Q: Are you a professional card counter?
JH: No. I am a proficient card counter and play blackjack occasionally on my own. I do have a group of friends who come to LV 4-5x a year -- they are all advantage players with sizable bankrolls. When they roll into town we go out and pound the casinos hard. I/We prefer playing in groups, sometimes we use elements of team play.
Q: Do you use a big player and have spotters scattered at various tables?
JH: Nope. We just sit down at a table and pound them for an hour or so. We leave when the heat gets turned up. We do use some cover techniques which I am not going to reveal for obvious reasons.
Q: What do you do for work in LV?
JH: I was unemployed for a while, but I am now back working. I work for the government -- what I do for the government I would prefer not to say.
Q: What do you dislike most about LV?
JH: The smoking here is beyond ridiculous.
Q: How's your experiences playing poker in LV?
A: I started with a small bankroll and lost it in about 8 months or so -- playing mostly low limit cash games. I started playing low buy in tournaments and had much more success. For whatever reason, I seem to play much better poker in tournaments than in cash games. Low limit cash poker in LV is pretty brutal -- lot's of retired folks with sour attitudes. It can be pretty depressing sitting around at these tables for hours waiting for a big score. Frankly, I get bored playing low limit cash poker after an hour or so. It's just tedious and too repetitive.
Q: Worst bad beat playing poker so far in LV:
A: There's been so many ridiculous bad beats and suck outs and I can't even process them all. But that's just part of poker, brutal as they are. I think the one that sticks out the most is a hand I lost playing at Planet Hollywood about 9 months ago. It was a 1-2 NL game. I just sat down -- bought in for the table max $300. I was in the BB with KK. The entire table limped in for $2 including the SB. I made it $20 to go -- I was hoping to just to get the $2 each from the limpers. Everyone folded until it got around to the SB and he decided to put me all in -- he had about $500 in front of him. He was completely drunk and was talking all kinds of trash as I thought about what to do. I thought he might have slow played AA, but that did not add up based on his actions. I figured he slow played AK or QQ was just trying to bully me. So I called him. He then turned over 10/6 off. KK vs. 10/6 off -- I was stunned. He muttered something like I thought you were bluffing. I was like an 85% fave to win the hand. Flop was 10-3-2. Turn was J. River was 6. Busted me with two pair. That one hurt. Still hurts, but you just keep firing away. In reality you want to play against guys like that everyday -- you just need a decent bankroll to handle these types of beat downs.
Until next time. JH