Saturday, April 30, 2016

is Bovada as safe as it used to be? lets hope so

I had heard of the delays with VISA FF withdrawals (my method of choice) thru 2+2 for withdrawals made mid march but i've also heard reports the situations improved in april. still its illegal for them to send money to our banks, so maybe the govts been cracking down too much and it wont get better. so many new states are close to allowing online poker, (cali and PA) they might be getting ready to close. so now that i won $1221 in friday nights $30 PLO8 mtt on bovada, im not comfortable with my new balance. that too much a portion of my lifes net worth and i feel keeping more than 2% on there isnt too smart. remember the old days where so many kept 95-99% of their entire worth in lives on FTP, and lost everything and spent the rest of their lives in homelessness and poverty when FTP went under til they eventually got it back? they thought it would be safer than a bank where the govt wouldnt see it. and look how it destroyed them.

a few hundred is one thing, and im happy playing with less than $200 on there. $1355 is something else. big difference in my psycological comfort level. for that matter i wonder how safe it is storing bitcoin on or any other site or even a wallet.

yes i got lucky to win this, i quadrupled up before late registration closed at the 15th level (wtf) and then tripled up once more to being 2 out of over 70 left. 27 were getting paid and i slowly started coming down as the field got smaller. at one point i was 23rd out of 33. somehow i made the final table (once the bubble broke it went extra quick) and then was back into 2nd on some big pots. slipped to 3rd but somehow made it to 2nd then a hard slow fight i somehow won even though HU isnt my strength. this is why i insist on playing on this site when im somewhere i cant play on stars. no one knows my new ID there by the way.

yeah i wont use checks. i dont stay put long enough and i desperately wish to move on may 7. tired of a shitty fridge and weak wifi. where yet i dont know. but im back over $18k now, even without the online cash. 235 logged hours and still $40 per hour. dropped $2 per hour today but the 2 previous days were quite good. a lot will need to be spent soon for medical care, rent, and maybe travel.

Vince paid me and hes working on putting it up and running. somehow ive lost my last spoon too, and its too much a hassle to remember it when in walmart 1-2 times per month. need to either live closer to a store, or closer to the casino instead of so far out where its better.

luckily today live BJ came thru for me for over $600 worth. or id dropped today. lost $450 poker, then later recovered over $120 of it. at 1 point early on, was out over $100 on BJ. most of the win came in the final shoe for over $300. played 3-4 hours. i am still limiting my max bet to 2 spots of $90, (under 1%)

i will say this, without the option of Bovada my life would be worse. i dont think this will continue forever

Monday, April 25, 2016

overdue update

it's hard work to update this blog regularly, and im not going to include the sheer number of hand histories Rob always does, because thats too boring. plus i was hoping cdizzy11 would do the work for me, but i guess shes not interested. i will say im happy to still be a small amount over $16,000, as i now approach 198 logged hours. it wont mean anything til it hits 1000 hours, but pokerdogg did once tell me i would have a general idea at 200 hours. it slightly went up $1 to $41 per hour. (after 3 straight losing sessions which dropped it down from $49). the reason i do worse in good games than bad ones is people are harder to read who arent regulars.

i've got to lower my sights. 2000 hours per year, $25 per hour would be $50k per year, and as far as i know, im pretty sure ive never had a $50k plus year in my life. i dont know if ive ever had a $40k year either.

after my last $25 deposit on bovada (the 1 made since the withdrawal in NJ) im now back to $94. and holding about $30 worth of bitcoin on too. neither of which count in the roll, so this is extra.

i got the host to give me a free room fri and sat in the eldorado hotel, (and this morning when i didnt wish to leave the BJ table to pack my laptop, etc at 10.55am i got the floor to extend it 1 more night). so im good a few more hours til monday checkout, then ill return to the other place further out paid up thru the 7th. this saved me a few cab fees and let me play more sessions over the weekend. i'm surprised its still simple enough to find $5 BJ shoe games here during those hours which pay 3-2. u wouldnt in vegas, as most readers know. i will let u know that even though theres no wifi in the poker room, the wifi works good in the hotel rooms. no resort fees either.

