Sunday, December 31, 2017

its colder here than it was in deadwood

i'm still better off than i was when i arrived in toledo from Deadwood, though i dont feel it so much after giving back close to $500 in the last 2 nights. sometimes Mickeys info has come in useful and sometimes its only cost me money. i wish he could point out everything in detroit i dont know already. theres nothing much to talk about and its far better i spend my time out earning money than sitting here and updating this blog.

so since theres nothing else to talk about here is a few hand histories. yesterday in the $1-2 game i called a small raise of like $6-10 to see the flop with 77. flop comes A25, all 4 of us checked. turn comes 5 its checked once more and the guy in last position finally bets $15. somehow i feel he doesnt have an ace, nor does anyone else, so i bet $45. everyone folds, i show 77. he said he folded 99 and the asian kid next to him swore he folded KK.

then in $1-3 PLO, i seen a flop for $35 with 9986 nothing suited when i shouldnt have. in the cutoff, and the button who straddled made it $35 when it got limped to him, and 5 people called in front of me. flop comes A 10 7 with 2 clubs. the button goes allin for $175 when its limped to him, everyone folds but 1 guy in middle position who bets $350 being stuck quite a bit and wanting to get even from big losses in greektown this week earlier, i called, leaving like $60 behind. turn comes 6 of clubs, check, check. (good thing he didnt bet). yes i shouldve went allin if calling the flop but folding would been better. river 2 of spades. check check. i won and cashed out $1222 of the $750 i was in the game for. the original allin had aaa and the raiser had 777 with a gut shot straight draw to the ace. no one had the flush

then i survived earlier on because i raised preflop with AAK8 and got no respect for my short stack. on the flop of K 10 3, i had no draws. just my aa. the guy who must play partners with his friend always same table and they both checked to each other 8888 and JJJ88 when only them in, he makes a huge pot size bet on the flop, folding everyone. he had a wrap on the straight and a flush draw. he missed totally so my aa won when i never expected it to, saving me a huge pot by getting everyone else out of the pot.

the high outdoors hasnt been over 20 the whole week. every night on the way home the thermometer in the car says its like 2 degrees or less outside. good thing the seat warmers (which warm up the back of the seat too, not just the bottom) work really well.

Rays friend Nick who lives here too since hes going thru his divorce wants another bus driving job part time in las vegas or reno and hes looking to buy a condo for not more than $80,000 outright in cash. he is an omaha player and would be spending most of his time in the orleans when hes not working. if he did me and ray would be welcome to use it too and travel back and forth or swap out residences.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

cleveland trip report

well it feels good to be home without no more plane trips to deal with. i left deadwood with over $16,000 and im up about $700 since leaving. but im still about $8000 less than what i had when i was in biloxi, before the trip to florida, where i blew $3000 worth of bitcoin, before the flight to vegas, the month i spent there, and the 3 weeks i spent in deadwood where i had some bad luck on the VBJ and didnt play enough poker. Ray isnt doing so well though. lost 4 whole nights in a row, and doesnt feel too well either.

he thought going to cleveland might improve his luck, so last night we decided to check out Jacks casino. i sat in the $1-2-5 PLO8 simply because u dont find this game live very much. he later moved to the table too and i only won because i hit a flush on one big hand. most of the pots and the betting werent even that big. lots of nits playing. not like the games in foxwoods or jacksonville.

he didnt win though and was ready to go home so we left. i still like greektown the best for games where i win the easiest and dont wait nearly as long to get seated. motor city is still refusing to sit players when theyres long lists and tons of open seats simply because they want games to break so dealers can go home. MGM had just hit the BBJ when Ray walked in the room too.

right now im playing with the $70 i have on ignition, waiting for Ray to wake up in the other room. his friend Nick lives here too, but hes only home at nights. he's going thru a divorce and needed somewhere to stay.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

first blog posted from new computer


i never would've ended up buying a new computer, were i not to been forced to do so by airport security. yes the same old computer which keeps falling apart, with screws and sharp things sticking out, then wouldnt let me board the plane with it, nor check it in my other baggage because they claimed it set off alarms. at first they told me id need to call their office and pay to have it mailed to me if i didnt wish it to be thrown out, but an hour later when close to time to board the plane, they removed me and told me someone wanted to ask me questions, so i missed my flight. eventually they were satisfied it wasnt a major issue after they investigated the laptop, but it took 2 hours waiting for the 2 techs to come look at it, and the manager for allegiant whose only in the airport a short time some evenings had gone home for the day by the time it got resolved and my laptop returned to me. they couldnt understand why i would be keeping it in such poor condition. i still have no idea if i can get another free ticket to reimburse me but i hate phoning people so im waited for my email to be returned. it takes a while for them to reply this way.

