Sunday, June 25, 2017

is paying 2/3rds of your monthly income in rent a wise investment?

i slept much longer than i anticipated yesterday evening, so if Dan and Alysia (no i doubt they know each other) were looking for me in the Nugget poker room yesterday, sorry i didnt arrive til about 2am.

once i did, i played a very short session, of not even 5 hours. when i left i was still up over $250, which continued my string of 14+ winning sessions in the Nugget. 14 sessions isnt 14 days. i was up over $200 more earlier, but i called a bet with AK high all the way, because i felt a guy might be bluffing due to the flop structure of JT2 5 2 busted flush draw from the flop, but no, he had aa. he called my preflop raise, then bet into me on 3 streets from the SB.

I'm not going to say where i rented. looked all over the hotels reservation websites, looked on airbnb, looked on craigslist, etc, then finally found a place where id be by myself behind a locked door, and where i would feel safe since id have it to myself. Everything was provided for me to use, and includes washer/dryer without cost. just let it be known im paid up thru the end of July and im out over $2000 plus. one of the nicest places ive ever been in, and as long as no one discovers where, im safe here. close to 90% of rentals id be constant fear over home invasion in the middle of the night and being killed for my atm card pin. same way i constantly fear my entire bank account balance disappearing while im sleeping. i'm not going to tell anyone if its a hotel, a high rise near the strip or southpoint, or if its a condo in another part of vegas, but lets just say i will try to find lower priced but still safe accomodations once my time ends. i only make close to $3000 per month, sometimes more often less. when u add in over $500 monthly in Uber costs, plus food, phone, etc, im going to be spending $3000 month too, so i dont see how the roll can grow unless i can find a way to increase my income from $100 day to $200 day.

i dont even think Annie Duke (the best poker player i know) could win $200 per day in $2-5 NL against 8 first time players. good $2-5 NL players make only $45-70k per year. But maybe, just maybe $150 per day is $4500 per month, which still works out. this is why the number #1 priority of the federal govt is to stop inflation, which is best done by ending voting for demoncrats. inflation is one of the biggest causes of homelessness and poverty (increasing rental prices to where no one can get housing). almost as much as alcohol is the cause.

So yesterday i went to walmart and spent $61 for about half a months supply of food. loaded up the freezer and filled the kitchen cubboards.

when the time ends, if i cannot renew, or negotiate a lower price, i think ill return to either Toledo (really Detroit) or shreveport. for i need to be where i get the highest hourly rate, so if not there, would need to go to south florida. for if i returned to getting over $20 per hour, these expenses would be far easier. my hourly in the golden nugget went back to over $13 per hour from when it dropped to $4 per hour, when early in june i was down over $1300. now im up over $3200 in june. this is not the hourly for this month, but since jan 2017 in the nugget. i won so much in shreveport in 2016 ($33,000 in 5 months, and only $13,000 for the other 7 months elsewhere) id returned there long ago if i felt i had at least 25% chance of it continuing. But yes, increasing the income is the goal. not sure if increasing my standard initial buyin of $100 would help in this, or put me more on tilt if i lost it early, meaning id then be rebuying even much bigger, which means too big of swings. and in detroit i won $2500 plus in 3 nights of the final weekend.

controlling yourself from getting angry in the poker room so u can win easier and play your best is quite difficult with all the BS u need to put up with from the other players. primarily, watching them put empty water bottles and even worse, racks, on the floor. Unless they were to watch their mother trip over it, it will never stop. Then u get all the european guys or first timers in this casino who dont even know where the bathroom is, yet know exactly what the nuggets rules would be in certain situations, (mostly theyre wrong). and yet when u complain about improper behavior by others (for instance the guys in the Oaks club continually asking for setups) who gets banned for the game breaking up? you do, not the ones who instigated the problem.

or dealing with the bathroom attendent in the nugget on the night shift, who continously locks all the stalls except those in the further distance in the back, and having to walk thru the entire bathroom to get to it. his supervisor said once they do this when cleaning, guess its due to chemicals. so instead of those chemicals being far away in the back, when they wont endanger no one, because u wont be walking back there, they put them upfront so everyone must walk near and be around them longer while passing both ways by them?

