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Old 05-20-2017, 05:36 PM   #91
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hs baltimore video......

here's a horseshoe video recommended by our good friend the lion:



horseshoe footage starts around 8:08.

there was some big controversy that night where one younger woman was following an older lady around the room and yelling "call me a bitch... call me a bitch!!" but i guess trooper arrived too late to record any of this?

i was in the room until about 1:00 am but he doesn't really have any footage where you can see our game or any of the other tables in the room.

this is what it looks like though!!
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Old 05-31-2017, 07:10 AM   #92
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fumbling his confidence and wondering why ac has passed him by...

ok poker fans, we last left off with yet another disappointing atlantic city trip and today's action finds us back at the beautiful horseshoe baltimore hoping for a rebound to greater fortunes.

it's going to be a long wait to get into my regular 3/6 limit game so instead we try our luck against the local 1-3 no limit talent.

unfortunately i find myself at a table of "regs." i am in good position against a couple of the weaker players but with a steady diet of Q4 off suit hands i'm not getting much to show down against them.

eventually i strike with a set of fours and eek out a $28 win. i spend the night in town and return the next morning to swipe my total rewards card to take advantage of a generous rewards credits promotion.

with this promotion (and their body of work) horseshoe has earned my business but on this day i'm just not feeling it and head out to the garage to take off for charles town.

it's pouring down rain as trucks are passing whizzing by me at 90 mph on 70 west.

long time readers of my reports know it's 2200 miles to cove fort.

i stop to grab some coffee at a dunkin' donuts when switchfoot comes on my radio:


We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside
Somewhere we live inside


these lyrics do not escape me and i have to ask myself serious questions driving in a downpour to play 3/6 limit holdem and $5000 west virginia breds at charles town, wv. do i need to get a life? or does the rest of the world?

a $10 come from behind win at 3/6 doesn't do much to answer these questions but over at the track i LOVE a horse named GREY GATOR on the penn national simulcast.

i don't think GREY GATOR can lose and i'm pretty sure about a horse named NEUTRONSTAR two races before GREY GATOR runs.

i try to "lock in" a price on a pick 3 here but when i call the adw i'm informed that pen no longer has a pick 3 on this sequence of races.... only a 20 cent pick 6!!

both horses win though and i grab another lone speed win with a charles town horse named LUCKY CANDY to finally give me a winning night on horses.

on nights like these the game seems so easy but of course we all know that it really isn't easy and that these nights are too rare.

for once though there's hope for winning and it's a relaxing trip home.

thank you for reading!!

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Old 05-31-2017, 09:18 PM   #93
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long time readers of my reports know it's 2200 miles to cove fort.
Yes, but only 1400 miles to St. Louis!

I been off the poker grid for about 15 weeks, including no personal study. The past 8-9 weeks have been spent working 50+ hours per week at local Flower Tent, which closes for the season this Sunday. I've been so far away from poker I may need a refresher course on what makes a good Pre-Flop starting hand. I'll need to make a visit to the Horseshoe too within the next 4-6 weeks if I want to keep my food credits from expiring. Current value is about $110.

Still strongly thinking about some more coaching beyond the 1 hour I had with one professional player. He was ok, and maybe my expectations were unrealistic, especially after just a single hour, but I was concerned whether he would be able to teach to my learning style. I would be interested though with another professional whose name was given to me, but it remains to be seen whether he is still willing and available for coaching.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:25 PM   #94
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Maybe this will get that burning flame reignited in your "poker soul"....

Welcome to the 2017 World Series Of Poker

The 48th running of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) officially opens its doors Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The something-for-everyone schedule includes gold bracelets, satellites, cash games and deep stack tournaments running for 49 consecutive days with the Main Event reaching its final nine players in July 17th, 2017. Nearly 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the players from around the world who attend poker's annual pilgrimage.

http://www.wsop.com/2017/
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Old 06-09-2017, 06:41 PM   #95
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chaos @ borgata!!!

https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/fo...-cards.142048/

any Borgata fans get a new mlife card in the mail?

