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.