Sunday, May 31, 2015

upcoming plans

I'd like to make sure Lightning knows he wont be making his reservations June 23-25 for nothing (that he says hes already made but yet wont tell any details). i want him to not be worried about being out money for nothing. so if i was to go to vegas, id make sure its round trip, and that my rents still paid up in reno. (and if i do move out of reno--ill do it in the last week or so of the wsop) after June 25th.

there's a lot of things to see here if u have a car. not neccessarily in reno itself, but good scenery outside of town about 30 miles. and lightning does like small casinos and games.

i cant really afford to go anywhere anyway. i kind of cant play my best (hourly rate keeps dropping). even with pulling out of the hole yesterday to a $31 win after being down over $450 and playing about 14 hours, that still lowered the hourly a few more pennies. am too worried about money. had over $10,000 more than i do now, (way over twice as much, last fall). being at only $8800+ just dont feel nearly as rich as it did on the way up as it does on the way down.

putting more on the table does help for much bigger winning sessions like stealthmunks and troopers. but if u have no backup, no assets, backers or credit or things to sell, its quite risky too without the enormous bankroll ive never once had.

Karen says to do something nice for lightning when hes here, and im trying to think of things not costing money

nice how here u get seated almost immediately when a lot of the strip in vegas has big waits now. why not just hire more dealers?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

how do u know when to leave a really good game, and VIVA las Vegas

well im happy to say that i'm still clearing almost $14 an hour as i pass the 2000 hour mark. i never realized a few years back i could long term average that much per hour. i always guessed it would be $10 or less an hour and thats probably why i spent so much time trying to play other games instead of poker because i wanted to play something that would win something decent (as opposed to something small).

and i miss Vegas. i dont really understand why my hourly there was smaller than reno, Md live and tampa. maybe it wasnt a big enough sample size or other poor decision making on my part. But after viewing about 20 of the troopers videos from his Vlog, and seeing how large most of his wins were in vegas, i feel like there's no reason my wins shouldnt at least match his, and i feel like i took too many small profits and ran, or played with an insufficient amount of chips on the table. I'm certainly a much longer and more experienced player. and i take the money far more seriously--evidence being that i get more upset over a loss.

incidently for those of who unaware of who the trooper is (probably the vast majority of u), here is a link to his videos. he reminds me an awful lot of sickcallMcGee.

so im wishing i was in vegas now for the next 6 weeks, to play a few PLO8 tourneys, and to see some people id never get to see otherwise. theres still many rooms i can play in, just not the ones most people prefer to visit. even the ones im banned at, most of the employees wouldnt know or remember being 15+ years ago many of them places.

also maybe the games in Vegas have improved (as the economy has improved). i do know Vegas is really the only decent beatable VBJ machine that pays 100.4% payback (on 5x points days, otherwise 99.4) before counting is taken into consideration. many places up here the comp and cashback rate is quite small.

if i was living at Vinces house, my rent would actually be less than in Reno, no more $90 a month internet fees would be needed, and sometimes id have free food or transportation, (and other days id be paying more). i would miss grabbing my own pop and coffee and free soup all days, and the Peppermill has far better rules regarding straddles than anywhere in Vegas.

But to go to Vegas, allegiant runs very few times a week and charges tons for baggage. southwest goes alot and is also nonstop, but it costs over $200. other flights are like $140-155 but u have to deal with the nuisance of stopping in Phx or LAX, and changing planes. and i dont know if they have baggage fees too. feels really dumb how if the plane is wasting extra time and gas they charge u less and if u go straight there, they charge u more. such as the plane to vegas thru Phx, u pay a lot more if u get off in Phx than if u just go thru all the way into vegas. (of course if u have zero checked luggage, then u can get away with this).

and now to talk about the wild game i was in, what set me on tilt, and why i sometimes feel like i have too much on the table instead of too little. i would probably never ever feel that way if i had an extra $10k or so in the roll. its not a good idea to have a large amount of ur total bankroll at risk all at once.

and this game was one of the loosest ive ever seen mostly due to 1-2 people not from Reno one from overseas and planning to head to vegas for tomorrows tourny. there were 3-4 stacks over $500 each, and $15 definitely wouldnt be a big enough raise to eliminate the field preflop.

