Sunday, January 24, 2016

how things are going in toledo

for the first time, i'm sitting in the restaraunt called "scene" right in the center of the Hollywood Toledo casino eating with my poker comps. Also got a massage for the 1st time in this poker room while in the $1-2 PLO (its only $1 min here). Their $1-2 PLO usually never goes and is either $2-5 or round by round, (no hilow either). But i needed to get out of that PLO game. was in for $120, lost, another $120, lost, rebought another $100 and eventually won a few key pots to get it up to over $600 briefly. when i quit the game, i still had over $500.

one time i seen the flop of 289 with 2 clubs, when i had the AQ of clubs, with the TJ of diamonds. i lost to 2 pair. another time i flopped the nut straight and it came runner runner aa for him to make a full boat with pocket 3's.. he flopped 2 pair with QJ on the flop of AQJ. that was disgusting. it took about 3 hours for me to win some pots.

i've been in a gym for the first time in my life 3 times with Ray so far on the treadmill, he likes to go often. i managed a brisk walk for like 20 minutes. there is hydro massage waterbeds too with a 7 minute limit, the place is called planet fitness for $20 month, they have locations in vegas too. im sure Alysia Chang goes.

me and Ray visited 2 more charity rooms in MI last night ive never been to, but still cant find a cheap omaha game. we seem to do better at motor city in NL than any of the other rooms nearby. Motor city is easy to win as MD live or talking stick. they do have a weird $200 cap in the $1-2 NL. most every casino is more.

only $15 left on Bovada, lost quite a few things in a row, so i guess ill be forced to redeposit every though id prefer not to. i could also try ACR maybe theyd let me withdraw in bitcoin so id not have to worry about checks.

Ray still bugs me when ill go to his church with him, but i still aint awake the right hours. i hope he finds the dentist he needs and the oil leak problem is fixable. its amazing (and i think intentional) how many restarunts have no plugins for their customers.

would like opinions of some shoves. the other day there was a young black kid on my immediate left who kept making it $7 preflop about 66% of the time. i figured the best way to manipulate this was to, if the other didnt reraise him, to reraise HUGE with anything worthwhile. but i never got anything. finally i got A7 hearts and got away with everyone folding to my $70 limp reraise. i felt lucky.

30 minutes later, i tried it with 88. this time 2 people called. him and one other guy with KT of hearts. (maybe i shouldnt have showed the 7 only on the previous steal?). but i do think it was why i got action. flop comes 843 all in spades. turn comes 2 spades. river Q hearts. and i lost to 9J offsuit. (the kid made a flush). i did right, i got the money in with the best of it. i didnt think he was quite that loose to call preflop with that.

least im still over $600 better off than i came to toledo, but imagine how poorly id be doing if i had more expenses.

why didnt the blizzard that affected the business at parx and MD live so much have any effect on NJ. the whole time the borgata showed 35+ tables while the other places showed 0-5 going. didnt they get snow too?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Poker is a very emotional game

Swings galore here lately, but at least this is coming back up, (to more than when i left KS from my low of $12,600). the $13,800 i left with is now at $13,900+. 2 good days, (todays $200+ win and yesterdays $700+ win) really helped. most of yesterdays took place in detroit.

some important hands to talk about. one of which i had the AK and my opponent had the QK. i made the standard preflop raise to $12 using Grumps method. Flop comes K94 with 2 clubs. he checks, i bet only he called. turn comes K. he checks, i bet $50, he makes it $105, but intended to bet $100. i asked him if he would show if i fold, with no intention to of course. he doesnt reply but finally says he will. i tell him this means he is weak and call. river comes and im planning to reshove if its not a club, or a card above the 9. i didnt like the Q on the end. he bets $100 and i just call, saving money. i had him set up beautifully, (him thinking he was leading when he wasnt). then he hits the 3 outer. it was quite irritating.

most of the hands were winners though. Again i'm in the pot raising preflop with ak hearts. most of the table called so i knew id need help. flop comes 356 with 2 hearts. its checked around to the guy in front of me, who bets $40 i shoved, hoping for him to fold if he held 88-TT or similar. he didnt fold, but the others did. he held 35 for 2 pair. turn comes 6, river a. counterfeiting his 2 pair.

