expected him to either.
Chaperone will be surprised however to learn what i really had that final hand at the poker table that i was pretending to think about. (i just didnt want him to know how weak i was--the villian in the hand not chaperone--because i expect to see him tomorrow too). i called either a small raise or reraise preflop with AJ offsuit in a 4 handed game. flop comes 934 and we both check. 2 comes on the turn, and i check, he bets $25. i think he might have nothing and give me credit, so i make it $80. he goes allin and i know i got to fold, but delay 1-2 minutes because i hate the way i was so dumb to bet $80 and i want him to not try any more bluffing.
U see, the Chaperone was positive i had a big pair, not aj offsuit. and this is why i win at poker. people always think im much tighter than i really am.