Thursday, December 24, 2015

from hutchinson KS

well, finally i have wifi again. didnt have it the whole 24 hours i was on the amtrak, except very spotty service now and again thru the phone via sprint. not even with paying all that extra $300+ for a private sleeper car at the last possible minute. had i preplanned the trip out in advance and on the right day instead of going there a last second decision to want to be there, i couldve gotten the room for about $150 less. but i did do the right thing in going to Ks, correct?

took a motel not too far from amtrak, and mom will be herself to drive me into lyons at 8.30am. theres no cabs this time of night, and uber isnt in hutchinson. nothing comes up when u enter ur location. arrived quite ahead of schedule about 1.55am.

all in all, including the $68 for the room since i didnt get it for $44 prebooking it thru priceline (which u cant do after midnite) im down to $13,700. yeah i spent much more than i needed to to get here, thats for sure. couldve just flown into wichita, went to the casino, took a cab or uber from wichita to lyons, and probably still come out on top. but im no worse off than when i left deadwood, thanks to about $1800 worth of winnings in phoenix before the final losing session.

not entirely sure if im going back to phoenix right  after the first, or going to albuquerque much closer, or heading the other way into toledo. i definitely do plan to spend time in phoenix in the future. best room ive ever seen. i still dont think this $13,000 is nearly enough of a bankroll.

ive only got about $60 left on bovada but not sure if ill be able to sleep much now, after so much on the train, so i joined the $10 MTT while i wait for 8.30 to get here. nor does it look like theres an open store in walking distance to buy food. i ate for free on the train in the diner due to being sleeper car passenger, and their menu is quite limited.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Trip report-casino az--hh included

well i must admit its nice to be out of deadwood before i go busto on the VBJ machine. was down to $13k out of $19k when i flew out of there on allegiant last night into Mesa. yes, mesa, not phoenix, didnt realize there is more than one airport, so i paid a huge $75 cab fee to get to my room in scottsdale. now when its daytime, ive learned how to get back there on 2-3 bus transfers. during the day starting at 4pm theres shuttle service to talking stick for a few hours not too far from the hotel too. from mesa ill be able to buy many cheap allegiant flight to lots of cities, including wichita if i want, vegas if i want, cali if i want, south bend (near the boat in gary) or grand rapids mi. got 2 nights on priceline for $126 including fees. better than $90 night, but of course i need something much less expensive, and quickly.

no chargers in casino arizona, but at least u can use phones. the rake is horrible, $2 on the flop plus $1 preflop, but the $2-3 NL is beatable. ($300 cap betting). i was up $407 once, (from being $260 stuck) but when i left i was only up $187 dammit. but hey the action is good, if anyone here been there theyll verify it. one-two of the guys seemed to know of me.

first thing i did was get a players card, and i got $8+ in comps while playing. i couldnt find a single VBJ machine though the chaperone swears they exist, must be in other casinos. plenty of roulette machines or craps here. they do have the bartop even money kind i didnt play. its odd how u can only straddle UTG here.

the splash pot promo middle of the night seems quite easy to hit. but not the hand itself. i was most glad to learn about shuttle service in the afternoons. seems the regular bus doesnt get as close as id like, and the cab or uber fare is more than expected. not nearly enough cheap motel options nearby either unless i havent found it yet. seems to not be any cheap weekly hotels unless far out in phoenix, and im sure not ready to commit to 60 days thru extended stay america.

i think i should fly right back out of here to where i know i can live cheaper. not used to $2-3 blinds either but it was good action. just wish id left sooner. several good players and several bad players, especially seat 3 who reminded me of the black pimp. seat 1 seemed to know me. i sat in seat 8, table 5. seat 9 the drunk guy was the best player there, along with seat 7 young kid. we all were winning lots.

the really important HH to talk about is a hand i folded on the flop, that most wouldnt and were surprised i did. i limped my blind with KJ of diamonds. flop comes 96Q all in diamonds. i bet $8, seat 1 makes it $16, seat 2 (old man been there many hours with everyone covered bets $60), kid in 7 whose winning bets $155. the kid has about $400, i have over $700. i worry 2 might reraise, so i fold. both my neighbors in 9-10 verified what i had after the hand. it was a good fold, kid had nut flush.

and later i made a bad call throughout cause seat 1 really seemed to know me and might be running me over with lots of raises when i limped, but no he had the close to nuts.

see lots of suite type extended stay places online here in scottsdale and further south, but they are more like $350-400 weekly with taxes, not really that cheap then theres uber fare too. at least its not nearly as costly as the foxwoods area. i just cant bring myself to commit to 60 days here to get a good deal. maybe others have ideas? i dont know who lives here who reads my blog besides wec.

