Friday, September 22, 2017

Trip report Tropicana evansville and Southland Gaming, Oaklawn Gaming

about 3.30 in the morning, Ray and i finally arrived in the eldorado shreveport. I'm glad to say im winning here still, turned $118 into $318 before the game broke up and i went to my hotel room to sleep.

Once we left Horseshoe southern IN, we went to Tropicana evansville. Ray proceeded to win a few hundred and i mostly broke close to even. i was up til i lost a big pot with a lone ace of diamonds when 3 diamonds showed on the flop and i couldnt fold it for big bet. the game was extremely tight during the day and loosened up at night. they do let u straddle from anywhere but the blind just like in the horseshoe but no one was doing it. and for any amount, but i never seen one over $6.

so when they forced the full table to close at 4.30 in the morning (which they do every night) i went to go play $10 shoe BJ, where they pay 3-2 and deal out 80%. i ended up winning close to $600

then went to west memphis arkansas to check out the dealers angels. there were 4 of them in there. but they didnt show the shuffle, but still shuffled 80 cards out of 4 decks according to the rules. they werent too busy in the morning from 9-noon, but were when i returned after getting some sleep about 9pm. so u would need to play them the right hours.

found out the poker room reopened, but it dont get much business most days. the $1-2 NL didnt go, 4 were on the list when i added my name to be the 5th. the manager told us on wed, sat sun and mon the $1-2 PLO8 goes all the time. i figure it would be loose. but again u would need to time it to the right days.

the good news is there safe motels up the street (with inside hallways for under $90 per nite once u include tax) and 3-4 by the week not too expensive within 2 blocks walk. the casino is well over 90% black, but the motels might not be. but i dont feel comfortable in those weeklies due to the door anyone could walk by, though one didnt look too bad. they do have uber.

the final stop enroute to the eldorado was oaklawn in hot springs, which is off the main road and felt like the drive denver to blackhawk. or reno to incline village. they had closed their room in may, no more poker, and the wrong type of VBJ instead of dealers angels. i still would like to see ray visit winstar or lake charles. but i need a steady address too. I'm just glad im over $1000 better off than i was after paying him the $600. he is too. and im glad my free buffets with 1 guest still are good here too. and though ive not played BJ since arriving im glad theres good $5 shoes again.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trip report Cincinnati and Louisville

Ray and I left Toledo Monday for Shreveport, (for $600 in expense money for driving which i paid) reducing my roll to $21,400. if he doesnt leave shreveport to return to Toledo, im to cover 100% of the hotel costs for the first month, unless he starts doing well in the poker and me less welll.

the idea was to stop everywhere along the way. Jack casino in cincinnati, Horseshoe Louisville, Tropicana Evansville, southland gaming in west memphis arkansas, and possibly others enroute to shreveport.

cincinnati has a rather big poker room, bigger than id expected. good rules for poker, but certainly not a good place to play BJ. $100 min buy in the $1-2 PLO is nice. 9 handed is nice for $1-2 NL. they have $2-5 every night too. but u cannot get seat change buttons due to seniority. how they decide whose telling the truth when 2 old guys swear theyve been there longer than the other 8 hours later when no one else at the table would know, i wouldnt know. bad rule. ray told me he seen pictures PPP took of this room.

horseshoe louisville is pretty empty due to not many people in this area. unlike the casino in cincinnati right downtown, this casino is way out in the boonies. we found empty $5 BJ tables here at 6-8 am which u wont find most places, paying 3-2, 6 deck shoe with 80% penetration. i won over $250 in a couple hours. mostly with one other guy who bought in $1000 but wasnt betting by the count like i was. i think they thought i was martingaling, since i bet slightly higher early in poor counts, but when the BIG bets went in for 20-80 units, the count was good. but not for 1-4 units. his bet sizes varied radically, with some huge bets in poor counts. but he won over $2500. i warned him before he sat i moved from 1-2 spots frequently and he didnt object. by the way, they did have me logged in with my players card while playing which made me nervous, but i think they paid more attention to the other guy since most of the time his bets were higher than mine, but not all. one time i would swear they overpaid me $80 too. this happened in firekeepers too 2 different times. nice thing is its so easy here to find $5 games without them being full of people. guess not many come out here this time of the morning. u can find empty games in the golden gate in vegas too. certainly not in detroit unless u min bet $50 in the high limit room. never firekeepers. those were very crowded.

