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Old 09-06-2018, 12:18 PM   #46
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Over the past 2 extended weekends I enjoy my annual pilgrimage to the races at the Timonium Fair, and when all is said and done, I end up nicely on the positive side.

I also did something different and made made just about all days a racing/poker doubleheader with the Horseshoe Casino. (Labor Day Monday was racing only, as the wife usually accompanies me that day, so I wisely did not ask her to pass 5-6 hours time at the Horseshoe while I played poker!).

Seems I am in somewhat of a slump, and the 6 sessions of Texas Holdem at the Horseshoe resulted in -$467. Since peaking at +$13.12 (after 216 playing hours), my last 18 playing sessions have seen my hourly rate fall to +$6.97. Some is due to to unfavorable variance, but I know I am making more errors. Hopefully some of this can be fixed by a re-dedication to more study. Overall though, I am pretty happy given I have never had a winning year in my 3-previous years of playing Texas Holdem, although the current year is far from being in the books.

Changing gears............I am really looking forward to proximity's reports from Las Vegas. He really has a nice flair for writing, and I'm sure many here are rooting for your success. Regular daily reports would be great, but I understand how difficult that will be as you focus on your poker AND enjoying the rest of your vacation. Have a great time!!!
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Old 09-07-2018, 04:35 AM   #47
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day 2: tommy korman owes proximity $39?? (spectacles, testicles, wallet, and watch!!)

ok poker fans we are back in exciting las vegas for day number two of the action!!

we kickoff the gambling with aaron nola and the phillies as underdogs against the powerful redsox. i venture over to the pink bird (flamingo) to try to enjoy some blackjack while watching the game out of the corner of my eye. the game goes on forever. the blackjack, unfortunately does not as i'm pounded without mercy from the opening card. quickly down almost $300 i wave the white flag. remember.... blackjack is never the answer.

i take a break from the gambling and walk around the strip some. nola has indeed shut down the redsox but he gets no help from the offense and boston ties the game when herrera butchers a play in center. finally in the 13th boston puts me out of my misery and i venture back over to the pink bird to kick off the poker action with some 2/4 limit.

these players are actually pretty competitive for the flamingo. one guy even looks like james caan. i was at the bathroom during this hand but here is some game footage:


free upvote to anyone who knows what that is at 2:10.

i'm not doing a lot but eventually flop trip dimes with T8 from the big blind. i get a lot of action on the flop and still do when the case dime falls on the turn!!

not the best day overall but at least a positive start to the poker!!

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Old 09-08-2018, 12:06 PM   #48
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free upvote to anyone who knows what that is at 2:10.
I know, I know ... but which float were you under?
Also, good timing on the break.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:11 AM   #49
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day 3: past the stratosphere and all the way to white castle...

ok poker fans we are back in amazing las vegas for day number three of the excitement and we start off with a nice walk up to the stratosphere......and beyond, finally stopping at i think 4th street? (there was a big cluster of palm trees and another road kinda split off to the left?) i'm not sure how far i had to go yet to get to this "downtown" section but this was far enough so i turned around so i could catch some relaxation back at blu pool.

later that evening i'd return to the pink bird for some more 2/4 action. i fall behind early after several suited big cards miss their flops completely but the tide soon changes and this turns into an excellent game.

kk goes 3-0 with two sets and i get winning boats with jj, 66, and qj as well.

after the contest i decide to celebrate by trying white castle (casino royale) for the first time and this is the only negative of the day. fortunately i only order a single slider but when i unwrap this thing halfway down the strip it doesn't even look like they hardly cooked it and i just toss it in the trash.

win some, lose some!!

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trip +244 (2-0)
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we start off with a nice walk up to the stratosphere......and beyond, finally stopping at i think 4th street? (there was a big cluster of palm trees and another road kinda split off to the left?)
Oh and you were so close to the Little White Chapel too!
It's still a 30 minute walk from there to downtown and the scenery gets so much worse that you actually made a good call turning around. Take the bus next time. Fremont St. is worth the visit but don't believe the hype about the casinos being 'easier' there, not true.
Another thing to try on the way there http://www.heartattackgrill.com .
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Old 09-13-2018, 03:41 PM   #51
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Oh and you were so close to the Little White Chapel too!
It's still a 30 minute walk from there to downtown and the scenery gets so much worse that you actually made a good call turning around. Take the bus next time. Fremont St. is worth the visit but don't believe the hype about the casinos being 'easier' there, not true.
Another thing to try on the way there http://www.heartattackgrill.com .
thanks for the tip!

