Im glad to discover the poker in Jacksonville FL is beatable. i was a bit unsure at first, and quite concerned. was once stuck over $380 in buyins, then made my 4th buyin for $200 this time. $2-2 NL (no $1-2 here) $40 min, $200 max. incidently the $2-5 NL is only $100-500 buyin. not sure if theres other places in the US where the min buy is below $100.
when i made this 4th buyin, i had tweeted out my displeasures with certain policies here. (no phone chargers on the tables) no free coffee, no comps, rake taken preflop if u raise the pot to steal money in it, or rake taken on chops. theres 70 tables and when i played less than 10 were in use. this did go up to over 20 during the busier time of the evening. not counting the sucker games in the other side.
also, the motel i took for 5 days is way too far away. (and i rode their city bus for the first time). theres better options much closer, the Uber tonight going home, she drove by some weekly motels and showed me closer options. monthly prices of those would be about $1000-1500 per month. much less than spending close to $65 per nite by the day.
not knowing the area i got off the city bus too soon (due to listening to a passenger) and ended up wasting $6 on an uber to go 3 blocks simply because i got lost. i thought i was much further away.
im glad to report the casino offers plo8 and it goes quite often over $340 of my wins came from it but it didnt last too long. like 3 hours. still loose though as was the $2-2 NL. then i tested out the $2-5 NL last of all before leaving. won $50+ there too.
the casino is not 24 hours except weekends. 10am to 4pm the rest of the time. so its not good to arrive about midnite, meaning u cant just sleep whenever u feel like it. or stay til its light out so u feel safe enough to ride home on the morning bus to save money. this sucks.
one big hand occured against a guy with well over $800 who specifically moved to my table. i reraised him preflop with QQ to see if i was good. (i dont think i 3 bet enough). he only called with his aa so i thought i might be good. then i flop top set. and there could be a possible flush draw.
i bet $15, he called. turn comes K, i bet $30, he bets $100. i call. (i worried i mightve misread him and he got KKK). but if im good, i dont wish to announce my hand either. river comes Q. i check (very risky) and he bets $125-150. i ask him if he will show if i fold. (with no intention to of course). he says yes, so then i say ok this means ur weak, im allin. now i think most of the players here arent very good in this city. but im not saying he is one of them. way too many people seeing most of the flops for raises. he calls pretty quickly which surprises me as weak as his hand is against a legitimate raiser on the river. then he quits the game, and so do i, to the disappointment of the other players.
so i go with over $1150, when i had only about half this when the hand started. but i wasnt hitting and running, theyd just called me for $1-2 PLO8 which id been waiting for them to call all day. i cashed out $1000 then bought in for the remaining $192.
very amazing no one here employee or customer ever heard of my blog.
now for a very brief vegas report. i was only there 1 day from reno, and it was my shortest trip ever. flew in one day, out the next. losing over $1500 on the el cortez vbj when i went there to get away from BJ played a bit part in this decision, and due to it, i missed seeing 2 of my favorite women friends. cdizzy and stephanie.
while there i did win a bit on poker in the nugget and surprisingly the wynn too. i missed seeing lucki duck too. but i did see the canadian socialist women who i blogged about before. its weird how she always has seperate hotel rooms from her husband. lightning especially felt so.
had to get out of reno was so pissed, i never turned in the key to my now empty safe deposit box in the legacy. u see i went there to retrieve my $8000, but then i dropped the roll from over $29,000 to $23,000 when losing close to $6000 on one good shoe. then the pit boss was too dumb to decipher why my mood wasnt good when he said hi.
theres good poker here. i might not like all the things about this room, but its beatable. now are there good IV dentists here too? will need one quite soon. Uber is good here, though u cant use it to request rides in the airport.