Proof that i've recovered my discipline in BJ (after the bad session earlier in the month where i lost $5400) --which is how i got the weekend free when theyre like $200+ instead of $80 per night--is the fact that even when down to less than $200 of the $700 i was in the BJ game for, and on a good count too, i still never bet more than the 1% rule. which happens to be 2 hands of $80 each. in fact i only bet that much once. i got lucky to get a very good shoe after id been playing over 3 hours, in which the running count went up rapidly to between plus 10 to plus 20 in the first few hands, and stayed quite good the entire shoe. i managed to win several hands of like 2 spots of $20-45 each and this consisted of lots of hands since only 2 of us were playing then.

i did manage to finally meet cdizzy but as u can see from her inability to write up a trip report or comment, theres not much of a story. she has a guy whose deeply commited to her she brngs with her. he's more of a threat on the tables (plays more aggro) than her, yet they both won big. she succeeded in livening up the game by using her tongue. in fact the day after she was gone, one of the old men were still talking about her to the dealer as to how flirty she was.

still worry about my teeth, its been feeling odd lately.  would like as many teeth as possible done at one time instead of just the one removed. lots of small cracks need repaired too. while knocked out with IV, best to do it all in one sitting. been doing research for lower priced  IV sedation dentist than the $2500 one near atlantic city, or the $800 one near MD live. i havent found out the price of the one in town because they dont list it online to look it up. but here is what i found from google search of the words $300 iv sedation or $400 iv sedation.

the middle one looks like the best for fast emergency service. id got this done in toledo were it not for the 2 month wait which was in reno too. its why u need the dentist trained, so u dont need to wait for the oral surgeon.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

the benefits of using poker income phone application

i'm glad i paid the extra to be able to filter my results via poker income phone application. im learning a lot thru it. still up over $7000 in under 3 weeks worth of live poker since coming to Shreveport, but because i didnt stick with it, i still have over $3000 less than i came with. but hey, thats a good monthly win rate and the months still not done. and ive been overly lucky with promotions. some of which count in the hourly win rate (like money won in splash pots) and some which do not, like the value of drawings, etc. such as the $500+ pot ive won at least twice when they do the $100 splash pot every morning at 9am. several people limp all the way around for a $6 straddle, i being last to act shove of course my $120 buyin (just like i did with aa one day which lost) with ace 9 offsuit, get called by 3 limpers (all with weaker hands of course--and i knew their hands were weaker or else theyd have shoved). which brings the pot over $500 with the $100 added.

then i won $750 when i got called for deal or no deal, and who knows what i wouldve got had i been willing to gamble. actually $705 after taxes were removed. then a few days later i won a bose cinemate 15 home theatre system from best buy worth $599, which i had shipped to vinces house who will give me $300 for it. it had to be shipped to me of course, but he will sign for it then pay me once it comes, might be up to 21 days to arrive. thank God for vince, sure saves the hassle of knowing who to sell to, and shipping it to them.