later in the trip someone recommended one of those taco places on the way to stratosphere too but i can't remember which one lol.
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Old 09-13-2018, 04:28 PM   #52
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day 4: her mind is tiffany twisted......

ok poker fans we are back in las vegas for day number four of the excitement and the action kicks off at blu pool where we meet the tan, tone, tattooed, and titillating tiffany from sacramento.

tiffany is bored with vegas, miami, paris, dallas, and several other important cities where she knows all the club promoters.

i'm no travel agent but sensing she possibly needs a change of pace i scare her off by suggesting......... grantville, and she looked as good going as she did coming.

over at the mirage they are having a big drawing and giving out tickets for winning hands that are straights or better.

one woman calls in from the parking garage (she's got the mercedes benz) and locks up the one seat for this new 3/6 game. when she arrives though she starts to unrack in the six before the dealer reminds her that they've locked up the one.

over in the one seat she wins a $200 high hand almost immediately before ultimately winning the $1300 drawing for a quick $1500 in bonuses.

i don't get a single ticket but do grind out a $53 win in the game.

thank you for reading!

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trip plus 297 (3-0)
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Was playing at the Charles Town races on Saturday and was pleased to run into Charm City Whiz! Was only able to speak with him very briefly though.

I hope he takes time out of his busy schedule and posts on here again once and a while.
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Old 09-18-2018, 06:26 AM   #54
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Was playing at the Charles Town races on Saturday and was pleased to run into Charm City Whiz! Was only able to speak with him very briefly though.
he wasn't getting an owner's license was he??
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day 5: mumbai mania @ da bird.....

ok poker fans we are back in exciting LAS VEGAS for day number five of our adventure where the poker takes us back to the cheap seats of 2/4 at the pink bird.

I get off to a slow start at this table of happy players but my luck changes when a controversial Kenyan princess named Mumbai (?) enters the contest to my left.

earlier I noticed a big pile (not stack) of random chips in front of Mumbai at a no-limit table although she seemed to leave the room empty handed before returning to join us low rollers at 2/4.

she liked to raise everything which helps when I have AA and flop a set!

unfortunately this time her "pile" only consists of like $25 though.

later AKs flops an ace, turns a four flush, and rivers a king to finish the job.

as i'm leaving the room Mumbai's involved in another no-limit controversy but outside it's quiet on the strip.

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trip plus 327 (4-0)
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he wasn't getting an owner's license was he??
Probably not needed. His 4-Time Timonium "Fan of the Day" awards should do the trick.

Glad to see positive financial results so far on your trip. Hope it continues!

Hope you were able to watch your Colts bring my Redskins back down to their usual (low) level.
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Hope you were able to watch your Colts bring my Redskins back down to their usual (low) level.
this new guy darius leonard may be the best linebacker in colts history.

Washington's in first place though!!
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day 6: what the manziel?.....

ok poker fans we are back in steamy LAS VEGAS for day number six of the excitement and the action finds us back again in the cheap seats at the pink bird.

it's been a good (poker) start to this trip but unfortunately this turns out to be a late 2016/ all of 2017 game where I lose to atrocious players.

I recognize a familiar face from last year's trip; a donkey I call "blind raiser" who I believe to be a protégé of Maryland hall of shamer aunt hortense.

blind raiser never raises..... except when he gets a category seven sklansky hand from either the small or big blinds. it amazes me that a player this poor still has any bankroll at all but at least he leaves the flamingo drunk.

I just leave bitter, my night possibly better than only that of johnny manziel who tosses four quick interceptions, leaving ripped up alouettes tickets scattered all over the strip.

game -100 (2/4 flamingo)
trip plus 227 (4-1)
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day 7: $18 don't impress shania much.....

ok poker fans after suffering the first defeat of our vegas trip on Friday I opt to cast my line back in the 3/6 waters over at the mirage to kickoff Saturday's action.

i'm not doing much but eventually strike big with A3s flopping a flush and blocking a straight flush. I hang on to win that one but have a couple players priced out of some other pots where they call anyway and hit their cards. I retire with a $7 win and head down the strip, hoping to catch a glimpse of Shania twain down at mgm.

no sign of Shania at mgm but about everyone else on earth appears to be there. the place is absolutely packed.

over at Excalibur I grind out another $11 of profits in their 2/6 game that i'm beginning to find boring.

$18 of profits won't impress Shania much; but it impresses me since I usually spend my vegas Saturdays getting CRUSHED.

game plus 7 (the mirage)
plus 11 (Excalibur)
trip Plus 245 (6-1)

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