both today and yesterday i got to spend a little time eating with Josie and playing a bit of poker at the tables, mainly the $2-5 NL tables. Also Bill Potts met her too, and then after she had gone to bed i ran into 2 other readers of my blog i didnt know were here.
and of course im still winning, (new roll $29,200) and some of the money came from Josie, who i put a bad beat on (but of course im not getting out when i flop 4 to a straight flush). a guy makes it $20 preflop, i call, because at the time im in a hurry to play a hand as im still down (unless u count the $220 i made playing BJ at mohegan sun earlier). and thats a whole other blog post in itself. Josie makes it $80 which seems like a weird bet, since she only has about $45-60 more behind. 4 of us see the flop and all i have is the 45 of spades. (has my game really loosened up?)
flop comes 86 of spades and a Q offsuit. guy checks a set of 888, i shove, josie calls with AA and the other guy calls behind me which i didnt want, but lucky for me i hit the flush on the turn and no one else improved. so ive suddenly got $800+ in chips in front of me from my $372 buyin. Josie leaves the table and says she wants to change games, and eventually heads to her room and never comes back out.
since shes gone, after another 45 minutes or so i go sit in the $1-2 PLO PLO/8 mix game and play there for about 4 hours more, eventually leaving dead tired and paying quite a bit more to get him to drive me home earlier than planned and he left his chips on the $2-5 game he was in because he didnt want to quit a good table. i was down from the $241 id bought in to like $200 (after first running it up to $386) but then i scooped a nice pot and left with a profit in that game too. so im still winning at everything i play. BJ, (a roulette machine the day before) a slot machine, $2-5, $1-2, u name it.
34 hours of $2-5 logged so far, and still over $70 an hour overall. not a bad win rate for $2-5, but i expect it to decrease by about half once i hit 1000 hours.
also i heard from Vince i got a letter about a certain ban at a property ive played at before removed. so the next time im in that area, i can play at this one casino again. glad to hear this too, and vince texted me out of the blue letting me know they wrote back and lifted it. its a casino id rather not mention here. Ban took place in 2003.
mom is constantly bugging me asking me if i will really be home after oct 20 and id rather just renew my room here im doing so well but i am quite worried about my health, my teeth and my scalp although i wont be at moms long enough to take care of it all but thats why i wish i could settle down and find housing somewhere stable. this is one of the best poker rooms ive ever been in and the easiest to win at. or maybe its just im playing $2-5.
about the only thing ive been unsuccessful at poker wise was the $300 stud tourny the other day. came in 51 out of 59, never was ahead once and won only 1 decent pot.
theres one bluff ive found works remarkably well that i get away with ALL the time. i will have a hand like 8T offsuit. flop will come 678 and ill bet and get a call. turn will come 4, i will check and a good knowledgeable young kid will bet about 2 3rds pot or more. i will call, knowing im not drawing dead. river will come 8 and he still makes a bet of not all that much but something, maybe 50% of the pot. i know im beat, but i ask him, if he will show if i fold, because i tell him i really dont think he has me beat, and being HU, i turn over the 8 and ONLY the 8.
finally, i shove and say "i just dont think u can beat this hand". the kid thinks and of course, they always fold their straight, swearing that i got the full house. (and thats where i always make the donkey move--i show the bluff once they muck).