Saturday, April 21, 2018

suncoast poker room closing

when im winning, i dont feel like updating the blog as much as when im losing. i spend more time at the tables (but move casinos more since i want to restart over for less so i dont give it all back) and am more tired when i get home. plus when im not losing, im not nearly as mad so i dont feel like i have something i need to get off my chest by blogging. im back to 16,000 and this is why i havent been posting for a week or so.

and the tooth will finally be fixed vince has me set up with an appointment for monday. its going to interfere with my move out time so ill need to pay a much higher daily price for a few days. we tried for sooner but the dentist was off last week.

and the suncoast is closing their room for good on sunday evening at 10pm, and must give out all of the bad beat BJ money of $21,000 by then so theyre giving it out 10am to 10pm friday-sunday. i was there friday and got a small piece of it, one $170 drawing. and one guy i invited on twitter i was in 25% with who showed up later also got me $42. they had both stud, omaha, and holdem going including even a NL game. usually its only $2-6. i got there much too early at 7.30 thinking it would only be 1-2 tables and all the seats would be full, but there ended up being like 60 people, diluting the worth of the drawing.

$170 drawings 2 per hour, and $2500 daily high hands. it will increase as it gets closer to sunday night closing.

out of food at home too, and i didnt think id need more but now since i wont feel up to moving out since the tooths not fixed yet and i was scheduled to do so monday morning, i feel i should add a few nights.still using from 2-4 aleve most days in the meantime. it comes and goes.

all the wins were on poker some days i made like $900 or so between the wynn and the nugget. i did win about $230 on live blackjack in the golden gate and $60 on live blackjack in el cortez. not too bad considering the last time i left the machine in the el cortez a couple weeks ago i only had 11,700 and then recovered over 400 in the wynn $2-5 later on the way home to where i never actually had below $12,000 once i got home.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

stud 8 at sams town.

i really would like out of vegas, but i shouldnt until my tooth is taken care of. what a horrible time for it to come up, right in california while im down to one of the lower points of the last few years. of course at that time it wasnt nearly as low as it is now (barely over $12,000) at the time it first started bothering me i still had almost $17,000.

Vince is now back from Reno and promised to take me to see the dentist on Friday, and if he could do it earlier, would probably be best. tonight he wanted to play stud hilow at samstown, and i didnt think the game would go but briefly we had 6 of us playing though most of the time not nearly this many. of course the $1 ante killed me since its high for stud and i mostly played stud without an ante in the early, mid and late 1990s. only the california players or high stakes players were used to playing with antes. but i left the game pissed while the others were still playing with only $20 left of my $100, saying i had to get out of there. hope it didnt embarrass Vince. i took the bus downtown. most of the money was lost on one big pot where i had AA and couldnt fold it as the lady who called my $12 bet on 3rd street had a low spade showing, caught the 10 of spades on 4th, an ace on 5th, i started checking, she started betting, and then got a low spades on 6th, i shouldve just folded. she had exactly what i thought, 3 low spades first 3 and made both the flush and the low by the end.

he wanted me to post it on twitter (and so did the floorman since theyre trying to do the game every Monday night and they need the players) but i was concerned MIB would see it and show up while i was there, so i didnt.

so i took the bus to the el cortez and the night got worse from there. i shouldve stayed on the bus to the nugget and played poker. but i felt like playing some VBJ. for a while all was well, in fact i recovered the loss at sams town. i kept playing when i shouldnt of however, partly annoyed by the 2 hookers or strippers or fremont street partly nude performers or maybe party pit dancers. i couldnt tell but the way they were dressed and how this girl was showing one guy her ass asking if he liked it and the way the girl with her was talking on the phone how she made $300 working and showing off a black guys picture with her cell to the whole casino she was live chatting with with a very annoying voice for 30 minutes or so, i was curious if she knew the 2 she was sitting next to. they came and sat at a machine close to a black guy and his wife or mother a bit older than the 2 girls were. but to see her bragging about making so much money and saying on the phone she is still working, set me on tilt because its so unfair how people doing something immoral to earn the money, (not sure what exactly) get paid so much better than people who do hard work for low pay. and how men cant earn that type of money.

so i played a long long time and eventually the big loss came up and i left with only $700 out of $2300 i came in the casino with. this is why carrying too much cash on me is horrible and why when leaving the wynn with $1169, i only took $369 of it home with me and put the rest in the box i originally went into the wynn to close out.

so i left the el c with $700 and took an uber to the wynn. and sat right down in the $1-3 and of course lost a big pot right off. had AA and bet $10, got reraised to $40 by a guy with well over $1000, and i just shoved my $110 buyin, what i still had which was close to all of it. flop comes KQT which i considered horrible seeing i put him on a big pair (which is what he had, JJ) turn comes A so i think maybe i am good. river blank. i knew he couldnt have one jack there unless he had two.

the flop scared me more than the turn since my read was he had a big pair. and i rebought, and at one point after moving to $2-5 when the $1-3 broke and still needed another addon, i was down to the final $300. i eventually somehow came back to $1169 after winning several hands, some of which i didnt expect. i decided to go and not try to double one more time to get even. so i won $460 in the wynn poker room, and more than that in the $2-5 game. too bad i played BJ, or id had a good night in spite of the $80 loss in samstown had i only played poker tonight.

although the 2 women into black guys and possibly bisexual too turned me off being so well paid, and too much tattoos and bling on them, i did see one girl in there who caught my eye who looked really broke and like she was looking for money or something. and i didnt see anyone with her. often in there i see panhandlers and usually they annoy me because its either a girl with a black guy or a guy, or someone with an attitude. but this girl i didnt see her panhandle no one, just looked like she was looking for money. now 2 other people they did ask for money. el cortez is full of them and i see the same ones get thrown out often. but this girl was very short and looked like she would really appreciate the help even if only $5.

i feel good knowing my laundry got done yesterday before i went for a ride with herbie to help him in some advantage play he gave me $50 out of it which i desperately needed or id not wanted to go for a ride in his car. but im in really bad shape. im sure when my tooth is fixed ill too feel a bit less stressed. of course once its paid, ill barely have $11,000 it is going to be very tough not to go below $10,000 and i thought i never would again. and my room ends on april 23 which isnt that far off now.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

How to be HAPPY while playing poker

There's no way to be happy while playing poker (when u are sweating the money on every hand) unless u are winning heavily of course while you're doing it.

i miss the old days (which will never exist again) in 2002-2003 of living in Butte MT when i first started playing online poker, beginning with Paradise poker, then Party poker, and of course pokerstars. when my rent was only $230 per month, it didnt take much in winnings to survive. (i see on craigslist rental prices in montana have gone way up since then). how i found a landlord to rent to me, ill never know since i had no job or credit and my total lifes savings at the time i arrived in Butte was less than $1000. i think the place was so desolate and he needed the money so he didnt ask much. i forgot what he asked, but i moved in rather easily but i did have to hookup the utilities in my name. funny thing, even this low of rent i left town, went to vegas not knowing i wasnt coming back, so i eventually got evicted and left unpaid bills.

That was a mistake, i had a decent setup without worrying about homelessness and i even lost a very old desktop computer by not coming back. and of course, my canadian birth certificate. they had poker in Butte MT too. live poker but it wasnt NL back then. it technically still isnt but it plays like NL with an $800 maximum pot size. but when i lived there, the betting was much much smaller.

the only city ive ever lived in that has zero hookers online and has no street prostitution anywhere but does have a live poker game on weekends at the strip club. (as far as i know--they mightve closed). i hear the dealer Derek later committed suicide.

How did i end up in Butte? well i was much younger in 2002 and i went to meet a girl from online who lived in Idaho falls. but i waited too long to meet her so even though she was willing to fool around, she had already met someone she had moved in with. she had been asking to see me for quite a while but i never came til it was too late. so i got back on the bus the next day in idaho falls and continued on north into Butte the closest place with poker.

i've not been with a woman in years since im old now, but i used to meet women when i was young. in fact when i was 17 and living on my own in KS in an apartment for $160 a month a couple miles from my moms house after i graduated high school a black woman at a laundrymat first introduced me to oral sex, her idea and totally free of charge. she was about 15-20 years older than me. and once i was committed to a relationship with Sue in Toledo (every relationship i had i felt committed to even if it only lasted a short time because otherwise id feel i was sinning). i refrained from cheating on her which is why i feel im an excellent catch compared to most men. most women pick and choose from things which dont really matter and all that really matters is will the guy love u and stick with u in the bad times. but i can think of at least 2 christian girls in their early 18-25 years who wanted to have sex i talked out of it since they were sinning since theyre Christians. most people wouldve considered me a fool for doing so.

i dont know why, but i seem to not use the restroom quite as often as i used to but i still cant have a steady stream just tiny amounts stopping and starting so something is still wrong, including my urine is much yellower than it was a few months ago. but im sleeping more hours in a row at nights now without continually waking up.

plus my tooth no longer needs advil like it did a few days in california. but i can feel it and its almost decayed away to nothing, though its not visible and needs removed and possibly the ones by it. its so far to the back left top side i cant tell. i can still tell the problem when drinking very cold water instead of a little bit warmer water. and i definitely cant eat ice cubes or ice cream. it definitely still needs done vince said he could next week when he is back from reno and tahoe.

at one time tonight in the wynn i was down to $13,500, the lowest id been in ages and certainly in 2018. but i recovered a little, only being out $179 for the night plus Uber fees and im still at $14,000 instead of $14,200.

so in closing, to be happy at poker, u need low cost of living, (rent or the equivalent) and it would nice if a good online site existed still but none do nor will they ever. the cash games are unbeatable on almost all sites and more bots than ever before in percentages left. only thing possible to win at is tournaments and very little. i sure miss putting in 12-16 hour sessions for very low stakes with very little montly living expenses and could talk and hang out with a woman i felt like understood me and was as different as i was. No matter how much Lorna from baton rouge or Britni from Portland used me for money. (or was her name Ruthe Pohl?)