win rate for shreveport alone went up slightly again today to $57 per hour from $55 per hour, with todays win of around $700. this is for 133 hours total, which vook or pokerdogg thinks is quite unusual to still be so high after so many hours. but ive been lucky. today i didnt win any $300 for quads or splash pots, etc, but i did win with a 2 outer on the river with QQ against KK for $500+ when i didnt know i was behind on a flop of JT2 when my Q hit the river. remember the other day i mentioned 2 times i won big pots with 1 outers. plus most of my sessions are always mornings and afternoons instead of nites. this makes winning much easier because those players dont make moves on u like the younger players who play later in the night. my phone records show my best days for winners are fridays and wednesdays. this is from multiple casinos, over 800 logged hours since last october. (right from when i lost the records). records show total wins of $18 hour for all types of poker combined. this includes heavy losses in foxwoods, and PLO various places. shreveport has been helping massively in making this grow, so did phoenix. shows the location of where u play poker is of primary importance, instead of how well u play (like most would think). shows heavy losses in foxwoods, and more normal losses in toledo, delaware park, greektown, etc. shows i did less well at the nugget ac than i thought, but better in borgata than i thought, but insignificant sample size. best by far in NJ was harrahs (highest hourly) then the trop. by the way when i return to NJ, the taj room will be reopened. must first send my documents to stars. shows i dont do well in PLO high, no records for plo hilow. couldnt find it live. shows i did do okay for $43 hour in 2 sessions of $5-10 or $10-20 limit hilow. very short session.

mainly, what it shows is that its worth paying extra to use the filter. it would be worth paying $2.99 too for bejeweled not to be showing ads ever again but the principle of the thing keeps me from buying this.

so on the way home tonight in a cab stopped in the store, which is doing monopoly pieces. bought $30 worth of groceries. i thought only mc donalds had monopoly promotions. i need to find out what hours the vision center is open in walmart for eye exams. i seriously wonder if infection in the head (bumps on head often come and go) is causing rapid deterioration in eyesight, if its a cataract like grandma got when old, or if an infected tooth is causing it. plus theres a difference place advertising free exams if u buy 2 sets of glasses for $69 once examined. for the first time in my life i bought bottled water in large quantities in the grocery store. ive been doing this all the time lately in the casino due to worries over my health, but never in the store. this is why i too paid $9 for the best bottle of medicated shampoo.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

why i lost close to $6000 yesterday

i'm not entirely happy with where im staying. yes ive got a place to live til may 7th. yes theres good wifi, a microwave, and a fridge, but the fridge wont get cold enough and the freezer wont keep food frozen, and yes i should go discuss this with the front desk. i feel relatively safe here, regardless of the ethnicity of the fellow tenants. there enough of blue collar good hearted people mixed into the clientele. bossier city is much lower for crime than shreveport if u look.

if i wouldnt have needed to come here to get new ID, i would still be in parx with $24,500

the main thing i dont like is $30 daily cab fees. $15 twice a day. this is $900 month and is killing me. i try to get at least 1 bus a day if i can to lower this. which runs very sparingly here, and not this far out on weekends. so i would like to move come may 7. id like to move to one of the 2 places near the casino (or leave town). they cost more, but not with no more cabs needed they wouldnt. plus the one place has a washer and dryer in the apt for $840. but i doubt they would rent to me. it would be nice to live in a place with one, but im not sure how i ever could. even if i had 50k i wouldnt know how to get in.  would also be nice to live in a place with an upstairs and downstairs again. i would like instructions to how someone with lots of money but no credit or history could get both of these things.

so what im saying is i dread leaving the casino because its final. not like in reno where i could walk back and forth home multiple times. i want to live 1-2 blocks from a casino anywhere in the usa. would like ideas where. by final i mean i wouldnt wish to pay a cab if im not going home for good that day. this causes me to stay at the casino longer than i really should.

i was up about $800 once in the poker room last night, and was back over $20,000. was the 2nd good night in a row since the day before i won the $750 ($705 after taxes were taken out) in deal or no deal when they called my name. plus, i won close to $1000 in the poker room the same night. this is a really good poker room, as u can see from the following phone records.

