Friday, September 22, 2017

Trip report Tropicana evansville and Southland Gaming, Oaklawn Gaming

about 3.30 in the morning, Ray and i finally arrived in the eldorado shreveport. I'm glad to say im winning here still, turned $118 into $318 before the game broke up and i went to my hotel room to sleep.

Once we left Horseshoe southern IN, we went to Tropicana evansville. Ray proceeded to win a few hundred and i mostly broke close to even. i was up til i lost a big pot with a lone ace of diamonds when 3 diamonds showed on the flop and i couldnt fold it for big bet. the game was extremely tight during the day and loosened up at night. they do let u straddle from anywhere but the blind just like in the horseshoe but no one was doing it. and for any amount, but i never seen one over $6.

so when they forced the full table to close at 4.30 in the morning (which they do every night) i went to go play $10 shoe BJ, where they pay 3-2 and deal out 80%. i ended up winning close to $600

then went to west memphis arkansas to check out the dealers angels. there were 4 of them in there. but they didnt show the shuffle, but still shuffled 80 cards out of 4 decks according to the rules. they werent too busy in the morning from 9-noon, but were when i returned after getting some sleep about 9pm. so u would need to play them the right hours.

found out the poker room reopened, but it dont get much business most days. the $1-2 NL didnt go, 4 were on the list when i added my name to be the 5th. the manager told us on wed, sat sun and mon the $1-2 PLO8 goes all the time. i figure it would be loose. but again u would need to time it to the right days.

the good news is there safe motels up the street (with inside hallways for under $90 per nite once u include tax) and 3-4 by the week not too expensive within 2 blocks walk. the casino is well over 90% black, but the motels might not be. but i dont feel comfortable in those weeklies due to the door anyone could walk by, though one didnt look too bad. they do have uber.

the final stop enroute to the eldorado was oaklawn in hot springs, which is off the main road and felt like the drive denver to blackhawk. or reno to incline village. they had closed their room in may, no more poker, and the wrong type of VBJ instead of dealers angels. i still would like to see ray visit winstar or lake charles. but i need a steady address too. I'm just glad im over $1000 better off than i was after paying him the $600. he is too. and im glad my free buffets with 1 guest still are good here too. and though ive not played BJ since arriving im glad theres good $5 shoes again.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trip report Cincinnati and Louisville

Ray and I left Toledo Monday for Shreveport, (for $600 in expense money for driving which i paid) reducing my roll to $21,400. if he doesnt leave shreveport to return to Toledo, im to cover 100% of the hotel costs for the first month, unless he starts doing well in the poker and me less welll.

the idea was to stop everywhere along the way. Jack casino in cincinnati, Horseshoe Louisville, Tropicana Evansville, southland gaming in west memphis arkansas, and possibly others enroute to shreveport.

cincinnati has a rather big poker room, bigger than id expected. good rules for poker, but certainly not a good place to play BJ. $100 min buy in the $1-2 PLO is nice. 9 handed is nice for $1-2 NL. they have $2-5 every night too. but u cannot get seat change buttons due to seniority. how they decide whose telling the truth when 2 old guys swear theyve been there longer than the other 8 hours later when no one else at the table would know, i wouldnt know. bad rule. ray told me he seen pictures PPP took of this room.

horseshoe louisville is pretty empty due to not many people in this area. unlike the casino in cincinnati right downtown, this casino is way out in the boonies. we found empty $5 BJ tables here at 6-8 am which u wont find most places, paying 3-2, 6 deck shoe with 80% penetration. i won over $250 in a couple hours. mostly with one other guy who bought in $1000 but wasnt betting by the count like i was. i think they thought i was martingaling, since i bet slightly higher early in poor counts, but when the BIG bets went in for 20-80 units, the count was good. but not for 1-4 units. his bet sizes varied radically, with some huge bets in poor counts. but he won over $2500. i warned him before he sat i moved from 1-2 spots frequently and he didnt object. by the way, they did have me logged in with my players card while playing which made me nervous, but i think they paid more attention to the other guy since most of the time his bets were higher than mine, but not all. one time i would swear they overpaid me $80 too. this happened in firekeepers too 2 different times. nice thing is its so easy here to find $5 games without them being full of people. guess not many come out here this time of the morning. u can find empty games in the golden gate in vegas too. certainly not in detroit unless u min bet $50 in the high limit room. never firekeepers. those were very crowded.

i used up $140 in comps here too which id earned in planet H and in atlantic city poker rooms on 1 night in the hotel plus ray had 1 free night. we didnt need to switch rooms, they just changed the names from mine to his the 2nd night.