i used up $140 in comps here too which id earned in planet H and in atlantic city poker rooms on 1 night in the hotel plus ray had 1 free night. we didnt need to switch rooms, they just changed the names from mine to his the 2nd night.

this afternoon will be arriving in tropicana evansville, and probably late tonight or tomorrow morning, southland gaming in west memphis, where Benny liked to go. ive been told the electronic poker tables were removed. will investigate, and plan to be in shreveport by this weekend. depends on how tired ray gets and which city we decide to get a hotel room in.

so if anyone wishes to play poker enroute respond quickly. i didnt recognize no one in cincinnati or horseshoe indiana, except a former peppermill dealer Jacob who knows of my blog. but none of the regulars here seemed to know of me. they let u missisippi straddle any amount any position but the blinds here in the horseshoe.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

the big drop and why $2-5 is better

well the 2nd trip to firekeepers wasnt quite as good as the first. and seeing we already had a room elsewhere, i didnt feel like asking the host on duty about one, though i think i shouldve lost plenty to get it. ill do this if i ever go back, but i really dont feel i should go there, because i bet way too much on a machine where i dont have any edge. (refers to the $3000 i lost on the Ultimate tx holdem video machine). i did win $158 in the $2-5 NL.

i originally planned to play BJ there since its much lower stakes than greektown, or toledo. but the tables were way too full, its hard to get seats where u can play 2 spots, or for $5. plus they make it tough to win seeing if u enter mid shoe, u cannot bet 2 spots (just 1) and u must not bet over $100. so to avoid having to be around other people, i played the $3 ultimate tx holdem instead where i could martingale as much as i wanted.

also planned to sit in the $1-2 PLO as did Ray, but neither of us got around to doing so. but its only $100 there to min buy.

so im back to around $22,100 from $24,400 and the only reason ive still got this much is i recovered around $200 per nite every night since. all from playing $2-5 NL, which is pretty much all i played ever since. i dont like the $300 min buyin in the $2-5 in toledo. But its looser than u would expect $2-5 to be simply because those of u in vegas dont realize how much looser the games are in other parts of the country, such as shreveport, reno, here, phoenix and atlantic city.

Ray feels like he should be playing it too, though he dont have the roll, because he takes it more seriously, sees the potential to win big in it, and has done much better in it than $1-2 cause it keeps him from getting pissed and going to play keno. Ray tells me it will keep me off BJ and other games because now ill see i have the potential to win real money.

i just wonder how much more money id have now if id spent the last 5 yrs playing $2-5. maybe id have saved up like $100k and won like $75k per yr instead of 20-30k most of the time. $200 on average profit per day (and winning $2000 per day i see lots of the players doing it) would count up pretty quickly.

Friday, September 8, 2017

firekeepers trip report

I'd been looking for a lower stakes blackjack shoe game than u normally find in detroit and toledo, and Ray and I also wanted to see their Thursday night PLO game with the $100 min buyin. we didnt know theres a $50 PLO tourney the same day. so we went to firekeepers early wed morning after leaving Greektown. i was down $429 when i left Greektown but i was no longer down by the time we got back to toledo.

there were lots of $5 and $10 shoes, actually few of $5 but lots of $10 or up. still not the easiest to be alone with the dealer though. theres lots of customers here. they have a few CSM too, but its mostly shoe games. all of which pay 3-2. over the course of 2 nights i won a bit over $500 on BJ. twice the dealer paid me when he shouldnt, one of those times he paid the whole table with his 632A (he thought he busted).

Rick who used to be the poker floor boss in the old Imperial Palace was surprised to see me walk into the poker room and wondered how i found my way out here. he agrees with me the UTG should act first when the button straddles and not the SB and he said he would bring it up to his boss. Rob will be happy, and i dont think hes been too happy with me lately (or lightning either,) since ive not seen no comments in a while.