Before the game got loose, (when i first sat) i got dealt AA and made it $10 (not the VERY first hand, but within under 10 hands). a regular ive played with all the time makes it $30. everyone folds and i go allin for a bit over $100. he thinks, folds, and open shows KK. the guy at the other end of the table is shocked he folded, (a loose regular) claims the math is 42-1 against me having AA, and pays $1 to see me turn over my AA.

i'm slowly building up my stack off my $120 buyin, and eventually win a BIG pot with KK. i raised preflop and get the usual 5 or more callers. flop comes JT4 with 2 hearts. 2 people check to me, and i shoved for $88 or so. one guy calls, the loosest european shoves allin for about $300+ more, and the guy with AJ spades (backdoor flush draw and top pair) folds. the shover has 10 2 of hearts for a pair and a draw and misses. turns out the river was an ace, so its a good thing that he got the other guy out for me.

so im briefly up over $300 (either from that hand or one ive forgotten) and then im considering leaving but not too seriously for its a great game, and i need some really BIG wins to get my hourly built back up (and my roll--for if i had $12k or more i could make a short trip into vegas and risk dropping up to $2000 over the trip). again the loosest player makes it $10 preflop and i make it $22, thinking im probably not raising enough. what would most of u do?

get the usual 4-5 callers, and luckily he didnt come over the top of me. he wasnt quite that loose. flop comes up A25 with 2 hearts and i have the K of hearts. i am first to act and i check, about 100% positive someone else will bet. (otherwise id never check). 2 guys behind me check, and then the loose player bets $85. i shove, and the other 2 guys drop out and the loose player calls with 37 of hearts. hits the 4 on the turn for the straight, and my third A on the river just dont improve me enough to win.

so im now suddenly $10 in the hole. and im really sick and pissed i didnt leave. but would u have left a good game earlier being up over $300?

i did manage to win another pot in the next orbit of blinds, so i left the room to go home and eat (and update the blog) with a $52 profit for the day, so now im at $9081. and ill probably be back over there later once my Bovada tourny ends and ive ate and got everything done. am 14th out of 126 entrants on Bovada, about 65 are remaining, and 18 get paid. i was briefly in 2nd once early on.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

longer sessions arent always good ideas

Well im glad to finally be eating normally again, and id even forgot that id bought ice cream and put it in the freezer. it was originally bought to eat when i couldnt eat much else. But i still need to go and get that thourogh cleaning done.

its not been good on the financial front though. am still only at $13 an hour, and still only in the $8600s. It's going to be a long struggle back to where i was, and i sure dont like not having the money to travel, (keeping me from good cities for poker such as Portland and St louis, places i want to visit such as deadwood and Phoenix, and being around friends in places like vegas and toledo). But thats where most of my money went to waste this winter, that, and betting way too much when behind.

if i wouldnt be tired i could put in my time to get the quadzillas for $300, seeing i got one quads today. but im too old to play 12+ hours anymore. thats why none of us old guys win any tourneys. whens the last time u seen a guy over 45 make the money in a major wsop event?

the day got off to a very poor start when i lost my initial buyin of $158 and had to rebuy $300. i had the AJ of diamonds and made it $6 in EP following Grump's method, which seems to work out quite well overall. the only thing wrong with Grump's method is sometimes the table is much looser than other times, and it just dont make ur raises big enough.