this afternoon will be arriving in tropicana evansville, and probably late tonight or tomorrow morning, southland gaming in west memphis, where Benny liked to go. ive been told the electronic poker tables were removed. will investigate, and plan to be in shreveport by this weekend. depends on how tired ray gets and which city we decide to get a hotel room in.

so if anyone wishes to play poker enroute respond quickly. i didnt recognize no one in cincinnati or horseshoe indiana, except a former peppermill dealer Jacob who knows of my blog. but none of the regulars here seemed to know of me. they let u missisippi straddle any amount any position but the blinds here in the horseshoe.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

the big drop and why $2-5 is better

well the 2nd trip to firekeepers wasnt quite as good as the first. and seeing we already had a room elsewhere, i didnt feel like asking the host on duty about one, though i think i shouldve lost plenty to get it. ill do this if i ever go back, but i really dont feel i should go there, because i bet way too much on a machine where i dont have any edge. (refers to the $3000 i lost on the Ultimate tx holdem video machine). i did win $158 in the $2-5 NL.

i originally planned to play BJ there since its much lower stakes than greektown, or toledo. but the tables were way too full, its hard to get seats where u can play 2 spots, or for $5. plus they make it tough to win seeing if u enter mid shoe, u cannot bet 2 spots (just 1) and u must not bet over $100. so to avoid having to be around other people, i played the $3 ultimate tx holdem instead where i could martingale as much as i wanted.

also planned to sit in the $1-2 PLO as did Ray, but neither of us got around to doing so. but its only $100 there to min buy.

so im back to around $22,100 from $24,400 and the only reason ive still got this much is i recovered around $200 per nite every night since. all from playing $2-5 NL, which is pretty much all i played ever since. i dont like the $300 min buyin in the $2-5 in toledo. But its looser than u would expect $2-5 to be simply because those of u in vegas dont realize how much looser the games are in other parts of the country, such as shreveport, reno, here, phoenix and atlantic city.

Ray feels like he should be playing it too, though he dont have the roll, because he takes it more seriously, sees the potential to win big in it, and has done much better in it than $1-2 cause it keeps him from getting pissed and going to play keno. Ray tells me it will keep me off BJ and other games because now ill see i have the potential to win real money.

i just wonder how much more money id have now if id spent the last 5 yrs playing $2-5. maybe id have saved up like $100k and won like $75k per yr instead of 20-30k most of the time. $200 on average profit per day (and winning $2000 per day i see lots of the players doing it) would count up pretty quickly.

Friday, September 8, 2017

firekeepers trip report

I'd been looking for a lower stakes blackjack shoe game than u normally find in detroit and toledo, and Ray and I also wanted to see their Thursday night PLO game with the $100 min buyin. we didnt know theres a $50 PLO tourney the same day. so we went to firekeepers early wed morning after leaving Greektown. i was down $429 when i left Greektown but i was no longer down by the time we got back to toledo.

there were lots of $5 and $10 shoes, actually few of $5 but lots of $10 or up. still not the easiest to be alone with the dealer though. theres lots of customers here. they have a few CSM too, but its mostly shoe games. all of which pay 3-2. over the course of 2 nights i won a bit over $500 on BJ. twice the dealer paid me when he shouldnt, one of those times he paid the whole table with his 632A (he thought he busted).

Rick who used to be the poker floor boss in the old Imperial Palace was surprised to see me walk into the poker room and wondered how i found my way out here. he agrees with me the UTG should act first when the button straddles and not the SB and he said he would bring it up to his boss. Rob will be happy, and i dont think hes been too happy with me lately (or lightning either,) since ive not seen no comments in a while.

I was surprised to see they let u play with $100 bills on the table. didnt know u could in MI. was also surprised to see theres no Uber here. closest Uber to Firekeepers is in Jackson MI, close to 50 miles out. the casino is too far out for the city bus and the cab fees are outrageously high. unless u pay $159 or $115 to stay right by the casino. theres cheap motels way down the road for those with cars or bikes.

its a good casino though. i found an ultimate tx holdem video game. lost $800 but recovered it over the next 3 sessions. theres $3 video BJ too which shuffles every hand and is 3-2. i didnt play it. plus the buyin in the $1-2 NL is $50-400 which is a good spread. theres $2-5 nl $200-1000. and $100-500 PLO. i broke close to even on the poker. i was up over $1900 at poker on sept 4, and now on the 9th im still up over $1700 on poker this month. so im a little over $23,000 in the roll now.

the blog writer Ace i sent my card to pick up free play in MD live is giving me all kind of wild stories why my free play dont exist. i wasted $13 sending him the card. i know its there i see it in my account.

i wish i could just put an rv in the parking lot of firekeepers so i could play there everyday. ray says i can buy one used under $5000

Monday, September 4, 2017

The horrible way in which Motor City casino treats its customers.

before i get into the main topic, let me give u a brief update on how im doing. im up to $22,800 and over $1800 in poker wins for the first 4 days of september, which isnt too bad. as slow as August went i knew some big wins were overdue. Theres a lot more cash stored with various casinos up in this part of the country than there used to be.