losing steadily, and being an extra $5 hour winner and $2000 more total yearly winner a month ago than i am now doesnt make u happy but very stressful and im an idiot, picked back up a bad video poker habit out of frustration with not winning. were i not to have lost $412 on video poker in the wynn, id actually be up for the day. u see i lost $319 in the $1-3, went to play video poker, then returned and bought in the last $304 in the $2-5 and eventually left with $856. this is like the 4th video poker loss this week, the worst being over $400 in planet H the other day.

rich guys can always relax and be happy at poker since they can afford the massage absolutely every session they play since theyre not trying to make a profit. no one can beat the game for the $120 hour the massage cost in the long run. and if anyone has never read a book by Terri Blacklock, u should theyre quite good.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

I killed the golden goose

its been a disappointing ending to the month of March, and im only in the $14,000s instead of the $17,000s i was briefly in once while in california. at this rate ill be totally broke within 6 months.

around the first 2 weeks of the month i was up over $3500 for the month of March and when its all said and done, i won only $2600 for March at the rate of a measly $11 per hour. it was over twice this.

and im questioning every bet i make recently, feeling like im doing it wrong, and ill give u a few examples. Plus vince isnt in town he went to reno for 3 weeks with his girlfriend. this is why ive not heard back from him about the tooth.

and one guy at my table tonight, there with his sister and his family asked me if i still had a slot machine bounty. so i realized he was from the AVP forum days and he said he was Jcuse downtown rounder from there and his blog was called in the grind. he lost more than me on that table. i mostly lost on the other table. i cant even find the blog now that AVP forum no longer exists. no matter how much u search with the words poker blog, inthegrind, Jcuse or downtown rounder, no trace of it on the web.

i've done way too much in the way of good advertising for the nugget, mentioning its the best game in vegas on multiple sites and posts so now the game isnt so good, ive found more grinders playing lately and tighter tables than there were a few months ago. so i spoke and said too much i fear. People i dont even know (or at least know that i know) are making some monster laydowns on the river against me that are good, such as when the board was TT7QJ and i rivered JJJTT and he folded his 10 face up.

then the other night a guy in the poker palace NLV whod just given back most of his $1000 winnings was on tilt and went allin blind preflop. i called him with only Q6 when everyone folded to me but i convinced them since i never had to show that i had QT of hearts so id feel like less of a donkey and not ruin my image and he won with A9 high, no pair. but it cost me $260. still doesnt Q6 have a slight preflop edge over any 2 cards?

then i refused to participate in a $57 allin blind hand from everyone with no betting and checking to the river when the game was going to break in a few hands being the $57 stack wanted to do it. i was UTG and folded my Q7 of spades then they all went allin blind, turning them up 1 at a time after the river. the winner won with a spade flush, J4 of spades in his hand. wouldve been out of the hole and couldve left.

the final hand i participated in a $100 blind hand, same type which i lost, in a desperate attempt to get even since that definitely was the final hand.

and then tonight i shoved my A2 of spades on the flop into a $20 bet and call when i shouldve just not called the $8 preflop raise UTG but with 5 callers i felt obliged since i was tired and wanted to find a pot to win. then the flop comes 863 with 2 spades and i thought id either assure myself of seeing both cards, hitting the flush or the ace, or getting fold equity. of course he called with KK and i missed totally. took my last $200 and i quit.

then i called a shove earlier on the flop of 89T with 2 diamonds one heart and i had QT of hearts. he has AA and i missed. again i wanted to be even for the night. u see i wasted about 8 hours online at home before going to the casino and it was too many hours into the day to be playing.

and i didnt buy nearly enough food in walmart either, seems my $70 only got about 10 days supply instead of a months supply. but ill make sure to go their new hours to avoid such a long ride out to a much further walmart.

it sure was a lot easier to win in california than it is here, and i think in detroit too since if i went home down $100 or so i had no expenses so it wasnt that big of deal. so i took less huge losses. plus $300-500 losses are much bigger percentage wise when u have under 15k than 20k or so.

Friday, March 30, 2018

a bitter disappointment after reaching the final table

Same as i always agree to chop the blinds preflop no matter what in a cash game (it doesnt matter if i have a BBJ hand or even if im playing HU with a guy) i always agree to pay the bubble in tournaments too, and i feel both of these are pretty standard in most poker rooms. in fact always chopping in cash game BvsB situations should be required by management to prevent angleshooting and arguing.

so even though ive got 160,000 in chips and am either the biggest or the 2nd biggest stack, with 4-5 of us over 100,000 and the rest as low as about 15,000 to a few others about 50-75,000 i of course said sure when the rest of the table (or at least a few) said lets pay all the players instead of 8 when we made the final table.

alysia chang brought me there from the stratosphere and i went to hang out in a tourney with her and see who did best. she had already busted out early and i was very short on chips at the time, at one point with only 1500 chips. somehow i recovered with several pieces of pots in a very short period of time to about 45000 in chips and never looked back.

id given back a little but still had over 130000 when the blinds were at 5000-10000 and the bets 10k 20k. first let me say the orleans has a very good structure. late into the tourney the blinds go up extremely slow increments which keeps it from being a crapshoot late into the tourney, which of course i never knew before, not being a tourney regular. for example 2000-4000 2500-5000 3000-6000 4000-8000 5000-10,000. u will notice this is much much slower than most who just want to end the tourney.

then this hand happened. i had AA37 single suited. and i reraised to 30k preflop, then it got capped at 50k. flop comes 885 with 2 spades and ive got the ace of spades but no mate for it. he checks i bet he check raises. and i got to call its a limit game too much invested. and he did not have an 8.

turn comes 4 of spades, river 6. and he bets both streets and then wins with AA72 with 72 of spades. scooped the whole pot, left me with only 36,000. which i lost in the next few hands, busting me in 9th, on the bubble for only $20 profit. just making it to 8th wouldve made me $108 profit instead of $20, and first paid over $1093. so i was quite disappointed. i dont see where i shouldve quit raising preflop or folded with so much in.

used Uber pool to go home and now im fixing food and quite tired.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Back in las vegas

how much money would most of u be comfortable moving to vegas with (to only play poker without any other income, or without a way to replace it if u lost?) and how large a percentage of it would u feel comfortable having in front of you in chips at one time?

when i was young age 21 to 30, believe me i often went broke, and i had a lot of it on the table when my total bankroll was under $500 a lot of the time back in the $1-3 and $1-5 STUD days with no ante. i see many 2+2 posts of guys who come to vegas and try to survive, pay rent, and never go broke with far less than $10,000 too, though its not the wisest thing to do. but no one is wise when theyre that young. why do u think the youngest people vote more liberal?

and of course back then i was satisfied with very crime ridden housing and living conditions, which id be terrified to live in nowdays that ive become old. but of course i didnt see it as no worse than sleeping outdoors. i waste way too much on rent and it puts enormous stress on me but if i was living in a very bad area of vegas for $500 a month instead of the $1400 or so per month i normally pay nowdays, id never be able to sleep peacefully. and since i do have decent housing i spend way too much time there, never leaving and getting in as many hours as i should because i hate to see the place go to waste without me being inside, as much as its costing me.

im very worried about my future. im not winning nearly enough to support myself and ive only got 14,400 left and it will drop a bit more once i pay a dentist. and 14.400 is worth only about a third as much as it was in 2003-2010.
-----written before i left----

i couldnt cook anything in my hotel room without buying dishsoap first so i stopped at CVS pharmacy near the wynn on the way home when i left the wynn stuck $300. i reopened a safe deposit box there. the other day when i first got to town i bought a months or at least a 2 weeks supply of food at walmart but i didnt realize the one at charleston and decatur is no longer 24 hours and neither are a lot of others. they all started closing at midnite. so i had to go way out and it cost me a shitload extra in uber fees, and then i forgot to buy dishsoap. and i would swear i put 2 microwave containers in my shopping cart and when i got home i only had 1. so when it got used once i could no longer cook in it without dishsoap. i did remember to buy more stainless steel spoons so i have 8 instead of 2 so those wont need washed continously. im down now to only 14,100

i had AK and a new asian guy had just sat on my immediate right and was one of the only 2 deepstacked guys in my wynn game tonight, not as many $500 buyins as usual. i had been winning too, was in the game for $158 (one $38 addon when low) and had finally won a big pot off a new guy from los angelos who was playing loose, in fact i was in seat 3 and seat 1,2 and 4 were all from los angeles. flop was 228 he had 10 10 and i doubled up with AA. so i had $317 in front of me and had given back a little when the ak hand occured.

flop was A78 with 2 hearts, he checked and i bet $55. which was about the amount in the pot preflop. one guy calls and he check raises over $500 allin. now usually people are on the flush draw and i thought maybe hes seen me fold too much so i felt obligated to call. the other guy finally folded face up (in turn however) JQ of hearts which surprised me. i lost though the asian guy had 777. i was hoping he had a missed draw or AK or AQ.

not being sure if i was playing good or bad i left and then wasted over $100 more on the video poker where i often won in the past when losing in the poker room but not tonight.

i still have not heard back from vince as to when would be the proper time for him to take me to the dentist since they are legally required to make sure u have someone with u when u undergo IV sedation. not only do they have to drive u home from the dentist they have to make sure u are okay and hang out til the procedure is over.

i shouldve bought some pills too for toothache but i forgot which kind did the most good, i think it was either advil or aleve. sometimes it dont bother me and sometimes it does and it will only do it more and more til i get in to see him.

i wouldve kept playing but i feel my roll is too low to take big swings and i hate putting more than 1% of my roll at risk or losing more than 2% a day. it's because unlike for most my money is irreplaceable and im much older than most of the players who depend on it for income.

