Saturday, June 27, 2015

I'm still in Reno even though Lightning has now flown back to Illinois

and i've been doing a lot better since he came up here to see me from Phoenix (but he dont live in Phoenix). looking at the last 4 days since mondays loss in the mix game at the atlantis, i've gained back about $800+ off $1-2 NL alone. (not counting the win of a bit over $100 at the Tahoe Biltmore when lightning and i went on a drive around parts of Lake tahoe). i fed us both there with comps, and showed him how to sign up for the ATM promotion across the street, which won him about $117. he needed it as much bad luck as he's been having at poker. a lot of suckouts, although i kept losing to him due to my strong desire to show a bluff.

this small recovery at poker has gotten me back to $13.01 an hour from a low point of $12.68 an hour. But still, the lions share of money won this month was the $3000 gained on the VBJ on the previous trip to the Tahoe Biltmore. just think of where id be now if i wouldve lost.

what's important is ive regained my confidence at poker, and no longer feel i have to depend on VBJ (due to most recent results of about 7 out of 10 wins). i have options. i can buy in large or small, whichever is neccessary. and i can also avoid shorthanded games. i can also play radically different and manipulate my opponents emotionally too. (not play the way they will expect).

and it meant a lot to me Lightning was willing to visit here. he is the only one willing to do so for the most part who isnt already in the area. and i did my part by paying $50 on the rental car and for his food on 2 occasions. Meant a lot too how he was willing to briefly leave the table to drive me by the ATM machine to deposit money before i went home to sleep when too tired to sit there til he was done. (not for many more hours). i certainly got to spend a lot more time with him here than when he was in Vegas.

and he enjoyed meeting Karen too, and especially Karens friend Carol. and steve the dealer, among others. was also glad he changed his mind about getting more sleep, and decided for us to eat at Denny the final morning. he really thinks the Peppermill is a great poker room, but didnt feel the same about the Atlantis.

he took a few bad beats which im sure he will tell u of in his blog. most particularly a $600+ pot on a flop of T36 with 2 spades when he had aa and the opponent had 45 of spades for an open ended straight flush draw. all the money went in on the flop and the 10 pairing the turn wouldve scared both into checking, or maybe not. the other one consisted of flopping 66622 and being beat on the end by a 2 out suckout of QQQ22.

i got off relatively lucky on the one big pot i had against him (well there was also one other in which i played like a donkey-this one here though i played well). i called a small raise preflop with 89 diamonds and the flop was A92 and i called a small bet because it was small and i had a backdoor flush draw, and i knew the turn would make it easy to play from there. (either convert to the best hand, or easily get away). i hit the 8 on the turn and bet and then called a small raise. i wouldve reraised, but i didnt want him to fold if he had KK. river was an ace, so i check folded easily. i knew if he had ak and a blank came i could then bet big. lucky for me it wasnt a blank as he had AAAA for quads. but i got off light.

I am finally free to leave reno now, but i dont know i should. these are good games, and i like living nearby so cheap. i hate to risk giving it up although theres friends id like to visit outside of reno. i do still not like the games options after 3am in reno however. and i do have almost as much as the first time i went to baltimore, meaning i could go back and start out again where games are good and hotels are outrageously high per day.

theres a good freeroll tourny coming up at the peppermill july 12 though, and ive almost earned the $100 free play for spelling pluginandgo. all im missing now is the letter o.


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  1. Tony, glad you are doing well in poker and gaining confidence. To continue to improve in poker, one has to analyze hands played objectively and accurately. It is in the spirit of self improvement that I ask the following questions.

    I suggest you look at your analysis of the 89 suited hand and see if you wrote is correct. Did the turned 2 pairs really made it easy to play your hand? What did the small bet from a preflop raiser means, and what does it mean when he raised your turn donk bet. When he raised the turn, do you think your biggest worry should be scaring away KK if you reraise the turn? What does a typical decent recreational player do when they flop a monster? In my experience, a majority would bet small because they don't want to scare the fish away. I don't know Lightning, but he does not strike me as a LAG that would raise the turn with KK when you show strength on the turn.

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  2. With Lighting's AA vs OESF draw, that is not a bad beat He was an underdog when all the money went in on the flop.

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    1. True, even if lightning had the A of spades he's slightly behind (52.63%/47.37%). It's still unfortunate since I assume there was a decent raise preflop and it's hard to fold AA with this flop.

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  3. odd lightning has still not of yet wrote up a trip report, or commented on my observations of his trip. anyway, im the wealthiest ive been in ages, and not sure where to go. looked at priceline near lucky chances, (where i wouldnt mind playing some poker) but even the low class hotels are like $150 a night so i dont see why at least 50% of the population of cali isnt homeless.

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    1. You are not wealthy. You have improved your financial situation, that is true but you don't even have enough to buy a mid-size car without going broke. Also if you are in a situation that is making you money, why do you feel the need to leave? SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT IT. You're winning in the NL games up there. Lucky Chances btw is in Northern Cali near Apple and Google and rents are INSANE there. WHY DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE RENO???

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    2. Hi Tony, Lightning said in his post (see here), that you chatter at the table and he thinks you give away information making it a losing proposition. Do you agree it's -EV? Do you do it to put the villain on tilt? Do you do it because it's fun?

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    3. i do it because (1) i feel like if i do not talk, they will think im bluffing, and i wont get away with it. (cause people claim when i talk, thats when i have a real hand.) so i try to do it just as much when i AM bluffing. i didnt use to feel the need to talk then til this was pointed out by so many people.

      i also do it because i can finally be happy and excited instead of sullen when i get a real hand, (my mood greatly improves)

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    4. alysia, i worry ill play the wrong type of machine in reno too much due to it not having the right type of machine. u see, this is how i lost $950+ on the big split today. also i just like to go to rooms ive never been where im not known, i feel that helped my hourly greatly out east.

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    5. Stop feeling and start thinking; your results will be better

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  4. also, im sick to death of not being able to win in the mix game at the atlantis, today i lost $51 in it, and am only ahead due to a late night 3-5am cash session at the peppermill. i shouldnt play elsewhere in reno other than there, and i shouldnt play ANYTHING else but $1-2. no more of the type of games i like or played years ago.

    could it be thats the very reason i was so broke all the years age 21-35?

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    1. Yes, that is the very reason u was so broke all the years age 21-35.

      In more important news.... any followup or additional dental work or general practioner doctor office update?

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  5. new roll $11,870. i shouldve known better than to be carrying $1600+ on me to the peppermill.

    in other news, Carol enjoyed the write up on lightnings trip report when i showed it to her. and the guy Jeremy from cali harrassing me at the table tonight, which got me on tilt and losing about the first $600 before i went to the machine, he ended up getting kicked out after the game broke for saying vulgar things to the waitress. not that that helps me get any of my money back however, but she swore he wouldnt be allowed back.

    im playing my last $26 on bovada, then getting some rest, if not, ill just get a plane.

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