i got $38 in a high hand that i was surprised i got paid for because i was thinking u needed $20 in the pot. funny rule here, if u have more than $300 on the table u have to put it in your pocket. same way on the $30 for 3 hours of play 3-8am.

then one time i convinced the table i thought i turned the straight (when i was really trying to bluff). Flop was 775, all 3 of us checked the limped pot. turn comes 9. one guy i felt i could manipulate bet $5. one guy i didnt see called him without my knowledge. i check raised to $20 with TJ, gutshot 2 overs, total air in other words. he thinks but quickly folds like i figured he would. i show the bluff, but i pretended i turned the straight, saying i turned the nut straight. then the dealer asks me what im doing since seat 3 other end of the table is still in. i turn them back over, thinking for sure he would see them and call. he must of not because hes still thinking, then finally folds. everyone else swore (as i knew) the board was 779 not 789 and i didnt have the straight. i just didnt want them seeing me try to bluff right then.

dont ever try the crazy pineapple tourny in Trenton MI. its a total crapshoot, blinds skyrocket extra fast. too many rebuys.

then i had the Kt once and called a small raise preflop (u shouldnt). but i had the position. flop comes KJ9 with possible flush draw. he bets $20, one guy calls, and i call. turn comes 6, he bets $35 other guys calling again i shouldnt but do. he checks, other guys checks on the river 9 too, i do too and i win. he claims he knew id call so he didnt bet. i worried he had me beat.

i mainly took note of these hands to show the emotions that run in poker--particularly how frustrating it can be when u play the hand well but lose. (AK vs KQ)

Monday, January 11, 2016

$363 profit--biggest win in ever had in this casino

Today's profit gets me back the $300 i lost in yesterdays home game, and a little of what i lost in the casino yesterday too. still im only in the $13,100 range, not nearly as much as when i arrived in chicago. i might be back over in the casino soon, im currently at home eating and taking a small break in the $20 don sng on bovada. bought some food in aldis. i wanted to take a break and write down the win before i gave it all back.

besides having a much higher rake, i think Toledo has a lot more of the higher quality players sitting in the $1-2 instead of the $2-5 simply because the $2-5 doesnt go most of the week. meaning they have no choice but to play $1-2 instead of the stakes theyd normally prefer. so the tables are filled up with those winning regulars instead of the weaker $1-2 players u see in a place like motor city for example.

im probably best off avoiding home games. i don't want to be there if it was to get raided or robbed, and now im down for the game too. im lucky gas is as cheap as it is, but it would be too much to go all the way to detroit everyday.

i am glad ive only lost money in the VP machines once for $80, and havent touched any live BJ games. the $15 min (if u want to be paid 3-2 instead of 6-5) keeps me off them. as all live BJ professonals know $13k isnt enough to sit in the $15 min tables. i dont think im putting in nearly enough hours, but i am doing a good job of sticking to poker.

id like to make some longer distances trips with Ray--if it wasnt for the worry he might be leaking oil which he says wouldnt be worth fixing due to the cost. it's getting closer to my ID expiring in may too.

Got a chance to play with lightning a little on Bovada last night, and ive still got $270 there too. i dont like the new software and the removal of stud, but im no longer under $100 on there like i was once.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

i'm over $1100 worse off than i was when i left my mothers house

yeah, its not been good at all here in toledo. Ray says i can stay here as long as i want with no expense, (minus my food, gas, etc). no rent. of course, im still out with the $200 i gave him for his rent. he only pays $200 since he's hooked up with section 8 in quite a nice place in the suburbs. i had to give it to him when he was unable to get a loan for his vehicle due to the vehicle not being worth anything. But im not bringing in any money.

and it dont seem to make any difference where i play. ive tried everywhere, not just the local casino. the casinos in detroit. charity cardrooms in MI. private games in others homes in toledo, people who he trusts. only good luck i had was in indiana. theres still a lot more rooms out of town he was going to visit with me also. some 100-400 miles out. i think the $6+1 rake is having an effect but its mostly due to poor luck.