Friday, March 23, 2018

getting ready to leave Lake elsinore

I started buying in for a lot more than $40, and its because im no longer at the high water mark since leaving Vegas, and ive been trying to get back to the high water mark, so i feel emotionally stuck every time i sit down, and its sure affecting my results. i think i was winning a lot more when i bought in $40. probably because i was seeing so hands with a 60-40 edge for $40 each. IMAGINE THE EDGE IF SOMEONE COULD PLAY 100 BLACKJACK HANDS AT 60-40 EDGE OR BETTER. u see a 60-40 edge is much stronger than many think it is.

Plus i needed to wash my laundry so badly tonight, i couldnt play well with it being on my mind. i was in too much of a hurry to win a big pot so i could go do it. and also im tired of not having my own place with a refridgerator that actually works correctly, not freezing the food or spoiling the milk. and i want a full size freezer and microwave. living in extended stay americas has spoiled me. and ive not gotten a single 40% off email since and i did finally get one 30% off, but they always want to try to force u to book immediately even though u dont have to use it immediately they fix it so it will expire within 48 hours which is bullshit. because of this, they lose a lot of business because i will ignore it instead of saving it for later to use. if its less than 40% off its still too high. i remember once late last year i got 50% off coupon, and its the only one i ever got in my life but i didnt need it at the time. i either already had a place or was with Ray at the time.

then i was hungry too but ive used up so many comps eating food in the past few days i think ive hardly got none left. (although i finally ordered chicken tenders and fries for $9 after losing over $400 and quitting to go to my room, and to wash laundry upstairs) i still had enough but do the math, i usually get in less than 6-8 hours of poker per day here so im not even earning $10 per day in comps and im spending more than this except for the first few days where i just let the comps pile up before i started ordering food a few days later.

i just took the clothes out of the washer and put them in the dryer so its slowly getting done. at least all i have to do is walk upstairs to the 2nd floor of the hotel. and thank God the vending machine worked tonight to buy the detergent. the last time it didnt but the front desk clerk managed to get my detergent.

how did i manage to lose $420 tonight? for the first time since coming to live at Lake elsinore, im finally winning less per hour here ($18) than at the golden nugget ($19). and yet the blinds being $2 and $3 theyre higher here. but ive never won more in higher blinds game than i do in $1-2. i once was winning $31 per hour here, but with such a small sample size its fluctuating pretty wildly. these results are for 2018 only, the nugget 2017 yearly was much less.

so i bought in for $220 when i sat and i feel this was my first mistake, not buying in for the minimum. but i needed the money since i was still over $400 off my high water mark about a week or so ago. (right before i sent my mother her gift, i was over $17,100). when i buy in for more than im emotionally comfortable losing i cant play my best. unlike the vast majority of players, the smaller my buyin is, the easier it is for me to take it seriously and play my best poker without being stressed over the stakes. Plus id rather be playing video Blackjack, which of course doesnt exist here. i even went to Cuahilla in anza yesterday morning and checked it out, the dealers angels is gone and the new machine is an interblock VBJ but at least its 3-2 unlike some of the vegas ones. of course its still using 8 decks and shuffling every hand. i spent over $120 in uber fares there and back, but i did recover it while playing the machine checking to see if it gives points. it does but very little. i got $25 for signing up as a new member.

i hate it when the staff allows a lot of things at the poker table. mostly when they allow players to ask for setups, etc. or when they allow players to talk on the phone while at the table. but another thing that bugs me that isnt banned by any poker room to my knowledge is letting people wear sunglasses at the table. why? i guess because it always makes u feel the player is staring directly at u and not the guy next to u, or the TV behind u, because u cant fucking tell. even if u arent in the hand, u feel this. its not actually helping them win and is why most people dont wear them except the ones all those of us make fun of on 2+2 for wearing them. (they think they should only be worn in much higher stakes than usual).

so i see the flop with AT of clubs i think i made a small raise preflop in early or mid position. multiple callers (maybe 4 i cant remember) and the flop comes Th5h3c with one club. i bet but i forget how much but a decent amount. 2 guys call including the guy with the glasses. theres 2 hearts on the board so i worry about draws instead of just better made hands.

turn comes 5c so now theres 2 flush draws and mine is ace high. plus ive got top pair with the ace. sure i lose to better made hands, but i sure dont want to give free cards as many cards as could hurt me with the wrong flush, straights i wouldnt see coming and overcards to my top pair. so its best to bet so im allin. after going allin i ask him if he could remove the sunglasses so i could get a read on him to know if im ahead so my face wont give my hand away. truthfully though, they were tilting the hell out of me and i wanted to see if he was one of the regulars or not ive played with. i hate the way when someone wears them i never know who they are but they know who i am. he doesnt but calls after the others were wondering why id need a read on him once im already allin. all he has is the smaller flush draw in the other suit and a pair of  threes with his 34 of hearts. of course, it comes in for him on the river and im busted.

still feeling like i played it correctly by getting the money in with way the best of it but feeling like a great injustice was done and he didnt deserve to win and wishing i could pay someone $100 to physically force him to take off the glasses, i rebuy $300 and im now on tilt. then i started shoving or calling raises or raising looser than i wouldve been had i not been stuck. and when i finally quit to wash clothes i was down to $103 of my $520. this was after folding JJ on a board where im still wondering if i was bluffed. i feel the guy who won that pot is one of the better regulars who play here and couldve been making moves since i looked like the donkey. i often got KQ suited too and whiffed every time after making a raise preflop. the way they take the rake in california u should raise more than normal preflop but its better to just shortstack and get it all in. and if u cant shortstack then u need to have everyone covered with $500-1500 and the roll to support it where u wont play scared. (no middle sized normal vegas sized buyins of $300 i mean).

i found out tonight one of the pit bosses here on the night shift is reading my blog along with a couple of others here. and i need to get out of here before too long. no point is wasting this much on motels if im not going to earn $30 per hour in the long run. i dont feel i can go anywhere other than vegas because ill need dental care very soon since this one tooth is feeling very sensitive to temperatures. because i found the cheapest IV sedation for only $250 in vegas, which is where i last went with vince in vegas about a year ago.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

well u cant win $30 an hour forever

several times, i've ran my roll up quite well here in california, only to see it start going down very quickly if the cards arent running my way. especially now that im unable to play anything but poker. (sure theres sucker games but the odds are less than vegas, so im not tempted). i ran myself back to $16,300 from $14,900 in the commerce and then it quickly started disappearing and i ended up coming to a different part of california with only $15,000.

the other day, after paying for friday, saturday and sunday nights hotel and after some bad luck on friday, at one point i was down almost $900. but then i managed to recover. in fact less than 24 hours ago, i briefly had over $17,100 at one point before i mailed my mother her gift. she turns 76 on march the 25th.

but today, after buying $50 worth of bitcoin online, more hotel expenses renewed, and then 2 horrible sessions, one a drop of $180 last night where i found myself losing patience no longer able to fold 99% of hands preflop as is recommended, and then a drop of $300 right now, i had to quit and return to my cave of safety. (my hotel room).

im back to only $16,400 again from $17,100. i had more than this almost a week ago when i first hit the $16,800 mark since leaving commerce. i feel like im getting basically nowhere. my phone still shows even with this loss, ive won $3000 for march but ive gotten nowhere near $3000 of the money back i blew at hoover dam. And i dont feel i belong here really. i wish Ray would come and id be willing to cover the cost of weekly car rental if he preferred to fly, but if he wont, guess i need to return to his house.

theres a guy who spends lots of time on his phone and he was in seat 10 next to me. i accidently seen his paypal balance was over 1.2 million when he was making a payment to someone but i kept silent. he most likely got the money by growing weed. how else do these guys much younger than me get the bankroll to play so wild?

anyway he kept straddling but ONLY when UTG never anywhere else (which is all this particular room allows). i got tired of seeing so many limps for $6, and then me having to fold for $3 more because if i limped, he might raise. finally i took a stand with K9 of hearts after not seeing a hand in ages and losing my patience to wait, because i feel like im "not playing aggressively enough". i made it $62, he shoves his remaining $50 more on top, everyone folds to me and i called, turned out hes got AA in his straddle but how would i have known this? i never showed my hand and swore i had a big pair because i wanted to try it in the future against other players where its not a cold deck setup of AA.

then about 10 minutes later i got K9 suited again. theres tons of $6 limps (man is this common in this game) and i shoved again, on the button this time. and again a guy has aa. different guy. i left, and im so glad i know God and am afraid of violence. it keeps me from losing it completely like so many do today who u only hear about on the news once its too late to save them. going to my room and listening to soothing gospel music on utube relaxes me. writing relaxes me too.

i dont want to just sit in my room, but i sure need to be able to sit back and fold again, almost every hand. i wish i could find a bigger game or different game but theres no list for it today and the PLO dont go today. nor do i want to play the 6-5 BJ here with california rules.

plus im coughing a lot though i no longer feel sick like i did 2 days ago. but the flem deep down in the throat i feel like i keep choking on and it just wont come out. so its making me miserable too and probably the others at the table uncomfortable. not one person said a word today but it did bother one old man yesterday. not only that my teeth are feeling sore at times around cold liquid or ice but i cant tell which ones are the sore ones. i was surprised tonight to sleep about 6 straight hours before waking up to use the bathroom, its been a while, i often wake up every 2 hours or less.

the ONLY legitimate reason to not leave california was the $30 hourly rate i was achieving in the first 75 hours or so. but its down a lot now, but i still think it could be over the long run since thats only 10 BB per hour which should be achievable from everything i read and or heard from pokerdogg.

whenever i do have a stable address, theres some things mom is planning to send to help me with getting citizenship that agsweep says might be of assistance.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

why am i still here?

when i left vegas, i had a little bit less than $15,000 left and being the lowest id been in quite some time, i didnt feel like i was doing well at all, and its kind of why i left. mostly was because of the $3700 loss at Hoover dam about a week prior.

and when i left the Commerce it was after 2 awful days where i went from $16,300 to $15,200 (and once i paid the Uber and hotel charges upon relocating) was left with $15,026.

since then ive been playing pretty much exclusively $2-3 NL with a $40-300 buyin. and my records show ive won about $2000, and some of this went on hotel and other expenses. but im still back up to $16,545 so ive found out something i never knew before. that is to say even with the huge $5+1 upfront drop plus $1 on the river, the rake is still beatable if the action is really loose. you would think the huge drop upfront would make the rake unbeatable, but im winning pretty substantially for the small sample size of 7-8 days. i mightve spent much more time in california had i realized this in the last 15 years. i also thought the cost of motel rooms would make the games unplayable. I'm paying $63 during the week most of the time and $90 on most weekends.

