Sunday, July 26, 2015

Finally in vegas

and still holding onto a roll of $15,500 after a small win today at the wynn and also on a machine. and i had a small win at the commerce before i left of the $600+ id lost the previous day, and the $1400+ id lost in fresno on the way to los angeles. getting off the train enroute to LA wasnt such a good idea and i probably shouldve just went back into reno from Crystal Bay and got a plane straight into vegas.

Feel like i need to see a doctor because of a bump on my forehead that feels infected thats driving me nuts. last time i had one it finally went away, but i worry its affecting my eyesight and i worry its coming from my itchy scalp.

Forgot what day Koala arrives, and i should be seeing Benny Profane this afternoon if im not asleep. I saw stealthmunk and alysia chang this morning at the wynn, but only briefly because they wouldnt let him sit at my table because another table was short and AC couldnt sit there either and no they werent both there at the same time. i was surprised he wasnt in the $10-20 PLO game and i didnt think the game would go since i figured it would be built around him. i did see his bank account balance online on his Ipad of over $400,000 but he claims he owes it all out. i expected him to look far different, and i didnt recognize alysia chang either because shes far better looking than i remembered. The guy i was originally sitting next to at the Wynn was the head coach for a major team in Syracuse.

this is why i seriously need a doctor, to see about any infections and about my eyesight and to make sure im not developing untreated diabetes. anyone had any experience with the doctor on call they send out to the hotels and how overpriced it is? at least then id have time to tell him ALL of my concerns instead of being rushed in and out of an office since id be the ONLY patient. i dont want to waste a ton of time sitting in an urgent care waiting room with 25 others.

i'd never been in vegas if all the motels in the commerce area wouldnt been sold out yesterday for about 20 miles all around when i badly needed sleep. the special olympics took all the available rooms all over town, and the only thing i could do was leave the area. id have preferred to play a little more PLO mix and visit lake elsinore casino where ive never once played. but i had nowhere to go. i didnt even get to play any 20-40 stud. mightve been the only thing that got me to vegas with 15k instead of 10k though.

the real mistake was getting off the amtrak in fresno. wasted money on hotels, (including having a room in fresno and los angeles both the same night since i got the 9pm train out) and just barely made the train when my black uber driver dropped me off as it was saying last call.

the day before i dropped a little the first day in fresno, and played again the following day, where i think i did much worse and probably played worse, losing about $1400. but one hand i got it in good with a set and he had a flush draw for over $360, but then he sucked out after the money was allin on the flop. then another hand i was allin for $120 preflop with QQ to another guys AJ. i was really surprised by 2 things. one u can straddle half ur stack from ANY position (even the blinds) which is similar to the rules at the peppermill.  and 2, there was almost no tables going except pit games. (which i played due to no commission and broke about even).

rob's Vegas poker atlas showed 47 tables. only 2 of them are poker tables going however, much to my disappointment. one $1-3 NL game which didnt start til noon, and a $4-8 game. later on the next day eventually there were 2 games of each and an omaha but later in the day, the vast majority of the time theres only 1 NL game if not a weekend. i even played a tourny the first morning for something to do and didnt miss the money by very much.

after leaving reno and moving out of my room with about $15,800, i went into Tahoe, and briefly had it up to over $18500 on the VBJ. left the biltmore with still over $17,500 after some drawing saturday night. had i not gave back about $700 id have stayed there longer. my landlord in reno said he would gladly rent to me again anytime. if i drop too much i might need to move back. at least i can finally win at the Wynn. they removed the even money machine at the encore that played 7 hands at once and thats just as well. i hope ill also still be able to win on the machine at the El cortez and i hope they havent removed the machine from the Hacienda in Lake mead. maybe Benny will be able to find a new location thats added one.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What should i do with all this money?

