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PokerGrinder
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April 19th, 2017 at 8:32:33 AM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

I think Seven Mile might be the most southern casino in California, as you are only a few minutes from the border with Mexico.

Thanks for keeping the log up PG. It's good that you hit a royal earlier so that you have some cushion. You mention stopping at Hollywood, so I'm surprised you didn't stop in at the "Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady" (which used to be the Normandie).



Yes the royal is a nice cushion to have for the trip since I'm losing an average of about $20 per casino I visit. I'd be thrilled to finish all the chip collecting in the positive.

I am visiting Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady today on my way to Atascadero. Thanks again for all your updates on that property.
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April 19th, 2017 at 4:49:38 PM permalink
You should go to.tijuana for a night. Is it an issue to drive from US to Mexico since you came from Canada? Probably the same question I asked when you wereceive in asia.
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April 19th, 2017 at 5:02:53 PM permalink
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You should go to.tijuana for a night. Is it an issue to drive from US to Mexico since you came from Canada? Probably the same question I asked when you wereceive in asia.



Why would I want to go to Tijuana lol? Also Ive driven quite far north to go to Mexico now. I'm not sure what the procedure is for a Canadian crossing the border into Mexico.
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April 19th, 2017 at 9:16:49 PM permalink
I'm disappointed (not in you..well maybe) with all the places you have been stopping at that you haven't found anything good promotion wise. It used to be while making a trip like that you would almost certainly find something juicy.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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April 19th, 2017 at 10:33:02 PM permalink
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I'm disappointed (not in you..well maybe) with all the places you have been stopping at that you haven't found anything good promotion wise. It used to be while making a trip like that you would almost certainly find something juicy.


I found a few good things but nothing I would make a trip specifically for.
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April 20th, 2017 at 10:43:37 AM permalink
Update coming when I get to Vegas tonight. I didn't get in until 2 am last night.
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April 20th, 2017 at 11:22:10 AM permalink
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I found a few good things but nothing I would make a trip specifically for.

Look harder. (-;
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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April 21st, 2017 at 11:02:00 AM permalink
Two days ago I drove 489 miles from Twentynine Palms to Atascadero stopping at six places.

My first stop of the day was at Diamond Jim's where I played poker for a hour. They play 1/2 with a $100 max, very weird! I felt like I was playing a tournament with how short the stacks were. Also in most California rooms (that I played in) 1/2 is played with all $1 chips which is insane lol. I lost a couple of pots, running 1010 into AA on a 6 high board and then 3betting kings and getting 3 callers to what would end up being a A high flop. I was the button and the action goes bet, all in and the next guy pushes too. I flashed my kings to the guy next to me and chuckled as I mucked them. I end up getting into a 5 way pot on the button with a suited K. Flop 10Q5 rainbow and it checks around. Turn is J of diamonds so we now have a flush draw and an open ended straight draw. It checks around to the preflop raiser who bets $12 into around $60. This is complete weakness. Two guys fold and it comes to us. Yes we can call but I end up jamming here for one main reason. Fold equity, we have K high and if the river blanks we are not going to win this pot very often. By turning our hand into a semi-bluff we get to realize our fold equity and the strength of our draw as well. The player tank folds and we scoop the pot. I left the game up $20.

I then drove into LA to visit the former Normandie Casino which is now Lucky Lady Casino. I had a comped meal of kung pao chicken which was good. I also signed up for a club card that after two hours of play they gave me $20 cash. I played 1/2 with a $100 max. This game was the greatest thing ever. (If you can get over how short the game was) I had two guys at the table shoving any amount of money with any two cards. The rest of the table consisted of passive old man stations. I lost a big 3 way pot with the two mega fish and had to reload a few times. I got it back in a spot where the fish to my right straddled and we open KK UTG. I flat the straddle knowing that the other fish is always raising his button. It goes as planned, a few callers then the button goes $21, the straddle calls and we get to jam $101 and we get called by both fish. I scoop the pot, and hated myself for leaving that game after two hours. If I didn't have a long way to drive still I would have sat that game until those two guys ran out of money. Romes I know you are going to yell at me for leaving that game but it had to be done. I end up winning $61 in the game.

A little bit about driving into LA and then driving out of LA... OMFG!!! How do people live in this place, I couldn't believe how bad the traffic was. It's funny I say this every time I end up in Los Angeles but I still keep going back. I did get my chipotle though which made me happy.

My next stop was Player's Casino where I played one hand of pai gow. I paid $1 to lose $10, I have no idea how pay to play casinos get players. It makes me so angry to pay to play.

Next up was Chumash where I won $16 off of FP and played one hand of pai gow where I had KK with QQ up and push when the dealer has AA with J6 up, that game is laughable sometimes.

Next I stopped and played poker for a hour at Central Coast poker room. I lost a few pots before flopping a set and getting it in for about $65 with the fish. By the way this fish was in a 4 way pot, $60 in the pot. Flop is J73 rainbow when the preflop raiser jams for $200 on the flop and the guy tank calls. Turn is a 10 and the caller says yes that's me and turns over 89... wtf lol. He cold called $200 into a $60 pot with a gutter and then makes it to boot. This is why I laugh when people say poker is dying, no it isn't lol. I won $46 here.

My last stop of the night at almost 2 am was at outlaws where I got there in time for the last BJ shoe of the night. I quickly won $20 and cashed out so I could go to sleep.

Overall a good gambling day, won at poker and sides and collected a bunch of chips.

Chips collected - 138 (35 for my collection)
Total miles - 3667
Gas - $332.45
Hotel - $71.55
Food - $229.60
Shopping - 2.10
Gambling +$743.45
Poker -$3
FP - $210 FP = $194.45
Match play - $20 = $15
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April 22nd, 2017 at 4:43:03 AM permalink
Thanks for sharing your adventures, PG! Sounds like a fun trip so far.

Quote: PokerGrinder

My first stop of the day was at Diamond Jim's where I played poker for a hour. They play 1/2 with a $100 max, very weird!

Yeah, jurisdictional poker laws can be wacky sometimes. When they first spread poker in Florida card rooms (at established parimutuel venues only), it was very low stakes -- $10 max pot. Then, around 2003, they lifted the pot max limit, but still had a max bet of $2. All games were 1/2 or 2/2 limit.

They are all full no-limit now, but around 2007-2010, they had no-limit with $100 max buy-in, as you described. However, they spread games up to 5/10 NL! I never ventured to play it, but talk about an "all-in or fold" game!
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April 22nd, 2017 at 6:38:25 AM permalink
In Southern California you really need to time your driving to avoid rush hours if possible.

You like Chipotle, have you ever had Qdoba? Worth searching for, it is better IMHO.

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