Monday, December 14, 2015

exit plans

Well there seems to be good deals on airfares this time of year. im seeing prices from here to chicago for $141, with a quick stop in MN. and theres always allegiant to vegas, mondays or fridays. those days dont work out so well seeing i get the freeplay on tuesdays each week for $350. so id like to go on a tues immediately after running it thru. most cities much more costly, even denver is $316 everyday, compared to chicago. chicago is actually useful for going to toledo. quick cheap amtrak ride, or the commuter train to the boat in gary where Ray could easily get me.

tired of not playing NL or 2-100 limit for over 2 weeks, (basically been playing VBJ or sitting in the room reading or playing online bovada). good news is i came back some, from a low of $12,950 back to 14,505. last night i went to cadillac jacks and eventually started the 2-100 4 handed and once briefly became 5 of us. theyre not getting much business this time of year. it makes me want to get back to where i can "re-establish my job" and quit this extended vacation from grinding 50 hour weeks for $14 hour. to do it before more money disappears is a good idea. besides im running out of money on bovada, only $184 left. but even if i lost it all, id still be $340 up on there this trip.

soon as 8am gets here, need to go buy food, even if im leaving this week, im completely out. not too much though. im just glad i had much better luck on VBJ this week. i know its all variance, but i did bet less on extremely slightly plus counts and saved the much bigger sized bets for the highest counts. even when id lost the hand before. Plus im glad i spent $80 on gifts instead of much less, theyre lots happier. still would like me to go visit, but first id have to be in vegas, chicago or toledo, so it would be an easy trip.

so far finished 2 books. they accidently sent me 2 copies of one book, and 0 copies of another book too, i told them and theyre waiting for me to give them another address to ship to. i dont know where i want to go, just somewhere i have more choices to play than in vegas, and of course, much looser action. maybe even back to cali, i think i still have enough to get started.

anyone ever earned the free room 3 nites at cosmo thru the trop in atlantic city? i did from earning the gold card but im not sure how to use it. guess ill look up how to email the host both places. plus theres like 10 free nites ive got coming at the nugget in vegas this Jan that can only be used on weekdays.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

thank God for online poker

well im glad i got a few things off my mind. spent $80 on xmas gifts for mom and son, $13 to mom for the DVD she wanted and the rest to my son for his gifts he wanted. how is someone 23 and still enjoys snoopy videos and charlie Brown?

my books that i ordered myself, that were supposedly to arrive today and got delayed til tomorrow, supposedly because of bad weather between denver and casper wy i seen no sign of, are now scheduled to arrive by tomorrow evening. (i constantly check the ups tracking site). listening to the troopers newest 2 videos now as im updating the blog. or to be more correct the sound of the video, not the pictures.

back to $14,056, after paying that expense, and the money i paid sunday for 2 more weeks here, making it 7 weeks total. the reason the roll went up is because i got the 2nd withdrawal for $322 off bovada now, and i cant do anymore til jan. hopefully that one will be much bigger. i still have $502 there. its gone up. 2nd reason the roll went up was this weeks $350 freeplay that i have to wait til tues each week to get instead of sunday. no big losses on VBJ lately, unless u count 2 $400+ losses. but also a couple of $300+ wins.

Thank God bovada is there for those of us in the US still. without it, i dont know where id be doing well at poker. i still think i should leave right after i get my package. even cadillac jacks hardly gets a game except the 2 days the blinds too high. there is a good fri nite omaha at silverado and thrus night mix at saloon 10.

i definitely dont spend anywhere near the time i should grinding low stakes poker, not like i did in my 20s when i didnt have the internet, (or a room to sleep and just sit back and relax in--which is why i put in way more hours). not that it benefitted me then, but putting in the hours sure benefitted me in reno.

re-read a lot of old past threads regarding KOD incident and other things, and i sure feel bad about jumping to the wrong conclusion. hopefully ill never be that desperate for money again to need the help i needed with stakes and bills so much then. i dont remember how, but somehow i came back from that and got the roll up to 29,000+ before i returned to self destructing. most never thought i would, or should even play poker. i wish i wouldve treated koala better too. i'd forgotten a lot of other favors people had done before too til i read about them.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

closed out my wells fargo new bank account today

the more fed-up i get with losing in deadwood, (only $13,300+ left) the more i feel trapped here. for one thing, my books i ordered online will arrive dec 8 supposedly. its so hard to walk away from what is essentially a $1400 monthly check. yet i know if i just take the money and dont play, ill get no more. they give u back an extremely low percentage, much less than 1%, of all ur coin-in for the previous month, no matter if u won or lost.

and i dread a cab to the airport and long rides to chicago or vegas. i actually dont like to travel. plus it would lower the roll too.

im too broke to be paying vince the new higher price of $500 month if i lived in vegas he wanted this year once i got in better shape. (used to be $10 day-$300 month). i wonder if the other roommate complained? (jay). sure dont want to end up like the trooper, his place scary as fuck. nor do i want to be surrounded with large groups living in my house such as flushdraw, some of whom get high. at least all vince ever does is come home drunk. ideal situation would be with Ray (no cost--no idea why) since he has a car and is now playing poker himself. last 2 nights hes been at the table in toledo middle of the night if anyone in the toledo area would like to find out who he is.

if not that, live with a woman who loves me enough to let me move in with her for not much money--which flush draws original plan was. someone who wants to start a commitment to make it work. then id have a large home filled with possessions not mine, pets, etc.

i know i wish i could see my family, but not when im this bad off, and not when its inconvenient. the time to come is anytime im on the amtrak between albuquerque and chicago. if i was going, id fly to chicago, (cheapest way out of deadwood) then train from there. right now i shouldnt be doing NOTHING with my money but getting a much larger roll together before i end up in the critical zone i was in for most of my entire life. (by that i mean back below $10,000). Bovada balance is down to only $233. with the last $322 withdrawal not yet arrived, and the $175 lost since. if someone really cared about my welfare, they wouldnt expect me to til i get myself in shape first, into steady housing, medical etc. theyd think it would be foolish to waste more money.

the reason i emptied the new bank acct and closed it out totally to stop any fees is because i didnt want to withdraw any more from boa. its under $10k now. so i took the WF money instead in person this morning.