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.