Ray wanted to get up to Greektown early yesterday, because of the drawings all day, one of whom would be winning $6500 or a 2 yr lease on a car. (poker players only). i couldnt sleep, so when he knocked on my door at 2.30pm to drive us to Greektown, i was too tired, i shouldve fallen asleep about 7-8 but i didnt til about 11am. so he went by himself, and i thought i might just play in toledo.

i eventually woke up about 7pm, and decided to take Uber to Greektown, seeing how much less Uber prices are in this part of the country. just like cheap eggs (70c) cheap milk ($1.19 gallon) and the lowest rental prices in the county if u google search it ($447 average 1 bedroom apt) uber is much less per mile here. so for $64 and an extra $10 tip for return gas, i got a lady to drive me to Greektown.

Ray wasnt doing too well, but was planning to be there til he did better, so i found a seperate game and eventually got up a few hundred. was once up $600. then i get moved to a new table, (when i got a big stack i always hate and resist this, which wouldnt bother me if i had a short stack). the guy in the middle of the table who seemed to know me had a big stack but this table didnt have as many big stacks as the other tables did, so i picked it.

6 of us see the flop with my AJ for a raise. flop comes 26J with 2 hearts. ive got the ace of hearts but not the J. the black guy with all the chips bets $20. one other guy calls, a middle eastern guy whose been getting on my nerves alot with his candy crush comments which i dont play on my phone. i should raise big here, but ive still over $550 behind, and hes got over $700 behind and im up way too much for the day since i only bought in for $53. so i worry about giving it back. figured id wait for the turn. and see if they check. plus then a flush draw they might have would only have one card to go. turn comes 3. he again bets $30 other guy calls im still afraid to raise, since he didnt check. big mistake on my part. were i behind money for the night, id have definitely bet big.

river comes 6. he bets $45, other guy calls, i call. the black guy wins with 6-4 offsuit. middle eastern guy shows J. if i shove the flop the black guy folds, the middle eastern guy whose very loose might call and id beaten his kicker which he didnt show. so i left immediately couldnt get ray to, so i went to go to motor city.

now ive been pissed off with weird motor city policies before. Greektown will sell u chips by the floor coming to your table, without u needing to get up, or in rare instances instruct the dealer to sell to u. both motor city and mgm make u go to the cage. even if u are playing already and went bust. so often i must remember to have $100 chips in my back pocket for if i bust, which u often forgot about when cashing out. which makes me feel like its their real reason for doing it and not their BS excuses. motor city dont even use a players card. which keeps the dealers from knowing your name when its your BB.

poor cell phone reception in the area by the casino made it difficult to get an uber driver but i found one, the first one canceled. i was hoping ray would leave soon before he got more stuck but the high hand promo was starting up at 4am with $600 for any aces full or better.

i quit still up over $300, and planned to buyin elsewhere for $50. but when i got to motor city, i found 15 people on the list, (none of whom were being seated, all were standing outside the room or sitting outside, waiting for seats.) yet there were like plenty of open seats, including some tables only 6 handed. here they play with 10, quite common this part of the country which i hate, preferring 9. the reason there was so many open seats and none were being filled is they wanted to send home employees on overtime. now ive seen them do this before, but forget they do it so often. so they were trying to break tables sometimes by force. until they combined enough games to send home some dealers, NO ONE was going to get a seat. the other names on the waitlist didnt like it either. the staff told me it would be at least an hour or more id need to wait.

so im outside the room and a guy comes up asking about my shoes if theyre velcro. i didnt even know what that is til ray explained later on. i didnt know and didnt feel like talking cause i was busy on my phone with something important and i asked him to please let me be. if this was brandon dean or bean face killa i apologize, i was too busy fixing a phone problem to look closely. he seemed to know me.

so i left pissed and took another uber elsewhere, and still had issues with this uber, had to cancel and use lyft. theres like 5 cabs outside too but refuse to use them. it would be like $15 for a $5-9 ride, and i resent them in general for poor service in the past refusing to go short runs and blocking uber in many cities. lots of panhandlers outside valet too either wishing to borrow your phone or something else.

when Ray finally came to get me he ended up out over $500 and i had won over $400. minus all the uber fees. im just as pissed people play at motor city and tolerate the poor service as i am the staff. too many people defend the casinos, and especially the employees when customers feel the policies are rude. its why people got blocked on twitter. if no one else played, theyd fix it. theres 2 other better rooms to play in here. its why so many places offer 6-5 bj and resort fees too. people dont get upset enough over it.