3/30 $251 profit.
3/31 $118                                            duration 77 hours total at $67 per hour profit, for a total of over
4/1   $642                                             $5200. now thats in 2 weeks. in this rate id earn $10k per
4/2  $365                                              month, for $120k per year. too high to be sustainable long term
4/2   $682
4/3   $407
4/4   $350 loss
4/5  $197 profit
4/6  $816
4/7  $253
4/8   $543
4/9   $885
4/11  $469

but u see now why i never left shreveport ive never found a $1-3 NL game quite this good. one loss out of 12 sessions. im not sure if Pokerdogg ever runs this hot in $1-3. so u would think i would now have much more than the approximately $19k i came to town with. but instead ive got close to $6000 less with $13,449. these live BJ losses killed me, plus the close to $3000 in video poker losses all but $200 worth from the other day that i already told u guys about on twitter previously.

is the solution to spend much more time in the poker room or to leave as soon as may 7 comes? i wouldnt be too happy if i didnt continue winning in that poker room. with all ive dropped, i couldnt afford to start losing now. yet i know one must be coming, u cant run good forever. twice i won big pots of $500 or so with only 1 out in the deck and hitting it. plus ive had much more big pairs hold up than normal. no matter how high ive grown my roll, my initial buyin is usually $120, rebuys usually $200 or $300 up to 70% of the big stack maximum buyin. its very easy to get away with buying in 80-90% of the big stack though i dont do it. button straddle allowed if the whole table agrees. usually no one asks. but certain guys ask whenever they sit. $6 max so whats the point?

if this continues for the rest of the time til may 7, i will have my $19k back if i never play a single hand of video poker or BJ.i felt that if im winning $10,000 per month in $1-3 NL, surely i of all people, can afford to play a little BJ. and yet that wouldnt have hurt me like it did if i wouldve just run a little better, like i did in the northeast. for example yesterday, when i had 2 bets of $500 each out, which wouldve been enough to get me unstuck at the time, long before i got stuck big. i got dealt 17 on one hand and 33 on the other. dealer had a 3 showing. so i split, hoping for 7 or 8 to double down. got another 3. split again. got 4 and J for 17. then got 18 on the next hand. and on the final 3 was dealt a 6 so i doubled down and got 19. then the dealer turns over a 2 to go with their 3, then a 10 for 15, then an ace for 16, and then doesnt bust. i wouldve been up quite a lot if she had.

just lost the sng on bovada leaving me with only $11 left. its almost time to go get my clothes out of the dryer. as bad of shape as im getting into for money, i really wish i wouldve spent $100-300 buying tons of clothes the day the suitcase disappeared before i got in back in 1-2 days. i wouldve been eligible to get the money back and would have a lot of free nice new clothes. i never got a dime since i didnt pursue it without any receipts to show for costs incurred. plus i seem to be missing most of my silverware. i know i once had 3 spoons and a fork in my suitcase, all stainless steel. somehow im down to 1 spoon and wondering why. not many places sell them and im seldom near any type of store. just go to the casino and back. and i really need a haircut and shave again too.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

back to a focus on poker, including some hand histories

the hand i was most proud of Friday afternoon was the following. I'd slowly been grinding up my $134 buyin (which came to be due to a $130 buyin plus $4 in odd chips i had from giving the waitress a $5 bill while waiting for the $1-3 NL game to start up) and by the time this hand occured, i had it up to $500-600 somewhere. seat 4 raised it preflop to $15, i called in seat 9, and seat 1 also called. i had the 45 of hearts. seat 4 has $350-400 or so, and is first to act on the flop of A78 with 2 hearts. he bets $25, i call, and the other guy folds. turn is 2 diamonds putting a second flush draw out there. he bets $25 and i call. i do not think he has the ace. river comes K of diamonds, possible backdoor flush and all i got is 5 high, nothing. he acts like he is going to bet, then checks. im thinking hes worried i have an ace, and its not a good board for QQ or below. i bet $112 and he mucks his hand extremely quickly. then i showed my hand (i got to not do this, but i was going to leave soon but im starting to realize this shouldnt make a difference if i intend to play there often). which i will since my move out date isnt til may 7th after paying for the month.

