Friday, March 27, 2015

A slightly better quality of a more normal life.

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.


22 comments:

  1. Good to see you are situated now. Here is a link to the local Craig list for a couple useful things like Ride Share, and Rooms for rent in some really nice places for even less than you are paying now...but you have bought some time now to look into it.
    https://reno.craigslist.org/search/roo
    And the Ride Share is:
    https://reno.craigslist.org/search/rid
    Also, you can get a cheap bicycle, and the local buses have racks on the front to get you close to other destinations for peddling...see you around.

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  2. Tony I thought you were only going to spend 50 at Wal-Mart...

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  3. Tony says..."...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..."

    How does your one win in a small online tournament proves anything? You realize every single poker tournament, has one winner, and (N-1) persons that didn't win, right? Your lack of logical reasoning boggles my mind sometimes.

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  4. If only you didn't have cookware scattered across 37 different states..:

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  5. The Jean deal is so good because who in the fuck wants to be in Jean?

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  6. Tony is the only person I have ever heard refer to cheap hotel rooms in the middle of nowhere as "housing"

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    1. the vast majority of the people u come into contact with on a daily basis, u see walking down the street, living in horribly scary neighborhoods, riding the bus, who come up to u all day long in the shopping center and at the corner of the street asking u for money---would be really thrilled to have such a wonderful housing opportunity as Jean. but unlike me, they werent smart enough to know about the opportunity or how to play BJ to get it.

      no one cares where the hotel room is located. all that matters is its next to nothing and provides the chance to live indoors

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    2. The vast majority of people *I* can come into contact with wouldn't be caught dead in Jean.

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    3. The vast majority of people who choose to live in Jean are way smarter than you. Unlike you, they do not fuck it up and get their ass thrown out of town. That is why they are still there and you are not.

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    4. people in siberia wouldn't wanna live in jean

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    5. If you are so much smarter than them, why can they go to Jean and grind anyway anytime they like, and you can't??? Also if it doesn't matter at all where the hotel is, I know from experience you can get a room in Cairo right next to the casino for around $4 a day.they even fix you dinner, and supply a stove.

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  7. i lost most of the Bovada money back tonight. some in cash, some in the $130 sng. some on BJ. but i quit with $126 left. the good news is i won over $900 at the casino, so im back to around $9000 again. and im going to need every dime of it to help get back on my feet. i still had far more when i was still in florida. hopefully im into steady housing for a while now though.

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    1. What did you win 900 playing?

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    2. i lost most of the Bovada money back tonight. some in cash, some in the $130 sng

      Are you bankrolled for $130 buyins?

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    3. won yesterdays $900 playing live cash $1-2 NL. im probably a lot better off playing live than online, but i still would like that option. and i think Vook would think im bankrolled for it. ive got more than 65 buyins

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    4. Martingaled your way up to a $130 SNG, and lost on Bovada. So much for withdrawing it and adding it to your roll. What a brilliant person you are, your IQ must be much higher than mine, I would never have thought to do that.

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    5. If you're treating your entire roll as your bivada bankroll than you can take shots at the $130. I would prefer you work your way up though. Play small and get used to playing four at a time. Learn the nuances of DoNs at the $20s. That won't happen though.

      Problem with taking shots is you get charged 4.5% on deposits. It's better to manage your online roll as well.

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  8. You know, you can get a good used suitcase at a Goodwill-type store for a few bucks.

    And ... virtually every comment regarding Bovada is results-oriented. Games are loose, which should help you. But the Bovada beats are terrible. Stick to the O8 tournaments.

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    1. many of those cheap suitcases are much too small or dont have wheels and if u dont have a car, might need to visit more than 1 goodwill to find it. but id definitely look there first to buy one.

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    2. many of those cheap suitcases are much too small or dont have wheels and if u dont have a car, might need to visit more than 1 goodwill to find it. but id definitely look there first to buy one.

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    3. first good point by tony. it's hard fitting microwaves into most suitcases.

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