flop comes up As Qd 5d and im loving the flop and the action as 4 of us put in $20 each on the flop.  im loving it even more when the turn comes 6d. I check the turn, after all 3 others but believe me, a bet wouldnt have caused him to fold since he was already almost there. river puts the 8d on the board for 4 diamonds. finally the old man at the other end bets $20 more, and a guy calls him. i overbet for $120+, but it wouldnt have made a difference since he wouldve reriased me allin anyway. anyway he calls, and the short stack remaining calls with the K of diamonds. the old man had the 79 of diamonds for the straight flush, 7 minutes before the high hand of the hour is paid. so he moves over to the $3-5 game shortly thereafter with almost $1000 chips when it starts.

lost some other hands, one with 10 10 and am out $244 really quick like, then slowly start to recover over the next 8 hours. eventually i win a very big pot that got me up to over $600 from a total of $458 in buyins but as always, i dont remember any of the other hands i wonder if Karen remembers any of them? it was a pretty loose table for awhile thanks to the guy in seat 1. Not as loose as the day before with the lady in every hand with a straddle where i lost over $400, but still it was a good game.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I'm glad thats over with

yet it don't really feel over with, since my mouth feels sore inside, around where the 2 teeth were removed, and i still worry about getting dry socket. keep waiting longer and longer to drink coffee, worried i might drink it too soon, or eat something other than mashed potatoes (such as soft bread) too soon. feeling nauseated eating nothing but soft foods, and it forces me to eat all my food at home cause u cant eat soft foods in the poker room. its not as sore as yesterday but it still feels strange in the mouth. and im also wondering how long it is til the abscess is fully cleared up. they say to take the antibiotics til its all gone.

and the dentist did tell me my bones are being eaten away by plaque and i need to come in for a good cleaning (at a regular dentist, not the oral surgeons office) before i end up losing more teeth. they also gave me a new toothbrush. not sure how to brush and avoid BOTH sides of the mouth where teeth were removed, (ones noticeable and ones in the far back next to the wisdom tooth that was removed years ago but id forgotten that and thats why i thought it was the wisdom tooth). im supposed to brush now that 24 hours has passed.

and i dont really have to take the other pills unless im sure i need them. not sure whether to or not, im feeling better now that its getting to be past the 36 hour mark. i worry i might need them really bad if i get dry socket. i also really dread the thought of needing them cleaned.

and ive not been winning. in fact since the tooth was pulled, ive lost about $200 more at poker. new roll is only $8065. lowest its been in a very long time. at least these teeth didnt need fixed when i was at a much lower roll.

my only real hope to get back to where i was is to win the upcoming may 21 satellite seat into the $1100 main event, since if u win it u cant sell it. although i doubt that ill make it all the way into the main event. first i have to be like 1 out of 6 in the satellite.

and i sure did get a lot of sleep. i kept going back to sleep and back to sleep for 24 hours. then when i did wake up and go to the casino i left feeling tired about 4 hours later. and didnt walk back over there for many more hours. and now i left again to go home.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This fridays dental appointment

on the way home from the Peppermill today i went by the salvation army store because i still dont have enough pairs of pants after having to throw some out, and ive been wearing the same pair too long. ended up buying 2 pairs for not over $3 and theyre better pants than the ones i had. sure cant complain about the prices here. also i seen a suitcase with wheels thats the type walmart sells for $49-69 for only $4.99, so i of course bought it and now i finally have 2 suitcases with wheels. one quite small and new, (purchased at walmarts about 3 weeks ago for $29) and this one i just bought which is a little bigger. i'm hoping 2 will now hold a bit more of my things for the next time i take any extended trips. (by that i mean much further than the tahoe biltmore). the one small one worked fine for the tahoe biltmore. and what i enjoyed the most was going to the trash container when i got home and throwing out the old suitcase that was no good. so now i have on "new" pants.

im thinking i bought the right foods for the dentist, but i probably left out a lot of things Alysia Chang wouldve bought. i dont know how to buy shakes since i have no blender at home. but theres a lot of mashed potatoes, applesauce, pudding, and ice cream, and soups without meat. any other ideas would be appreciated and maybe cooldave will run by a grocery store too if he has any ideas. after the dental work is done, we might also need to go by a pharmacy to get painkillers or antibiotics.