I was surprised to see they let u play with $100 bills on the table. didnt know u could in MI. was also surprised to see theres no Uber here. closest Uber to Firekeepers is in Jackson MI, close to 50 miles out. the casino is too far out for the city bus and the cab fees are outrageously high. unless u pay $159 or $115 to stay right by the casino. theres cheap motels way down the road for those with cars or bikes.

its a good casino though. i found an ultimate tx holdem video game. lost $800 but recovered it over the next 3 sessions. theres $3 video BJ too which shuffles every hand and is 3-2. i didnt play it. plus the buyin in the $1-2 NL is $50-400 which is a good spread. theres $2-5 nl $200-1000. and $100-500 PLO. i broke close to even on the poker. i was up over $1900 at poker on sept 4, and now on the 9th im still up over $1700 on poker this month. so im a little over $23,000 in the roll now.

the blog writer Ace i sent my card to pick up free play in MD live is giving me all kind of wild stories why my free play dont exist. i wasted $13 sending him the card. i know its there i see it in my account.

i wish i could just put an rv in the parking lot of firekeepers so i could play there everyday. ray says i can buy one used under $5000

Monday, September 4, 2017

The horrible way in which Motor City casino treats its customers.

before i get into the main topic, let me give u a brief update on how im doing. im up to $22,800 and over $1800 in poker wins for the first 4 days of september, which isnt too bad. as slow as August went i knew some big wins were overdue. Theres a lot more cash stored with various casinos up in this part of the country than there used to be.

Ray wanted to get up to Greektown early yesterday, because of the drawings all day, one of whom would be winning $6500 or a 2 yr lease on a car. (poker players only). i couldnt sleep, so when he knocked on my door at 2.30pm to drive us to Greektown, i was too tired, i shouldve fallen asleep about 7-8 but i didnt til about 11am. so he went by himself, and i thought i might just play in toledo.

i eventually woke up about 7pm, and decided to take Uber to Greektown, seeing how much less Uber prices are in this part of the country. just like cheap eggs (70c) cheap milk ($1.19 gallon) and the lowest rental prices in the county if u google search it ($447 average 1 bedroom apt) uber is much less per mile here. so for $64 and an extra $10 tip for return gas, i got a lady to drive me to Greektown.

Ray wasnt doing too well, but was planning to be there til he did better, so i found a seperate game and eventually got up a few hundred. was once up $600. then i get moved to a new table, (when i got a big stack i always hate and resist this, which wouldnt bother me if i had a short stack). the guy in the middle of the table who seemed to know me had a big stack but this table didnt have as many big stacks as the other tables did, so i picked it.

6 of us see the flop with my AJ for a raise. flop comes 26J with 2 hearts. ive got the ace of hearts but not the J. the black guy with all the chips bets $20. one other guy calls, a middle eastern guy whose been getting on my nerves alot with his candy crush comments which i dont play on my phone. i should raise big here, but ive still over $550 behind, and hes got over $700 behind and im up way too much for the day since i only bought in for $53. so i worry about giving it back. figured id wait for the turn. and see if they check. plus then a flush draw they might have would only have one card to go. turn comes 3. he again bets $30 other guy calls im still afraid to raise, since he didnt check. big mistake on my part. were i behind money for the night, id have definitely bet big.

river comes 6. he bets $45, other guy calls, i call. the black guy wins with 6-4 offsuit. middle eastern guy shows J. if i shove the flop the black guy folds, the middle eastern guy whose very loose might call and id beaten his kicker which he didnt show. so i left immediately couldnt get ray to, so i went to go to motor city.

now ive been pissed off with weird motor city policies before. Greektown will sell u chips by the floor coming to your table, without u needing to get up, or in rare instances instruct the dealer to sell to u. both motor city and mgm make u go to the cage. even if u are playing already and went bust. so often i must remember to have $100 chips in my back pocket for if i bust, which u often forgot about when cashing out. which makes me feel like its their real reason for doing it and not their BS excuses. motor city dont even use a players card. which keeps the dealers from knowing your name when its your BB.

poor cell phone reception in the area by the casino made it difficult to get an uber driver but i found one, the first one canceled. i was hoping ray would leave soon before he got more stuck but the high hand promo was starting up at 4am with $600 for any aces full or better.

