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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Back to the Grind

Friday evening, just minutes after filing my brief, I hit the road for the Horseshoe in Baltimore.  After checking in to the Hilton next to Camden Yards, I cabbed over to the Casino and grabbed a few Miller Lites whilst monkey mashing some sweet, sweep VP.   I was surprised to see several familiar faces working the VP bar -- several former bartenders from the Showboat.   After 20 minutes or so of button pushing, I was dealt a 4 4 2 4 . . .  James,  a former bartender from Spirit Bar at the Boat, was chatting with me and watching me play.  I promised him $30 if I hit the quad 4's with the kicker for $200.  Sure enough, I redrew to a 3 4 for the win.  

From there, I switched to some 10-handed play and was promptly dealt quad 7's . . .  up $350 on the evening, and time for dinner at Binions.  The usual - filet (medium rare), spinach and Jordon Cabernet.  

After dinner, around 10:30, it was time for some cards.  I was hoping to rebound from my last sessions two weeks ago, where I lost $400 with QQ as an overpair on Friday, and followed up with  3.5 hours of play Saturday and zero hands won . . . This session was the polar opposite of the last.  The table was passive and willing to donate.  I quickly built a stack:


Ultimately, I played until 4:30 am and cashed out $600 profit, before cabbing back to the hotel for  few hours sleep.

Five hours later, my phone rang.  My old law school roommate, "Gamblor," was in Maryland for the Jewish holidays and wanted to spend the afternoon grinding blackjack.  It was 10:00 am, and Gamblor was already at the table.  I quickly showered and drove over, and joined him at an empty $15 table.  Over the course of two hours, I added $200 to my weekend winnings.  Gamblor, for his part, and true to his nickname, pushed his stack, playing $100 hands, and turned $250 into $1,300.  I find I lack the stomach to push my bets that much . . . But the style works for him...

After lunch and a few drinks at the Diamond Lounge, we went back to the tables for another 2 hours.  I played $25 to $40 a hand and came away even.  Gamblor continued to play $50 to $100 a hand and lost all his winnings . . .  Black Jack is a game of runs . . . Seems to me you have to lock up your profits when you can . . . My style precludes me from ever winning big; but I often walk away with a few hundred in profit, which works for me . . .

At 5:00, Gamblor and I parted ways, and I hit the road for New Jersey.  I arrived at the Renaissance Newark Airport around 9:00, and crashed immediately, skipping dinner for some much needed rest.

Sunday, 8:30, the alarm went off.  Time for some J-E-T-S JETS, JETS, JETS football . . . I quickly packed and went out to the car.  It was then I realized I had a trunk full of warm beer.   And Jimmy, who was bringing the ice to the tailgate, has a history of showing up late.  Time to get creative.  I went back up to the room, found the plastic laundry bag in the closet and hit up the ice machine.  The only problem - the bag had several holes along the bottom (likely designed for ventilation) and the ice came out slushy.  I looked ridiculous holding a leaking laundry bag.  When I got off the elevator on ground floor, I couldn't decide whether to act casual or make a break for it.  I decided to play it cool.  So, like an idiot, there I am walking through the lobby of a reputable hotel with a plastic bag slung over my shoulder, water pouring out at an alarming pace.  A fine start to a Sunday morning . . .   

As for the game . . . well, it went about as well as expected.  At least the weather was nice . . .


The bright spot of losing is that we skip the post game victory steaks in the parking lot.  As a result, I was back home in D.C. by 8:30 . . . Another solid weekend in the books.

And now, back to the grind . . .  Monday and Tuesday have been 13 hour work days.  And the second half of the week looks no better.  I suspect I'll have to work this weekend as well.  But, being busy is good when you bill hourly . . .  Hopefully, I'll at least get an evening to hit the Shoe for a steak and some poker . . .
  

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    1. There's nothing wrong with eating a vegetable every now and again, sir.

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    2. i agree. that is y i eat french fries

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  2. I had to laugh at the reference of the Renaissance Newark Airport as a "reputable hotel" I have stayed at that diseases infested hotel a number of times. I am sure that if you turned on a black light in any of the hotel rooms they would light up brighter than the Fukushima reactor number 3.

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    1. Yah; you may be right. I'm sort of a hotel snob. Sadly, there are not many decent options around the Meadowlands. And, last weekend, even those were sold out. So I found myself at the airport 20 minutes away. I checked in after dark, and went right to sleep. I didn't see much of anything. Possibly a good thing, I guess!

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  3. I find I lack the stomach to push my bets that much

    Video poker - book win. Poker - book win. Blackjack - book win. What's wrong with that? Good showing.

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    1. FANDUEL-book win????? damm Steelers defense. also what does jewish holidays have to do with Maryland?? was Lord Baltimore jewish?? did u c Slim Charles out and about? Omar coming!!

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    2. Fanduel ass-kicking. 1-5 this week. Lost most of my profit on the season. Megatron killed me. Again.

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    3. i know what did he have like 20 yards?? the default mode at TE has to b Bennett with the Bears. HAPPY DAYS HAPPY DAYS .Allen is out as head coach. Gruden 2015

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  4. I often play video poker at the casino but generally just putz around with it... When you're playing video poker, what type of game do you play and what type of stakes per hand??

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    1. Lately, I've been playing Double Double Bonus. My experience over the past few months is that this game gives you the best chance to win because quads pays out a significant amount (depending which 4OAK you hit). I think the only way to actually win at VP is to hit a monster hand. Otherwise, if you just get a bunch of small wins, you'll eventually leave broke if you play long enough. Thus, playing JOB or even Bonus Poker seems like a losing proposition unless you run like god. While the 2-1 for two pair is nice, quads does not pay out enough.

      I play a quarter game at max bet ($1.25). Definitely play the max bet, because if you hit the Royal, you want the $1,000 pay out.

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  5. Diamond Lounge???
    Is that the bar that's located on The Block?
    The nefarious Block?
    Interesting choice for a drink, counselor.
    Very interesting.
    We might have to become friends, but I'll never order you a Pussy Lite, you'll just have to Man-up and have a real beer.

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  6. Nice! I am thinking of playing the Friday Survivor? Would you be around?

    I would love to visit the diamond lounge if possible.

    GolfPro

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    1. GP - not sure if I'll be around Friday. Our office is moving this weekend, so a lot of stuff is going on Friday/Saturday; and I have a mediation Tuesday to get ready for (otherwise, everything is totally quiet . . .ugh). Nevertheless, I'm gonna try and get up there either Friday or Saturday, but, either day, it would not be until 8:00 or so. I'll let you know if I go Friday in case you are still around . . .

      P.S. M. Phelps did not waste any time getting arrested leaving the Horseshoe, huh? What a jackass . . .

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    2. Phelps probably had a bad run with one of dem good machines. I heard he threw a glass at someone then told everyone they were ugly.

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    3. i wonder if M. Phelps pulled "the do u know who i am" card. also, i guess Tom and Jerry cartoons r racist tooo. @lightning also, mad that the wifi sucked too.

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