Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pahrump Trip report

Well this afternoon Vince and i went somewhere ive not been in about 10 yrs or so. and on the way the first place he wanted to stop was the ALAMO near silverton. i gave him $30 gas and bought his food and he found a gas station before leaving Vegas for $3.05 a gallon and thought it was a good deal. (in pahrump it was $2.65)

He was very shocked the BJ game at the Alamo had been raised to a $10 minimum, and they quit paying 3-2 and went to 6-5 and it felt like they were purposely trying to kill the game, and it seems it was changed less than a week ago.

so we drove Blue diamond road to Pahrump, saw a small bar in mountain springs, and nice scenery enroute to pahrump.

by the way its very difficult in vegas to find a fast food joint that hasnt closed down the shake machine for cleaning in the evenings but we were lucky tonight to hit up the right place going home. not sure how many others readers ever experience this.

he was looking forward to playing a low stakes poker game and watching the lake at the Lakeside casino resort (which used to be stocked with fish but now isnt). But the poker game at the nugget really sucked. horribly tight, multiple $3 no action pots.

we looked around for VBJ at the casinos but werent able to find any til one of the poker players at the nugget told us of a new one installed at a different casino after all the others were removed years ago.

so we went and checked it out. it takes a players card gives points and has promotions similar to the hacienda and terribles in fernley as far as awarding random bonuses which strongly effect the payback and make it very difficult to evaluate because who knows how often it appears. also theres free play drawings u dont have to be present to win. seems to shuffle every hand but like circus, it dont say for sure. no one else was on the machine. bets are $1 a hand (up to 5 spots of $100 each if no one is on it). uses 6 decks, hits soft 17, allows surrender and doubling after splitting and pays 3-2. seems it was installed 2 weeks ago, no enemies or friends on RTP know about it, nor did John Mehaffey or his website. im in the process of asking friends how to evaluate the payback with the value of promotions included.

except for the nugget, no casino had live BJ. seems the old terribles across from the nugget was bought out by golden gaming, and they now own 3 properties all in pahrump. there is a terribles in pahrump called terribles roadhouse but its in a brand new location. and theres only 1 poker room.

glad to report my roll is still above $18,300 and im now ready to sleep



18 comments:

  1. how do i get a group of people together who want to play a 2-7 game of NL holdem with a $25 bounty? id normally fold it, but if i could earn $25x8 for 200 total every time i successfully steal the blinds, game sounds like fun and full of action. who are the 8 who would be willing to be down for it?

    a smaller bounty just isnt effective enough to make it work. no one is changing their play for $5

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    1. What casino would this game be at?

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    2. thats open to discussion, but it sure is a lot harder to get 8 than i expected, as often as i hear people talk about playing in games that has been suggested

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  2. I would think a bigger problem would be finding a room to host it where you're not banned. But I'll play it $1/3, min BI $200 provided you shower first.

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  3. I have often wondered if fast food places really have the shake machine cleaning or if night employees just don't want to bother.

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  4. Tony:

    Read Poker Meister's recent blog (Just the Facts..a low stakes poker blog), which is linked on your page. In it, he explains why you are losing money by not paying attention at the table.

    You consistently refuse to pay attention to play when you're not in the hand. Please read his blog and let your readers know if you find it informative.

    s.i.

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    1. ive already seen it a few hours ago, dont agree with it, and feel i have much better results due to being tuned out on my phone on hands that dont affect me. (gives me a break and keeps me from boredom and playing too loose.) u will never understand since u have a job and u dont even hardly play, who are u to talk? u wont even come sit at my table since im in vegas.

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    2. Tony, would you say that the way you play, you still get a general sense of people's play (you can figure out who the fish is, who the drunk is, who the rock only play AA, KK is, etc?) I don't think it's unreasonable to space out on the phone some, as long as you can a general knowledge of the players at your table.