Probably will be in Las Vegas before too long to see stealthmunk, Cooldave and Koala and Vince and Carmen and Flush Draw, etc. But possibly will be in los angeles instead. the games are a lot better in los angeles.

its not an easy trip from Truckee CA to Las Vegas. theres no plane, unless u first go to reno or sacramento. no train that goes straight thru, u either have a long layover in SLC where u board an Amtrak bus (much nicer than a greyhound bus) or a long wait in emeryville where u then can board a train to los angeles many hours later. or deal with multiple buses going thru stockton and bakerfield and i HATE buses.

a much nicer trip would be to blackhawk where i can ride in a private sleeper car all the way for less than $400, which is easily affordable, or to be out in the open with everyone else, for less than $200. But i have no friends there. None of the people reading my blog play there regularly.

although my bankroll is MUCH higher than it normally is, im still not as well off financially as most poorer people even though i have more than a years rent in the bank. the reason i can say this is i do not own a car, and even about 90% of those who are poor have one. i wouldnt even be surprised if about 25% of the homeless with almost no money at all have one.

what should i be doing with all of this money? fixing my teeth and having them cleaned? seeing a dr and finding out why my eyesight is going bad? finding out if im developing any unknown medical issues such as diabetes? Taking it out of the bank and putting it in a safer place such as a casino safe deposit box or a california cage casino account? should i be staking people such as Ray, Vince, flushdraw and Carmen? playing with at least a $300 buyin every time i set down in $1-2? Playing $2-5 and $3-5 NL instead of $1-2, but how much do i buyin? i really wouldnt have the slightest idea, and because im undecided and dont want to make any more rash decisions, im staying where im at and sticking to this VBJ machine in tahoe for now.

ive already made 1 rash decision. i moved out of my apt in reno and the landlord claimed that i was a good tenant with my rent, and would re-rent to me again anytime if i ever went back into reno. and as far as that goes, i might have to go back, simply to use the airport to fly somewhere else.

i could even afford to fly back to Baltimore and pay $1800 a month for the candlewood suites 60 day commitment program near MD live if i wanted to. then id have a place under 1 mile away, a nice kitchen in a safe place for about $65 a night instead of $100. i dont like committing to 60 days. all the extended stay americas in Phoenix for $903 a month near the casino are the same deal, a 60 day commitment. so if i needed to leave the area, id be stuck.

So many friends id like to see in vegas, but the games will be tremendously bad i fear. much worse than Reno, incline village, los angeles, and Phoenix. Koala, stealthmunk and i can play a little bit of $1-2 NL at the nugget, the poker palace, the redrock, GVR, southpoint, the hardrock, the orleans, the wynn, the Nugget, Planet Hollywood, Boulder station, Sante Fe and possibly elsewhere in vegas, but i just worry the action is exceptionally poor. it would be nothing like Blackhawk or NH for action.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Blackhawk CO

well, to avoid having too much cash on hand (and blowing it at the tables or in the machines) ive deposited $1000-1200 in the atm 4 times now in the past week. and ive got a better idea now of a good city to go to and get cheap hotel rooms from gambling. more than 1 casino and more than likely tables going 24 hours where im not banned anywhere.

and this morning i am at work. yes im sitting at the laundrymat washing my own laundry. nothing else to do at this time of day (ive been awake since 1am and the game at the peppermill last nite broke up extremely early). before 2 am and i even sat in the $3-5 for about 30 minutes til it broke too. made a little over $100 in it. also yesterday i as always lost in the $1-2 pot limit mix game at the atlantis and theyve added more games to the mix for 23 games total.

but me and the poker manager did crack the BBJ there yesterday in the $1-2 while i waited. he got $500 i got $250 and the rest of the table got like $35 each. had they not just changed it to $1000 from $10,000 id got much more.

was disappointed to only make it to 18th in the freeroll sunday but at least i got paid something.

am pleased to see how well stealthmunk is doing in the wsop main event. 10th place out of 27 remaining and they will play down to the final table tonight.