I still however would rather be where Ray is at, but im too lazy to take a long flight, spend hours getting to the airport, or pay well over $100 in Uber fares to get to an airport. then too i worry i wouldnt be allowed on the flight though i think one TSA employee told me my id would still be good til late this year. thats why i wish i could convince him to drive or fly here. he could use his credit cards so it basically wouldnt cost him anything. it would be good for him to have a vacation and he would win more here too i think.

yeah when someone doesnt have a place to go to, or a car, its hard for them to voluntarily pack up their bags and move out without nowhere to put anything and high expenses at 11am, this is why i keep renewing the room.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

it never rains in southern california

let me tell u a few things about the cardroom and the motel next door im now living out of in the san diego area.

1. there is a laundrymat on the 2nd floor, which im in the middle of washing clothes now and yes they were able to sell me detergent also. i have to wash clothes more often now since this smaller suitcase barely holds 12 shirts and 2 pants and only if theyre clean and folded.

2. there is a big size grocery store within 3 blocks but the fact they charge 20c for grocery bags via state law reminds me of why i despise enviromentalists so much. enviromentalists have caused a lot of poverty and homelessness in this country, killing jobs whereever they go. Thank God our current president cares so much about the poor.

3. no more commuting with uber paying multiple fees. like for example the $76 it costs me to get here from the hotel i was at by the commerce.

4. the minimum buyin in the NL game is $40, the maximum is $300. the blinds are $2-3. the drop is $1 jackpot, $5 on the flop (if 7 or more players) and $1 on the river. this would cause many of u to think it must not be possible to beat the rake, but im up over $900 in the first 3 days of playing. (although of course a lot of that got spent to live). often by the time theres only 1 table left in the middle of the night, theres multiple stacks over $1000 on the table. and no one folds preflop much. for example i raised it to $33 with AK suited and got 6 callers and the winner had 78 offsuit on a flop of 77A. i avoided trouble of course by buying in $40 the first time, and slightly more once i started losing

5. overall ive quit the game up every single time since coming here, but i have made additional and bigger sized buyins to do it sometimes.

6. last night i watched the security tase a guy who was creating a problem at the bar. they called the cops and held him til they arrived.

7. i have a refridgerator in my room and there is a freezer in it, but no microwave. the front desk has a microwave though u can use. the hot water works very good in the shower compared to most older hotels. the hotel will give u a free breakfast every morning 6-9am but its basically just fruit and a bowl of cereal.

8. ive ran into at least 2 people who know of who i was from my blog and have played with me before in vegas at the nugget. i would swear the black guy from the trooper video is playing in this room too, on a regular basis. though im not comfortable asking if he is him.

im still not getting in nearly enough hours per day, a true professional must play at least 50 hours a week if he wants to grow a roll same as he would on any other job. and once i get ahead i just want to walk back up the street to my hotel and quit. although i've tried to refrain from hitting and running til i get up at least $200 or more, because if i quit too soon, i wont ever be able to have really big winning sessions.

how do u best get around the huge rake they take upfront in california? for any of u who regularly play in california, do u notice the often small size raises of like $6 or $9 preflop much more often than in vegas with these sized blinds? it seems people do it so the pot wont be too short once the upfront rake is taken out but it sure makes me keep folding my BB. i would think a good player could take advantage of this by limping early with the intention of check raising, but then u get screwed big time if no one else raises or only 3-4 see the flop. im specifically looking for advice on hands like JT QT, etc in late position where raising to steal is kind of pointless if it dont succeed. unlike in vegas if u get 1 caller and he folds on the flop to your continuation bet, u just paid a huge drop u wouldnt have paid in vegas.

there is also other and bigger games here with 5'/5 blinds, including omaha,  but i cannot mentally bring myself to play games with more in blinds than i absolutely must. i just dont feel ill be able to play without the stakes stressing me out. its only when i am losing a lot can i play those games and still play my best.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

big losses so i left the commerce and ran

Lightning asked me if i was going to take a big drop in PLO soon due to the high variance. well the other day i was up to $16,300, the highest id had since id left vegas with $14,900 or $14,800. today, after paying for a room in a different hotel thats good til thursday 11am checkout, im left with only $15,000. i had 2 bad days in a row, and a few other living expenses. such as uber, hotel, etc.

$15000 was what i had after the $3700 drop at hoover dam, and at one point after this, i briefly was down to $13,800 in vegas (this was after losing in plo at the wynn and closing the box and one bad night in the nugget). after taking a dump of a room for 1 more week in vegas after checking out of the nugget, i mostly recovered, remember $600 of the recovery was on a return trip to hoover dam.

let me talk about a few PLO hands i didnt get a chance to play it tonight for by the time i arrived in the Commerce, the game wasnt going so i wasted the whole night in NL. never even played stud. i would play the $8-16 mix stud8 big 0, except the $2 ante feels too steep, the $6 per hand rake feels too steep, and never having been a fixed limit player, im not sure if the rake is beatable in $8-16 fixed limit like it is in the $40 max buyin NL. wonder if other regulars would know which games the rakes beatable in?

yesterday though i got to play $100-400 buyin PLO high only $1-2 blinds. and i originally bought in for $100, then slowly began rebuying for more. within 30 minutes of sitting down id lost my buyin 3 times, then finally rebought $400 and lost it too. normally within 30 minutes, i havent even got to see the flop 3 times.

the final hand i had TQ of one suit and JQ of another suit. im on the button and id just rebought $400. i made it $25 on the button, the rich asian other end of the table with over $1500 in front of him called whose very loose. the short stack on my right bets $80 allin with only AA24 offsuit, not that good of hand in high only. so because he is allin, i shoved to get rid of the loose player and if God forbid i get called ive got quite a few possibilities. the guy calls my preflop shove and we get it allin preflop against his KT9 of hearts and offsuit 4. wouldnt u know it the flop comes ace hi with 3 hearts and he has the nut flush. the other guy lost too cause the board didnt pair up. this is when i left the game, not sure what to play, ended up recovering $150 in $20-40 stud, left when it got down to 2 of us and $90 in $40 NL.

i dont understand why so many of u dont see why i should play $40 NL. the players are so bad its easy to beat, and though $40 is the max buyin, u often have stacks of several hundred in front of the players. all the better players are in bigger games, so u have all the fish to yourself. and u can actually relax and have fun without sweating the blinds. i dont mind buying in much more than $40 in vegas but thats because the blinds are only $1-2. california's $3-5 and $5-5 blinds im not used to and i cant play well when im stressed out over the blinds slowly wiping out my stacks. this is why i eventually lost my last $363 tonight. i played bad when i sat in the $300-500 NL for $363 with the $5-5 blinds due to already being stuck $250 in the $100 NL when id lost my buyin 3 times. with good hands at first. including KK when i first sat down.

the other PLO hands i lost once i had AAJ4 double suited and missed and of course it was allin preflop. the other time i had 3456 double suited and flopped 2 pair and the open ender and i got rivered by a guy with only aa when an ace comes on the end. i dont remember the hand the 3rd time but im sure i had another monster that time too. so my PLO winrate is down to $19 per hour from being well above $80 per hour for 2018.

will come back to my room and sleep but first im going to get my free breakfast this hotel offers. will be out to play poker later this evening. hopefully ill do better elsewhere. might return to vegas soon, or go to arizona or new mexico. tucson, yuma, san diego.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

weird poker room at the commerce (the people in it)

I didnt realize it had been so LONG since i last updated the blog, but i guess its time for an update. Luckily, the big drop the other night (mostly in the $20-40 stud) from $15,000 to $14,397 has been recovered, since im now back over $15,500. I'm almost back to what i had before i paid for a week in my hotel, which is close to being up. i finally got a chance to play $100-400 buyin $1-2 blinds PLO high again tonight and i at the highest point was up  $415 and eventually left the game up $276 and then moved to $40 NL where i sat the rest of the night til it got light outside and eventually lost back another $72. Here is a picture of me in the game, the guy in seat 3 next to the Asian guy is the guy i kept referring to as "judge Roy Moore" because the girl next to him (the previous night) looked about 16 he was kissing and making out with, and she seemed to be from eastern europe somewhere. he also had this weird sexual fetish about being fed from her by a spoon as he had her do it to him repeatedly.(they ordered food) and he just would not stop winning. he was up far over $2000 at one point, and i left because i felt i was "playing scared" i was folding hands like KKJ7 double suited on flops such as 69Q where he would bet heavy when checked to him with 2 of the wrong suit on the board. if it were HU, id been more inclined to call or if i wouldve had a much smaller stack.

i dont know why im not winning in $20-40 stud, i used to win in $1-5 stud in the 1990s. the first 2 times i was winning, $300 once and $100 once. but the other day i dropped $774 and the last time i played i dropped $47. im down about 1 big bet per hour overall instead of winning the $40 per hour im supposed to. i only play it because with my high hotel costs, i need a game where i can win $40 per hour, and $12,000 is supposed to be the proper bankroll for any type of $20-40 fixed limit game, which i have more than. i bet the reason why i cant win is the $10 insanely high half hour time charge. or maybe too small of sample size is more likely.

some of this was written on the previous day, so pay no attention to things saying things like "tonight". and heres what im wondering. my records might be messed up because i dont name things the way california does, so all of my $1-2 NL poker sessions are logged in as $1-2 NL instead of $40 NL. but im sure the initial buyin size affects the potential hourly. even on weekends, the $1-2 PLO doesnt go around the clock, but i did manage to win $99 more before it broke. also i ended up sitting next to a guy also living out of a weekly motel in my $40 NL game for over $200 less per week and actually a little closer. but id kind of like to leave this area and check out the rest of california, but there sure are lots of different choices of games to play here. except for the $1-2 PLO, i still have no idea what limit or stakes i should be playing. all the normal games like $100 NL, $200 NL and $300-500 NL, and $500-1500 NL, im not as comfortable experimenting with, because im just not ever used to playing higher than $1-2 in blinds its been 25 yrs now and this is really holding me back from growing a decent bankroll, or covering my cost of living expenses. one thing im saving a lot on here is tipping the dealers since i dont see any of them as friends which i see everyday like i do at my main rooms in vegas, reno, shreveport, detroit, etc. but i still do it every once in a while. plus these casinos are so racist in their hiring practices 90% of them are asian, very few whites, blacks, and mexicans dealing. theres only 1 good looking black girl giving massages, and no whites or mexicans. nothing but asians and ive never got one even though its half price here. i just cannot bring myself to turn loose of any money. not even to the girl in the gas station at the cash register i suspected might of been "working" not far from my motel. she was buying a bottled water, same as me.

at least i finally got Vince his $60 paid for the phone bill, but i wish he would have an empty place to stay open up. I wouldnt mind living back at Rays but the commute takes over 90 minutes a day and its such a long place to get to. i wish he would come out this way.