i quit still up over $300, and planned to buyin elsewhere for $50. but when i got to motor city, i found 15 people on the list, (none of whom were being seated, all were standing outside the room or sitting outside, waiting for seats.) yet there were like plenty of open seats, including some tables only 6 handed. here they play with 10, quite common this part of the country which i hate, preferring 9. the reason there was so many open seats and none were being filled is they wanted to send home employees on overtime. now ive seen them do this before, but forget they do it so often. so they were trying to break tables sometimes by force. until they combined enough games to send home some dealers, NO ONE was going to get a seat. the other names on the waitlist didnt like it either. the staff told me it would be at least an hour or more id need to wait.

so im outside the room and a guy comes up asking about my shoes if theyre velcro. i didnt even know what that is til ray explained later on. i didnt know and didnt feel like talking cause i was busy on my phone with something important and i asked him to please let me be. if this was brandon dean or bean face killa i apologize, i was too busy fixing a phone problem to look closely. he seemed to know me.

so i left pissed and took another uber elsewhere, and still had issues with this uber, had to cancel and use lyft. theres like 5 cabs outside too but refuse to use them. it would be like $15 for a $5-9 ride, and i resent them in general for poor service in the past refusing to go short runs and blocking uber in many cities. lots of panhandlers outside valet too either wishing to borrow your phone or something else.

when Ray finally came to get me he ended up out over $500 and i had won over $400. minus all the uber fees. im just as pissed people play at motor city and tolerate the poor service as i am the staff. too many people defend the casinos, and especially the employees when customers feel the policies are rude. its why people got blocked on twitter. if no one else played, theyd fix it. theres 2 other better rooms to play in here. its why so many places offer 6-5 bj and resort fees too. people dont get upset enough over it.






Tuesday, August 29, 2017

a weird situation which took place tonight at my table

    Let's talk about why my roll is now over $21,000 since coming to Toledo from Vegas. its NOT just due from the $2600 ive won in BJ since returning to Ohio. its not just from playing more $2-5 and more PLO than i used to. Much lower expenses, better gaming conditions, and a bit of luck have had alot to do with it.

lets discuss a hand tonight in which a guy got mad and called me "a little bitch" for calling over the floorman. i had close to $250 in front of me, and a guy reraised my preflop raise with AA, i reraised to $112, and he put me allin. flop comes up 456. turn comes 3. river comes 2. i show AA, and wait to see his cards, and the dealer speaks up and says "split pot" WTF? hes not supposed to say nothing unless he turns his hand over. i think they were friends. so he starts pulling back his chips, (which his and mine werent even counted yet) and im asking for the floor so loud the floor cant help but overhear. now this guy had went to such lengths to muck his hand in such a way id never be able to see it, so it wouldnt be recoverable. he thinks he dont need to show it since the dealer says its a split pot. the floor consults with his boss, then returns to tell him his hand is dead since he didnt show. then he goes ballistic since he didnt get any of the pot. (plus losing his $250) and starts saying im angleshooting and calling me all those names and goes off on the dealer for not telling him to show his hand. i got to keep the whole pot, then immediately left to be away from the guy.

spoke of it when i entered the next room while signing up, and this floorman too agreed i deserved the pot. i think the dealer was the one out of line for trying to give him half the pot without having him have to show me what he went allin with.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Progress report

Right before i left the Hoover Dam Lodge I was somewhere around $17,400 (this was before i purchased airline tickets while in the airport over the net) i kind of left vegas without knowing for sure id be leaving that night, so as usual, i hadnt yet bought tickets. luckily for me, the price didnt go up while enroute to the airport, and once i got there and logged into working wifi, i was still able to buy them for the same price. Lightning can feel free to tell u how much i was concerned over this.

so after tickets, and food in the airport, i think i was close to $17,200 when i touched down in cleveland. as i stand tonight, im over $18,900 and not much below $19,000. at one point since coming to Toledo to live, i was down below $16,300. im finally back to winning $1004 for the month of august, (yes i know its not much.) i won more from live BJ in toledo/Detroit than from poker this month. i know why its low this month too. its due to poor play.

