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Old 05-25-2022, 08:50 AM   #16
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Hey proximity, great to hear you are back in action, and posting your interesting stories on the poker forum. It just happens that today was a very unusual poker day for me.

It started on the felt at Maryland Live. They were running $400 High Hands every 15 minutes, which later switched to $599 every 20 minutes. Here are some of the "highlights":

--- I get AA and raise pre-flop. Two callers. Board is 2 7 5 rainbow. I bet out $25 and get one caller. He has 79o and turns a 9.
--- I end up with 2 pair, AT, but villain's pocket 66 found a third one on the flop.
--- I go all-in pre-flop with KK. Villain has 44 and catches a third one one flop.
--- I have AQs and bet $10 pre-flop. A not-so-good player raises to $90. I jam all-in figuring worst likely scenario is KK (but not AA because I have a blocker) where I have 30% equity. He turns over K9o (which a Texas Holdem Calculator has me as a 2-1 favorite). I flop a Q but he turns a K, so bye bye to that buy-in.

There were a few other hands that I think I got it in good, but the variance went against me in those as well. Overall I left MDL down $600.

I decided to drown my troubles by going to the CT (Charles Town) poker room on the way back home to see if I could get back a little of the afternoon losses. They first told me to go to table 8, but I was watching the Preakness race on one of the monitors. As I headed to table 8, they then said to go to table 1.

My very first hand was 99, and the flop included another one. Could the tide be changing that soon? Someone else lead out with a small $15 bet and I smooth-called. The turn was a blank with another $15 lead-out bet and a call by me. The river paired an existing Q on the board. The previous aggressor checked, and folded when I bet $60. I am now up about $100, with only $500 more to go, or would my short-term gain disappear later with my earlier day's "luck". I later get KK and win after calling a lady's $57 all-in pre-flop. Another hand somewhere I had AQo and ended up flopping 2 pair and winning. Then I got AA and shoved all-in after someone raised to $13 and 3 others called. No callers, including a looser player with a large stack.

Then around 9:20 p.m. or so I get 99 again. I think someone bet $10 and I called. The flop came QJ9 rainbow and the fellow who bet $10 pre-flop bets $40. I go all-in ($300+) and he calls (with about $225). If he already has the straight, I have about a 33% chance to turn/river the full house. If he has a higher 3 of a kind, I am crushed with only having a 1-outer and probably heading home very depressed. The turn is a brick and the river is the last 9!!! All that worry for nothing though, as he only flopped top two pair, where I was good the whole way. High hands end at 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays, but it was in sudden death overtime because no one had a qualifying hand during the 8:00-9:00 p.m. period. The HH was only a lowly $200 (minus $20 dealer tip), but it does add to the bankroll.

Shortly after 10:00 p.m. I decided to bank my great fortunes of the evening and quit. Interestingly though, just a minutes before that someone (who was not particularly a strong player) did go all-in pre-flop for about $65 but I decided to fold like everyone else, despite having pocket Jacks. A +$130 day sure looks great when compared to -$600 or even worse.

By the way I am leaving for a solo racing trip to New Mexico in a few days to get in SunRay Park and Ruidoso on my visit list. While there I plan to play poker a few times at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque.
now that is an ALCOA FANTASTIC FINISH for the ages!!

hopefully you got estrella's friend jose ortiz in the big race?

anyhow, despite the bad luck you seem to be doing a tremendous job of getting calls while being way ahead and certainly we're all looking forward to hearing about new mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-26-2022, 07:18 AM   #17
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staring at lasagna and cheeseburgers....or tossed salads and scrambled eggs??

ok poker fans we are back in marvelous atlantic city for one final day of gambling adventure!!

we check out of the ocean hotel before feeding ourselves some delicious french toast in "the district" food court and feeding the slots in their beautiful casino.

estrella wants another crack at the tropicana's machines and her novio certainly has unfinished business in their poker room. so we start back down the boardwalk.

the lion has skipped town with an unblemished 4-0 record. the lioness finishes 0-1 but has a great time playing and possibly seems set to share her husband's passion..... until she witnesses the now infamous "village people" game a couple nights ago at the trop. the lion loved that game for its donkeys while the lioness hated it for its asses.

thirty minutes into today's 3/6 limit contest and i'm still looking to see my first donkey of the week at the trop. after hearing about yesterday's loss the lioness reminded me that if i can't spot the sucker in the first 30 minutes at the table.... i AM the sucker!

unfortunately i'm losing again and these tough limit players aren't looking like they're going to give me too much. they educate me on the local high hand practices so i don't miss out, should lightning strike.

apparently for awhile they used code words from the borgata like lasagna and cheeseburger?