I should leave town but instead i extended my week by 2 more nights today, (to put the decision off til later) why did i do this when i dont really want to be paying 85% of my income on rent? well for 1 thing, i dont think the lower cost hotel would be as safe and have as good of wifi. and also i think the commerce is a better place to play than some of the other casinos as far as choices of many different games and beatable games. what im trying to get across, is the lower stakes players here in the commerce, theyre awful at poker. (and awful human beings too for the most part). notice this ad for a place to rent cheaply in california next to the lake elsinore casino. am i understanding it right or do u need an RV and this is space only? its unbelievably cheap for california and within walking distance of a poker room. of course im sure they would refuse even if i prepaid 6 months, which would take too much out of the roll. plus i think this room sucks, ive never got a chance to go there but it seems about 4-5am only 1-2 games exist, sometimes none. not sure if any of the readers are familiar with it either.

yeah its hard to move when i always want to lie down and sleep about the time for checking out of a motel/hotel when i like to sleep like 10am to 7pm. its SOO much easier to just renew the room than pack all my stuff and then have no where to go and be dead tired. otherwise this morning id have looked for the back into vegas, the airport in los angeles, the amtrak downtown los angeles, or the 830am tour bus to pechanga from the CVS pharmacy in downey. this also makes it difficult to look for a better hotel. and storing your luggage in the commerce isnt easy unless u are a hotel guest. if u are, no questions. but if u are not, u cannot store a laptop, or dirty laundry and almost everyones luggage has this. no one only keeps their clean shirts and throws the dirty ones out instead of repacking them in the suitcase. and no "real" casino checks to make sure u dont include any type of electronics or keys or food or dirty clothes in your stuff for them to hold except for the commerce. this effects almost no one but me, for others hold these type of things in the trunk of their car this is why theres no big outcry from others who need this service. hawaaain gardens will hold any type of luggage but their room sucks. no PLO and almost all holdem.

its very difficult for my game of choice to break everyday because others run every time it gets short. God wants us to have love in your hearts for others or he says we arent truly followers of him. but i personally am unable to tolerate all the BS from others without it making me too upset. i think its due to my advanced age, and to still be as broke as i am this many years of playing poker everyday for a living, without ever a day of vacation. sometimes i wish i could eliminate all the people in the poker room who prefer 9-10 handed games to 4-6 handed games. i get tired of moving to table to table with games constantly breaking, usually right after ive wasted money posting the BB. i dont know why this bothers me so much but i get really upset about it. i remember being banned at the Oaks club near san Jose due to making such a big deal over a game breaking up and the staff was tired of dealing with me. i just feel like guys with money care about nothing but what they want and nothing about what any of the other players might want, whove waited 2 hours or more to sit and then only get to play for 20 minutes before it breaks. theyve got the money to move to bigger limit games i dont.

the game is more FUN with less players because u dont have to fold so often. u also get to pay less rake. but none of them have an IQ over 70 so they can understand this. the players i used to play with online in the old days all preferred no more than 6 people to a table for the most part, so its very difficult for me to understand why live players feel differently and i wish a 6 max online player would explain in the comments why he suddenly wants it different when hes playing live. most online players wont even play unless its HU, which i always felt was a stupid way to play.

this was written all out of order, so bear with me when reading it. and i might as well go ahead and hit submit since it needs updated

Sunday, February 25, 2018

no longer within the state of Nevada

well i decided to get out of vegas yesterday, and surprisingly enough it only cost me $10 to do so. (not counting some Uber costs later on). I increased my roll a bit since leaving playing poker, but its mostly all been spent on hotel costs, and today i finally found a place where i could wash my laundry and where the wifi would work. Not bad, and for less than $800 a week.

Of course, im looking to pay less which i think i will do once i get to a destination a bit further away where i wanted to check something out. (possibly find decent housing when i get there for under $1000 a month). It too, would be in california.

i shouldve gotten off the bus in monterey Park but i didnt realize it would closer, so i got off at the last stop. Then i paid more for Uber than i otherwise would've and it let me off in not the best neighborhood to be in downtown LA at night. (the bus, not the Uber).

rode out to the casino and played $40 NL, $200 NL, $8-16 mix stud8 and bigO, $20-40 stud, and $1-2 blinds $100-400 buyin PLO over the weekend. no other games or limits did i play, although in a different poker room ill be at later tonight, i will be playing a different game. and its shocking that this many years later (and even in the high limit section) still no phone chargers at the tables. Rob needs to try to fix this since he lives nearby with a lot of power even though for some odd reason he dont play here i think.

i won $17 in the $40 NL ($40 maximum buyin) lost $100 in the $200 NL, lost $150 in the stud8 big0 mix, won $300 in the $20-40 stud, and won the vast majority of the money in PLO. (i didnt play, but theres much much higher stakes PLO here too, quite a bit of it in fact). but the $650 i did win in the $1-2 blinds $100 minimum buyin PLO, $400 max buyin. its the BEST game to play in at the Commerce, and the only game u can beat the rake in and feels like playing in las vegas. By feels like playing in las vegas i mean the blinds are $1-2 instead of $3-5 (the $200 buyin NL) and u can still buyin DEEP. the other game where the blinds are $1-2 (the NL holdem) u cant buyin for more than $40.

the only thing i found offensive is they increased the time charge to $10 every half hour in the $20-40 stud. much much higher than anywhere else in the country. seems so many call the $5 to bring it in in PLO u dont notice the rake as much. im the only one who folds my $2 unraised BB all the time. most call out of position with junk in the blinds, particularly seattle irish. and this is where i get my edge. not only this, they got rid of the free food in the high limit section too i was told, find this must be some kind of mistake. maybe they only got rid of it for $20-40 stud?

i wonder if any of the other rooms in cali offer phone chargers at the tables? or if Rob would know? to ride the train to reno would only be $80 from los angeles, but it puts u on a bus into Bakersfield first. theres plenty of allegiant flights out of their airport too.

i heard the big0 high highlow mix is now being held at Hollywood park but ive not yet checked this out. its no longer in the commerce. of course, theyre not on the bravo as most rooms in this area arent. im still not sure which room is closest to the lower priced motels but im thinking its in the Stanton area, which i assume is closest to Hawaaiian gardens. of course lake elsinore and el Cajon is lower priced hotels too, and El cajon is ideal for me kind of like the very short walk in lake elsinore, simply because el cajon has tons of tour buses to the rooms

ive still got 2 books left of mine unread too and im only carrying about 10 shirts now and 2 pants. no room in the suitcase. and ive still got $14,800 left too. this doesnt sound that good, until u remember i was briefly down to $13,800 once in vegas. recovered some of it in vegas and some of it here. but my expenses are killing me. but theres no vbj machines around here i know of.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

how NOT to play 10-5 offsuit.

if im not going to win at poker, why play it? ill play the type of games i enjoy playing for a living, regardless of whether or not my bankroll is better suited (and ill make a lot bigger hourly) playing NL.

Yes i feel like im making NOTHING because im now only making $17 an hour in all forms and stakes of poker in 2018. u see, i was making $21 an hour. this is due to last nights $722 lost in a game with tons of deep stacks where i never won a pot once i moved from a broken game about midnite to 1 am and eventually left about 5.30 am. (the game i got pissed at the drunk, who i think mightve been partly an act). (discussed it last nite on twitter).

this is still better than last years $10.62 per hour so should i really let it bother me? but as old as ive gotten, (i will be 50 within less than a year now) and as much as the cost of rentals has increased since the early 2000s and 2010s, i really feel like u need about $20 per hour to live off of. i dont feel earning $50,000 a year is so rich anymore, except for good with good enough credit to have a low cost of shelter. i think u need about $60-100 thousand to be rich.

its too bad all the online sites suck, for if pokerstars was still an option, at least i wouldnt have to deal with the other players annoying personalities when i sit down in a live game. like the way 2 europeans (who i didnt even realize were together at first) got up to eat, breaking my game because some of the others wouldnt play 5 handed, and since there were no seats and plenty of stacks of those taking a break the floor waited to fill the game instead of giving us seats. which is fine with me because i wanted to stay in a corner seat and i dont like playing at a full table when im stuck and trying to get even because i feel it makes it harder and take a lot longer to do so because in a full table u get to play LESS hands, which makes the game less fun. i only dont mind a full table when way up and feel like nitting it up to protect the profits.

essentially what happened was so many got up to take a break, the 2-3 of us remaining sitting there waiting were waiting about 15 minutes before enough returned or newly sat to restart the game up with 5, which immediately became 7 within 2 hands.

