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Old 08-16-2017, 10:17 PM   #211
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Is the Cromwell the old Barbary Coast NW corner of lv blvd and flamingo? It is also in Carsar's orbit?

I like these reports, I was really trying to win a seat to the Wynn tournament but failed. I'll live through your report.
hope you live better than that brother.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:41 PM   #212
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day 4 (wed): pink bird blues.....

ok poker fans, we are back with more excitement from fabulous las vegas!!

we kickoff this Wednesday with more quest for rewards gambling. this time we're at caesars palace where two energetic dealers entertain us through what is mostly a winning session of blackjack. i'm winning here but don't get a single blackjack and make it my goal to stay until i do get dealt a natural. my blackjack never comes though and quit at plus $100 for the session. i thought maybe i stayed too long in pursuit of the elusive blackjack but over on the slots i see that my action has only earned me 26 tier credits..... barely enough to earn my caesars table games badge. hmm?

no luck on the slots at caesars as i drop $53. the $47 win though does put me ahead exactly $600 in the chase for the quest for rewards badges though, so so far so good!

i guess some people never learn as nightfall finds us back over at the pink bird for more 2/4 limit punishment.

** aj< k5o (ak5 flop)

**jj< aa (it happens)

** kj < qto (k54 flop.... board runs out j-9)

** kk<a2o (q53 flop.... 4 river) villain called 2 bets pre!!

** qq--- flops set!! --- rivered by gutshot

** 87s ---flops trip 8s...... holds on to win!!!!


** kk<9x (girl flops middle pair, turns another 9)

** a2s (flops ace, rivered by gutshot)

**aa <kk (villain doesn't even 3 bet pre)

** ak< 64 and kto (both call 2 bets pre)

** kts (turn top 2, lose to flush on river)

** i'm not in this hand but it's capped four ways on both the turn and river:

board: aaj74

showdown: a7>jj (no aj anywhere)


** ak under the gun: raise and win side pot SEVEN HANDED.
54 off wins main!!

thank you for reading!!

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--flamingo -178
----trip -318 (1-5)

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Old 08-18-2017, 01:11 PM   #213
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day 5 (thurs): missing at the linq??

ok poker fans we're back in las vegas for day number five of our gambling adventure and this morning's action finds us pursuing the quest for rewards at the linq.

what's missing at the linq?

profits.

at the blackjack table I fall behind and stay behind to suffer my first 21 loss on the trip (-$89) while at the slots it's business as usual (-$19).

after a relaxing afternoon at blu pool I kickoff the night's poker action over at the pink bird in 1-2 nl company.

it's another frustrating outing. i'm not getting any cards but i'm hanging in there and raise with qj suited.

q9 off calls this raise and I fire three streets at a t94 54 board. the villain almost folds the turn but hangs in to make the call and I make a mistake on the river by just not betting enough. maybe he would have called anyhow and I would've lost more? I don't know but I should've bet more. the game breaks and I lose $56.

I decide to try some 1-2 at bally's and it's the same lousy cards as at flamingo.

with AK in the big blind i'm facing a few limps until the cutoff raises to
$12 with the small blind calling.

I reraise to $32 and the $12s fold but one of the limpers calls the $30 and we take a flop of T82 heads up.

I fire $60 at this pot and the villain goes in the tank for like five minutes. so long that i'm shocked that no one called clock, but they didn't and eventually he folds. I hang on to win $51 in this game so it's a $5 poker loss for the day. not bad for getting zero cards but I still think it could've been a win had I bet more on the river at flamingo. live and learn.

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--flamingo -56
--bally's +51
----trip -183 (2-6)

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Old 08-20-2017, 04:11 PM   #214
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day 6a (fri): investigating the cause...

ok poker fans, we're back in exciting las vegas and this morning's quest for rewards finds us over at the fabulous flamingo.

we kickoff the gambling with some $10 blackjack and the double downs just KILL us here at the pink bird. it's so bad that if I don't double down this game is a win. instead it's a $120 loss and there's big news right outside the casino doors as it's RAINING IN LAS VEGAS.

i'm standing there watching the rain when i'm approached by a prostitute asking if I want to have some "fun." last year I think I saw one prostitute but this year I encounter dozens. "I MUST be getting uglier," I remind myself. I don't have any "fun" but maybe next year (if there IS a next year) i'll give up the gambling and just do a prostitutes vacation? I could maybe save some money that way!!

anyhow there's still business to do at flamingo and I grind out $1 on a double diamond machine for my first slots "win" of the trip!! just as I hold on for "victory" in the shadows of the 25th tier credit and alarm goes off throughout the casino. it keeps blaring over and over and over, only interrupted ever so often by an automated pink bird message that says "an alarm has been activated, we are investigating the cause!"

we begin a long night of poker down at the Excalibur
where I get a chance to meet the famous youtube poker vlogger trooper97. the trooper seemed like a pretty nice guy actually (pretty calm for drinking all that coffee) and I told him I enjoyed the videos, especially the Baltimore and atlantic city trip!!

I shoulda went in his 1-2 game but instead begin the night with some 2-6 spread limit. with A2s on the button I limp behind the field and flop an ace on a board that runs out AQXXX. a woman in early position has me outkicked but seems content to check it down but a Q8 somehow gets the idea that he's best here and costs me $5 on the river. later though I flop a flush with Q9s from the button and hold off the (single) blind who flopped a baby flush and redraw to a straight flush. the game breaks and I book a $48 win and walk back down to the Bellagio where I jump into a 48 limit (1/2 kill) contest.

in just my second hand at the table AA falls to 94s..... and NOT from the blinds. at the Bellagio? really? is NOTHING sacred? oh, that's right.... it's four eight.... what a joke!!

five minutes later with KTs on the button I see a flop of k 83. a young Russian bets and I raise. yes, i'm beating him here. he has AQ..... a three outer.... which makes him look like a genius when OF COURSE the ace comes on the turn.