because of showing the bluff, i then got paid off on every good hand which i got a few of. eventually he lost his chips. at the most, i once was up to $942. then i lost this big hand and left. i had KT of spades, and called a preflop raise of $15. flop comes Q 10 7 with one spade. i call a small bet in late position of $25 he makes after i check. turn comes 8 of spades, giving me 4 to the flush. guy checks, i check, guy then bets $25. original checker raises to $50 and they both got more behind. i figure ill get paid if i hit so i call the $50. the original bettor shoves allin for about $170 more and the other guy calls with about $125 more behind. again i call, knowing ill need the spade but the pots huge. i missed, and they both had J9 for the turned nut str8.

for close to 60 in logged hours of $1-3 NL on this boat, im still winning over $60 hour. i dont think this will continue by the time ive logged 1000 hours, but still its one of the best $1-3 NL games ive ever seen for loose action. im still $1300 worse off than i was when i first arrived in town, but since my rent is paid thru may the 7th, a lot of foods been bought, ive got both my new ID and my suitcase back, i wonder if it could be argued that im actually not worse off?

still if most everything i won wouldnt got wasted on video poker (over $2500 worth, plus some losing BJ sessions of around $3500 more) i would still be quite a bit over $20,000

i still would prefer to live in a different place, preferably not so far out the bus dont run on sat or sun. to ride a bike would be 5-6 miles plus id have to ride it on the walk path over a huge long bridge. does grump think i could do it? dont wish to continously pay cabs $20. but if i did it would still get stolen. no way to chain it up good outside a casino. i dont like having to only have a microwave instead of a full kitchen.

last night the cab driver offended me by wanting the fare upfront. (while enroute, i found out a group of 5 black women recently had ripped him off plus a white guy later on, all in the same day). i said something i shouldnt of, showed him over $600 cash, and told him i have over 10x more in the bank than i really do, due to being pissed off i wasnt automatically trusted which i often am. then we got to talking about what i do to have so much (remember he thinks ive got over $100k) and i find out he used to play poker too, but couldnt win though he tried. so i was telling him about how much easier i found it to be once i started putting more cash on the table (wec would be proud) and about how ive learned when i can get away with bluffs.

if u think ur fridge isnt freezing food enough, is it still safe to cook in the microwave? says do not thaw. hope i dont get sick.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

i need to be slowing things down. and betting less. no VP. just live $1-3 NL

i don't like seeing so much of the money disappear. i had $24,500 once while in parx. yes i was betting the same way as in the taj and in shreveport, so i guess i was just running hot if my methods arent really winning in live BJ, but i will say, standing on soft 17 as opposed to hitting seems to make a big difference. and surrender helps too but not as much. here in shreveport, only samstown offers surrender and only diamond jacks stands on all 17s.

i got lots which needs done. i need to have a place to stay for a few months, long enough to get govt documents shipped to me so i can get both a passport to move out of the country or travel. or to get ID in any state. louisiana will have stricter rules next time around. im just glad the new ID expires march 2020 and not oct 2016.

i went to look for one of those monthly specials off craigslist yesterday instead of trying to renew 1 more free nite in samstown. i am ashamed i spent close to $2500 on the 100 play video poker or big split poker there in 3 nights. i think i should stay away from going in there, even if their BJ game is better than the eldorados.

the first place i went claimed they had 0 vacancies though reservations sites said they did. they still wouldnt honor it, and the lady got an attitude, made me leave. i shouldve made the reservation early instead of when she was helping out another customer. but i did get to refund it. so i went to another monthly place with a lower price of close to $200 less on Craigslist. at both of these places and even where im now, the rooms opened to interior hallways (not exterior) but the second one looked unsafe, dark hallways, lights burnt out, she gave me keys to 3 rooms to look at when i wanted to test it first, whether net works, shower works, etc. one of the keys was to one that she didnt realize was occupied which really makes me uncomfortable she would give this key out. practically all of these hotels are filled with non white clientele (85%) or white guys who look like theyve lived in the woods on meth all their life. mechanics, or cabbies, voters who support trump. people without much of an IQ.