so here is the final hand i lost on tonight and i really dont feel i played it badly, (at least the LAG players wont think i did). some of the nits will think i did. i hadnt made any moves all evening, and i knew by then whose straddling and whose raising their straddles and who isnt. i was stuck about $250 of $500 worth of buyins. first one $200 and second one $300. i only bought in for more tonight instead of the usual $120 because of the big loss last night and i was thinking maybe i wasnt buying in enough when first sitting down. in other words if u cant afford a $200 or $300 buyin with a $14,400 roll when CAN u afford a buyin that large? i also thought instead of making a 3rd buyin for a big amount like i did yesterday ($122, $160, $440) maybe i should quit the game (which i did) after just 2 buyins. so now im $13,900 first time ive been in the $13,000s for a year or more i think.

im in the big blind, the mexican guy with his mexican girlfriend playing in another seat is doing the straddling. i've got the 10 5 offsuit. its limped by 1 other player, so i make it $22 to take it down, with the full intention of showing it to the whole table. he calls his straddle with AK of hearts so this is proof hes worried ive got a good hand, otherwise he would reraise. people seem to often think ive got a monster when i dont because i fold so much. the asian guy other end calls too.

flop comes TQ2 all in hearts. i feel ive got no choice but to try a continuation bet to take it down, plus i could even have the best hand. i bet $60 and only he calls. J of hearts comes on the turn. i dont wish to check fold because ive got too much invested so i shove, hoping he puts me on the A of hearts if he dont have it. but he turned the royal flush for a high hand. i folded on the river, lying to him and swearing i had 10 10 10 and that was why i bet. no reason to show the truth if i didnt successfully bluff. i didnt rebuy left immediately to go to the grill to buy food.

i used to think my hourly rate was too low because i didnt incorporate a bluff into my game every time i could get away with it, knowing the biggest hourly rate winners are those who dont miss any opportunities to steal pots. but sometimes this will backfire on u too.

one other thing which bugs me and wouldnt bug most of u is people constantly asking for a rake reduction when it gets to be 6 handed. i think its because psycologically, i dont want them even being familiar with what the rake is, and i feel they dont like playing short so i worry ill be forced to move tables and maybe not get a seat i like. sure ill ask, but for Gods sakes i at least wait til im in the pot and about to win the hand. i could care less how much the others with all the money are paying if im not winning a hand. seems its the guys who can most afford the rake who complain the most (the deepest stacks) and theyre also the ones who complain the most about comp dollars. and theyre definitely not "good at poker" since theyd rather the table be full.

Monday, February 19, 2018

how emotions effect your poker playing

Well i've sure messed everything up, and i wish i wouldve done things right back in the early 2000s when no one knew how to play $1-2 NL correctly. (of course, i didnt either back then). I had lots of opportunities to win big money and save up a $100,000 roll by the time i hit 50, but i played too much VBJ. and not the kind of VBJ i play today, but a lot of 6-5 and even money BJ. (2009-2013). so much wasted money in the orleans, planet H, binions (7 hands at once VBJ machines such as the Borgata offers) bartop kind of machines instead of the ones with the electronic vitrual dealers. i played much better VBJ machines in 2015, but those are mostly gone now. yes the one at hoover dam is a decent one to play if i dont bet the huge percentages of my roll when i severly overbet in a desperate attempt to get unstuck so i could leave because i didnt like the lesbian couple who had sat recently. i had a lot more enjoyment on the even better VBJ in deadwood since i always had it to myself. so i didnt feel pressure to win "quickly". i knew i had all day. also, the machine in deadwood in the Bullock hotel deals so much faster than the dealers angels ones.

the good machines were in north lake tahoe in the Biltmore, the one in ellis island, the one which used to be in the el cortez 2 yrs ago, and the best one was the one 4-5 yrs ago at the lucky club with the extra 2% payback on this one promotion. but i had so little money back then, and it was before i understood how the red 7s count went on an unknown shuffle point, so i was not playing it or betting it correctly. i'm sure theres other good ones i forgot about and no longer exist, such as the old one in the silverado franklin. i think all of them have been removed now except the one in the bullock hotel which doesnt use a players card. only the dealers angels much slower type of machine and which shuffles way too soon at 38% of 4 decks at hoover dam gives decent points, but not nearly the point multipliers which ellis island and the el cortez gave on their dealers angels in the old days. practically NO vbj machines paying 3-2 still give points at all.

this is why i won $3000 over a months time in ellis isle only going a few days, and over $7000 that one october in the el cortez. the VBJ machines and promotions were actually worthwhile to play. if i wouldve ran better and had the roll and knew what i was doing when the lucky club had one i couldve done really well.

sad thing is, poker gets so boring folding constantly (a big reason why i wish i could always play with no more than 6-7 people at the tables) i would much rather be sitting there playing BJ so i dont need to be out of the action every hand. but i cant afford live BJ. there the minimum is either $5,10, more likely $15, $25 or so. and on the video its often $1, sometimes slightly more. and it makes it so easy to keep your losses to very low levels until its okay to raise the bet. which is why i should never play when they shuffle every hand.(like they do now in the el cortez, since their current machine isnt a dealers angels) because then u never have plus ev to raise the bets.

of course if i did have the proper bankroll to play a $5 or $10 8 deck shoe game, gambling for a living would still be exciting to me as long as i could do it without others present or watching. but its too bad u cant get room comps from playing live BJ (unless u take on huge losses, or be betting at way too high of levels).

and how do u avoid being angry and in a bad mood and very stressed out the entire time u are playing LIVE poker?

1. pretty much everyone is just sitting their chip rack on the floor (about 80%) of the players. those who are, only about half of them are sticking them under the chair towards the middle of the inside of the table(far enough back where we wont step on it), instead of just sitting them behind them in the open where the dealers, other players, the cocktail waitress, (or if we are lucky, that players wife, mother, or child) trips over them and gets sent to the hospital. would teach them a motherfucking lesson for putting the rack there. and if its ok for them to be rude by putting the rack there, why would it be wrong for me to be rude by suggesting their closest family trip over it?

2. people talk on the phone at the table, or talk to write text because theyre too lazy to type words out. i wont even talk to my closest friends and family and instead have them text me and sometimes they get annoyed by this. but im not going to talk where others can hear me at the table because its embarrassing to me.

3. often when first sitting, i have to deal with lots of annoyances. first thing i always must do is lower my seat to the floor as much as it allows, everyone has it up too high and no one puts it low enough to sit comfortably. then i must plug my cell phone in. then i need a seat change button from the dealer if im not in one of the 4 end seats such as seat 2,3 and the equivalent on the opposite side, (which depends on if its 10 max or 9 max). And then im trying to login on my phone too my initial buyin and my start time and casino location and stake. and the entire time the dealers asking me if i have a players card when he knows damn well i have a card because im there everyday and ill give it to him soon as i got a spare minute. wouldnt a much nicer way to say it be to tell the player "as soon as u got a minute ill take your players card from u whenever u get time if u got it on you today, no rush." instead of being asked more than once til u finally find it. plus ive got to be seeing if the cocktail waitress is nearby and making sure im not about to post or ill wait to come in behind the button.

4. and u sure dont need a massuese walking by every 15 minutes hawking overpriced massages to try to make the players feel bad for not being wealthy enough to afford them. its been told to me on twitter the only players really earning enough per hour to afford one of these every session is $5-10 NL and up. either charge $1 per minute like commerce, horseshoe baltimore and firekeepers does, or shut the hell up.

its amazing how in some casinos rooms, u feel far more comfortable playing than in other casino rooms. the best ones are Greektown, the golden nugget downtown vegas, and the Peppermill in reno. its due to either the straddle policies, the min and max buyin policies or the fact drinks are available without going thru the waitress (different reasons for different rooms). the worst rooms are the ones which do one must move after another even in $1-2, or use the $2 chips. or where it takes forever to get seated. or where u get charged time instead of raking the pot. this being said a small $4-5 hourly time charge wouldnt be so big a deal if los angeles would let u do this instead of paying $7 rake regardless of how little the pot is. but in most casinos u hate paying time. because often u win no pots over a 2 hour period and get charged $28 for never winning 1 pot. but putting up with this isnt quite as bad as listening to others mouths when they claim it "benefits the player". yeah i can see how it benefits the fish (otherwise known as a LAG player or calling station) since he wins about 3 hands every 30 minutes til he goes busto.

i miss the days of playing 12-15 hour sessions at home. but theres no good sites like pokerstars no more. not even for NJ residents since they dont include the players from other countries. for some reason, i hate needing to commute back and forth to casinos most of all and is why id like to live either inside of one or across the street from one. and im feeling so old at age 49 since ive not had my health checked out in so long i just keep playing smaller and smaller number of hours per day while my sleep hours per day keep increasing. its why once 3-4am got there on friday night i couldnt stay awake no more and took a room for a week in a place i would rather not have.

im still over $20 per hour for a small sample size of under 350 hours. if i could put in 3000 hours a year, (approximately 9 hours per day) at $20 per hour, i could earn about $60,000 per year mostly playing $1-2. this is why i dont understand why u must play higher. the problem is im way too old to get 9 hours a day in. i could if i never had to leave home and just sit online.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

back to the grind

well, i'm now at a new low of $14,300 but at least 1 weeks rent is paid for, which will end in 6 days from now. i still cant believe how much i lost on the VBJ at hoover dam, most of it after the lesbian couple sat down. (the 4 spots with $400 each out there, counting my 4 back bets on my other 4 hands). i thought i was doing the right thing only bringing the cash from the nugget (over $2000 worth) instead of closing out the wynn box first, but since i withdrew $1000 off both debit cards for $2000 more so i could make bigger sized bets, it didnt help.

and whyd the uber fare go up to $56 one way instead of $40? anyway i finally lost money in PLO in the wynn, and at one point i was only losing $38 in it after rebuying. i guess it was i told too many i would be playing there, some guy was in it who knew me and i still dont know who he was. so my hourly in 2018 from poker is now back to slightly below $20 from $22 again. i am going to need a very highly hourly at poker to survive all these losses elsewhere and my living expenses.

so today first thing im going to a bank of america, depositing about $3000 of the money left from the wynn, then going to play some poker. and im waking up starving too. i also played in the nugget a bit last night, trying to stay awake til either the morning bus went to LA or to reno. but i was too tired to and the $150 i was up in the nugget i lost back, quitting the game only up $6.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm homosexual and i've got Aids, are u sure u want to sit next to me?