MONTH AFTER MONTH AFTER MONTH I just get POUNDED poker fans.

a couple missed draws later i'm down $99 but against players this bad I just need time and I get just enough; storming back for a mighty $9 win just before this prime time game right in the heart of the las vegas strip.... also breaks.

outside it's raining again.

next: DON'T DO IT PROXIMITY!!

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--Excalibur +48
--Bellagio +9
----trip -126 (4-6)
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:59 AM   #215
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day 6b (fri): don't do it proximity.....

ok poker fans we're back in las vegas where it starts raining again just as I exit the Bellagio. it's sad that our poker tour has gotten to the point where $48 and $9 wins are considered a good night, but it's been a good night of poker. it's still early though and my only Friday night on this vegas trip and I KNOW not to do it but I duck inside the Cromwell and when I exit the other side there's the pink bird staring me right in the face.

i'm really going to lose in 2/4 company at the flamingo..... AGAIN??

uh huh...

it's a brand new game against a table of neophytes and of course I draw the big blind. I check the option with my 42 off and bet out on a beautiful flop of Q 2 2!!

turn: queen.

with A8s on the button I limp behind the whole table and the small blind raises. we all call and a flop of AK3 checks to me. I bet and bet again when a third heart (7) comes on the turn. another king comes on the river and I check behind the field.

small blind: A9.

yes, the villain raised the small blind with an A9 and check-called the entire way.

T5 off (big blind) flops a dime for top pair and turns a nickel for two pair. but the nickel's a heart and when another heart falls on the river I lose to a flush. business as usual here at the pink bird.


with A9s on the button I limp behind the field. the small blind raises.... again.... this time with KJ off and flops a straight. of course I flop a four flush and the board bricks out. two hands later the guy picks up and moves tables despite just paying the blinds.

with AT off a kid with KT bets out on a flop of AK9. maybe i'm getting tired because I don't raise him like I did the Russian at the Bellagio? no matter, king on the turn.

with T8 in the big blind I see a flop of t98. blank on the turn. nine on the river. villain..... 98.

I miss yet another flush draw with A9s and under the gun I raise KQs. five players call this raise and the big blind re-raises!! I call and the guy beside me folds!!!! THAT'S RIGHT.... HE COLD CALLED A RAISE SECOND TO ACT AND THEN FOLDED FOR ONE MORE BET!!

75 off suit wins the hand!!

A7s sees a beautiful flop of AQ7..... but J3 suited turns a flush. no help on the river (of course).

TWO HOURS AND THIRTY MINUTES into the game KT flops a king from the big blind...... and holds on for my first win of the game!!

(just) before the sun comes up I rally back to "only" lose $51 for the game.

thank you for reading.

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--flamingo -51
----trip -177 (4-7)

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day 7 (sat): will i wynn a hand???

ok poker fans we're back in las vegas where i'm getting pounded game after game after game.

since i was up so late chasing losses at the flamingo i decide to skip the quest for rewards and spend some quality time at blu pool.

back inside the casino there's a rare bally's 3/6 game going and i decide to play while i have a chance.

with QQ i raise a straddle and we see a flop of j95.

the straddler (of course) has j9.

a3 in the big blind flops an ace but is outkicked by aq.

we're a little over an hour in and the game's getting short. i get up before my big blind comes. i haven't won a single hand.

i try to continue down at the mirage but there's one of those mid-length slow moving lists so i make my way down the strip, eventually winding up at the wynn.

we're playing 1-3 no limit and overall this is a pretty tough table for that level. two europeans join the game shortly after i do and rip through nearly $700 in about 45 minutes but i don't get any of it. in fact, i don't even win a hand until 1:15 into the game when i c-bet bluff at a board of all low cards with AQ.

this game isn't going good. i stay alive making another c-bet bluff with AK but over the hours my $200 stack gets ground down to $83.

i raise JJ to $20 and get a call before the big blind three bets to $60.

my instincts are telling me to fold (again) but the villain's been in a lot of hands and ultimately i opt to shove my final $63.

i beat the first caller (who calls again with 75!!) but sure enough, the big blind has kk and (since what's left of my money is back at bally's in the safe) i'm out.

$284 of poker losses on the day and i didn't show down a single winning hand. i'm beginning to think poker's not for me anymore as i dejectedly walk back to bally's on this beautiful saturday night in vegas.

it's still early so i crack open the safe and decide to continue the quest over at planet hollywood.

i start with the slots this time where i suffer a miserable $56 loss as an old lady's blowing smoke all over me. the 25th tier credit couldn't come soon enough.

i get down at blackjack but start to rally back.

a bunch of mexicans begin to jump in and out of the game which is good as the tier credits meter's rolling as the dealer and floor are inspecting their passports.

when they start to play though..... things quickly go bad. they're jumping in and out of the game and making pathetic plays that work against me every single time. i now know there needs to be a wall at the border.... or at least a basic strategy test. as the final chips are lost i smash a plastic cup all over the table and depart planet hollywood before i'm kicked out. f#$% them. and f#$% las vegas.

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--bally's -84
--wynn -200
----trip -601 (4-9)

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Vegas has been pretty tough on you.

I hope at Timonium you are not reduced to stooping for discarded tickets containing late scratches or poaching self service betting machines for unclaimed $0.20 vouchers!
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I hope at Timonium you are not reduced to stooping for discarded tickets containing late scratches or poaching self service betting machines for unclaimed $0.20 vouchers!
i'll be fine there. i'm severely underbetting my roll and i do apologize to you for that.
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