i know i promised the next trip report would be from Tonopah (next major stop with more than 1 casino on the Reno-vegas bus route). But i decided not to keep wasting money on motel costs enroute. the bus stopped for like 15 minutes in Hawthorne, 15 minutes in tonopah, and 15 minutes in Beatty so i got a chance to take a quick look inside without needing to get off. by the time it hit vegas and vince picked me up in the greyhound, it was 30 min late, but i warned vince of this and we both arrived about the same time.
man it feels good to have my laundry finally done. (vince earned $20 too). and at least i wont need to lug this suitcase no more. i did see a nice new replacement in a store on the vegas strip for $39, but i didnt buy. much better deal than walmart.
im mainly depressed Bovada is shutting down to NV residents after sept 30. i withdrew all but $100, and will withdraw the rest before then. i wrote them about how to change my state and they want to see a utility bill in my name. now im waiting for the instructions on what to do if u get none. some sites before took bank statements but id need mine mailed to Rays address then instead of vinces. even if i moved sites, im worried these other sites wouldnt let me withdraw bitcoin either without this.
no live poker in hawthorne. BJ starts 6pm, thurs-sat. no live poker in tonopah. no live BJ in tonopah station. only in the mizpah, where i didnt go since the bus stops only in tonopah station, and i had no time. beatty still has live poker, wed-sat. $1-5-6-7 structured/spread limit. and $3-50 BJ daily after 3pm onward til the game dies. (but i bet they force people to quit sometimes if its just 1 left). a much nicer restroom in tonopah is the downstairs one in their casino, bigger than the one upstairs.
seen how much nicer the new room is in the wynn (one of my 3 poker sessions in vegas) i did much better there than in the suncoast $4-8 hilow. and sad to say there isnt no VBJ in the Klondike, which is all machines. i lost $100 on their craps machine which sucks and might be rigged since its not the bubble craps where u throw the dice urself. the one thing is the wynn jacked up their rake to $5, and worse, its on $50, used to be $4 on $80. was disappointed cooldave wasnt able to join me in the suncoast being in thailand.
would swear i saw the trooper walking thru the wynn, talking on his cell carrying the tripod too.
Vince will drive me to Laughlin sunday where he likes the view and the swimming on the lake. im still in the process of deciding to go to toledo, tampa, jacksonville, or NJ, but first ive got something to do in AZ briefly which i must keep silent regarding.
I'm really glad Kristi suggested using lyft. its worked quite well in vegas and im getting $5 off each ride for the first 10 thru aug 25. seems less than uber. (suncoast to the Orleans only $18-5). never did get Uber redownloaded. seems the only way to do so would be to have the folks at sprint reset the phone. multiple others have complained on forums regarding this, and a lyft driver who drives uber too said hes got the same complaint that once deleted, it wont redownload. i would bet $100 none of u would be able to redownload it on my cell either.
the wynn game is quite nitty but still beatable. i played there the night before (thurs) and won $136. not bad being stuck $350 once. but it seems 7-8 people on every table are local grinders. with headphones, $300+ buyins, and no real action. this is what i dont like about nice looking rooms, they attract nits. as often as i bluff, and with the desperate coin flips i take when losing, im the furtherest thing from a nit.
Found out why the wifi on the bus wont work. its because they didnt renew their contract (which i assume must of been with tmobile). they are being bought out by a new busline instead of the current silverado busline.
---former trip report written on thurs nite 24 hours prior---
its early 2.30 am saturday morning. Vince and i just got back from sante fe. where he won $1 in the omaha8, and i lost $51 due to very poor luck. they were giving us a break on the rake short handed as it was. one really bad player was in the game who lost more than us. but he kept getting cards. wish ak gal wouldve headed over when she busted out of her tourny. I seen mark applying for a floor manager job in the nugget. wonder if he still works the stratosphere, ive not been inside in over 2 yrs. im very sad to say i didnt recognize him and thought he was jake ravelle at first til the floor guy told me he wasnt him. i won $121 in the game by the time vince picked me up, too late to go to the poker palace like i wanted, but vince wanted to play 08 instead and he wanted to do it ONLY in the santa fe.
lost a big pot in the nugget, and i was over $375 up very early after winning 2 pots, one being a hi hand. the pot i lost i had 999 on a flop of 89K with 2 diamonds, he turned the flush. it went allin on the flop when i put him allin when he bet the flop. he had quite a bit more chips than i thought he did, but still horrible luck. shouldve hit and ran.
---former trip report written on fri nite, over 24 hours prior.
its now sunday--and im out of Vinces house. Last night, when taking me home from the Cannery, where there was a great $1-2 NL game, (originally was 5-7 of us with overs out of 9-10 people) which i was responsible for starting up by the way, it later went to straight NL once we all had buttons. i won $103 in this game, vince played the other game, and went to a concert. i just wanted to go home to get online and sleep, update the blog, but he was drinking but still ok to drive at first. without we knowing we would he insisted in stopping by the sand dollar lounge off spring mountain which i wasnt sure if it was a straight or gay bar seeing women dancing together but it turns out its straight. he got more drunk, blew his whole $100 paying the black old guy in the band to keep playing, some were wearing wigs, and with the recommendation of AK gal, i took lyft home. Jay wouldnt wake up to let me in, i waited on the patio forever, vince was so drunk when he came home he was peeing in the bush, then Jay got mad he wouldnt turn down the music on the TV since he had to get up for work. Vince shouldve just gave me the keys like Kristi recommended.
im still only at $10,300 just barely over it. i left Tahoe with about $1000 more, most of it from Fallon is where i lost. Bovada wont be available in NV after sept 30 but they did say i could use a bank statement instead of a utility bill if i have it sent to rays ohio address. guess this is what ill have to do to move to ignition.
i doubt the lake mead lodge in lake mead is herbies new VBJ if it even exists. this machine seems it was temporarily removed, then later put back in. no one knows of one put in new in vegas itself except the ones already known and if so it might be somewhere i got banned before.