Well its been a long time since ive had any poker losses, and the bigger sized $4500 loss has been close to 2 weeks past now. But all good things must come to an end. i slowly started adding on to my stack in the nugget tonight, and i went from being up a bit less than $80 to losing the entire $168 i was in for. i rebought $300 and started straddling because i felt on tilt, and really i shouldnt have been ($168 isnt that much as many good days as i had had previously).

i dont think i played the $300 rebuy too well, and i lost it, then left to see if the El cortez still offered the VBJ.

turns out it did, and id almost got back the entire $500 on the VBJ, but then i lost the whole $2468 with the exception of $570. $2000 was what i had when i went to the el cortez from the nugget on me.

i went and sat at the gemtiles machine for an hour or 2 then and only lost about $21 in the whole time i was on it. which is odd it wasnt much more. i was getting tired, and i needed to go sleep so i could wake up this afternoon and move my things out of my hotel and into my hotel room in the nugget using my new suitcase. at least this morning it dont have to be done by 11am. but i just couldnt bring myself to get up as stuck as i was.

Then finally an old man went and sat down one seat over on a different type of machine with a goddamn cigarette. so i told him, "i'm homosexual and I've got Aids, are u sure u want to sit next to me?" then i just left because i sure cant play with his cigarette there. without him sitting down, i dont know what wouldve got me off that machine.

----this was actually typed up immediately following the session, but i felt it would be too early to post since the other blog had just come out. now tonight, i feel if i wait much longer it will be old news. im happy to say i did recover $100 in the nugget so now im at $17,500 but i was up $200 once. i do NOT want to have to commit to 2 more months, 5 weeks, or even 1 more month in vegas, so ill have no choice but to leave. and a motel for 2 weeks in los angeles is about 1100 even for a cheaper one thats not too unsafe.

only difference between today and last night is absolutely everything has now been moved out of the other hotel.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

no more commuting neccessary

many things to tell u guys but id like to explain to Bill Potts why my last few texts havent included the Signal application he helped me downtown while sitting behind the D casino in downtown vegas. i thought he was staying thru feb 13, but hes went silent several days ago so maybe hes left town. he downloaded this, (we had to go far outside to be away from any type of wifi signals so i wouldnt be constantly asked to log into wifi to be able to use my phone) but this was before i got my new iphone5 from the apple store, and after id been in there to have it being sent to the store for me. since my last backup on the phone was like 5 days ago, when i got the new phone and gave them the old phone (we took off the data and wiped it clean first so a dishonest employee wouldnt know my cc info) it had some things missing from the backup, including the signal app. and also a few poker income sessions i replaced best of my memory. but most everything came up good on the new phone and its working fine, even better than the old phone before the battery gave out.

so i need to redownload it and thats why my recent texts werent on signal to him. but im never at a place where i can use my normal 3G sprint to do it, everywhere offers wifi, which either needs a password not available or a pain in the butt to login. i just need to be blocks from civilization where wifi isnt used. then my sprint 3G will let me download apps. maybe do it back behind the D when i think of it.

he told me id eventually be only about $8 per hour if i didnt move up from $1-2. well not all my records this year were on $1-2, some were on $1-3 some were on PLO, some were on $2-5, and of course the big loss in $20-40 mixed game. considering im behind for the year in $2-5 NL, and up over $100 per hour in PLO, and over $1000 behind in mixed games, im now at $21 per hour for over 265 hours of play (not yet a near large enough sample) but its double the $10.62 i won last year, and its much more than $21 per hour if it only includes $1-2 NL and $1-3 and $1-2 and $1-3 PLO, without including $2-5 NL and $20-40 mix.

so its looking like his estimate of $8 is way off, or else he thinks im a donkey. not sure which.

now for the rest of the news. we all knew i came up here without any luggage, but i finally got me another suitcase, its a smaller size but i got it for $36 in a tourist store on fremont and a bigger size wouldve been quite a bit higher expense. good news is it has wheels and is new meaning its in better shape. so tomorrow (or tonight too) i can go back over to the other place i wont reveal here where i took a month, which ends feb 13. i always hate waiting til the final day to check out because i worry my schedule wont fit the checkout hours and ruin my sleep. so its much less stress on me to always do it the night or two beforehand. this way i dont have to do it by 11-12am.

so i used up my $480 in comps for 5 nites in the nugget checked in today (sunday) and check out is on friday at noon. i still need to bring over my clothes (only took my laptop) and miscellaneous things left in the other hotel which ill get sometime before the 13th. at least now i have a way to get those things (including some unread books) since ill finally have a suitcase to store them in. i hope it will fit as many of those 18 shirts and 3 pants as possible too.

after my time is up on the 16th, i might go to reno, los angeles, albuquerque, or back to toledo to cut costs. at least now with $19,300, ive gotten back to where i have slightly more than when i left detroit. were it not for the $4500 loss that one day, id be way up. and i cant forget to close out the wynn box before i leave town. theres $4000 in there stored once more.

it was good to have spent so much time with Lightning this week and with Vince, who i busted in the $1-2 NL game last night at boulder station with AA. he took me out to the samstown buffet for my birthday. i had the AA, not him and i warned him not to call. lightning and i visited the trooper game thrusday night where i briefly appear in the video talking with pure aggression.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

my time will soon be up

I have no idea if i'm a good or a bad PLO high player. but i do know one thing, most of my sessions in the last few months show a much higher win rate in PLO than at NL. mostly from MGM detroit. and $2-5 NL is still much worse than $1-2 or $1-3 NL, which is why i cant ever move up. i think i worry too much about being underrolled if i play $2-5 and it effects my game.

its about 15x higher per hour or more than NL holdem is. of course the sample size isnt that large.

not much else is good to report. im still not even back to $16,000. Mark's mother died today. but he seems to be taking it well since he didnt hardly ever see her. My mother said she had gotten cancer. i did however get the monthly uber pass again finally, giving me unlimited rides up to $25 each for only $6.99 (thats what their site says, but its really $7.20 each). and i got a brand new apple iphone5 for only $79, no they no longer sell them, but they keep them on stock for replacements if theres issues. and they let me have one for the cost of another battery since the tech made an err in trying to install a new battery. $79 u see, is the battery cost, not the phone cost.

and i need to do laundry or buy more clothes, im finally out of clean shirts. and i need to get a suitcase bad, or ill have no way to move out of here and go to reno, los angeles, albuquerque or back to toledo once my time is up.

at least i got my sleep hours fixed. not sure how, but i did. at least for now.

friday night i went to the poker palace in NLV and for a while i wasnt doing too well, but i eventually left with over $250 profit to keep up the exceptionally high hourly in that friday nite only NL game. a guy i knew from Reno called David offered me a ride for less than an Uber, but since i dont feel able to defend myself im too nervous and suspicious when someone tries to get me into their car. especially if a lot of the time they seem to be a troll. same way for another guy i used to play poker with that some of u know as Herbie from RTP. if i knew how to protect myself if something was to go wrong during the ride, i would gladly accept for the lower price offered.

i would write much more, but i need to sleep and the things id really like to talk about i probably better not. ive lost interest in this anyway, i dont get paid for writing like the Trooper does with his vlogs.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

small win and i dont feel well. i mightve caught the flu

im worried about my health and definitely my health a few years down the road. the chances of me living til im 60 without a heart attack, stroke, or diabetes are quite slim. i felt quite sick yesterday so between 4.30pm when i finally fell asleep or so (spent most of the afternoon and late morning reading) i continuously went back to sleep, even waking up to use the bathroom less than usual. i feel like this could be because im drinking less water since i left Ray's which causes my urine to be much more yellow than it was in his house. this describes what i feel i have. my chest feels heavy in a way, and i feel it when i try to cough. but it dont feel severe enough to be the type which says u need to see a doctor, the other it says will clear up on its own in a few days. yesterday i felt worse in the afternoon before i went to sleep. felt completely stopped up. except for my chest i felt much better when i woke up this morning.

i do know my health is deteriorating because not only is my head sore from excezma all the time, and i have to urinate in very weak and tiny amounts frequently, i get almost no exercise and if i run the least little bit to cross a street or catch a bus, i feel very very weak and out of breath. even for the shortest of distances. it wasnt like this when i was in my 20s. plus i require 10 hours of sleep most days which isnt normal. and my eyesight supposedly i didnt need glasses, but i feel like wiping my forehead or eyes often with a rag. but i cant spend money to see a doctor and i dont ever want to take the risk of all my money in the bank being confiscated or id have no way to support my immediate needs of food and shelter. which means i could never ask for insurance. i might consider seeing a doctor if i knew where in vegas i could get an office visit under $100 without going to urgent care, which averages $160-200 in vegas with like an hour wait. but i mean a normal appointment with a long term primary care doctor, who wont rush u in and out. i wish i had rich friends.

the good news is i made slightly over $200 this morning in the golden nugget, which puts me just barely back over $15,000 from $14,800. i wouldve stayed longer but didnt feel like giving it all back. i made a mistake showing this one woman a bluff, who i think was part of a gay couple from Austin tx. both were playing on the table. i knew she took the money deadly serious and wasnt there for fun when she sat with $500 (unusual for a girl tourist) and i think ive played with her before.

id been playing quite tight, and been doing good about not showing none of my uncalled hands earlier this session. i had KT of clubs, and like i do a lot of the time if im scared to lose money i dont raise preflop. i will raise preflop when im stuck and trying to take risks, but i lost so much more than i could afford in one day just the other day, i dont feel like any risks at all. i even wish i could play live $1-1 NL even with the much bigger rakes ive seen it elsewhere, just to not risk more than $40-100 per day. i dont feel like taking swings no more. i know too i shouldnt feel this way. but i feel much broker than i really am.