u see im not winning in $1-2 NL this month. my wins in poker came from my $2-5 sessions, (almost all were winners) my PLO sessions (more than half the months profit) and my losses? well i can think of 3 really bad shoves when tired losing and late into the session when i was ready to go home, which caused me to lose over $500 one night in Greektown in $1-2, $700 in Greektown in $1-2 and $300+ in greektown once in $1-2 NL. one involved calling off $700 with AK suited into AA. Just because u are tired and looking to coinflip, doesnt mean its a coinflip. this is why u are much better off taking breaks to play BJ at times.

and theres so many things to annoy u while at the table. People talking on the phone while playing poker. People putting racks on the floor next to u to trip over. People wearing headphones. People straddling, (and the fact Detroit does it in the wrong order, unlike the Wynn and the Nugget). People showing off how much richer they are than u by buying in full. People sitting in the game badmouthing the President. People asking to wash the cards. People talking to the waitress when its on them to act. People who wont ever fold, making bluffing impossible. People holding up the action. People who wont turn their hand over. How can u focus on playing ur best with all these annoyances?

after a while, u are happy to leave, and the longer it gets into the session, the smaller the win u will accept for the night. when u are old, u want to try to keep the same sleep hours every night or its too hard to get back on track.

did any of u know coinbase is now charging up to $4.75 for small transactions? imagine if VISA charged this for small store purchases. something needs to be done.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

back in toledo

ive left vegas for good now, and flew into cleveland where Ray picked me up and drove me home to sylvania OH. i really appreciate him doing this for me, but im a bit irritated he didnt hook me up with the black girl whose 20 he promised to which he wasnt interested in who spent 1 night in his house. or the 23 yr old in genoa he thinks found someone else. Plus i just discovered plenty of fish no longer lets u search for women more than 14 yrs out of your age range. i never got to be with women 20-30, when i was in my early 20s i only went with women over 30, they were much more interested in fooling around.

we've been going up to greektown every night, or one of the other rooms. i found out turtle creek is only 4 hours 19 minutes from google maps. ive still not been winning though. im down still for august, so its pretty poor news financially. the best news is he chopped the tourny 4 ways i encouraged him to enter since he thinks hes better in them, and just like flushdraw might be.

i made a few poor shoves late into the evening when tired of playing and ready to leave. i never could steal the pot. at least i know where im making errors. plus they have good BJ games here, but the min bets much too high. but a rich counter would love the deep penetration.

the biggest accomplishment was convincing both ray and lightning to meetup in IN on the majestic star pokerroom. i covered the costs of ray coming and we got to meet and eat. lightning took one photo but i dont have it of course. Lightnings blog got delayed due to a death of someone i never knew but he knew well. im interested in his koala stories unpublished too.

ive done a poor job selling bitcoin when at the lowest and buying so often when at the highest, but at least im still over $16,000 i dont know how id done had i not left vegas. ive found a good 08 stud8 mix $6-12 2 nights per week. pretty high hourly for the low sample size, but in parx its the only game i did good at winning close to $500 the one time i played.


Monday, August 7, 2017

am i making mistakes?

This time i really did move out of my other place after being there a little less than 7 weeks. i checked into the nugget for 2 nights, using the rest of my comps up. i've lost almost all of my last 6-7 sessions in the nugget, which is why im still behind well over $500 for august live poker, even with the $590 poker win in north LV, while in the Poker Palace with the duke of fremont. so i should be out of town before Friday. im down to $16,000 now from $19,200 so if i keep in town longer ill keep getting broker.

So now lets focus on why im not winning, and determine if its just the much higher quality opposition in vegas as compared to most other cities. Or if its something else. i did win in July but only $1291, not enough for the high cost of expenses.

i started off turning my $120 into $274 with back to back QQ. from there on out it was mostly all downhill. kept adding to my stack til eventually i left the table out $347 of the $3247 i had with me. thats when i went to check in to my room, and stop in the grill to take food with me to relax a few hours.

