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.