one of my better cab drivers lives here and recommended it but its a shithole. fridge in the room looked really filthy and too small. not near any bus stop that i could see, but i think ones up the street by the mall. at least i can see where the stop is here. and its next to impossible to get cabs here fast. this is why i wish they offered uber. i couldnt get one yesterday for over an hour. finally gave up and walked 2 miles to the other hotel i booked on for $45. much better hotel, and it too offers a monthly special. same clientele, (this is the local population no getting by it--walk into any business including the casinos--80-90% black dealers, pitbosses, etc) but the rooms 100x nicer inside, the wifi works, (lady at the front desk 2nd place before i went here to this 3rd one) couldnt get their wifi up on my computer for me to test it. though both her and this cab driver claim it does for them. here in 3rd hotel the fridge the microwave works decent. i found out the hot water comes out strong in the shower. theres 24 hour laundry room too but of course i do the work. should do it now, desperately needs done. i think ill do the monthly when it expires this morning.

so i walked 2 miles without water, dying of thirst, in poor health, extremely dehydrated to where i couldnt hardly move, lugging 2 suitcases. along a main street. the cab finally called long after id left and was 2 blocks from the destination. wouldve ended up waiting 90 minutes. first thing i did was find a vending machine the minute i walked into the lobby. sweating with heat. wouldnt u know this vending machine didnt sell water. only other drinks but i bought something still. too thirsty not to.

one piece of good news is after dropping to $16,900, i went in the eldorado poker room with $200 at 9.30 am shortly after the first game started up. cashed out $1016 in 4-5 hours. so the $800 i won in live poker will end up covering me for all i spent yesterday and a months lodging. which means i can now ride a cab to walmart to load up the fridge. but the freezer is too tiny. fridge is not too bad though. still, i prefer the huge size fridges and freezers in the extended stay americas.

theres still 2 nicer monthly places, one much closer to the casino but those are like $1000-1300 monthly. $350 weekly or so. should go to toledo, live free and fix the teeth but im too lazy for more travel. besides the poker game here is too easy to beat.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Trip report #2 out of shreveport

for some reason whenever im in a new casino for the first time, i cannot lose. Keeping record of my $1-3 NL hourly on the eldorado riverboat, i am at $72 per hour for the first 18 hours. of course i dont think this hourly is possible to maintain but the games sure are easy.

i just wish they had uber here. or else i might like to stay for some time. lots of weekly and monthly places on craigslist. its a pain in transportation cause buses dont often run and cabs dont park outside of the casino. u wait. people here are not too smart.

i think my phone charger may've broke, wires are coming loose. for the first time, it wont seem to charge in my hotel room. it did work yesterday in the usb modem under the poker table. but u need to be on the right one.

there was a girl in the game yesterday with her husband from dallas i thought might be cdizzy but i thought she must not wish me to know its her. (said she isnt her) she tried to bluff me when i had KK on a board of 10 9 7 3 with 3 spades. neither king i had were spades. she had KQ offsuit, reraised me preflop even. she looked just like the picture on her twitter on the poker table recently posted. which looks much different than other pictures. then she swore she thought her KQ were suited (that she had the flush). she got very lucky to river the gutshot jack to win. she was playing quite aggressively and had $1000+ in front after winning the hand.

i was out $120 plus my $150 profit. i rebought $600 (u can buyin 70% of the big stack) eventually i left with $1085. but the girl i wanted the chips from left. the guy was winning too

not sure what ill do if my phone will not charge. hopefully theres a place in walking distance to buy a nother charger. dont know where ill live starting tomorrow. being a weekend, and me refusing to be in any motel not expensive enough to feel secure, i paid $122. of course i cannot do this sunday. weeklies that have no vacancy on weekends start renting on sundays. so i paid the $122 for 1 night only.

my $18,912 when i got here is now $20,872