so now i have a new laptop and as soon as i have black trash bags and a dumpster to hide it in, ill throw it out. or maybe mail to ray for use in an emergency. im putting anything i can think of on the new computer, and creating newer passwords which the new computer will autostore. coinbase, online gambling, etc. seems todays fee to send $121 in bitcoin is up to $14, leaving u with only $107. i dont see how the general public will ever use it with these rates (imagine paying this for visa transactions) meaning its turning into a ponzi scheme with only investors and speculators using it, not counting online gamblers. but the general public will never be able to use it in normal use until something is done about transaction fees.

so i left the airport with 15,300 then paid only $42 believe it or not at residence inn by marriott in rapid city thru priceline, which ends up being $55 with fees and tax. but still much less than the $99-159 in other cities. very nice complete kitchen in their rooms. good wifi. laundry facilities in the building, which worked out well since i was down to my last shirt, and now ive got 3 weeks worth of clean clothes once more. i returned to deadwood once i bought the new laptop in walmart before i left rapid city for $267 with tax. sure wasnt going to hang around rapid city with nothing to do and i still couldnt fly til i figured out where to discard of the old one, which still hasnt been done. but im now able to use the new one as opposed to doing everything on the old one.

once i bought it then paid for 2 nites in deadwood checking out tomorrow morning, (might fly to denver) i was down to $14,900. but i won in the $2-10 stud 8 mix yesterday, then over $400 on the VBJ, then over $200 using the bonus slot info where i found about 3 plays lit up. so i pretty much got back all the tons of money this much hassle cost me, and now ive got a new laptop, although a fairly inexpensive one. i wonder what the difference is between an expensive one and an inexpensive one. i just know very soon ill end up wanting some info off the other laptop and wont have it by that time.

i wish i didnt abhor using the phone, i really should be calling allegiant right away. i would ask Ray to but i worry they will ask him something only i could know the answer to. plus, i no longer have a place to live here in deadwood. but then again, maybe God didnt want me to leave deadwood so he kept me here. i know i liked the residence inn, ill never see that price anywhere. surely some of u have stayed in residence by marriott and know the good deal on this price. now im back in the springhill suites for $39 nite. i still need to leave but with the hassle of flying, the cost involved going to the airport and the fact i could live here only $500 per month if i committed to a month at this one further out old motel on the trolley line, it sure feels a waste of money to spend a whole months living expenses just to leave town to go where costs are much higher. i do really wish to get back to poker though, or go to where theres a ton more of these slot machines to check. and im still wondering if the slot machine in the bullock is rigged or not.

i did buy 1 bag of baby carrots in walmart too, wouldve bought more if id known how long i would be in town. plus i was in a hurry due to my lyft waiting for me outside to purchase the laptop as quickly as i could. (with my luggage in her car enroute to deadwood from the residence inn in rapid city). its nice having a working "a" key again. no more using the online keyboard. the "z" key too had stopped working. sometimes my sentences sounded odd because i was trying to avoid using the letter a.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

any slot hustlers reading this blog?

now before we get into this, let me tell u about a certain promotion in deadwood which only is on Sundays. its a good thing it goes every Sunday because theres certainly nothing else going on on sundays here. not every a night church service, only mornings when i investigated. Where i grew up, we didnt think much of churches who only cared about worshipping God once per week instead of sunday morning, sunday evening and wednesday night prayer meetings.

i walked from the Bullock hotel to cadillac Jacks, no poker as often is the case on sundays. on the way over i made $30 checking out a few certain types of slots i was told about, (same ones i earned $500+ off the day before, then lost back $300 on those same types). deadwood has so little business no one ever leaves the bonuses lit up high enough to get the 115% return i was told it offered by a world class professional slot hustler whose done it for over 20 yrs. except for busy weekends. theres no one here sun-thurs in the winter. so i only found 3 plays today, only 1 of which was very strong. yesterday i found quite a bit more.

next door to the cadillac Jack is the first gold casino and ive missed out on a good opportunity i suddenly remembered today from 2 yrs before. on sundays, in just the pit area alone which qualifies, (and u can only win once per day, which increases the others odds-so everyone might win) is $50 every half hour. well in the final drawing of the evening, there were only 2 of us left who hadnt won the $50 already and were among the 5 of us still playing in 1 of the 2 tables open in the pit. so my odds were 50-50 and yes i won the $50 in free match play coupons (10 of $5) i used them and i got unstuck (and $19 up) even without them its a decent $2-100 shoe game with poor penetration of only 60%.

if someone were to flat bet $2 (i dont of course) but if someone did, their expected loss per hour would be very low, and their odds of winning $50 quite good. theres just few people in there on the live tables.

i found a $2 live table ultimate tx hold em pit table game in another casino too, but of course its not over 100% by any means but a very inexpensive way to play a fun live table game. i won $43 on it.

