Monday, October 2, 2017

Biloxi Trip report

seems when i last updated the blog, i was just arriving in Shreveport. well, Ray decided there wasnt enough poker action in the eldorado as there used to be and felt like the games would be better (and be more of them) in Lake charles, more like the multiple tables u see in detroit where he is used to. (i think the best place would be Jacksonville or Miami myself). so we left in 2-3 days for Lake charles.

on the way we stopped in coushatta, where im happy to report theres now 2 dealers angels machines instead of 1. ray hated the poker room however, when he took a bad beat for $100 (and i still didnt break the curse there, i lost $20 in the poker room-never playing nothing but blinds) its the only room i lost $2500 in a week just buying in $100-200 in $1-3 NL. turns out 2 nights after we left they had PLO mix and $2-5 NL, i never knew those even went there. its mostly $4-8 fixed room. didnt even look to see if i could get 1 free night.

since we got there on a weekday instead of a weekend, we were able to do the promotion in the Lauberge (well i got the hours in) for the $49 room rate. looked at longer term weeklies which were way way overpriced. its quite expensive here for those who arent renting apartments much more than most destinaions. the games didnt last all 24 hours, but at nights, the games were much looser than during the day. i continued to win in the $1-3 NL. Louisiana and MS theres $1-3 instead of $1-2 for the most part.

Ray felt like Biloxi would be much cheaper (not knowing the week oct 1-8 is called cruising the coast, with antique cars) and is the most expensive week in biloxi during the year. since he used to earn his living here playing stud 20 yrs ago, he felt the action would be better here. except for the tremendous availability of good cheap BJ games here, its not. once more places opened more poker, just like Tunica, this place died down. right now we are in the hardrock, courtesy of his sister in florida, who gets free rooms often. and ive prepaid a room elsewhere for 2 weeks on wed. but theres not always 24/7 games here. even the Beau went dark one morning.

the first night here while in the IP staying 1 night, i saw an 70-80 yr old man punch pokermonkeys friend Kai in the face because he didnt like his comment about his wifes picture. then he left before security came. the next day in the IP, i bought in $4500 to recover a long overdue $1800 BJ loss in boomtown next door. but before that i was up close to $3000 this month on BJ. i ended up losing close to $600 in the game. but i did good at first. caught a loose guy bluffing for $600, but later paid him off when i flopped 2 pair, he flopped a better 2 pair. cost me $1700. then i bluffed an asian lady preflop for $50 with T5 offsuit. she called me, she previously raised to $8. flop comes 55T and i bet it the whole way thru the river, she called the whole way, including my allin on the river. she had KK. they were still talking about it 2 days later and even on the Beau they were talking about it. it wasnt til i got to biloxi i stopped winning. though i had one good session here.

theres only 2 rooms with games, seems most of the poker rooms dont get games. not for $1-3 NL. too little population with too many rooms. but ive seen tons of good 3-2 low stakes BJ. plus i managed to get a safety deposit box without needing to be a hotel guest of the casino. im down to only $23000 though i was close to $25,000. both rooms were no max buyin. and straddle from anywhere but the blinds, but only for $6

still might get to meet lori here in biloxi, her husbands room here in the HR closed so hes in the pit now.


26 comments:

  1. All the good action in Shreveport is at the Horseshoe. The Eldorado is a distant second.

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  2. well not last year when i was there. i won my $33,000 in 5 months in the El

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  3. Tony:

    What are your thoughts on Sunday's shooting here in LV?

    s.i.

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    1. I think Trump needs to impose travel ban for countries with senior white men.

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  4. Ever wish you could stop playing blackjack?

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  5. To all those who know me through Tony's blog or who have actually met me in person, Las Vegas has been a common denominator for all of us. I am sure that this recent tragedy has affected us all in so many ways. It is absolutely devastating. I am so grateful to so many of my friends who live in Las Vegas, and who visit there frequently, who advised me that they were OK. My heart is broken for the people I love and the Country that I have been able to relate to as a friend. Be strong America, and please do something to stop this type of tragedy from happening again. Peter Denver aka Koala.

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    1. At some point, perhaps, we'll have our own "Port Arthur" moment. Hard to imagine what it will take...

      s.i.

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    2. If one half of all American lawful gun owners gave up one half of the guns in America to the government for destruction (150 million guns) how much would you expect gun violence to drop?

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    3. Lester - in the same scenario you describe above, do you anticipate the mass shootings to change?

      I believe the Australian response to Port Arthur shootings were to target mass shootings (incidents in which 5+ are killed, seems to be the most general description). Your question was more general, about gun violence. Austrailia's policy addressed rifles, not handguns - most gun violence in the US involves handguns. However, mass shootings are different and much more likely to involve rifles.

      And, yes, I realize Tony's blog is an odd place for a gun debate...

      s.i.

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    4. Gun debate = page views (So I think Tony will be OK with it)

      I suspect 150 million less guns in America would only have a minor reduction in gun violence and no reduction in mass shootings. I also suspect that if 300 million guns were turned over to the government and destroyed there would only be a minor reduction in gun violence and no reduction in mass shootings. The 300 million lawfully owned guns in America being removed from the population simply creates a superb black market for guns. When you share a border with drug cartels there is no way they don't fill the gun vacuum in the US with illegal guns.