Koala came by for one final visit but i couldnt get him to play any poker. he claims he's "not a winning player" and would be stuck much more for his trip were it not for some BJ winnings. so basically he sits in his room most of the time.

heres some of the different hands i played. one hand theres one old man ive seen in here most of this week. im not sure how often he plays, dont remember him on previous trips. he often raises in the worst position possible preflop (which to me feels idiotic) in the BB or SB when its limped. problem is no one calls often enough to evaluate his hands. he does it to $12 with J9 offsuit i called with 55 near the button. how near, i dont remember exactly. flop comes 5J8 with 2 diamonds. he bets $15, i bet $45, and am surprised he calls, so im thinking he got a big pair or a flush draw. turn comes A with the 3rd diamond so i check along. i thought i might get check raised allin with money behind. probably should bet? K comes on the river, check check and im good. he only had J9 so i guess he mightve not paid me any more?

last night one guy from canada (who i originally mistook for a local in here everyday, then found out he wasnt him) when i bought in $3000 in $500 chips when i left the paigow table, ended up covering me in a few hours when he moved to my table and seen i was losing big. Richard moved to my table too, and hid his last name on his card. he seemed to know me wanted the seat on my left, played very weird and loose raising often, and i lost a big pot to him when he hits 2 pair on flop of K23 and i had top pair. i think he might be richard menzies on my facebook, his picture looks like him. i lost close to $400 luckily i didnt lose more. got pretty tired.

then one time i called $10 preflop with 3 others. flop comes A23 all in clubs. i had Q9 of clubs. he bets i raise he goes allin with AAA and im winning til the river which is the other 3.

once they see im on full tilt when i sucessfully see an easy bluff steal preflop with 94 offsuit (which worked and 3 folded once theyd originally called $8) i then get KK the very next hand. so i know ive got them setup perfectly to think im weaker. so i go allin blind preflop to get called loosely by 1 guy. flop comes 457 sure enough he calls, with 78. and then rivers 2 pair. i dont think this play was bad either, just bad luck on the river.

then the woman in the make america great again shirt on the other end whose out of state and unfamiliar with their promos and straddle rules and bathroom locations bets on the flop of A78 ive got 78 suited, in spades, 3 hearts on the flop . i raise, she calls. turn comes 4th heart, check check. river pairs the wrong card and she still bets into me i folded of course she shows the K of hearts.

i dont think my raise on the flop while still ahead is bad either, not my fold once i was beaten. seems the only error im doing is not hitting n running while up


Sunday, August 6, 2017

the duke of fremont

      Im just not getting anywhere here in vegas, probably being punished for deciding to stick around and not fly out when i said i was about to fly out over 1 week ago. at least koala got to see me and we played a bit in the redrock, hoover dam lodge VBJ, and the nugget. Seen vince too and finally got the mailer from him for st louis. they reduced my 16 monthly coupons for free BJ bets to only $90 each from $125 each.

Tonight i couldnt win again, im back to being behind for the month of august. July i only won $1291. last night in the Poker palace in north LV, while sitting next to the Duke of Fremont (pic of me and him on twitter) i turned my final $142 into $732. i wouldve been way up for the night had i not lost well over $200 in the nugget poker room earlier that afternoon, plus over $200 more on BJ in NLV. instead, i only ended up winning a little friday night. my hourly is $50 per hour this year for the poker palace.

the duke of fremont was in my game again tonight (saturday) along with 2 guys from twitter, 2 women in the game, one of whom i think desperately wanted to pick up the guy on her right, and derek from twitter's left. Plus i think she was hollywooding about how often she plays poker. she knew way too much about other rooms, promos, been in way too many places around the US, yet pretended not to know when the wsop is, and said she only played 20 hours this year. she was winning much of the time til the end. id not lost as much had i not shoved $135 on the end when i felt the other person was weak, they were, but they improved a bit on the end. they still thought some time though.

im quite concerned as to why my Uber rating is down to only 4.45. too much complaining about other drivers, and no tips? i dont know. or maybe just not wishing to use the freeway?

tonight when leaving the nugget, i went to the D to buy bitcoin from the atm, but my signal on my cell was so poor i couldnt open my bitcoin wallet to scan the code. so i had to go to the lucki dragon to buy it instead. there it worked fine. so i played some paigow poker, but didnt like it when the other players would rather quit than me be the bank. i hate this, takes the fun out of banking.

i think ill get out of town for sure this week. cant afford to live here. im living off last years earnings for many months now, not this years. did find 3 books in a used bookstore for $24. 2 gambling books, plus one story of life in germany during the war, hiding from the govt.