$9,744. thats not much money at all compared to what i had a week or two ago, and im estimating about $8500 or less after the dental works complete. (considering the possibility of multiple teeth, a wisdom tooth, being knocked out, etc). the only thing thats fairly cheap (with an online coupon) will be the exam.

Lucky for me, @cooldave88 will be passing thru reno thurs nite-friday nite on his drive to vegas from Portland. and graciously offered to accompany me to a dentist and make sure i get everything done and then safely make it to bed for the rest of the day. i havent asked, but i guess hes taking a room either thurs or friday somewhere in reno.

i forgot my reading glasses this morning, so i was without access to reading my cell most of the day. and i soon need to get back to the casino, for i need to get my time in today because my first 4 of a kind paid me $75, (wouldve paid $100 more had my hi hand not got cracked 3 minutes before ending) and the 2nd 4 of a kind pays $300 if gotten within 24 hours of the first one.

------10 hours later-----

must sleep immediately. lost $561 because i got too tired, played shorthanded against 2 tourists one from anchorage but these were guys that played poker. one was extra loose however and shouldve lost. he goes allin on me for $40 more when i have AJ with only 10 5 offsuit and of course im calling its been a long time since i had a hand, and id already raised quite a bit while still 5 handed.

flop comes Q67 and i see im still ahead. 9 on turn, 4 on river. i instantly muck because id sworn he had 10 4 (not 10 5) because the way the cards were lying facedown thats what i thought he was showing. (he showed soon as i called preflop) then the 2 players near me told me he only had 10 high and that was a $100+ pot. when i did that it put me on tilt.

now about the dentist. i was disappointed the dentist 2 months ago only xrayed the one tooth and i sure didnt think it was the right tooth because i didnt know which one was sore. (they squeexed me in without an appt so they didnt have time to do a thoral xray and exam). thats why it was only $100 instead of $190.

so the tooth i was supposed to get pulled was tooth 11, and i wouldve sworn 2 weeks ago a wisdom tooth was seriously hurting me for like 2-3 days then it went away. no where near tooth 11. but i figured as soon as i went in for the appt with the oral surgeon and the IV person, theyd examine the mouth fully, and fix any additional teeth.

called them up yesterday to talk, and they said NO, they dont do this, that they only can do legally what i was referred for, and if i wanted more teeth done, id first need a new referral. and of course the old dentist cant see me first this fast again. according to the oral surgeon, they wouldnt even be taking xrays just using the old xray and referral. to me this sounds really stupid, when what i desperately need is a much more thoral xray to find out whats wrong. only 1 tooth was ever xrayed and i dont know which tooth is bad.

so i canceled the whole thing (the 2pm appt) and rescheluled with a different dentist for 9am friday, (which i dont need someone along for but would be nice). the new dentist will xray the complete mouth, (got that clear over the phone) and then ill know for sure whats wrong and what needs fixing. now he claims he dont sedate u in his office, but they do it in the office across the street. and he told me if i came in at 9am, and the work needs done that date (i explained the situation with cooldave only being there on that day only) he swore their oral surgeon across the street will service me the same afternoon, and also knock me out, but didnt know the cost til he first sees the xray to know how many teeth need done. but i will be able to get the work done friday afternoon, (but might not be at 2pm) ill still need someone with me though (for the 2nd part). and the work will get done friday.

the other dentist i canceled with also said the work they were origanly going to do would take only 30 minutes, and if i needed more complicated work, it wouldve taken 45 min to an hour and they didnt have that much time available. so i really didnt think it would be a good idea to have the wrong tooth done without an xray. i hope u all can understand, at least the tooth will be fixed and we can be sure it will be the right tooth, by that i mean the most impt one.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

home home on the range. where the deer and the antelope play. where never is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day

and that explains how i feel about being at the Tahoe Biltmore, regardless of the fact im down for this trip.

im curious to see how long it will be til i get my withdrawal from Bovada. has anyone withdrew since they started allowing US players to withdraw by credit card? i imagine its only offered to their longest and most serious players with a long history.

