Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My First Move To Las Vegas

Good afternoon everyone.  If you're reading this right now, then you're going to be one of the early followers of this blog, as this is only my 3rd post.  I neglected to mention in my last post that you can find links to several good poker-related blogs (poker-related for the most part) in the list on the right.  I also have links to my other blogs included there, in case you are interested in sports Coach's Parlay Card, reading my rants Coach Goes Viral, or are interested in learning more about me and other life adventures Bikini Hill & The White Mountains.  'Bikini Hill' is my original blog and BY FAR has the most posts at this point.

So prior to May of 2005, I had grown up as a "military brat," moving all over, and when my parents divorced during the summer after I finished the 7th grade, my mom, brother, and myself moved back to my hometown in northern New Hampshire.  I proceeded to graduate from high school, and then I moved to Texas to go to college, because I HATE the cold.  From that point, I went on to earn a business degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), and that degree has allowed me to live a life full of working several different jobs in various locations.  I managed a convenience store, a swimming pool, worked for a newspaper, and taught and coached high school for eight years (not in that order) prior to moving out to Vegas in 2005.  By June of 2003 I had finished my eighth year of teaching and coaching, and I was burned out on it.  For those of you who have never taught and coached, doing that job (as least my job assignments) is basically your whole life from August to June.  By April of 2004 I was managing a swimming pool, and I was getting intrigued by Texas Hold 'Em and the world of poker.  Chris Moneymaker had won the Main Event at the World Series via originally entering a small satellite online, and I had seen the movie 'Rounders' by this time.  At some point during my time managing the swimming pool, I had decided that I would visit Las Vegas for my birthday (which was after the pool closed for the season), with the intention of looking into whether or not a move to the desert would be viable.  This eventually turned into several visits prior to my moving out to Las Vegas in May of 2005.  My brother Pete and his family were already living in North Las Vegas at the time, so it wasn't like I didn't know anyone in town, and I was also bringing my mother out with me.  She hadn't seen much of my brother and his family for a while, and she had moved to San Marcos (where I had been living in Texas) about a year earlier.

Not long after arriving in the desert, I decided to go to a dealer's school in hopes of landing a job in a casino (I wasn't lighting the world on fire at the poker tables at this point, and I was primarily playing 3-6 limit at the Mirage, which was by far my favorite room in town at that time).  I believe that 'Ace's Full Academy' is the school that I attended.  The school was located on Sahara, and it no longer exists.  I tried to visit on one of my recent trips to town in the last few years.  The school cost me $600.00 to attend, to learn poker.  They offered other games at different prices, depending on what you wanted to do in the casino.

I'll tell you now that Las Vegas is very different than any other place that I've ever lived.  Well, actually I'll tell you more about that later, as our time is up for today.  The final three players at this year's Main Event will be vying for first place tonight on ESPN if you like poker and you have nothing better to do...  I'll be glued to the t.v., for sure.  :)  Have a good one and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

My Poker Life

Good morning everyone.  I started this blog some time back, with the intention of writing much more often than I have.  You can read more about the girl that derailed that writing and the rest of my life at my other blog.  I am no longer living in Las Vegas, but I have plenty of poker stories to tell (tell - you true poker players got that)...  :)  I'm still seeing flops for small change on Bovada, and I'm sure that I'll be talking about that also as we get to know each other better.

I'm not one of those people who played poker all of their life while growing up, and in fact I didn't even get into the game until the poker boom (Chris Moneymaker winning the Main Event at the 2003 World Series of Poker, in combination with the movie 'Rounders') came along.  My brother and his family were living in Las Vegas in May of 2005 when I moved out to the desert to try my luck at Texas Hold 'Em.  Prior to this move, I became burned out on teaching and coaching, and I made several preliminary visits to Vegas to determine if this was something that I really wanted to do.  As many poker players are, I'm also a big sports junkie, and you can read more about that in this other blog of mine.

As for the poker, I went to a dealer's school for a month (the school no longer exists), and I got my first break when I landed a job shortly afterward as a chip runner at the 2005 World Series of Poker.  After that, I got a job dealing poker on the Strip at the Riviera (which coincidentally, no longer exists either).  Hmmm...  :)  I had tired of living in the desert by May of 2007, and I moved back to Texas (again, if you visit this blog, you can catch up on several of my adventures).  Since 2007, I have "moved" back to Las Vegas twice (once for a month, the second time for about 2 1/2 months).  The first time, I returned home after 1:00 a.m. following a poker session on the Strip, only to discover that my weekly rental had been broken into.  The bad guys didn't get much (maybe I spooked them?), but I didn't want to give them another chance at my stuff.  This place was on the first floor in plain view and had the door kicked in, yet no one saw anything.  Last year's move found me eventually hitting a cold run of cards in cash game and football betting (although I did very well in several freeroll tournaments).

As I continue saving my money for my next opportunity to play live poker, I will update you on my play at Bovada and share my poker tales with you.  In the meantime, have a great weekend and I'll see you soon!