no VBJ or table BJ play at all this trip. not that any decent ones exist here. i investigated the VBJ in detroit, it sucks, and the VBJ in toledo is non-existent. looked over the rules on live BJ here too, the rules suck without at least a $15 min bet, and even then the rules are much better on the $50 table. the comp rate on the VP games really sucks too on pretty much every Hollywood property ive ever seen. soon they will own as many casinos nationwide as MGM or harrahs.

this is the LOWEST roll ive had in a year or so now, at $12,709. i did have one small win in the last 24 hours or id be at my lowest point of $12,611.

lots of the beats were unbeliveable such as top set twice losing in the PLO game outside detroit in a ghetto charity game, loaded with action where it might not been safe to leave on foot, and losing twice with ak to aa when i got committed on the flop by the case ace coming on the flop, where i couldve got off the hand otherwise both times. the odds of that coming up on the flop were quite remote for it to happen twice.

there are some better options and much cheaper living options than the foxwoods area, but still would be back to $300-400 a week. not as high as the $90-110 a day near MD live though. this is if i left staying with Ray and went to one of the motels i see on priceline in various other cities within a few hundred miles of here. amtrak is extremely cheap for lots of cities from here. examples being $35 to erie, $69 to WV, and $91 to milwaukee.

maybe i shouldnt feel so broke with $12k, many times i wouldve been thrilled to have this much. its enough to play $1-2 NL or $6-12-8-16 omaha 8, right? yes it is, but living expenses too? 40 buyins of $300 isnt very much u know. any of u, whats ur biggest downswing in live $1-2?

i think Ray's financial problems could be solved by him working for Uber. they accept most people i think, and he's had a history of driving for greyhound and for the city bus. i dont quite know how his disability works, but its not ssi, it pays somewhat more, but not too much. somehow he injured his back but i dont know the story. Uber will let u pick ur hours i understand and it would pay $100+ per day i think. i'm still trying to get him to sign up, and he seems open to checking it out.

i dont want this blog filled up with Man in Black comments either by him or others, so if everyone could limit those to the previous 3 blogs, would be appreciated. tired of hearing about it, both lightning and alaska gal said to quit posting his comments or discussing it, and to just block him totally.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Saint Ray

wow this blog post is way overdue. im getting to be like PPP. my last post was a whole week ago.

1. Ray drove to chicago amtrak to pick me up, got lost finding the place due to massive construction and lanes closed off. 2. Ray didnt charge me any of his $70-100 in gas and tolls. 3. Ray kept ordering me drinks and tipping the waitress for me when i didnt really need them without me asking. 4. Ray told me not to worry ill get it when driving thru mcdonalds. 5. Ray has almost 0 possessions, a quite empty house and old truck, but has 2 big bibles in it. 6. Ray pretty much left it up to me when to quit the poker games. he won $145, and i won $186. 7. hes not into technology, and was quite glad i was able to find google directions home from the blue chip casino in IN where we went after leaving the majestic star. 8. Ray let me stay in the nicest room in his house (the only bed) and we stopped at walmart to get food. 9. while sleeping this morning, Ray left the house to make me some keys. i woke up, no one here, worried the rapture took place.

this is a true servant of God almighty, kind of like the guys in toledo who had the law office downtown they used exclusively for pro-life work in the 1990s connected with operation rescue. they let me and about 2-3 other homeless people live there free of charge. it too was very old and sparse building with nothing in it. i was 20-22 about when i stayed there like 2 months. he dont care about money--nor does he think of himself first. he says i dont owe him a thing for staying here. and yet his poker roll is only $600. this will really help to get my $29,000 back in the next 6 months so i can be back to being indepent and able to give the higher stakes another shot.

remember i didnt really lose it at $2-5 like i said. i lost it on foolish things. machines in deadwood, machines at foxwoods expenses, live table games in foxwoods. about $2000 was all i lost on $2-5. 4 buyins is all. i felt like i lost at $2-5 because in 2 weeks went from being UP $2000+ in it, to being DOWN $2000+ ($4000+ swing) so of course i needlessly panicked.

when Ray gets home, we will go buy things at the thrift store for this place, and then visit the poker room in downtown toledo ive still not yet been too. too tired last night. here is a picture of my room.