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    5. Lester:

      I'm guessing you already know this, but Mexico has significantly stronger gun control laws than the US does. And, about 70% of the weapons confiscated in Mexico come from the U.S.

      Perhaps the situation would change if we tightened our gun laws. Or, perhaps Trump's big wall will keep those guns out ;-p

      While opinions differ, I believe the data suggests fewer guns does result in less gun violence (makes sense intuitively - passes the sniff test, too).

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/11/14/more-guns-more-crime-new-research-debunks-a-central-thesis-of-the-gun-rights-movement/?utm_term=.7401f80b6f5c

      s.i.

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    6. I understand Mexico has tougher gun laws than the US while at the same time their cartels have no shortage of any type of firearm they desire. If somehow the economics of the illegal arms trade changed the vacuum created by the US no longer being the source of arms for the cartels would simply be a different seller.

      I will give your link a read when I get a chance.

      In closing, consider this... in that future utopia of an America completely free of guns previously owned by law abiding Americans the criminal element will still have access to guns by one manner or another. And while some mass murders would still involve firearms we would likely see more attacks with cars or trucks mowing into crowds and the other alternative attacks happening in Europe. My hope for a solution to all of the above would involve intervention at the mental health level BEFORE the murder spree ignites. But... the magic 8-ball sez the mental health angle is almost just as much of a non-starter as gun control.

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    7. I read the link from S.I. and it involved the previous work of John Lott (which I am familiar with) and how extending that analysis into our more current timeframe debunked the original findings of Lott. What I can say about concealed carry is this: I have to take my training every five years and get run through a fresh background check. The permit to carry is pretty much a law abiding citizen certificate. If before your next renewal period you manage to break some law that disqualifies you your permit is revoked because you had instead proven yourself to NOT be a law abiding citizen. The only thing I wonder about the WAPO article if they really meant permit holders became part of the increase in assorted crimes mentioned or if the general population was were the increase was noted. It is a common practice that once a person gets a permit to carry and they are entering a private party purchase both parties present their permits and IDs and won't engage any private party purchases with anyone who doesn't carry the law abiding citizen creds per se. I don't buy a lot of guns and seldom sell any. And I have never dealt with any sort of shady characters because of working only with permitted sellers and valid ID. I would like to think the majority gun owners fall under the "law abiding citizen" category but I don't think that is a statistic you can really find the truth about with google.

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    8. Why does a law abiding citizen need a concealed weapon when they are walking around the streets of their community?

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    9. because if its out in the open instead of concealed, people will worry that YOU might be the one up to no good

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    10. Tony, your reply does not answer my question. I will try and make it more simple for you to understand. Why does a civilian need to have a concealed weapon on his person? For that matter why does a civilian need to be armed with a rifle that can be fitted with a magazine that holds 30 or more bullets?

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    11. Open carry versus concealed carry is a whole nother debate. I agree with Jeff Cooper: an armed society is a polite society. Granted I further opine being legally armed versus a criminal prohibited from gun ownership who is carrying is a night/day comparison. Lastly show me a single crimnal intent on harm caring one bit about magazine restrictions? I bought 10 round mags for my AK that is a reasonable number of rounds target shooting with my friends and we are taking turns with my AK.

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    12. An interesting response Lester. I wonder if Jeff Cooper (whoever he is) would also agree that that an armed society is a dangerous society. Criminals often go by the credo, the more the merrier. They want firepower. But does that mean that non criminals need to be armed with the same fire power ability as the criminal based on the off chance that they may engage in a gun battle with each other?

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    13. Any readers of this blog familiar with limon? He's another "poker luminary", kinda like TBC. He says we should treat guns like we treat cars. They must be registered and insured. Also, take away the protection that gunmakers have from being sued. The actions that would result from those actions would reduce gun violence in a meaningful way.

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  6. Tony:

    "tony bigcharles‏ @sevencard2003 5h5 hours ago
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    I need to find a way to be banned from playing BJ online with Bitcoin. Cost me a lot the past year. Lost $2875 yesterday"

    Why do you feel you don't have the ability to "self-ban" by simply not playing BJ on line? Do you believe you have a gambling addiction?

    Losing 3k has got to sting. Not learning from losing 3k should sting a lot more.

    s.i.

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    1. u wouldnt be able to call it an addiction if i had the willpower to not play.. the definition of addiction means u cannot stop it without intervention--same for those who use drugs, they dont have the ability to quit unless driven to rehab

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    2. So.....you believe you are addicted to online BJ? Do you believe you are addicted to other forms of gambling? Addicted to poker?

      I’ve not heard you admit to such addictions in the past.

      S.i.

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  7. Wherever it may be that you are thinking of running to I would suggest that you not go back towards Louisiana,Biloxi or the panhandle of Florida unless you wait until after the weekend.

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  8. well when he is sleeping on the bus bench stops in cal and he is broke, Tony won't have to worry about bitcoin and black jack losses...

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  9. Gun Control is a myth. If guns are restricted, outlawed, confiscated, then only crooks and the government will have guns, and the law abiding lose their right to practical self defense. In prison, where drugs and weapons are banned, they still both turn up all the time in daily searches and jail crimes.

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    1. such an invalid argument, you do realize that corrections officers do not have guns, right? So, by your logic there should be prison guards being shot up left and right because they cant defend themselves. Oh wait, that doesn't happen....

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