or the guy on my table who insisted the 2 players turn their hand over (u see he blamed them both equally) which is wrong, u blame ONLY the player whose turn it is (who wont act). the guy whose not his turn should NOT turn them over, when he finally does first, and the guy who shouldve showed first folds ITS SIMPLY ENCOURAGING THE SAME GUY TO SLOW IT UP AGAIN THE NEXT TIME. only by making him turn over first and the 2nd guy not showing, will this behavior be resolved. so i got mad at the guy and tried to explain this to him (not the 2 in the hand but the one insisting both show and blaming both).

i blame Rob and the other bloggers for all the spam too, for unlike me, they just ignore it which is why it continues. for example i get the same spam comments from multiple madeup bloggers ids for certain asian gambling sites, which of course ill never post their links to. the comment is made to sound legit, but cannot be posted without being posted in its entirely which includes the spam link. now those guys they just delete it but me im more active. if possible i write the spammer or post on his profile cursing him out telling him off. if all the bloggers did this, the problem would stop.

truth is i shouldve left and went to rays house to save this $2000. but im sick of flying and lazy, not wishing to bother with it no more. $3000 in expenses when only earning $3000 (and i dont know if i truly even average $36k per year because my sample size is too small.) but its too stressful. let me reiterate, when u play poker for a living, nothing is fun about it. life is actually hell on earth when u must win to survive. people only do it because they cant get other work except for work paying even less.


48 comments:

  1. It's hell on earth because you complain about everything. Nobody ever said lie was easy. Life is hard. You chose to be a gambler so accept the fact that you will always be living a life of ups and downs. Getting mad and complaining has never changed anything has it?
    BTW I am moving to Vegas end of July and found plenty apartments for around $900 a month on Charleston closer to Summerlin. Right on bus route and $15 Uber rides to downtown or the strip. I know you have credit issues but doesn't hurt to investigate. Maybe 3 months up front will get you in the door

    Good luck/ keep winning. Stay focused and calm. Me and almost all your other loyal readers do really want you to be successful.

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  2. "watching them put empty water bottles and even worse, racks, on the floor."

    I don't like this either. Kind of a dirty habit for people to throw there garbage under the poker table.

    Also kind of dangerous to drop your empty racks on the floor because it is easy to step on them and twist your ankle and fall. This is a problem for the cocktail waitress and everyone else. If they drop a rack on the floor near me, I usually just pick it up and put it back where it belongs or on a near by table or just some where off the floor.

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  3. "i dont even think Annie Duke (the best poker player i know) could win $200 per day in $2-5 NL against 8 first time players"

    So out of any poker player you can think of, Annie Duke is the best?

    Or you actually met Annie Duke and she is the best of the poker players that you have met?

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    1. Jennifer Harman is a much better poker player than Annie Duke.

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    2. Tony, if you can't win $200/day in 2/5nl against 8 first time players, then you aren't very good at poker.

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    3. if this is true, why dont most $2-5 NL players win over $70k per year then when they play everyday? most dont win near this much

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    4. i thought when i won the $46,000 last year in shreveport i was in the top 0.0001% of $1-2 $1-3 NL grinders, seeing most struggle to win over $10-25k, which i did for decades, and might again this year

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    5. the Proof of my words so many struggle at this, is the fact they turn to playing tournaments, or claim to be a pro u should be playing $5-10 NL

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    6. Tony your logic is terrible.
      1. Most 2/5 players are not the best players in the world. I assume you meant those playing for a living
      2. You have no idea what most 2/5 player make
      3. Just because you struggle to win 10-25k a year at 1/2, 1/3 doesn't mean every one does
      4. It is rare to find more than a couple of first timer Ata 2/5 table. 8 new players, that would be extremely rare

      $200/day win rate, assuming 8 hours a day, is only $25/hour. From personal experience at 2/5, is not that hard, and I have never played against 8 first timers at the table. I am far from being the best player. Therefore your assertion that the best player you can think of can't win more than $200/day is ridiculous.