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    3. The problem is Tony's powers of observation are much weaker than most people. For example he recently "could've sworn" that a picture of Todd Brunson was of Rob Solomon. Agree spacing out occasionally is inevitable and sometimes even advantageous, but in Tony's case his player profiling is limited to "black," "asian," "lesbian," "with a woman of a different race."

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    4. Tony, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Just put your phone away some of the time will improve your results.

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    5. It may help some people when they are on there phone and not paying attention because they may get bored and start playing any two cards.

      But over all if you can stay focused on the players and how they play you would have a advantage against them when you get involved in a hand with them.

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    6. Tony:

      Thanks for the response. You asked why I felt I had any experience that would be useful to share, or at least I assume that's what "..who are you to talk?" meant.

      You're right, I do have a job. And, you're right that I only play a couple times a month.

      You also implied that I won't come sit at your table, which is wrong. You've not invited me to come play with you this trip, but I've played with you many times in the past, including giving you rides to various casinos. I certainly couldn't play with you often, as I do have a job, and I'm a parent, and my preferred playing hours would rarely match up with your preferred playing hours, as well as my preferred playing locations rarely matching up with places you wouldn't be arrested for entering. That said, I do enjoy playing with you and look forward to doing so again.

      My post wasn't to suggest, "I'm a fantastic poker player with a great deal more knowledge/experience than you, so listen to what I say!", which appears to be how you took it. Instead it was to say that I thought you could learn from Poker Meister's post. I have played with you quite a few times and every time I've played with you I've commented to you about how unobservant you are at the table. You NEVER pay attention to the game. If you are not in a hand, you have zero interest in who's playing, what the best sizing is, how the table has changed, conversations occurring, how the hand played out, who is always c-betting, who floats, when someone check raises, or even what the cards are at show down.

      I don't play as often as you. There are aspects of the game that you have a higher skill level than do I. However, there as so many things that I pick up at a table that allow me to make better decisions and it seems that you are oblivious to giving yourself that edge or refuse to acknowledge that information exists. I want to see you succeed, Tony. And I think it would improve your game if you paid more attention at the table.

      I look forward to playing with you in the future.

      s.i.

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    7. what i would suggest is that u text me whenever u are available to play--because id have no idea and dont post it here-tell me direct and ask if im around and awake and ready

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  5. Or... Tony is just using the phone as a decoy while at the same time watching the play at the table hawk but no one notices....

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  6. well, its good to have internet access again. Phone died a long time ago at the hardrock. am home in my room now. the $1079 i was in the game for ended up being $1186 when i left, so i recovered from a drop of close to $400 once.

    lots of good looking women at the table tonight, most of whom were too rich for me.

    sat next to "pure aggression" from 2+2 for a few hours. there were also some loose players.

    the story about the bus driver, i was waiting in front of circus, and the deuce pulled up with the driver speaking on the loudspeaker, that he was only going to be dropping off (not picking up) and we would have to take the next bus, which would be 47 minutes behind him. as we all thought WTF who were waiting, he then said only kidding, folks, opened the doors, and invited us inside.

    anyone remember steve the dealer old man from osheas? seemed he changed his name to michael and now deals at terribles. (silver 7s)

    ate a good meal at the wynn today and as quiet as stealthmunk is online, maybe he finallly really did off himself

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    1. Tony:

      Are you now just cut/pasting your tweets? You've really grown bored with this blog, haven't you?

      s.i.

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  7. Gas prices in Vegas suck. $2.20's here Tony.

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  8. It looks like some one took up Tony's challenge to go to the Wynn and cover his bankroll. Got a text from him he was out over $1300.

    Now do you see why bragging about how big your bankroll is, is stupid Tony? We talked about this a couple of days ago. As usual it goes in one ear and out the other. Do you understand now why you appear to be such a fool to the people who follow your exploits? You say such ridiculous things, and it comes back to bite you on the ass every time, much to the delight of hour detractors.

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