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. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTrooper97Vlog. 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.