Played a bit of table BJ at the Peppermill and at one point was down $400, then up $200. i still left up but only due to winning over $300 on big split, not from table BJ.

ive been told rooms can often be got very cheap in blackhawk CO. the isles website on poker atlas claims $29 sun-thurs. my only worries are weekends. that might eat up any profit. also the gates is offering $5 per hour cashback up to 40 hours a week. then theres another 2 casinos outside CO springs offering good deals on rooms too, including some free ones. thanks to Herbie for causing me to investigate this. would like his advice about weekends staying awake 48 hours isnt an option. im guessing bus into denver (shuttle).

because of this, i think CO works out better than NH. plus it $123 on amtrak is all, or $309 if u take a sleeping car which is nicer. i am so damn sick of going into the peppermill and finding no game in the middle of the night. and also of playing shorthanded.

lets pray i make it out of the laundry room alive. only me and some weird homeless guy not washing any clothes, just trying to sleep. might be drunk. not a soul around, nor an employee. im worried because i have a laptop on me, plus $400 in my pocket nothing smaller than $100 bills. its the laptop that might suggest id be worth robbing.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Making moves and bluffing

i'm trying to get my sleep hours fixed so i can be wide awake for the noon tourney sunday (and to be awake enough to still be awake many hours later on the final table). so i really dont like being home now to take a nap (at 3.45pm in the afternoon) when i wont be able to sleep at this time tomorrow.

I thought that by playing late last nite, (instead of going right to sleep when i arrived back on amtrak about 5pm last night). thats why i went to the casino about 4-5 hours to play first yesterday. (before i took the cab and bought food, pants, socks, and deposited my 3rd $1000 in the atm within a week). i could sleep like say 11pm to 8am, and then play like 9am to 9pm and then wake up about the right time sunday.

instead i woke up too early this morning. about 6am, and looked at bravo live and seen a game going, so i went to the Peppermill and started playing. shouldve went back to sleep, now i feel like i need a nap at 4pm, and i feel being tired kept me from playing my best.

im lucky to be winning anything at all. but i did quit with $191 profit still after once being up $421. Puts me back in the $15,000s again and keeps me at the $13.25-$13.50 an hour mark.

Early on in my session, i initially bought in $200. started losing while playing 5 handed, and eventually was in the game for $313 after rebuying. i lost with a flush to a bigger flush. One guy from cali, whod player a lot of poker i think, reminded me of WEC and he also had spend time in a camper for 7 months in the past and visited some casinos. he had about $2000 in front of him, so i assume hes an experienced player. he played a lot of hours just as i did.

while being down and after a lot of having to fold, id learned which player might lay down his preflop raises. so when a new player sits and straddles $4 UTG, on my BB, and this one regular young kid in late position raises to $13, and one guy behind him calls, i decide to make it $60 with 35 clubs hoping for either all to fold, so i could show it. instead the $4 straddles tried to shove allin, but the dealer ruled it a string bet and that he could only call. (thank God). and then the kid making it $13, sure enough, folds. and one other guy on tilt calls. not the ideal situation.

flop comes 334 and im thrilled. i shove, the straddler calls with TT, and the old man gets out. comes runner runner QQ and my hand holds up. then soon afterwards i win a pot with aa against QQ

the new player cant stop talking about it, goes and rebuys and is on tilt about the hand.

many hours later, right before i leave, i'd just given back about $80 and am thinking of leaving soon. I'm looking for another situation to win a pot that no nit would ever win. (a pot that shouldnt be mine).  i see the flop with 88 in a pot where one guy made it either $7 or $10 and i think i was in early position.

there are 3 of us, and the flop comes AT6 with 2 diamonds. we all check. turn comes 7, putting 2 flush draws on the board. i check, original raiser puts small bet of $15 out there, and the mexican guy calls who plays a volitale style. he was up a lot once and has given it all back, and im assuming he is on a draw, and the original bettor has a pocket pair between TT and AA, but not a set.

i decided to bet $75. (was that dumb?)

im expecting the guy who i think has me beat to fold, and the mexican guy to call with a draw, that id be a slight favorite over.

he folds, the mexican guy calls, and river comes offsuit 5 which looks like a blank. so i check, giving him a chance to bluff at it  (he did once before and i won by calling) and knowing i cant get a hand better than my 88 to fold. he bets $55.

