New Orleans bound ....
Only one more work day to go -- I'll complete seven days in a row tomorrow -- and I'll be free to go to L.A.
It's been one of those months where it seems like the trip would never come; it seems like forever since I started off the year in Atlantic City.
But now I'm going.
Yesterday I nailed the lid on my New Orleans trip to see the Girl-With-the-Strawberry-Blonde-Hair get married. I'm glad she's still having it there, with her family, it's good for the city. It should be interesting to go back -- last time I was there was at the end of May, when I had my first large downturn. I was up only $475 for the year, which put my bankroll around $3,100 or so. How time flies.
I'm ready for Harrah's New Orleans again, where I'm -$77 career (Biloxi/Gulfport is the only other area that I'm down money career in live casinos). Last time I stayed in the Garden District, way too far away from the action.
This time, thanks to great prices on Expedia (and shy tourists?) I've booked a room at the 5-star Windsor Court Hotel, which is nearly across the street from the casino. Lessons learned: When the city you're in reverts back to Deadwood, it's best to be as close as you can to the city SWAT team's command post.
I'm going to fly there over St. Paddy's Day weekend, as soon as I land, I'm going to point my rental car in the direction of Biloxi and check out the newly opened poker rooms there. I thought about staying the night there, but New Orleans is New Orleans.
Have been playing PLO, sometimes shorthanded recently. It can be pretty profitable, because I think a lot of people don't really know how to play and shorthanded PLO seems nothing like shorthanded hold'em. For starters, nearly 1/2 the deck is dealt out in shorthanded PLO table. Even in full ring hold'em, you're only looking at 18 cards dealt out.
At times, I feel like the game is much more boring than Hold'em, because by the river, many times it feels like a game of the mortal nut -- either you have it or your opponent, who's raising into you, does. I feel like I might have to start playing people heads-up to start getting more ambiguity out of the game. With hold'em that's never a worry.
So maybe it won't be the game of the future, after all.