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    7. i might be stretching it, but YOU dont earn over $73,000 per year yourself from nothing but poker do u? its a lot easier to win $15-25 per hour in $1-2 than $2-5 because the competetion is so much worse.

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    8. When the 2/5 game used to run regularly at my casino, yes no problems.

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    9. Youtube is filled with vbloggers now grinding 1/2 and 2/5 in Vegas. They all have nice apartments and drive nice cars. Yes, we have no way of verifying how much they make but they must be doing alright. One thing they all have in common is they absolutely avoid all other types of gambling. Even when they get a free play offer they play it through a poker machine to the penny and cash out.

      Tony, your biggest leak by far is VBJ, you must know it by now deep inside. Dusting off 10% of your bankroll, ouch!

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    10. I just looked at my spreadsheet to see how I did when I used to play 2/5 before moving up. Did $38.85 an hour over 758 hours. Mostly LA and Vegas games. and the games I was playing in definitely did not have 9 droolers at the table. And I'm not even a very good player. I make retarded plays way too often.

      You're thinking that an "Annie Duke" (LOL. She's fucking terrible) caliber player wouldn't be able to beat 2/5 for $200 a day sounds like a delusional self imposed limiting belief. A belief not based in reality.

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  4. "this is why the number #1 priority of the federal govt is to stop inflation, which is best done by ending voting for demoncrats. inflation is one of the biggest causes of homelessness and poverty..."

    Tony, you're hilarious. You should do stand-up on the Strip - you'd sell out every night for sure.

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    1. if u could still rent for $100 per week, there wouldnt be so much homelessness. inflation causes it, drugs and drinking too. notice the high prices for housing in the big cities controlled by democrats.

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    2. Tony:

      Another way of looking at that, is to say, "...notice how popular big cities controlled by democrats are, that people continually want to move there, thus raising prices through the market forces of supply and demand."

      Still another way of looking at it is that the U.S. economy has, since 1948, performed better under democrat presidents, thus stimulating the economy, thus raising inflation.

      s.i.

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    3. 1. High taxes on new homes and zoning restrictions on supply in US cities has a lot of upward pressure on rents as well. But I took a poll and it turns out the reason the population of the US has gravitated toward cities over the last 150 years is because their mayors were democrats so I guess you're right.

      2. I've been playing poker a long time, and on days when I've eaten bacon, I've tended to win (as long as you remove the bacon-feast downswing of 1929-1937 and ensuing years I spent in the bathroom going to war with the toilet from 1937-1945), therefore I should eat bacon before every poker session.

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  5. Funny, I actually have a habit of throwing my empty chip racks right under the table by my feet. I never like looking for racks when I want to cash out. I am actually irritated if I can't just lean over and pick up a rack or two or three or four to fill up so I can cash out immediately.

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    1. Well WEC... if they stay by your feet that is fine. More typically they are placed haphzardly on the floor by some douche and waitresses then have to avoid them or dump a tray and/or break an ankle.

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  6. FWIW, when I use the Nugget bathroom Tony speaks of, I PREFER the stalls in the back (if I am not just peeing in the urinal)

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    1. well the real issue is i need to sit down to piss

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    2. Old info surprised u guys didn't know this.

      But anyway, what is the difference if you have to walk an extra 10-20 feet to the back stalls?

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    3. for one, i feel it would be easier to be mugged in the restroom, (we heard of this happening to a famous player once in the bellagio) if u are in the back stall

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    4. last response I would have dreamed of

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    5. compared to the other Fremont Street casino bathrooms the Golden Nugget shitter has always been head and shoulders above all others and utterly first class (for the downtown anyway). I've never had the slightest feeling I was going to be mugged there.

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    6. You have to remember that Tony is an extremely nervous person and terrified of being mugged. Therefor he cannot stand at a urinal like most men with his back turned from other men while he takes a pee. Similarly he cannot stand at a urinal and pee while someone is standing next to him. He becomes so anxious and concerned, that nothing comes out. This is actually not an uncommon problem with some men.

      I do agree with Lester that the Nugget bathrooms are well maintained. I guess Tony's fear is that he will be trapped at the end of the room with no alternative exit if someone tries to break into the stall while he is sitting on the throne.