i'd like lightning and PPP (and others?) to post the dates in the comments when they are going to be in vegas, i forget the dates. although i still probably wont be there, i think im better off not moving out of where im living. it wouldnt be easy to move back in i think if i move out. but its getting harder to win in reno, the locals are just getting too familiar with my play, and id like to go out and see Ray like i think i shouldve done last year.

i decided to remove the name of the host from the last blog, and ive heard nothing from him since the day i spoke to him originally. he dont read the blog, but just in case. id think tons of people wouldve insisted i delete it like they always do, (tell me to remove a name) but this time i did it entirely on my own accord.

which is ok, i really wont be needing free rooms at the Peppermill anymore anyway--its just that after taking such a huge loss, i felt i deserved something. i still find it odd the host claims im only down $1400 for the year, most of my readers would swear im down more than this on the machines, live BJ, etc, except for the one guy who gave me shit for not accepting the hosts figures.

and i am worried my eye might be connected to my tooth and is why it feels watery lately so i really need to not miss this appt. hopefully someone in reno can accompany me who i trust so i can get more done than just an xray. if i need to hire someone i dont know, how does someone go about placing the ad, and not worry about getting someone who might be unsafe to ride with? give me an example of how much money to offer--is $100 too much or too little, and what should i say?

reading a couple of good books i brought with me too, although even with reading glasses my eyesight seems to keep getting worse. and im glad ive still got 3 packets of mashed potatoes with me to avoid me paying for food. completely out of bread now.

i'm glad im finally back to where im only about $100 worse off than i was before i arrived here.

Friday, May 8, 2015

I think the host at the Peppermill might be gay? and im outta reno for awhile. why play somewhere i cant win?

I am very discouraged at the way the last few days have gone, just when i was doing so well and almost to the $13,000 mark. and also my holes in both sides of the mouth are getting wider, so the dentist work will need done soon. i didnt catch the bus to Vegas, instead im out the Greyhound into Truckee, for a 2-3 day vacation that will be mostly free of charge. But i do feel the players in Reno are learning too much about how to tell when i do have it when i bet, and when i do NOT have it when i bet and i fear its making it harder to win.

But of course, the vast majority of money lost this past few days wasnt at poker. it was BJ and video poker. however, the host did look at all the non-poker play on my card for this year and he claims im only out about $1500 total, and i think his figure is a bit low. i dont think they accurately counted all my BJ play.

and also i won quite a bit the previous few sessions from BJ, and only lost about $600 overall this week on VP, did have 2 small winning sessions at it, so of course the host thinks i should be bettinig a lot more if im wanting comps. but i did get him to give me wed nite and thrus nite free in the peppermill and i checked out this morning.

he told me if i earned 100 slot points a day he would make me diamond (i'm platinum) and he is of the false opinion since i make my living gambling i have way more money than i really have (otherwise whod be dumb enough to lose what i lost this week?) he was assuming $100000 a year and he said he thinks i make more than him.  but i cant do that, its too much pressure on me. and i didnt want to tell him that, because he thought i needed nicer clothes, so he and i went into the expensive clothing gift shop at the peppermill and told me to pick out ANY 2 shirts. and the casino would give me them FREE. was i shocked to discover the actual purchase price (which i only discovered at the cash register) was $212 total for both shirts. ive never owned that fancy a shirt in my life.

i found it odd he cared so much how im dressed and then wanted me to see him today when i checked out, which i didnt do i just left. actually what he said was he wanted me to have that shirt on everyday when he sees me playing also..

so to get away from pressure, i left town to take a break. and although id rather be in vegas among friends at alysia changs BBQ, i cant afford the trip that far, or i might not make it back to reno if i go that far. i am just happy she told me and vince im invited. would be nice to also meet the other 2 women ive never met and the trooper to see why he hates me so much just for being who i am. no one should be hated for how they were created. God dont make any mistakes. especially since all he knows about me is what the trolls say online.

