$20 tip $5800 cashout BJ. $920 in poker losses. iron mike sharpe and the guy who blew up. finding out room prices, girl who looked like a hooker. 100 play lockup and 50c min. 3-2 missouri law. free drinks where u get them. no big 0.
First off, i must say, this trip was extremely poorly planned out. i didnt decide where i was going to, or even that i would leave on thursday (instead of a later day) til like less than 2 hours before the shreveport departure time. Then the room i took for free in samstown was good for both thurs and fri nites, but i left thurs afternoon, 3 hours after i checked into it when checking out of the room id been in the eldorado tues and wed nites for free.
but unlike the eldorado where the free ride ive earned from having the black card u have to set up with a host (and sometimes there wont be one on duty til the following day) anyone staying at samstown gets an airport ride immediately thru their valet dept. so being in samstown made it much quicker to go to the airport without riding in a cab with several thousand in cash plus a $7000 check.
Once i reached the bank in st charles MO, i walked right in and deposited the check, along with some of the cash. this is why its good i arrived on friday.
id originally bought the tix to st louis, then before i boarded the train in longview, paid $58 more to change my destination to peoria. while in st louis, in my private sleeper car, at the last possible second, i changed my mind, and got off. this was due to lightnings inability to meet up in peoria, and their room not being 24 hours. i figured there would be more games in st louis/st charles, particularly the $1-2 big 0 hilow i thought existed in the ameristar. id certainly seen proof of it on bravo enough times.
but it turned out they got rid of the game just this week. now its hi only. the staffs excuse was it divides up the player pool too much. when im sure the truth is the dealers arent smart enough to figure out the low and the pot size both at once. but i played it for a short time anyway. lost $200 in it. not nearly as much as the $820 i lost overall throughout the day in the $1-3 (which was much looser than id expected).
i was losing to the 4th different guy id guessed was iron mike sharpe on twitter and roughingthepunter. by the time the day ended, id guessed 7 different guys to be him. some i discounted due to the twitter picture. none of them were a perfect match of the picture. some i discounted when i first seen the picture which lightning pointed me to. but the first guy id guessed, though he was tall like lightning said, he looked nothing like his picture, and he couldnt been him, for he wished me good luck in recovering the money in BJ when i left down $620 the first time in the $1-3.
i went to a live BJ table, found out theirs no surrender in MO and the state forces them to offer 3-2 on all the tables. (told directly by the pit boss--the same one talking on the phone using my name when buying in $4000 during a good count to make much bigger bets) when i quit the game, id won $699 so i was now slightly up. it couldve been $799, i never was sure of my buyin totals, id bought in more a few times. but when i got to my room and found out what id lost for the day overall, $699 feels more right. the pit boss did look in the discards right as i went from $10-22 bets to 2 hands of $335 each, during a point in the shoe the running count went from +1 to +7 more than halfway thru. then when i lost, including with a double down, and pulled out $4000 more to bet 2 hands of $846 each plus tip, the new count was +11. so im sure he suspected me of counting, i was afraid he would say shuffle. the law in MO is u cannot ban counters.
luckily i won this hand, then i quit and went to play poker. the cage needed my ID and it took forever to cash in. guessing they filed a currency report to the govt.
now the guy i lost to in PLO, i had only $45 left and made it $30 preflop with KKJ9 single suited. in late position. he reraised with K562 single suited, simply cause he was the maniac all day long and sucked out on me repeatedly in $1-3 too. he said he only did it cause im short. sure enough he hits the flush and wins.
the guy earlier who said i should write a blog looked nothing like the picture of him, so he couldnt been him. this was in $1-3. i did as horribly in $1-3 there as in coushatta. there were lots of guys in there who seemed like a gay couple too, but none i suspected of being him. for i think hes straight.
went and investigated on nearby housing. some hotels u must pay 1 month upfront to get the biggest discount ($250 week instead of $363). some u dont for $279 week, then the monthly craigslist special for much less in value place. the lower prices are like 3-5 miles out, u need a cab. then theres the old harrahs boat, now owned by hollywood ive not been to yet since it was harrahs and i lost big in BJ on it once. this one girl in the lobby, i thought she might be a hooker, so i looked up her pic on craigslist and backpage. couldnt tell if it was her.
now after midnight when dead tired the cabs stopped running due to poor weather. at least the valet guy swore to this. so not wishing to walk, i got him to do something they wont do. take the shuttle off their property to drive me up the hill to the motel for $20. outrageously high tip, but it worked. i dont feel safe walking after dark, carrying money or not. and its bitter cold out, will get worse tonight. i'm also $1000 worse off than when i left shreveport. some of it on expenses, (train, hotels, and some from gambling). this includes the $100 lost in the gemtiles machine. and their 100 play VP? it sucks. u cant martingale because its 50c bet minimum, unlike the ones in vegas or samstown. MD live has the min bet too, but there i think its $1. plus its 1c and 2c only. not only that theres 1 machine in the entire casino (which is quite huge) and while going to eat, people with higher level cards can lock it up from 2-4 hours. (which they did)
the lucky maniac from PLO and $1-3 (some people called him mike but he went by 3 other names too) he answered to both kevin W and merza on the list and one dealer called him matt, another mike. im sure he was stealing seats of those who left. he got so mad when he lost so heavily he threw his phone in the trash, then couldnt find it, then when he finally left, he said, ok now its fine for u guys to talk about me now--im gone. he said he normally plays $5-10 NL or $20-40, i think he mightve went there once or claimed one of the $20-40 names but i didnt see him play it.
there is a nice big grocery store and bank of america right next to the hotels up the street from the casino. it closes early being an aldis store. tonight, there better be cabs.