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Drove up with my wife and sons (7 & 1) to Tahoe last Friday and stayed at the Horizon Casino for 2 nights. Spent a lot of time with my older son at the casino which has a movie theater (saw Batman Begins and Fantastic 4) so really did have too much time gambing.

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You know, all these superhero action movies look the same to me now: Spiderman, Batman, Daredevil, Fantastic 4, etc. I think Batman Begins is above average and F4 is so-so.
 

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Anyway, continuing my Tahoe report...

Friday night after the movie I went to bed early, intending on getting up around wee hours to play some poker. (I function better doing this way instead of doing an all-nighter and crashing in the morning.) I got up at around 4:30 AM and went downstairs to the Horizon poker room. There is a $2-$6 HE spread limit and a NL HE with $2-$3 blinds. Just when I arrived the table (a 7-handed game) there is a big pot brewing (all the players at the table are youngish guys.) I didn't see what happen before the flop (3-handed after the flop_)but the flop is 10-9-7 rainbow. Seat 4 (reckless guy) bets like $75 and Seat 7 (relatively reasonable guy) raises something like $250, and Seat 3 (relative timid guy) calls all-in about $200 and Seat 4 calls the raise and about all his chips also. Seat 3 KK, Seat 4 10-8 and Seat 7 9-9. No king nor J nor 6 on the river and Seat 7 drags about a $700 pot. I sat down at Seat 1 and buy in the max of $200 (min buy in is $100), so does Seats 3, and 4 (rebuys) and a few hands later in SB I picked up AhQh. Seat 3 UTG folds, Seat 4 raises to $50 Seats 6,7, and 8 folds. I called reading Seat 4 as loose/reckless so he could have anything. And Seat 2 (reasonable Londoner) calls in BB (remember the blinds are only $2-$3) Hmmm. I put Londoner on a good hand but not a big pair. Flop comes A-K-Q rainbow. Seat 4 bets another $50. I quickly raised all in with my remaining $150. Seat 2 (he has at least a $300+ stack)went into a tank and even turned over his hand (As10s), even though Seat 4 still has chips. By showing his hand I don't think he intends to call, since he gave Seat 4 a free look (although Seat 4 has only $100 left so he could nolt do anything to pressure Seat 2). I really didn't care if Seat 2 calls or not but he finally folded. Seat 4 calls and turns over JsXs so he got 3 outs. I survived and went up $250. There were no really memorable hands after that other than I was winning steadily. An little later the floorman said they are closing the card room soon (they open at 1 PM and close at 5:30 AM) and soon after the game broke after Seat 4 got kicked out by the floorman because he used too many F bombs (although he wasn't directing it at any one person). I cashed out $680 for a $480 win.

I went over the the craps table (a game I usually don't play because of the negative expectation). No wonder, I end up losing $80 after 30 minutes. So I go over to a BJ (2-deck) table (min. $10). I usually watch the game a bit before I sit down. I do it for 2 reasons: 1. I want to see how 3rd base plays (I know it really affect the outcome of my hand when I sit down but a clueless guy sitting there would frustrate me if he takes dealer's bust card or dealer's fill card when basic strategy dictates that he should do otherwise.) 2. I like to start out with an edge so when I first sit down the deck has to be 10 rich. I don't go from table to table looking for positive counts (a maneuver call Wonging after the BJ author Stanford Wong, who, suprisingly, is white. If you see the Game Show channel you will see him playing in some televised BJ tourneys, which is a different animal.) Anyway I am not the greatest card counter but do I keep track of the deck and adjust my bets accordingly (my bet ranges between $10 to $40 but normally I bet $15 or $20 per hand). I won $100 after 2 hours. So I am up $500 for the day.

Saturday night, more movie, dinner and arcade time with my older son while wife stays in the room with the young un. Got to bed early again and plan to assualt the table in the morning.

Woke up about 4:30 again and got down to the casino floor about 5 and the poker room was empty. I was intending to go over to Harvey's since they spread a NL HE with $5-$10 blind (max. buy in of $500) but I called and they have no game going except $3-$6 limit. Wander over to the craps table again (bad move), got ahead about $100 but blew that back and then some (-$60) Went over to the BJ table again won about $120. Went back to the craps table and finally third time's a charm and won a little (maybe $70). So I am ahead another $100+ for the day. (The world class poker player Ted Forrest said he had won $1M+ in poker in a day but lost $1M+ in craps so let that be a lesson to you all.) Unless you could control the dice (and there are a few people who supposely could and have a positive expectation over the house, but it probably takes many years of practicing and they can't do it every time. If you are interested there are actually craps schools advertised which will teach you how to control the dice. But I will stick with poker for now.)

All and all, it was a fun trip. When I got home I went on the internet and bought a few BJ books and a craps book and a sports better book (I love reading gambling books) so I can improve next time I play BJ (I have a friend who wants me to go to Thunder Valley, which I haven't been). I will bring $500 in the near future and try BJ over there.
 
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