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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vegas Day 4 -- the Mysterious Alysia Chang

Vegas. Day 4.  Begins with coffee and 100 hand VP.  Hit this:


Work out.  Pool. Lunch.  Back to Whiskey Down to see if I can get lucky two days in a row.  Turns out, I can.  Within 45 minutes, these hands:




Up a smooth $400 on the day.  Easy game.

I cash out, walk over to the book and, for a second night in a row, parlay $100 on the late MLB games - Dodgers/Giants to win $217.  And, for the second night in a row, walk-off magic.  Easy game.

Around 2:00, I walk over to the Monte Carlo to finally meet the man . . . the legend . . the Coach.  He was working on some free roll hours playing the $2-6 spread game. I had never played spread  before, but took a seat next to coach and tried to figure it out.  Not real complicated.  Sort of a strange game, though.  On one hand, a guy bet $4.  I raised to $10 with QQ and got two callers.  So, the pot is $32 on the flop.  I spike a set and bet out . . . and my max bet is $6 into $32?  Weird game.  I bet the turn and river too, and just felt like I was building a pot for the person who would ultimately suck out on me, of course.

Anyhow, after playing an hour of poker, Coach and I headed over to the sports book to talk some college football and get ready for tomorrow's (or, today's, as the case may be) games.  While there, my phone started blowing up with texts from Rob and Lightning, claiming that Tony Bigcharles was on a plane to Vegas.  Um.  Ok.  Nice joke, guys.  I mean, this was finally a trip where my phone would not be blowing up with texts from TBC trying to meet up at some casino where I have no desire to be and where he is yet to be banned and at some god awful hour of the night.  Clever, gentlemen.   Nice try.  Then I check my email and find this:


FML, as Lightning would say.  Sure Tony.  Sounds reasonable.  Ignore.

Also about this time, I heard from the mysterious Alysia Chang.  Who IS Alysia Chang?  According to TBC, Alysia is a man.  Could he be right?  Hell, does s/he even really exist?   S/he wanted to meet up.  Well, Coach and I were on our way to meet Rob for dinner.  Rob was taking us out to Tap at MGM, courtesy of his poker comps (rumor has it, Rob is actually a millionaire if you factor in his poker comps to his net worth).   Rob sent Alysia a message to meet up at MGM around 8:00.  And, with that, we were off to dinner.

After dinner, Rob, Coach and I got seated at the same $1/2 table.  I was card dead for much of the six hour session, and watched my stack dwindle to $125 or so.  In fact, I believe the only decent hand I won was against Coach when we got our money in the middle on a KcQc x flop.  I had the royal draw with Jc Tc . . . .  I ended up spiking a red ace on the river.  Ouch.  Sorry, Coach.

An hour or so in to the session, a person comes over to the table and asks, "are there any Inner Circle member here?"  Alysia Chang DOES exist.  S/he took a seat at our table as well.  S/he was a good player (much better than P3).  Can a woman play decent poker?  Was Tony right all along?  Alysia also spent some effort trying to talk the three of us guys into hitting up one of the local strip clubs.  Exhibit # 2 in TBC's case-in-chief.

In any event, after sheepishly denying the strip club idea, and with my stack down to $125, I finally got what I was waiting for.  I limped AT from UTG and saw a KQJ flop three ways.  I got my money in on the turn and got called.  Back to $300.  Easy game.  An hour later, I left broke.

The hand that nailed me was against a Villain in town for the Cisco convention.  He was sort of a dick.  Early 50's, I'd guess.  Made it known to the table that he loved to gamble.  Was trying to start up a $2/5 game because the $1/2 was too boring.  He played nearly every hand and kept talking about building a huge pot.   Earlier, he played a hand against Alysia.  He bet the flop to $15 or so, and s/he raised him to $60.   He called.   Alysia shoved the turn with his/her set of 9's and he folded.  I caught  a glimpse of his hand - A-high.   So, with that backdrop, here's the hand that did me in:

Villain is in the big blind.  Effective stacks $280.  I open to $13 with QQ.  Villain's buddy calls.  Action folds to Villain who proclaims, "I have a crap hand, but I just want to build a pot."  He calls.  

Flop is 94x.  Villain checks, I bet $22.  Friend folds.  Villain raises to $60.  I think about flatting; but this guy is not going to slow down. I'm sure of it.  I re-raise to $120 (basically committing myself to the hand).  He just calls.  Turn is a J.  He shoves.  I call and show.  He slow rolls . . . . 9-4.  and with that, my night comes to a disappointing end.   Perhaps I should stick to video poker . . .

End of day 4, and P3 remains up $900.     

And, in case anyone is wondering about the mysterious Alysia Chang, this photo that s/he took with Coach and I should clear things up:




40 comments:

  1. Is ? He/She on the right or left?

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  2. I guess Alysia Change doesn't have gaydar like TBC or should would've known you wouldn't hit a strip club. :)

    Nice job on the VP - someday you'll play real poker like the girls do. :P

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  3. You have obviously found the perfect woman for TBC.