AJ suited, and others, i too wouldnt raise preflop today. id just limp call. i often play vastly different from day to day.

flop comes J86 with 2 clubs. she bets $10 and i called. one guy called behind me. turn comes 5 offsuit. she bets $15 i call, other guy dropped out. river comes 7 offsuit. she bets $15, and appeared to not like the river. im taking a risk by going to $70, but she quickly folds and my total bluff won the pot. i only screw up by showing it. i felt like she might worry about the straight because if she hit it she wouldve bet more..

so because i showed this hand when i shouldnt have now i couldnt bluff no more which hurt me. 20 minutes later i had QT offsuit. flop comes KJ8 with 2 diamonds, ive got the Q of diamonds. she bets the flop and i call.

turn comes 10 of diamonds. she bets again, i call, now with a straight draw, a flush draw and bottom pair. river comes Q. she bets only $15 and i call, and lost to her K9. i might have been able to make another big raise turn or river and get her to fold had i not showed the bluff.

and one hand i played i had to fold AK of diamonds preflop. i was in seat 8 in a 9 handed game and an old man who plays daily in there was on my left in seat 9. i limp called $2 in early position and then seen he had KK and he too limp called $2. loose tourist in seat 4 is a guy i dont remember if i played with this week. he bets $16. the girl from austin calls and the guy on my right. i feel like i must fold because i feel the regular with make a huge reraise, but once i fold, he only calls with the KK. sure enough i look once more and i did see his hand correctly. the flop comes A26 with one diamond and i feel sick. same guy bets $40 lady folds, guy calls. and the old man with KK folds. turn comes J of diamonds, giving me the nut flush draw plus top pair if i wouldve stayed in. tourist checks, the other guy bets $85, and the tourist folds. then the winner showed AJ for top 2 pair making me feel better. the guy in seat 9 says he shouldve raised preflop.

when my time ends in 2 more weeks, i think i might need to return to Toledo, i need someone to watch over me and to control expenses. even if that would mean playing poker in toledo instead of detroit. when i get old ill need a full time nurse or companion, preferably a wife. or reno seeing theres so many games there where like detroit the min buy is much less than $100. but id need to know where to find cheap housing. theres lots of it nearby the peppermill for $450-650 per month but i dont see how i could be approved to rent. i wish Yoshi, Vince or Ray's friend Nick could help with obtaining it. and i dont mean renting out rooms either.

Friday, January 26, 2018

its going down, down, down. its going down, down down (set to music)

when u depend on poker to survive and have NO OTHER INCOME, its absolutely critical u maintain a sizeable working bankroll. of at least 6-12 months worth of income or living expenses. u cannot be depending on doing it out of what u earn that week, day or month, because sometimes u dont make shit.

today i spent about $20 in walmarts on boulder hwy by the longhorn. and i hate spending money when i dont have to (and im dreading the new phone ill need because my battery is getting worse and worse about giving out if not continously plugged in) but at least the money is there. i was once up close to $4000 in poker this month and now its only $1200 and when u count non poker expenses and losses, im down significantly.

i didnt even go to the wynn tonight, because i no longer felt like playing $1-3. and theres no more money in the box anyway. i went straight to the nugget to play $1-2. was doing okay, was up to $479 once out of $247 in buyins and rebuys. then i got dealt AT in the BB and everyone folds to the button, a newer guy, who bets $7. he had just sat very recently. i called. would u reraise instead of call?

flop comes A95. i wanted to know if the flop scared him so i bet $2. he bets $25, i call. and i also bet this is case hes drawing nearly dead with like KJ suited, or i want him to think ive either got a monster or nothing, but the hand i did.

turn comes 5. i check he bets $45 i call. i think here i should fold, i felt i could be behind. river comes 10 and i think i sucked out, so i bet $115. hes got like $130 and he only calls but pushes it all forward, loudly yelling call first. (saved me a bet)  he has ace 5 instead of a big ace? wtf?

so i catch the bus to the longhorn and win $63 playing blackjack. $2 min with good rules but they sure dont put the cut card deep enough. i was up more once and down more once too, when i rebought $100. they simply thought i was martingaling but i did run into some good counts. one time when they probably expected me to continue raising bets, i cut back to $2, i couldnt go no further with the poor count. actually this happened more than once.

and on good counts i was going much more than just doubling the bets at times. and the one guy with a backpack kind of looked homeless but id swear he might be an employee, thought i seen him go behind the pit once. he kept looking over.

where did the $19,967 disappear to and how did i drop it to $14,801? $153 on the VP in the Tuscany on the way home the day before. $500 or so in the wynn on poker. plus losses the 2 previous nights. some in the nugget. and even some wins mixed in. $15 in $2-5 in the bellagio, and some on vp in the wynn. close to $3000, possibly more in the big split in planet H where its so easy to martingale and i wish id not been carrying so much cash. the min bet is 10c times 2, and the max is 40 credits on the $5 for $200.

i thought the bellagio might have stud still, not been thru there in years and if i was asked to leave i was so upset by then i didnt care. but no one said a word, must be new employees than 20 yrs ago. i was in the $20-40 mix when it opened by guys named morris, magic, etc. some weird types of badugi and razz and stud. u get 4 cards, then discard 2 and it plays normal, and triple draw too. i think triple draw or badugi i played poorly.

but i dont think i played poorly when i raised with 678 on 3rd in stud 8. nor when i raised my 5678 on 4th street. i didnt know one had KKKA hidden i thought he only had a big pair. i didnt know the other guy had 4 to a nice low either, he couldve been high or paired on 4th. then on 5th he hits the low and i start to check call. it actually got checked to me because i hit a 3rd suited card on 5th. so i got one free round. but i was told i did.

they said the stud im used to ($30-60 or $15-30?) only goes on weekends now. it might not go then.

Monday, January 22, 2018

a technical computer question.

before i tell u of how much better than average im doing this January (last years January i won an awful lot too, but the difference was last year it came from BJ, (not poker) and then in February in reno it all got given back due to Blackjack too.) but this year, im up over $3500 from poker in January and over $26 per hour, more than double last years hourly of $10.62. and this month isnt even finished yet.

but first ive got a complaint. and im hoping that VOOK or someone else in his line of work knows the solution. i came home, to a computer which was asking me if i wanted to restart it now. and usually this takes very little time so i clicked yes. IT TOOK WAY MORE THAN 25 minutes,. and rebooted multiple times.

which is annoying when u need to not forget something u immediately wish to type. never in my life has it remotely took this long on any type of needed auto updates. here is the question. why wont it just do it--without me needing to be on the computer using it to click "yes"? how do i fix it, so in the future it will do it without me needing to be on the computer to do it? then i couldve returned home with everything being done for me when i was gone.

Other than that--my new computer works rather well. of course, when i watch youtube music or speeches of others, it still wont play them loud enough, even when on maximum volume, so maybe im missing a way to increase the volume i dont know of or understand.

unlike last year, im winning in the wynn, and ive got almost $1000 more than i came to town with. which is really something when u consider i paid up my rent. and my food, etc. so in the first week or so ive been back in vegas, ive won well over $2500. not quite all from poker, but ive been doing good about staying away from risking money in BJ. some of it was on some slots.

the moose tourney made the games in the nugget good when i first got to town, and as always the game in the middle of the night in the stratosphere is much looser than most. so was the vlogger game in the westgate $2-5 i attended albeit much too late. But the most unique game i played in was tonights game in the wynn, (its really the Encore now) with Jacob Israel Brundage.

theres an article on him in which he left a large sum of money in an Uber, and got it returned to him when he was in the WSOP. and when i first sat in the game, id realized id finally met someone more odd than I. i had the seat next to him, (and a seat change button). he waved his arms around wildly, with nonstop chatter, so it wasnt the best seat. what stood out, and i would like to know from guys who've been at his table before if he is like this also when hes in the bigger limit games than our $1-3 NL wynn table is if he is the same way at the tables. he wasnt exactly loose, but he sure gave away a lot of money. like $5-10 to the dealer every 2-3 minutes nonstop. and to staff tossing it around the room, the cocktail waitress, etc. and putting the money into the pot kind of roughly. he never would be quiet or stop talking with the women in the game.

he is the son of Pentecostal preachers, no idea of his current religious beliefs. but he knows who Jack Van Impe is, and could quote all the books of the Bible better than i could. and early on, he accidently knocked over my stack of chips, then tossed me $15 and said he was sorry for knocking them on the floor. i thanked him and told him i could use the money, then he tossed me another $15 or so. by the time he finally quit the game id gotten over $70 from him. but this wasnt near as much as the dealers were getting. and when the extremely good looking young Asian girl whose a regular on his immediate right went away from the table a few minutes with a very short stack, he secretely added a few $5 chips to hers. i dont think she ever found out.

i told everyone i didnt want to leave til i had $300 and was going to leave as soon as i did, but it wasnt til after he left i finally had $309, when i won a decent pot, and of course then i left considering my night over, and happy with my profit since i never had added on from my original $120 buyin. he was a bit shocked by some of my folds preflop including 10-10 when an asian guy repopped the $6 straddle to $40. i think he thought i was much nittier than i really am, when the truth is i bluff a lot due to my image. an awful lot of people tend to get this image of me. i think a much better image would be a picture of a donkey.

im curious to know what others might remember of games they played with him in. also if u google search him, u find out he is a member of the republican party in florida. i think a lot of people wouldnt like the fact florida is telling absolute strangers how people vote who register in florida. this needs to be changed. votes should be kept private for someday it will be needed for their personal safety if the democrats gain power.