Headed to A.C.
But I discovered that I have from Friday-Tuesday completely off. A.C. is too expensive for me to just go for the entire trip -- trying to get New Year's reservations at this point, anywhere, is nearly impossible.
But a three-day trip after New Year's isn't.
It all started when I realized I still had this vacation time pending. A few months ago, Mark was going to go to Vegas with his friend Ben and I decided I'd tag along. But the plan went by the wayside when we both entered our 15/30 downturn. Also, I kind of thought I'd had enough traveling, with three Vegas trips in six weeks. Plus New Year's anywhere is prohibitively expensive.
But I forgot to cancel the time off and it showed up on my bureau's schedule.
What to do, what to do... Well, there's Biloxi. I'd wanted to make the run down to Biloxi for a while (and still may sometime in January), especially to check out the new poker rooms at the Imperial Palace and the Isle of Capri. But it looks impossible to get a room down there for New Year's. So scratch that.
When I came to work today, I discovered I had Monday and Tuesday off. I thought I had to be back on Sunday.
So I looked around. I thought it would be nice to visit my ailing grandmother and my other relatives in Hawaii. Way too expensive for such a short trip and I'd rather be there when my folks are back, say in February. Flights to Vegas also were expensive, what, only three days off.
So were flights to Atlantic City and Philly.
But what about miles? Miles are a tricky commodity, because you can't always use them when you want to. But for some strange reason, I can fly to A.C. this time around. I don't intend to stay very long -- my main goal is to see these poker palaces and add chips to my collection. Who knows? Maybe I can face off against Johnny Chan, like in Rounders...
Speaking of which, I rented Rounders on Netflix. I saw it with Mark about a year ago, when I was just starting and really didn't pick up too much. I've read all the poker players' criticism about main character Mike McDermott's play but it really didn't sink in until now.
It's pretty stupid that McDermott would risk his $30K 'roll on a shorthanded $50/100 NL game, especially when that bankroll is more suited for $5/10 NL and possibly more for taking a shot at $10/20 NL.
The game is 4-handed and McDermott is up to about $48,000 in chips. On the button, he makes a raise with A9s and Teddy KGB smooth calls with AA. McDermott flops 2-pair and says he puts Teddy on a flush draw when Teddy calls his overbet of $2,000.
Hmmm. Teddy's getting the right odds for this "flush" draw. Makes sense to me. LOL. Unless Teddy's calculating the implied odds of the sucker across from him.
Of course, another 9 comes on the turn and McDermott is trying to set Teddy up, so he checks when Teddy checks and gets no information from him.
The third spade comes on the river and McDermott comes over the top of Teddy's $15,000 bet for $33,000 more, and of course loses to the higher boat.
Rounders is a classic poker movie, but it's sickening to see the poorly drawn up hand and to know this scene is part of the inventory of mainstream references (along with the WPT) for people who know nothing about the game, telling them you can lose everything you have in one hand in NL. Yes, that's true. But only if you're not careful and not taking your bankroll seriously.
Btw, I'm writing using a wireless keyboard and mouse! It's awesome. I've wanted one for a while, especially after seeing the profile on Phil Ivey in All-In magazine and the pictures where he's sitting on his living room couch with it and across the way a huge plasma screen displays a Full Tilt table.
The keyboard I had been using was a replacement that I had in my storage closet that I had to use when I accidentally spilled Diet Coke on the other one. The spare keyboard, however, was taking up too much space on my desk and made it a pain while playing three Web sites using my kitty AWACS laptop and my desktop.
But this keyboard is awesome! I'm going to use my old optical mouse at work but I'm pretty sure I'm going to get another wireless keyboard and mouse and bring it to work!! Thanks Mark for the idea (along with all the other great ideas -- PokerTracker, PokerAceHUD, RakeTracker...)!!!