I did.

good: i'm gold until (thru?) September 2018!

bad: my number doesn't match the mlife number I already have.

ugly: the new information comes up when I log into Borgata but I can only log into mlife using the "old" account.

since I didn't really have too many mlife points I guess i'm just going to use the new card Borgata gave me if I go to vegas or national harbor??

read on "that other site" that there were some long lines to exit the Borgata garage too now that they're officially using the new cards....

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[QUOTE=proximity;2182175]https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/fo...-cards.142048/

any Borgata fans get a new mlife card in the mail?

I did.

When I read the sentence above I was looking forward to an exceptional story. Wonder if that was because I thought it said milf.
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:29 PM   #97
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When I read the sentence above I was looking forward to an exceptional story. Wonder if that was because I thought it said milf.


indeed we can only wonder if stifler's mom has received her proper mlife pearl card from Borgata!

in other news I hear a couple of our best p.a. posters are at a local casino. we probably don't deserve one, but maybe we can get a tr??
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The Rumors are True

You must have "inside" info.

I made my return to the felt at the Charles Town Races tonight. My poker log shows my last game was almost 4 months ago.

I raced off to a quick start, and I was up about $60 after just the first three hands. I stayed around that level for a while, and then the following hand:

I was dealt AA and raised $20 pre-flop and had two callers. The flop comes 9 7 K rainbow and I lead out $25. The player behind me raises to $50, and the other player then goes All In with about $125. I decide to get out of the way, and the remaining player goes All In. Both have 9 7 hole cards and end up chopping the pot, but another pair (that doesn't give them a full house) did not come later, so I would not have won had I matched the All In.

After treading water at around breakeven for a while I end up Rivering a third Ace but lose to a Rivered Full House. Turns out I was behind the whole way anyway as the lady had flopped a set of 10's. This knocked my starting bankroll of $272 down to about $140. I slowly chipped it back up to almost breakeven with trip K's, then got some value with a full house to be up about $100.

The lady who had rivered the full house against me was on a downward spiral, and had changed seats. After going in a number of times All In and not being called by anyone, I called one of her All Ins for $52 with pocket Q's, thinking it was probably about a coin flip. Before the flop we both flipped our cards and I unfortunately learned that instead of a 50/50 coin flip I was an 80/20 underdog to her pocket K's, which ended holding up.

Overall a fun night, and a winning one too at $54.

I ran into Charm City Whizz, who was there while his lady friend was playing at an adjacent table. Not sure how much he played, so perhaps he will report in. He did show me a screen shot captured on his phone with a recent bowling series. Not sure if it was a league match or just a bunch of folks bowling together, but his games were 278-280-278 for a fantastic 836 series!!!! I recall him saying too that he had the first 9 strikes in the last game before leaving a solid 8-pin on the first ball in the 10th frame. GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT ROB! (I'm a little jealous, as I have never had an 800 series, and I'm significantly past my physical prime where I might still have the opportunity and ability to do so.). The lesson here is to avoid participating in pot games with Charm City Whizz!
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I was dealt AA and raised $20 pre-flop and had two callers. The flop comes 9 7 K rainbow and I lead out $25. The player behind me raises to $50, and the other player then goes All In with about $125. I decide to get out of the way, and the remaining player goes All In. Both have 9 7 hole cards and end up chopping the pot, but another pair (that doesn't give them a full house) did not come later, so I would not have won had I matched the All In.
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the thursday game and battling over greens at hollywood pen...

ok poker fans we're back with more mid-atlantic excitement starting with a couple thursday trips to horseshoe baltimore.

although i conceded that i'm probably not going to make caesar's diamond for 2018 i decide to try to commit to getting to horseshoe at least once a week and thus the idea of "the thursday game" is born. my goal is that at least somewhat consistent attendance can get me up to a quarter of a million reward credits and possibly back to las vegas for another exciting and relaxing vacation!!

