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.


23 comments:

  1. ck-call on the turn with the KQdd is the worst option. Check-shove > check-fold > check-call.

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    1. this dont explain why its a worse option. and what about just betting?

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    2. Check call on the turn is OK if you think he will bluff and plan to call most (maybe all) river cards. You can't check/call turn then fold on the river, you're commited with a call on the turn which is why kat thinks you might as well shove turn after he bets. I think betting the turn is OK but probably commits you to getting all in and makes it unlikely he would bluff. Depends on the player and since we know nothing about him it's not an easy decision.

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    3. this was the original idea, because i put him on a hand like K9 KT or KJ. both the 9 and the J were horrible scare cards, and i figured he would bet a much smaller amount when i made this original plan.

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    4. ....just to add, many smart aggressive players are going to read you on a draw only hand once you check the turn and then bet heavily on the turn and river to make you drop (whatever weak pair they may have held on the flop or even missed flush draw).

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    5. Still not sure how you figure you are likely to be in a way ahead/way behind situation with top pair and a flush draw. But yes, agree, floating flops with the plan to steal the pot on later streets has become an epidemic. All these damn poker books and training sites. One way to slow down such a player on your left is the b-ca/ck-b-ra line. And he can't have both AK and a bigger flush draw so you've always got decent equity when called.

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  2. Be sure to work out your departure to New Hampshire to include giving proper notice to your current landlord so you can return to Reno again sometime in the future and return to the same rental property. I would propose trying out NH for three months starting in September. If NH works out for you then stay longer. If not, then route back through Kansas and spend thanksgiving with your family and then proceed on your way back to Reno.

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    1. u can never return to the same property as theres about a 6 month wait to move in. no one ever moves out and there is a huge list. this is the only reason i never moved out. also by sept, the games in NH will no longer be any good. they will only be good for the first 2-3 months and the sooner the better.

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    2. Pay for two place then. Of course if you are going to be be making that much more money, you can afford to do this. I'm going to Europe for 5 weeks plus a couple of weeks of visiting friends on the east coast and still paying my HOA at home and am a much worse poker player than you so this should be way easier on you.

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    3. Well I was inclined towards Sept through Nov in NH taking into account the most likely beautiful fall colors in New England at that time of year. Imagine relaxing with brisk walks through the forests or parks with the cool fall breeze and the smell of fall in the air???

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  3. new roll is now back to $13,240 after wiping out all losses on the VBJ machine, and i renewed my room in Tahoe for wed and thurs nites, new checkout date of friday. the freeroll takes place sunday at the Peppermill. i found out Uber seems to be operating in NH but not entirely sure and some of the different cities with poker or motels arent too far from each other, or the airport in manchester. i mean under 20 miles. seems to be a small state and havent looked up public transit yet. am still investigating if theres a monthly rate at extended stay america.

    theres a bus to foxwoods for $36. might be much cheaper to fly to boston instead, take a bus to foxwoods for a couple days, then try to board the other bus into NH if they will allow me to pay a 1 way fare, ill just claim i lost the ticket and came up on another bus.

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    1. Fly into Boston and maybe Josie can help you.

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  4. Are you going to Koala when he gets to the U.S.?

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    1. who knows what ill be doing that far into the future? i might just stay here in tahoe and play the VBJ

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    2. This is hilarious, Tony please Todd and Keith and Jennifer are having a blast reading this blog.

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  5. this trip to NH isnt going to work out if i cant find short term housing. and close enough to commute back and forth without paying unreasonable fees. certainly nothing near seabrook, and there is a hotel for about $375 a week (according to the email they sent me) right near Rockingham Park.

    however thats still outrageously high, and i dont want the whole world to know where im living at, i want many of options. unless i find more housing an easy and cheap commute near a cardroom, ill have to let this trip pass.

    i just assumed id win big there due to no one knowing how to play well. this is generally the case anytime NL becomes legal in a brand new area of the country. i came up with the figure of $40 an hour because i earned $36 an hour at maryland live, and im assuming the players there would have to be more experienced at playing LIVE cash NL than those in NH would be.

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  6. Tony

    If you were earning $36 an hour at Maryland Live, why did you ever leave?? Surely if you play 10 hours a day this is an incredible income? Or perhaps the sample size was small and you ran well? Not sure $40 an hour is realistic....

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    1. i just wanted to live in a NORMAL place by the week, with a kitchen and microwave, instead of $89-119 hotels every day. sample size only was 80 hours, i wasnt in the area that many days.

      when u dont drive, or have friends with cars, ur options are limited. baltimore is the worst crime area of the country and i would never consider riding a city bus anywhere in that area. i took the shuttle straight to the casino from the airport and also took a shuttle back to the amtrak at the airport when leaving. id never ride a bus in that part of the country.

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    2. this same desire to find an inexpensive place to live pretty much limits me to living in reno, and i really want to find a new place to go

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  7. I will be around Monday if you want to talk I Can help you make a good decision on where to go next.

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  8. Go get 'em TBC. You're a legend.

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