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
FP - $210 FP = $194.45
Match play - $20 = $15
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