i arrive at the shoe late on the first thursday of this new era..... but not apparently not late enough because my normal game of 3/6 limit is struggling to even get going at all. i take a couple laps around the casino before deciding to jump into a 1/3 game where the only thing weaker than my opponents is my pathetic starting hands. it's Q5, K4, or J6 pretty much EVERY hand and i'm practically blinded out. i drop $119 and eventually move to 3/6 where i grind out $130 win to finish at plus $11 for the trip.

the following thursday though 3/6 is running strong and so am i with a gate to wire $171 win.

i'm starting to gain momentum and next show up at penn national where it's high hand day.

i start slow but storm back to get ahead over $100.

i give another player some smaller chips for a green and although i only have the green under one other chip in this 3/6 limit game the dealer tells me to move it to the very top of my stack.

"yes, ma'am!!"

when she tells another player to do this however, the guy goes off on her and they're fighting about this for the rest of the down.

he gets up to take a break before the new dealer comes in and she tells the new dealer.... who stays quiet for 25 minutes before suddenly trying to get the guy to move his green chips.

of course there's another big argument about this and the floor is almost called over a couple greens in a limit game on an incredibly busy day.

there's a two hour break in the high hands and of course all the high hand chasers get up to take their own breaks and leave the rest of the table short handed. no one says anything when yet another player suddenly gets up and moves to a new 3/6 table. an attractive young girl comes to the table but an old man tells her she also was supposed to go to the new 3/6 table. another debate breaks out about green chips in limit games. the floor is called. i decide to go home and do some hiking. it's a beautiful sunday afternoon.

thank you for reading.

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...an attractive young girl comes to the table but an old man tells her she also was supposed to go to the new 3/6 table...
It sucks to be old...
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i give another player some smaller chips for a green and although i only have the green under one other chip in this 3/6 limit game the dealer tells me to move it to the very top of my stack.

"yes, ma'am!!"

when she tells another player to do this however, the guy goes off on her and they're fighting about this for the rest of the down.

he gets up to take a break before the new dealer comes in and she tells the new dealer.... who stays quiet for 25 minutes before suddenly trying to get the guy to move his green chips.

of course there's another big argument about this and the floor is almost called over a couple greens in a limit game on an incredibly busy day.
Obviously that rule's less important in limit but I've seen it matter even there. What players do here in Southern California is put the high denomination chips under a rack. And then someone assumes they are going all-in and puts in another raise and they lift up the rack and expose the chips.

So I think it's good that this room is enforcing it. There's really no excuse for players maintaining their stack in any manner where it is difficult to do a count.
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leaving baltimore in the black despite big blind blues????

ok poker fans we're back with more mid-atlantic excitement and today's action finds us again at horseshoe baltimore for another installment of "the thursday game."

the room is completely dead but a handful of us start a fast moving 3/6 limit game where i'm repeatedly POUNDED in the big blind.

(1)JT is third to limped queens and J7 (2 pair) but of course KT (nothing!!) bets the turn and costs me an extra $6.

(2) JJ raises a button straddle (A9) to $9 but of course the villain hangs in to river an ace.

(3) 54s flops a gutshot and a flush draw against limped kings (flops a set). of course both draws miss as the board runs out 5 4.

(4) 99 leads AK until another ace hits the river.

i might have won one hand (?) before the game breaks completely with me behind $115.

i watch a blackjack tournament for a little bit and walk around the casino. another horseplayer is trying to start a new 3/6 game and tries to recruit me for it but i'm not sure it's going to go and plan to head to maryland live! for a change of pace.

but the game does go and fortunately i stay because i catch fire right from the start in a $195 win!!

meanwhile downstairs i see i'm 3 for 3 at penn national before charles town throws a little water on the fire!!

great night of gambling though as proximity momentum begins to build!!

thank you for reading!!

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I don't even play poker but your recaps are always entertaining!
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I don't even play poker but your recaps are always entertaining!
Prox could write a very good poker book. He sort of reminds me of Andy Beyer- Beyer is a very good handicapper, of course, but what makes him the king of handicapping books is that he's a GREAT storyteller to go along with the handicapping.
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