December is turning out to be quite a good month. i'm even up on VBJ on the not so good type of VBJ in the el cortez. even with this mornings $493 loss on it. this month is almost ending, but ive won over $7000 this month, just off poker, with over $32 per hour winrate for december. this is increasing the overall winrate, which is now over $18 per hour for the last 2500+ hours played. (all forms of live poker combined, in all locations combined). so its no wonder the $21,000+ i arrived in vegas with is now $24,000+ even with the $750+ i spent on hotel rooms over the dec 26-jan 3rd period til Vince returns home from NJ on Jan 3.
I think games have improved tremendously in vegas from the slow period during the economic crash of 2008-2009, which obama helped to cause long before he got into office. (acorn --he heavily supported and was involved with--was threatening to sue banks if they didnt make bad loans to help the poor and minority communities). these loans caused the crash. naturally, they blamed Bush. Plus the new players entering poker are much worse now, without the help of online poker to get better.
a lot of us who play for a living got out, but im still doing my 25+ yrs of service for the community. one of the oldest of the old timers who used to play 7 stud. Grinders quitting to do other jobs is why the games have gotten better. but lets not deceive ourselves, vegas is still the worst place to move to to play poker for a living. i still cant win in the Wynn. spent 4-5 hours there the other morning, and lost $39. ive had multiple $500+ wins in the nugget this week.
Most grinders use less good judgement than me, (they look for the fanciest looking room to play in instead of the easiest game with the best action). theyre in the wynn, while im in the poker palace in north lv, where i won an easy $380+ friday evening over 4 hours or less in a very action packed game with NO other good players.
now yesterday i was up about $600 in the golden nugget off of my $200 buyin. because of the increase in my bankroll, ive decided to do away with my standard $120 buyin and raise it to $200. and i left the table to use the restroom. when i return, i find the Trooper sitting in seat 1 on the other end. im in seat 7. i fully expected him to immediately request a table change, since hes never sat on my table in the past. in fact, hes actively avoided this, and said many quite negative and unkind remarks about me being weird, although less so than himself. but he is unable to accept anyone whose different mentally. if u see his vlogs, which i do religiously, (seen more of them even than donald trump rallies) he often talks derogatively of anyone he considers crazy. Kind of like ur schoolhouse bully. but no, he didnt do this, and starting raising lots of my BB. he didnt add to his stack, he kept it at $300, when he dropped to $200, he added $100. so he wasnt out to cover me, probably due to his roll being so much less.
a lot of people say if u are going to be an ambassador for poker, u need to do whatever u can to create better game conditions. this i do and have been told such by others, including a guy this week meeting me for the first time. but he wont talk, hes sitting there silent as a mouse to everyone. interact with the fans. he never straddled either. he didnt even bring his starbucks coffee with him to the table. but his hat and blind squirrel sweater is why i recognized it was him, otherwise i wouldnt.
u will notice on twitter how he tried to deny it was him at first, and he tweeted he was in the MGM. but if u look over all his tweets, u will see the ones saying he lied too. i took a photo but it didnt come out too clear. found it quite odd i didnt see his camera with him. i dont think he filmed it, so if he puts up a vlog ill wonder where he filmed it from.
let it be said, unlike many trolls on 2p2, i've never said one bad word about his poker game. in fact i quit once i caught myself in a poor attempt to bluff him for psycological purposes since he tilts easily being so emotionally invested in me not winning off him. i shouldve known he had very strong hands, and wouldnt fold. so i left the game while still up $484 instead of the $900+ i once was up. i wouldnt been up that had it not been a very lucky hand earlier. he got aa more than once in a very short period of time, so i felt he was raising to steal, when he wasnt. i then worried i would tilt off to him all my winnings, so i decided to leave while still up good. plus the table had just combined, and 2 older guys from the other game, both with over $600 had just moved to my table. they appeared they might be a gay couple, and rooted for each other against me, and seemed to be mocking my play when i lost.
the big pot id won earlier? it was against the asian lady in seat 5 who looked vaguely familiar. she was with her husband on another table from CO. she wanted info on good golfing in vegas, and i suggested maybe it would be good idea to give her over to @onechiquita. but i thought maybe she might be CKBWOP. ill never know. not sure why i think she looked familiar. he looked like id played with him before too.
when i first sat the asian guy in seat 6 had John 3.16 written on an index card next to him. i asked and he said he was christian. i suggested he should find Ray on twitter, but he dont use it. he was trying to start more christianity up among poker players.
on the flop of A26, everyone checks. i've got 44. turn comes A. she is last to act. we all check i forgot how many in the pot. she bets $20, i check raise to $80 because i think she dont have the ace, and im wishing to show a bluff since the trooper is present. i dont think he respects my game as much as i respect his, and im wishing to correct this. she calls, so i then know shes got the ace after all. river comes 4. my miracle card. so i bet $200, thinking shes got over $300+ behind. (really was $400+) i bet very quickly without thought. she called just as fast with AQ, and i could only think i didnt bet enough. i got lucky.
deposited $2000 more of the winnings in the golden nugget cashiers cage, so ive got $7000 stored now.