"borgata players try to work these words into the conversation (with a wink and a nod) if they (ahem) need help getting the pot high enough to qualify for the jackpot," a helpful player tells me.

"but here we use something called the stare" he continues before going on to describe an uncomfortably long period of eye contact.

just then, my first donkey opponent of the week sits down and gets me back in the game when he suddenly raises me with bottom pair after i river trips!

later, the dealer is pushing victory towards me when top pair seems to have somehow held off a board that runs out with four spades. but another donkey has flipped over 63 off suit with the six of spades. an apparently unbelieving table is dead silent and the dealer is pushing me the pot but i speak up and point to the donkey's spade. it stings to go winless at the trop but it was the right thing to do.

up the boardwalk we stop for smoothies at the hard rock before reluctantly heading back to grantville. we do get to see kelsey grammer
who is in town promoting his faith american brewing company.

http://www.shorelocalnews.com/kelsey...atlantic-city/

i'm explaining dr frasier crane's run through the decades and time zones (in spanish) as we sip our hard rock smoothies.

life is good.

thank you for reading!

game -18 (3/6 limit)
year -102 (0-2)

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Old 06-07-2022, 01:45 AM   #18
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all of my local indian casinos have closed their poker rooms over the last 5 years so not playing much. I do like to follow the WSOP and Dnegs has an interesting vlog.


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Old 06-15-2022, 01:32 PM   #19
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all of my local indian casinos have closed their poker rooms over the last 5 years so not playing much. I do like to follow the WSOP and Dnegs has an interesting vlog.
that's the situation we're in at pen and we feel your pain dw.

after big stock market losses and buying estrella a popcorn at top gun: maverick i'm not in the best financial position but there's a BIG opportunity today at 3:00 to stake trooper 97 in the millionaire maker which i believe is starting this weekend!

trooper is putting up $500 of the $1500, so there will be $1000 available!

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Old 06-22-2022, 02:14 PM   #20
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insane donkeyfest at natioal harbor!!

whizz protege deals turn before flop action complete!!


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Old 06-24-2022, 10:54 AM   #21
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Was browsing around and checked out or watched again a number of videos related to the Mike Postle cheating that supposedly took place a few years back.

I found this under one of the comment sections, which I think some of you will find interesting:

Disclaimer: Don't use this as an excuse for your significant cooler periods.
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Old 07-03-2022, 02:01 AM   #22
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RIP Hollywood Casino Penn National Poker Room

Word from a reliable source has it that subject poker room will now remain closed permanently.

Never got a chance to go there, but had intended to do so if they had re-opened. Sad news particularly for proximity and his friend "the lion".
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Old 07-04-2022, 05:02 AM   #23
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proximity, did you buy any of Trooper97?


Daniel has not done well this series so far, down over a million but 2 buy-ins of the $250K high roller .... some smaller cashes

he might make some back in his fantasy league and has to adjust his sleep so he can get up at 11 am


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Old 07-04-2022, 06:23 AM   #24
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when they first opened up they had about 60 tables. some very large games and the majority of the tables were $1-$3 with a 10% rake up to $4. they closed down during the Corona epidemic. when they reopened the room was downsized to 10 tables and only had the game from 9:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. the rake went to $10 max as well.
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Old 07-04-2022, 11:03 AM   #25
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i'm not sure which is worse? trooper's markup or boston encore's rake!

as for penn national, portnoy needs to be contacted because to not have poker at your flagship casino.....DISGRACEFUL!
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I understand your frustration proximity. Don't you think one of the leading reasons for the permanent closure is lack of dealer availability?

And rather than have dedicated poker room dealers, don't they rotate in the dealers from table games, and don't all the casino room dealers collectively share their tips?

I am pretty sure that one of the main causes for delayed re-opening of the CT poker room after the pandemic was staff issues. It took them much longer than anticipated to solicit and hire adequate poker room staff to minimally operate the poker room.