so i came PREPARED this time. and im running out of money fast, im down to $10,589. i lost $200+ in there again today at poker. by prepared i mean i brought along a microwave dish, dishsoap and lots of food for my room at the Biltmore. and i managed to make a successful withdrawal on bovada so i have $120 coming in a few days, leaving only $61 online. just wanted to feel im getting some of my money back i lost.

since when did bovada start allowing withdrawals directly back to your credit card? for thats exactly what they told me id receive. dont see how they are able to do this. and also this new tiny suitcase is 100x better but i still need a much bigger one, cause it wont hold much.

another thing really nice about the  Biltmore the internet works far better there than it does at home.

Monday, May 4, 2015

there's a big lucksack dealing at the Atlantis

Out of respect for him, since he reads my blog, along with every other poker room employee in reno, im going to refer to him as DD which he said to call him. he busted 5 people at the graveyard table, and stacked off every player at least once. he comes in a lot and drinks a lot, always late at night. he's quite a nice guy really.

some of the bad beats were worse than mine, for instance Lorraine flopped a set and he went runner runner flush on her. He wasnt at the Atlantis this afternoon when i lost heavily and left before i went on more tilt, and luckily recovered a bit outside of the poker room on the BJ table and the 100 play machine.

one thing annoying about the atlantis is the tables are much bigger in size since they believe in cramming 10 people to a table like sardines, (unlike the Peppermill). so i like to lean back in my chair and relax and be comfortable instead of sit forward and all the women dealers in there constantly ask u to push the chips closer and i never get asked that at the peppermill. and often i cant reach the chips to push them forward further as ive already thrown them a little forward to them.

But he almost caused me to lose BIG tonight on the machines. u see, when the game broke up, i was still stuck $17, largely due to the bad beat he put on me when i flopped my set of 2s. and of course, i was still wanting to play, cause id lost the previous session earlier in the day. (had a nap 7pm to 1am). and then was ready to start fresh at the Peppermill for the night session. we all know i cant just leave a casino and go home when im stuck any money at all. at least not til i have so much on Bovada i can constantly be making withdrawals to cover any losses. and thats still an issue since Bovada will only give you one free check a month.

so instead of being smart and going to the live BJ table (where id have to be around people and bet more) i instead went for my usual habit of sitting at the VP machine. lost about $100 on the 100 play VP and then went in the high limit lounge to play the only big split machine they offer. so by the time i finally reached the BJ pit, i had $427 left of the $755 i walked to the peppermill with.

sat down, started winning, and couldnt lose. by the time they finally went to tap the dealer out, i was up to $760, (about 45 minutes) and of course, i immediately quit and handed her a $5 tip. so im now back to even for the night. that makes multiple successful BJ sessions in a row at this casino.

now for the hand u all want to know about. no one had of yet hit a high hand bonus hand and as mentioned they pay a lot more on graveyard and everyone is trying to hit one. i used to often but havent in a while. in fact, the available money in the Peppermills promotional fund is over $52,000.

i'd seen many people flop 222 and lots of them on the flops so i called $4 with 22 and the flop came 2 10 6 with 2 diamonds. DD straddled preflop and he does that a lot of the time. usually for a much bigger amount. but he plays quite well after the flop and at times is even tight. the lady from out of town whod recently joined that no one knew bet $12, and he called. i didnt see any point in slow playing it, because i dont want anyone drawing for the flush and i figured id get called anyway. am praying if i do its by someone with far less than 9 outs. i shoved allin and she folds and he called. and sure enough, he hits the flush on the turn and i missed. i then had a few chips left cause i had him covered, and immediately rebought $200 more.

and i wish i couldve remembered all the other hands he busted the other players with, or the ones that got me ahead $150 to start with early on before i gave him all my winnings plus a bunch of the principle. all i really remember is his insistence on being referred to as DD in the blog. in his defense, he did save me money a few times and said he really wasnt after my money.