other than this, its not been so well in deadwood this past week and im getting quite bored here. i've been playing online poker, and im down to $17,200. i was down to $16,300 and this is quite a drop from when id been up to over $21,000. i did decide to lower my max bet on the VBJ due to having such bad luck with so many dealer draws to 21 when huge bets out the other night. but on saturday night i finally won $509 in poker at cadillac jacks in the late evening after midnite, which got me out of the hole for dec and over $200 up, due to 2 very loose fish on the table.

what i was taught (and i cannot reveal the machines names or the bonus details as to what determines if theyre worth sitting down on) is when to play 4 different types of bonus slots they offer in deadwood. the info seems simple enough to not forget. and on the first day he showed me this by taking me to each casino in town theyre offered, i was surprised to find so many plays left behind. but this all changed once sunday got here. plus the negative variance of $300+ back saturday night shocked me too.

it showed me a new life i didnt know much of, which the guy who showed me has done his whole life and is one of the biggest name professionals of it. im now researching them online and it seems some hustlers earn very big money per shift doing this, but to me it dont seem possible with so much competition in big markets. i even read of people camping out by some machines with fights over machines left behind. but the main thing is u might only need $1000 to work with instead of the $15-25,000 a $1-2 NL grinder should never go below or spend for bills. which is why so many of them are homeless or appear to be. and so desperate for the chance to sit the second the ploppy/sucker quits the machine with the bonus lit up. theyre underrolled u see.

it appeals to me because even $25 more per day walking by them to go to the poker room would greatly increase my net worth over the year. and im told the potential could be much more. ive been told more hustleable machines exist than ever before. (more hustlers too though). it might help in getting points on my slot cards too for comps, cashback or rooms. i would like to find opportunities which put huge points on them if i could. or a location there would be plenty of plays which would be extremely busy casinos without others hustling.

being in busy markets would require work (periodically walking by checking the machines for bonuses about to light up) but screw camping out near them doing nothing for hours. no wonder these type of people are considered to be the worst kind of hustler.

im wondering how many of u ever done this, or made money doing it, except for 2 i know of who read this blog who never care of no one but themselves and wont give out helpful info. i would love to listen to your story. is this possible to make good money? or too burnt out?

Monday, December 4, 2017

bored out of my mind here, and damn it its cold outside.

i guess what i like most about being in deadwood is i dont feel dependent on having to play poker every single day to have a way to survive and cover my hotel room every night. Being prepaid up til dec 20th for a relatively cheap price is nice and im spending much fewer hours playing poker than i ever have in the last 25 yrs. i couldnt even bring myself to call cadillac jacks on the phone to find out if they ever started up the game this sunday evening, i just assumed they didnt and couldnt get out of bed where id just got off the internet and laid down to read. (another reason i would never wish to own a kindle, the whole point of relaxing with a good book is to be off a computer screen). keeping 6-12 months worth of income in the bank at all times tends to remove the pressure to play every night too. but i would of course if the games existed. this being said, if i were still in vegas spending all my time playing poker, id never got around to sending off for those 2 documents. by the way the birth certificate arrived already and quite quickly. Being here feels like a vacation.

---written 1-2 days earlier---

this morning i lost $900 on the VBJ, but believe it or not overall im still up. $18,900 left. over $1500 of my profits here in deadwood came from the VBJ, no matter how many losing sessions ive had. theres so much snow and ice today the trolley isnt running, so unless i walk the 3 blocks to the VBJ, im staying indoors on ignition. but i might go to the family dollar soon to buy icecream sandwiches cheezits and cereal. which is slightly more than 3 blocks. i was down to $24 on ignition, then turned it into over $200 playing zappit BJ.

theres so many swings on the VBJ no matter u need 10x the bankroll u need for poker to make a little bit less per hour than what u would in poker. this is why being a BJ pro just isnt suitable for most people. if Ray would drive here, (he looked it up its 18 hours, i would think more) i would go not caring im paid up thru dec 20. we could hit up MSP and DM on the way home, plus burlington IA.

the hot works in the shower, but only for 5 minutes. the heat works in here, but i wish the TV cord wouldnt need to be so close to it, i worry my room will catch fire. lots of old building like this, everyone dies in one. including many old rooming houses where i lived, but the 2 which burned down werent when i lived in them. i didnt feel like going to play poker even if there were a game, my sleep hours so messed up, i feel tired at 5-6 pm which is when the game would probably start if it went, with the exception of wed and thrus. wed there is the morning game and u need to be there for this one.

i felt like leaviing today where there better weather, but too much ice. i wonder if the 7.19pm flight to phoenix was canceled tonight. its nonstop. unless u fly allegiant, everything is like $600 from here, with the exception of denver.

this old laptop falling apart, keeps saying 0% not charging, but plugged in. if it slips out 1 second it dies.

im really enjoying not being forced to go play poker every night if i dont feel like it, but i sure dont enjoy not being able to when i really would like to. mostly sun-tues.