i call, and he had 34 of hearts (no draw whatsoever on the flop) but on the turn he picked up a 4th heart for a flush draw. and rivered a straight.

i still feel i read the situation well, (first guy folds and 2nd guy called with a draw). so should we not second guess the play due to the poor results? anyway i left. good nite everyone.

i only hope i do as well as stealthmunk in tomorrows event.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

HUGE WHALE found swimming in north Lake Tahoe

At first, i didnt realize when this guy sat down that he was going to be such a whale. in fact he looked a lot like John from cali who used to do rideshares and lived in foxwoods part of the time, and ripped me off of $193 once on a $30 room i sold him at Palace station about 5-10 yrs ago. (by running up tons of charges to my credit card which i never got from him). But it turned out he wasnt him.

turned out the guy bragged about working  for $9 hour plus tips (man it must be nice to have a job that pays tips) because he rebought more than once, but he was getting lucky so much he seldom needed to. but he was obviously loaded with money and didnt care. and the suckouts he was putting on everyone was insane. im sure he was earning at least $300+ a day at the nice restaraunt he works at.

hands like a2 offsuit calling huge reraises allin preflop for $500+, and $50+ preflop calls with hands like 85 offsuit. total bluffs being made after the flop on boards of 772K with hands like 10 5 of clubs, and no flush draw. one time on a flop of K54 he calls a huge allin bet with A6, and runner runners a straight, and the guys friend next to him looked it up on his phone (friend of the guy who lost with a set of 5s) and found out he was like 4% only to win. and he made about 4 of these suckouts and had his stack up to over $1000 before losing it soon after. and remember, the max buyin in this $1-2 NL game is a measly $200.

i didnt even know at first id be able to play $1-2 NL. id never been there before on a tuesday night, seeing its only 2 months in the summer the room is 7 days a week instead of 4. turns out tues and wed nites are $10-20 omaha nights and that game starts up first.

i seen one hand with aa9j and almost didnt look at the flop since i had no low, and certainly didnt raise. flop comes 229 with few of us seeing the flop and we all check, turn comes 2, and one guy bet $20 and i called, not liking it, and the river he checks and i check too. mistake? anyway it won and i left $55 up. turned out i got a seat without even having to play an entire round, and i feared the game would start out short and id be waiting like 30 minutes or an hour paying lots of blinds. my fears were for naught, i never paid 1 blind, and the game started 8 handed with me as the button.

earlier in the day, id won back about $300+ on the VBJ of the big loss the nite before. and overall im down not too much on the VBJ this trip, not nearly as much as the $3000 i won the previous trip. am getting a lot of drawing tickets too. briefly last nite i was stuck close to $1800 once. today on the way back in a cab i deposited back $912 in the atm. why $912? to make it an even $11000 in the bank.

when i tried to cash out of the VBJ (in plenty of time to make the bus) the cashout wouldnt work and the 5th spot on the VBJ often does that, but usually still cashed out within 2-3 minutes. however it never did and i had to get the slot floorman and i didnt have time to wait longer because i needed to go across the street to the bustop. so i just picked it up later when i got back. turns out the bus was 13 minutes late, so maybe id had time after all. he couldnt get my ticket to print out either, so id had to wait for him to hand pay me if i stuck around and i only had less than 5 minutes til i thought the bus wouldve came.

i quit the game early after the fish went broke for the last time and left. why? because my $155 buyin was now at $682, and the one good player in the game i had no idea how he played, had $800 plus on my immediate left. (hed just recently won it). and earlier i made what i think was a bad laydown. i had my initial buyin up to $208 and then along came this hand.

i raised it preflop with KQ of diamonds (the fish was out that hand away from the table smoking) and got 3 callers. flop comes K58 with the 58 of diamonds. i bet $30 and get 1 caller on my left. (at the time it wasnt the immediate left, one guy was in between who had folded). i figure im way ahead or way behind, so why bet anymore once im called on the flop. big mistake?

turn comes J and i check, he bets $60 and i worry about AK and KJ. i didnt expect such a LARGE bet. i call, river comes 9, i miss, he goes allin and i have about $108 left and folded, and felt like it was a bad fold, since i later saw him buy a pot. would any of u called?