Even today, CT remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and on other nights, it is a common practice to deliberately close down one or more active/full table several hours in advance of closing time. All of this is done to conserve dealer availabilities for other days. (Dealers are limited to the number of hours they can work each week, pending their employment classification.).
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Mid-Year Report

Time to determine my playing results essentially thru the first half of this year. I am close to 700 hours of playing time, and if I keep up the current rate, 2022 will easily exceed the most hours played in a given year.

My hourly rate, which is ((Winnings + High Hand/Hot Seat/Hot Table Promotions) - (Regular Tips + Promotion Tips + Waitress Tips)) / Hours played = -$ 0.08

Other comps like food credits (when I am away from CT poker room) are not factored into the above hourly rate.

This very slight negative hourly rate is very close to breakeven, but only then because of the huge amount of high hand promotions I have been able to benefit from.

I feel like my game has stagnated, and even regressed. Much longer stretches of my play seem to be on auto pilot, and while some of my opponents seem to have gotten better, I have clearly not kept up. Earlier in the year it seemed like I was going thru some periods of unfavorable variance, which would with time balance out with more favorable variances. Now my play contains many more errors/impatience/bad play.

Time to re-evaluate my game and consider what significant changes might be needed to achieve an advantage over my usual competition. Because I have been playing sooooo much, perhaps I need to take more time off. Fortunately some of that time off will come with a fast-approaching vacation which includes zero poker room visits.

Expect future reports, even if they are not flattering.

Gentle Reminder --> This forum is not a contest to see who the best poker players are. Please feel free to share stories, poker results, and/or other poker room visit experiences you may have!
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I understand your frustration proximity.

And rather than have dedicated poker room dealers, don't they rotate in the dealers from table games, and don't all the casino room dealers collectively share their tips?
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all that is true and another factor is the opening of morgantown and york hollywoods; which of course is another violation of the original spirit of the pennsylvania gaming expansion which was supposed to be unique owners.

bottom line: where there's a will there's a way and penn national is really an embarrassment. someone should be allowed to open a card room and supply this service to the public since penn national has proven itself incapable.
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dave w, did you see episode 47?

daniel is literally trampled by a mob running from a possible active shooter!!

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friday night played in a 1-2-3 nl w a max bi of 500 game. 5 hours. cashed out at 475, -25. probably double the stack + if hero was playing as in years past. no single hand was played optimally. very weak passive/trappy kinds of lines by hero. all night there was a player to steal from, but hero did not. lag opener pre, passive post flop villain 2 to my right. was supposed to iso 3 bet, but was chicken about getting 4 bet from others and getting stuck for 50-70 w air so the op went unexploited the whole game. apparently, the light 3 bet to iso gear is a perishable skill as are many other facets of the game.





here's a hand played to trap, that became a shit spot. villain opens to 15, early position. two calls to hero on the button w 55 who flats, bb flats. flop is 247. it checks around. turn is a 5, 2457. opener bets 40 into 75 fold, fold, hero just flats, bb folds. river is a 6. 24567, a four straight, ugh. opener bets 120 into 155. hero tanks and calls. opener shows aq.



here's a spot played poorly twice and wonder how to do it better. scanning the banks, not finding references to compare it to, except to say there's a memory of going about things differently pre. folding or 3 betting to 60 and folding to a 4 bet. both were in late position. 1st holding qj suited, 2nd holding jt suited. after an open to 12 and two callers, the thought w both hands was you wanna see a flop, don't fold, don't get ag. dislike. flopped top pair in both.





in the first, the opener c bet 40 into a 50 pot and both villains called. hero, confused if good or bad, folded flop. it was gonna be 210 to the turn if hero just flats. it was for stacks regardless if hero pumps it up flop or just flats. remarkably, it checked around turn and river and was won by no pair aj at showdown.





in the second, bb checked, opener c-bet 20 into 50. fold, fold, hero flats, bb check raises to 70. opener flats. w jt suited, hero made a decision to flat. why? thought there were a lot of good turn cards. flop was 78j w one of hero's suit on a rainbow board. good cards were 9, t, j and hearts. probable mistake by hero. size of the check raise and the opener flatting with stack to pot ratios being what they were, meant if a good turn fell we're playing for stacks and much of the time w just top pair no kicker plus some added equity. turn paired the 8. bb bet 120. opener called. hero folded. left opener w 80. unbelievably, the river bricked a deuce, but when bb bet 80 the opener folded.





it was fun regardless. the mental gears are rusty and the only way to add grease is by participating more often.
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