Sunday, January 14, 2018

the main differences between me visiting vegas at age 21-25 and me visiting vegas in 2018

first thing i did when i got into vegas from a greyhound bus then, was go straight to the casino (either Binions or the Mirage, or the El cortez) was go sit right down in the stud game.

When someone is 48 yrs old and spent the whole night in Greektown without sleep? well my Spirit flight arrived 45 minutes early and since its like 7am in the morning, i cant go get a room. there may be hotels in vegas that let u check in this early, but those are rare occasions. If there is a hotel in vegas which ALWAYS lets u check in at 7am id like to know about it. and i dont mean the 24 hour weekly budget suites place across from sams town, or the one on Tropicana and boulder hwy called Sportmans royal manor or something like it. those 2 places are unsafe, just like the place the Trooper used to live at.

so i decided to sleep in the airport, where i wouldnt be bothered since it was on the side already past the security. fell asleep and didnt wake up for good til 12.47pm. i slept in an area few people were sitting in and on the floor against the wall so i could lay down. no one bothered me. then i went to check into the hotel i prebooked online before leaving the airport in detroit. and since i have no luggage ill need to buy some used clothes and some other things such as food and microwave containers and water pitchers too, when i get the chance. but i need more sleep first before finishing up this blog and heading for the casino.

and of course, coming with a little over $17,000 (after purchasing the room) instead of over $500-1000 makes a big difference too. people who are under 25 still think that under $2000 is enough for them to never go broke on because they dont have the experiences i have. i just hope i still have over $17,000 late Febuary when my room expires. also i asked TSA about my ID and he told me he was under the impression Loiusiana would be good til around the end of 2018.

would like to hear from Alysia and Vince too. i need to pick up my books, and to go food shopping. plus i need assistance only Vince can provide by going into the phone company in person with me to switch out my old phone for one with a battery thats not completely shot that they dont make no more. we might wish to go to the BJ machine. i wish i had the phone number for AC, it would let me know for sure she is seeing my texts instantly when on twitter i might not know shes seen it for hours.

im shocked all the time when people dont see their emails instantly. i usually see mine fairly quickly if im not asleep as often i refresh the browser. like when JOhn mehaffey said he didnt read emails over the thanksfiving holiday til it was passed, i thought it was rude.

Friday, January 12, 2018

blizzard coming

i wanted to make sure i wouldnt need to play in the casino in toledo no more instead of having the option to play in Detroit instead so i decided it might be a good idea to get a motel in detroit for 1-3 nites since a blizzard is coming within 5-12 hours. and Ray wouldnt be able to drive up. this way i wouldnt need to stay in toledo. Ray said if theres a level 3 snow emergency as expected, the casino would have to shut down in toledo as only emergency travel would be permitted.

so i ended up finding a 4 star hotel room tonight for $86 thru priceline, which actually ended up being $111 after taxes and fees. tomorrow ill have a $209 room in the casino itself which ill use $150 in comps for and pay the different plus the taxes there. my room is within 4 blocks of the casino and once its no longer dark outside would be okay to walk it since im right in the middle of the downtown business district.

at least the net and shower gives good hot water. and im glad Ray remembered to bring inside the hotel right before he dropped me off (and i wanted to bring my laptop up to the room so i wouldnt need to worry if security would block me from carrying it into the casino) he handed me the food in the car too, for i wouldnt have remembered it, then id been starving to death in the room.

the $500 i got for the high hand, which Ray received 10% of, due to the deal we always make on jackpot type promotions, mostly is gone now. i gave back alot of it, spent too much for hotels, and tipped the dealer $25 of it. then i paid the cab $6 to avoid walking, and uber wouldve actually been more due to the $7+ minimum.

here is the hand i wanted to talk about and the sole reason for writing the blog post. this is the hand that took the entire $295 i had in front of me shortly before i left to go to the hotel. i raised the straddle to $25 preflop with KK and there were 3 very deep stacks on my table, and some of them moved tables to be with the other big stacks due to their policy of matching the biggest stack on the table, (which all poker rooms need to emulate).

3 people called, which is more than i wanted. flop comes AJ9 with 2 to a flush, which is also not what i wanted. we all checked. the turn comes 7 offsuit, and this time the 2nd player to act bets $45. i call, hoping to be the only caller, but no, one other guy calls too. both of which had well over $1500 in chips. and the high hand promotion had ended. so i figured no one would be slow playing with all the draws present. river comes A. first guy checks, 2nd guy, whose made a bluff before, bets $100. i called, hoping the other guy (and him) were on draws. id played almost no hands, they know how i play, and they knew i was up, so i expected to be bluffed.

the first guy goes allin, the 2nd guy folds his missed straight with QT, (see he was bluffing) and i called my other $100 or so. he overbet so much i didnt believe him, and i thought he was just trying to get the other guy off. and also i felt like he KNEW i didnt have an ace. he shows ace 9 for the boat and im out.

i cant believe he would not check raise on the turn, he let the other guy have oppoturnities to suck out on the river (or me suck out) much too cheap. i sure wouldnt have played it the way he did.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

i was the donkey and quite a lucky one too

I've made it up to detroit much less often here lately due to Ray not feeling his best due to strepthroat going around. so about 5 times this week i played in toledo instead of detroit where i dont do nearly as well and the casino and the poker room basically suck. i convinced him to see the doctor, reminding him his coverage is free, and they gave him a prescription and told him he had 103 fever. of course its not nearly this bad now.

i played the PLO8 tourney in toledo and managed to survive somehow to 5th, which paid $225. there ended up being 25 entries. at 24 entries only 3 spots get paid, so i got quite a break. $120 + $10 was the buyin. i hate how all tournies make u pay extra for the dealer fee, just so the winners wont need to tip they make all the losers pay it instead in fees. makes it cost more to enter. i was quite short when i busted in 5th, then they chopped it up 4 ways, pissing me off because i offered to take much less if they chopped 5 ways but they didnt. $550 to each of them, $300 to me. was surprised they even had this tourney but this week they had a few different kind of tourneys. they never even offer $1-2 PLO here, the lowest they will deal is $5-5 on rare occasions.

but heres a few hand histories from Greektown casino in detroit on the day Ray and I were able to make it up there.

i was stuck and on tilt when i limped $2 with 4-4 in early position. the guy last to act goes $12 and i suspect BS, so i went allin for $100 as if id limped in with AA. only he calls, with 99. on the flop i got quad fours. he couldnt stop talking about it for 10 minutes nor could ray to every friend on the phone.

another regular was heavily stuck on tilt. i called his $40 raise preflop once with 85 of diamonds. flop comes 885 with 2 spades. he bet $100 i shoved $270. 3rd guy in folds, and he does too after a bit of thought. i thought he would be more likely to call then, with the spade draw out because i feared an ace king or spade coming, killing my action if he had JJ or QQ. but maybe i make more if i only call?

and then once i limped KT offsuit in late position. flop comes A23 with 2 clubs. i bet $10 to steal when 3 guys check to me, and only the button calls. turn comes J and i had no idea hes got aces and jacks and is slowplaying. hes been winning, too. i bet $30, he calls only. river comes Q of clubs, giving me the runner runner straight. i check, worried of the club. he bets $50 and i call, and he is a bit surprised when i show the straight to his AAJJ. if he raises the flop or the turn, id be gone of course.

overall im way less still than when i had the $20,000 or the $25,000 but im about $2000 better off than when i flew here from Deadwood. im still waiting to hear from the state department on documents, its been close to 6 weeks now id think.