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

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  1. Hi Tony, I understand the desire you have to have a home of your own, even an RV. There is nothing wrong with that. But owning one of them does come with certain obligations. I don't think you can just pull up in some car park and live there indefinitely. Most RV parking facilities charge you to stay there. You need to be in a place that has waste disposal set ups. The vehicle has to be insured and licensed. It has to be maintained in a roadworthy condition and looked after. And of course the most important thing is if you are told to move on, you have to be able to drive it or at least find someone who can move it for you. What will happen if you have a problem in the Firecracker casino and get thrown out of there. All these things you need to think through.

    Nice to see your roll continues to grow again. Take your time and again I will remind you to get your ID problem sorted out asap.

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  2. Tony,

    How could a dealer possibly think he busted when drawing 632A? An ace is not capable of busting any hand.

    If you see the freeplay in your account still, doesn't that mean this Ace guy hasn't used it? So why would you think he is making up stories? A guy gave me his card at MDLive to pick up his streak bonuses and everytime I looked, I saw zero slot play available. They might protect it by making some players go to players club to collect.

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    2. The comment was removed by me because it had a typo in it which I could not edit. But this error does happen more frequently than most would care to admit. Dealer adds 632 comes up with 11 then adds the A and calls it 22 (Bust). I've seen it many times.

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    3. Bill, his card expired in February of this year but Tony thinks that has nothing to do with the issue.

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    4. I think Ace took your rewards, contacted MDL and told them to make it look like he hadn't taken the rewards. In fact, I think Ace knows pretty high ranking MDL management people, so it was probably easy to get away with his "scam."

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    5. Haha, it only took five years to plan this genius "scam"!

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    6. Ace would have gotten away with it to, if not for these meddling kids!

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  3. Tony is one amazing black jack player I guess. And a decent Texas Hold'em machine player. Until he isn't.

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  4. I think the official term is idiot savante or something like that.

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  5. Does Tony know how to maintain an RV? I mean does he have any clue how often he has to drain the gray water and black water? What about maintaining the gas and checking for leaks in the roof and replacing old rivets and making sure there are no rust spots? Doesn't this sound like hard manual labor?

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    1. Well AC.... no, no, no, no and yes.

      Anything that includes rivets needs to be avoid like the plague so a fiberglass technology is the only way to go. Could be something as simple as a Toyota Chinook. But the best bet would be to avoid any LP gas or even electric for a stovetop or oven and only cook with microwave running off of the AC hookup. Might as well skip having a generator option as that is yet another gas operated motor with maintenance requirements. But here is where we can blend a few "why couldn't TBC do this?" scenarios together. That being ownership of an RV and also a reality TV show of some sort. If a cable channel could get an RV manufacturer to provide a nice luxury rig to get some "free" advertising that could be the genesis of a really sweet deal for our Hero! Now we are upgrading from a Chinook on craigslist list right up to maybe a Prevost H3-45?

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    2. I think the conversation needs to be backed up further than the issue of maintaining an RV. Tony doesn't know how to drive. He doesn't know how to drive a small car, let alone a massive RV.

      Tony doesn't know how to drive. Tony has rage issues that might not allow him to drive safely. Tony is certainly intelligent enough to pass a written driving exam, so actually getting a license wouldn't be a struggle (although I'm not certain he has the paperwork needed to get the actual license). But, the actual act of driving hundreds of miles without running someone over in a fit of road-rage, or simply deciding to abandon the vehicle when something goes wrong, or neglecting to pay his insurance...I just don't see Tony traveling the country in an RV as a realistic scenario, even setting aside the costs.

      Our hero likes to cut and run, leaving his past troubles behind. Long term vehicle ownership and maintainence is not something Tony is capable of, IMHO.

      s.i.

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    3. I was actually looking for Tony to answer but I suspect you guys might be right. Hey Tony, does the Firekeepers parking lot have a place for you to hook up for electricity and water?

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    4. Imagine the tilt after filling the gas tank.

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  6. Don't ever trust anyone with two first names.

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