this was very early in the game right as the fish had just sat down about one orbit before.

and then there was a big pot i won, (money i won all came from the fish). i had AJ offsuit, and the fish made his standard preflop raise to like $35. i called, as did 2 others, including one who went allin for $23 more. the fish called, and i asked the dealer if i could reraise and he said YES. i was surprised, but different rules in different casinos. so i go allin, someone complains and then the dealer takes it back, and im only able to call, and im thinking wtf as they all just got free information. as it turned out flop is J42, fish goes allin for about $100 left, i shove, and my hand wins both the main pot and the side pot. we both hit 2 pair when the ace hits the turn, him hitting aa44 and me aajj.

another big win was when i had aa and reraised his $15 raise of his straddle (the fish) to $50 preflop with aa and him and one other guy call. flop comes 883 and fish goes allin. other guy folds, i call with aa and lucky for me i river the a for a big boat as he had a set of 8s on the flop.

another guy also loosened up due to the fish, and briefly was up to $600+ and then lost it all. he kind of overbet into the guys who played a lot more solid on a flop of K93 turn 3 when he had 38 by betting $500+ allin, causing a good player to fold the other 3. he was after the fishs money and the fish folded. so did the asian guy whod raised to $50.

i think i should go to new hampshire, along with a ton of other places. the governor just signed a law makes NL cash legal for $50-150 buyins. before that it was only small fixed limit and tournies. so for the next 3 months or so it should be the softest games in the country. seems there are safe motels for like $60-85 a nite nearby and probably safer clientele than in a lot of big cities. less methheads, drug dealers etc. theres like 10 rooms there, didnt realize there were so many. but it sucks they arent 24 hours.

but if the games stay this loose in tahoe, i wont need to go. ive NEVER seen the game this loose.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

the upcoming Peppermill freeroll.

The other day, i finally made a large sized deposit on Bovada (of $112) instead of just a tiny one of the $20 minimum or slightly more. i hate to take anything at all out of my roll, but im sick of making multiple deposits and never having any money there. maybe its a mistake to put money there at all instead of just playing in the casino, but i always like to have something to do from home to make money.

and as much as id like to be in vegas right now--i dont want to go too far from reno til after the freeroll. now yes i know only 5 or less will make something really decent out of it, and yes i know that staying in reno already cost me over $350 tonight when u count what i lost in the big split poker machine after leaving the poker room up $347. (thats why im now at the Tahoe Biltmore instead of in reno for 3-5 days.)

But id like to think of it this way. 1. i need more tourny experience and i wanted to play at least one tourny during the time period of the WSOP. 2. i have a decent chip lead at the start. (along with the top 20 hours out of the 100 people). 3. i won the riviera tourny once for over $1700 and had to waste half of the money paying Herbie. 4. i think if i actually play my best in this, i just might have a shot. quite a few of the entries will be other people who dont normally play tournies and might not be shoving when down to very few BBs. should at least be able to make it to 40th for $100 if i dont take a bad beat early. 15th to 40th all get $100, so its pretty flat for an unusually large number of spots.

my biggest worry will be people colluding with each other in it.

also i bought in for $200 tonight at the Peppermill in the $1-2 game instead of the more standard buyin of $120 (or close thereabouts). it worked out too, i early on got it up to just over $300, and a couple hours later had it up to $656 at the hi water mark. when i eventually cashed out, i still had $547. Think of how much better my life would be, (and how much better medical care, accomodations, food and stress level id have) if i was averaging $200 profit per day (also known as $72,000 a year).

can someone explain why 72k a year is not profitable at $1-2 NL? shouldnt it be if someone buys in high enough amounts and puts in enough hours? i dont think even Pokerdogg is doing it and not sure why. i doubt anyone here is better at the game than him.

also if i move out of where im living, i might never be able to move back in at least without waiting for months. and as much as id like to be in vegas to see steathmunk, i dont want to be charged rent two cities at the same time. or be charged for a place i might not make it back to.