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.