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    1. how is she going to kiss STUpid UNGER on the lips with a bag on her head,professor????

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  4. Is Alysia Chang really Josie in disguise? I see some similar features.

    ohcowboy12go

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    1. No.....Jose is (slightly) taller.

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    2. Woo hoo! I'm TALLER???? Jeez, I'm 5' 1".

      Alysia DOES have a nice rack! I'd totally go to the strip club with you next time I'm in vegas!

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    3. @Josie---You're on, especially if we go on amateur nite and you get up on the stage.

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  5. 94 against QQ -- just another reason why I don't play poker anymore.

    Have you ever read "The Man with the $100,000 Breasts?" It's a bunch of great gambling stories, including about a man who bet he could keep breast implants for a year. If he did, he'd win $100k.

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    1. y not?? u want players like that. it just sucks when they win. i read that book too. i like that prop bet on living in a bathroom of a casino. too bad , that sheeeeeeeeeeity movie ' lucky you" had to include it in the horrible flick makes Joe vs. the volcano watchable

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  6. Thanks for the photo -- it clears things up, um, at least I think it does.

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  7. Damn, sorry I missed the group photo.

    Now people will think that _I_ don't exist.

    But it was a school nite, in fact I'm late for a business appt.

    Bet I missed the Strip Club too.

    Or is that ME with a bag over my head?

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    1. Who are you Rob (and do you really exist)???

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    2. @Josie....you didn't notice cuz you were too busy checking out my ass.

      @Coach.....probably not. I'm a figment of Tony's imagination.

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    3. I was NOT checking out your ass. I was FEELING your ass. Big diff

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    4. Sorry. I stand corrected.

      Or I SIT corrected, I guess.

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  8. Nice meeting you guys. And I just really like Trader Joe's.

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    1. or in witness protection program?? do u know where jimmy hoffa is buried??

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    2. Great meeting you Alysia (if that's you real name). Sadly, the 25-part post I have to write up about our session last nite will probably not start appearing on my blog until I return home next week.

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    3. By the way if you ask me NOW about the hand we played, stone cold bluff. So was the other hand against that guy who folded to the 7 of hearts on the river when I bet. This of course means we can't ever play at the same table again.

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    4. dammmmmmm. BLACK WIDOW of POKER.likes Trader jOE'S,strip clubs,motorboatable rack,and doesnt wear a baseball cap backwards.#Rob'sdreamgirl

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    5. @Alysia---DOH!!!!!!!

      Are you kidding me? That was a bluff? You evil women you! I doubt that the steam will have stopped coming out of my ears by the time I get around to writing my post about last night. But now, it will probably be an even better post. I just have to make sure I find enough synonyms for "evil."

      Anyway, I did make a brief reference about our meeting last nite in my new blog post that just went up. Check it out.

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    6. @anger.....After bluffing me? No, no, no. Lips that pull off bluffs against me will never touch mine.

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    7. @Alysia--yes, I typed "women" not "woman". You are evil enough for TWO women.

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    8. @rob.. then doggie style???? is that 2 words???

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    9. Alysia, you're a Trader Joe's fan? Did you know that in addition to my Poker Grump blog, I write a Trader Joe's blog? It's true: http://exploringtraderjoes.blogspot.com

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  9. Fabulous post. Now I hope you have spent your morning setting out the details of today's schedule. Awake 9:02; Coffee 9:10-9:17, Shower 9:23-9:36; Post shower coffee and VP 9:42- etc. so you can let Tony know where you are going to be.

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  10. "The legend... the Coach..." I didn't give you enough money Pete. And speaking of that, WHO calls with an open-ended straight/royal flush draw. The fact that you're the favorite to win at that point is irrelevant... I had AK (pair of K's w/A kicker) for anyone who wants to pity me. Hey..., was that lady that we paid to wear the bag on her head really Alysia Chang???

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  11. Not. Cool. Man.

    Wolverine flew all the way to Vegas to hang out with you. Think of how many minutes worth of massage he could have bought for the cost of his flight (plus the $8 he spent on in flight WiFi for 25 minutes).

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    1. Wolverine is hispanic??? i thought he was Canadian

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  12. Reading post from my table at the v

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  13. Did not go out to play tonight. Had a ton of reading to do and took a break down the street from my place at the Barrymore. Most fantastic cocktails ever. Their signature drink The Barrymore is combination of a side car and an old fashioned and I'm a total bourbon/whiskey girl so it was right up my alley. What did y'all do this evening?
    http://www.barrymorelv.com/rescon/uploads/2013/11/BarrymoreMenu_Cocktails_Beers.pdf

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  14. id have sworn for the longest time this one asian woman at my table was u, until i finally learned she was a dealer. i will see PPP tomorrow to eat, along with coach, and i wasted the day playing $1-2 Nl breaking close to even, lost 17 in 8 hours play after earlier winning $308 on the dealers angels VBJ. puts me back to $9900

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