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    7. Ahhhh... thanks for the insight Koala.

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    8. Or ... he has to sit because of a minuscule schlong.

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    9. I have actually noticed that some of those bathrooms in Las Vegas are racist. They have urinals for white men and separate ones for black men.

      The ones that the black men use are mounted on the wall lower down than the white men's urinals, so they don't end up with their knob dangling in the water sloshing around in the bottom of the bowl.

      If I had to stand next to a black gentleman using one of those while I took a slash, I'd have a huge inferiority complex as well. No wonder they have so many beautiful women hanging around them all the time.

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    10. Koala, the lower urinals are for us Asians because we are ALL so short.

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  7. Good blog Tony. I haven't played for a living in many years now, so it's likely quite different, but I wouldn't have said "It's hell on earth." The days when I made over 1k were exhilarating and even winning 300 was a nice feeling. The days I lost weren't so bad, although losing streaks did feel like you were describing, but choppy win/lose was more common than a losing streak. Enjoy the wins, take a day or two off when losing for awhile. Stay away from blackjack and machines, then you have a cushion for the inevitable ups and downs.

    You are right about the inflation, fortunately the FED is raising rates now although it may not be fast enough. As long as wages stay low it shouldn't get too bad, but if the $15 an hour minimum wage gets through it'll get worse.

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  8. Yeah Tony Inflation and the parking and daily accommodation fees in Vegas kept me away from the WSOP. The cost of food in Vegas is way out of line. I showed them I stayed home and gave all my money to my local casinos. I lost over 2 grand but I did not have to travel to do it.

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  9. Yep, casino revenue model is much different than even 1984 where 59% of revenues were from gambling. Because of the change in gambling habits (and that the damn millennials don't like to gamble) gambling revenue is down to 36% of a casinos revenue and they must get more money from hotel, food, entertainment etc

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  10. Yep, casino revenue model is much different than even 1984 where 59% of revenues were from gambling. Because of the change in gambling habits (and that the damn millennials don't like to gamble) gambling revenue is down to 36% of a casinos revenue and they must get more money from hotel, food, entertainment etc

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  11. When you have a job you wanna play when you play you wanna have a job. What about people who have dangerous jobs like fishing and logging, compared to a plastic rectangle on the floor. Overall you're doing good, its not easy to live like you do most crash and burn and never get to 40k

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  12. Damn, Tony - dropping almost 2k on Black Jack does not seem like a smart move...

    s.i.


    From twitter:
    tony bigcharles‏ @sevencard2003 2h2 hours ago
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    Out $1800 BJ and over $350 poker. Still playing PLO

    Damn, Tony - dropping almost 2k on Black Jack does not seem like a smart move...

    s.i.

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    1. lol isn't it incredible to complain about the cost of living when he dumps $2k on black jack? He also talks about stocking food for weeks for $50! Tony dude buy some real food - you will feel better especially if you are going to set money on fire.

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  13. One is hell bent to the right (Republican) ...The other is hell bent to the left (Democrat) ...Neither party stands for what they did years and years ago during their conception. So now you have 2 party's playing off one another and innocent people in between stuck in the greedy mess of decisions being made by clueless unworthy people. Just stick to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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    1. Don't you think it is about time that Jesus Christ went in and sorted these clowns out.

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    2. I thought most of these people are God fearing men and women already.

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    3. There is no such thing as a God fearing politician anywhere in this world. The only thing they fear is not being able to line there own pockets at the expense of the population the are supposed to represent.

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    4. Koala, I think you missed the message behind my post.

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  14. tony bigcharles‏ @sevencard2003 14h
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    had i not played BJ in the golden gate to recover close to $275 i wouldve lost more. tired of playing in the same room everyday

    Jeez Tony, just a week ago you were bragging about winning 9 sessions in a row at the Nugget. Just because you have a losing session you go and dump 2K on BJ. Once again you panicked. Stick to poker and don't worry if you have a losing session. When was the last time you lost 2K in a poker session?

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  15. Increasing your buyin of $100? This sounds like a pretty bad strategy, I know of zero professionals who buy in for the minimum, it doesn't make sense.

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