2016 April

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

With the rain and cold on it’s way out, it was nice to get out of the house myself. I’ve been cooped up in the house for the Winter and knew it was time to get out there.

Sacramento has some great wineries and scenery in the surrounding areas. I made my way out to Clarksburg near the water and had the chance to see some farm animals with a glass of wine. There were some goats that had just had some kids and I love petting them.

Goats and Sheep Out in Clarksburg, California West Sacramento

That big black guy in the middle there was hoggin’ all the attention. The smaller ones came to get a few pets in but he made sure he was center stage. His little tail was waggin’ whenever you rub his nose or pull on his horns. They were all pretty loud and made sure they let everyone know I was there.

After checkin’ them out, it was into the chicken coop. I realized that I love eggs and chicken but I don’t really care for them. They just seem made and agitated all the time. They weren’t too happy I was in their house and close to their eggs.

Chickens Hanging in the Coop Clarksburg West Sacramento California

They’re beautiful birds but just not really my thing. Those chickens don’t like a wolf in the hen house.

It was time for a little wine and the only thing around were some mason jars. It was well worth gettin’ out of the house and seeing some rustic farmland.

Takin' a Sip from a Mason Jar Clarksburg West Sacramento, California

With a glass of wine in hand and the sun setting over the fields, you can’t really beat those views. This is a great way end a beautiful Sunday in beautiful Northern California.

Sunsets Over the Fields Clarksburg West Sacramento, California

Let me know if you make your way out here and we’ll share a glass and the view. You can’t put a price on these moments. Enjoy and until next time.


-Rustic Wolf

A Piece of the Action

A Piece of the Action

I’ve been looking for other ways to get deeper into the poker community lately and looked into buying action from other players. Buying action is when you pay a certain percentage of a players’ buy-ins for a cut of the profits if they win or run deep. Usually there is a markup associated with the percentage (usually based on the player’s typical results).

I figured I would give it a try and put some money on one of my favorite players Jonathan Little. He does great training videos along with some amazing books. I would say he is one of the top teaching players out there. I threw a couple hundred down on his action in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series in Hollywood, Florida. I have a small piece of his action in a few of the events and I trust his skills to run deep in one of them. I also know that it’s very difficult to run deep in any series but it’s cool to be involved in those higher stake events.

If you want to buy some action in players, just choose someone you can trust and know that poker tournaments aren’t easy to run deep in. Good luck to the both of us and I’ll let you know how things turn out!


-Sanguine Wolf

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From my room it looked like a beautiful sunny day for my first day in Vegas. I saw the people out by the pool but it didn’t look like anyone was enjoying it. The wind was relentless, disregarding all the spring breakers and their desire to sunbathe. I even packed my trunks hoping to get out into the gorgeous southwest sun.

Beautiful Sunny Morning at Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

The Rio has a great pool area too but I guess I’ll have to give it a try another time.

The water was back on, which was a relief, so I could take a shower and brush my teeth. I just knew I had to yell at someone or at least rough talk them about this. Before I could turn my energy toward this problem, I needed nourishment. I found this great deal on an Indian lunch buffet in the Rio. It was at a place called Royal Indian Bistro. Usually I wouldn’t give you the whole name here but this place was amazing. It’s hard to find good Indian food and the selection wasn’t huge but it was fresh and delicious.

Royal Indian Bistro Buffet at Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

Man, it makes my mouth water just looking at it again. I will meet you again Tandoori chicken. Oh yeah, service was excellent. You really notice good service when you get it. The server never let my glass be empty or dirty plates pile up. I wish I was there right now.

I wanted to give the food some time to settle and saw the Palms right across the street. I know they have Full-Pay Deuces (a variation of video poker with great payouts). I played over there for a while and made $80 so I figured it was time to go. Then I saw The Godfather. He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and I had to throw in at least $20. I soon found out I made the right choice.

The Godfather Slot Machine

Those Don Corleone free spins gave me a little boost and lifted my spirits.

I knew I was about to embark on the poker grind and ran over to the Excalibur. It’s always nice to have a car in Vegas so you can explore some places off the Strip or go to it whenever you please. The game was just beginning when I got there and I played tight-aggressive till I got a feel for the table.

Excalibur Las Vegas, Nevada Poker Chips

After taking down a few small pots, new players started to come and were playing splashy-loose poker. They wanted to gamble. I knew my variance would get wider than I’d like on my first day so I picked up my small victory and went for a walk.

I usually make it a point to walk down the Strip at least once each trip but I wasn’t feeling it this time. It was windy and a little chilly out so a nice cruise down the Strip did the trick. I made my way back to the Rio and wanted to check out the action there.

Poker Chips at Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

The action here was insane! I was playing the $1-$3 no-limit game and these guys were deeeeeeep stacked. There were 3 people at the table with over a grand. My little stack didn’t compare. I made a quick double up and figured it was time for bed. I knew they would give me action if I stayed but it was late and I was getting tired. I knew it was better to take what I could get rather than gamble and play mediocre poker. So I went night night.

I love the blackout curtains that let you sleep till noon. Just laying around without a care in the world. I was up and ready to get back on that grind. One of my favorite things about Vegas is the game selection. If you don’t like the way a game is going, you just get up and go to the next room. This day I wanted to check out Caesar’s Palace.

The games were going and you could tell who the regular grinders were. There was plenty of action if that’s what you were lookin’ for. I jumped into their $1-$3 no limit game and it actually played like a $1-$3 game. There wasn’t anything too crazy. I wasn’t running too well with my first buy-in and busted with a pair of aces and got out kicked. When you get short stacked, sometimes you just have to find some equity and go with it. I bought in again and played a little more aggressive with my better holdings. I ended up down half my second buy-in and shove with a nut flush draw. I hit and got paid off which was nice. I decided to call it a day there and get some food.

Enjoying a Guinness at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas

Man, it feels like I’m always eating. I had a business lunch set up while I was out there and had the pleasure of eating somewhere not in a casino. We went to a place called Public School 702. It looked like a pretty hip place where the cool kids probably eat. The menus look like composition notebooks and there was an antique looking solar system hanging above. The server even gave us some trivia and knew way more about topics that no one should know about.

Fish and Chips at Public School 702 Las Vegas, Nevada

Those fish and chips were delicious. A plate full of deep-fried heaven. Everything was crispy and well-seasoned with plenty of sauces to dip your meal into. I also appreciate the grilled lemon that added that acidity with a touch of smokiness. What a delicious meal. Definitely check this place out if you get the chance.

The trip was winding to an end and I was getting in my last hurrah. I ended the trip with one last session at Caesar’s that ended even. Nothing too crazy during that game. It was actually pretty slow with a table full of grinders. No pots were getting big and you were only putting money in to hands that beat yours. It just wasn’t a good game.

I had to hit up the Rio buffet before hitting the road back home. This was an interesting buffet. A bit pricey and I don’t really think it was worth it. They did have a cool street food spread and they boast international cuisine. They did have some interesting options from around the world.

Street Food at Carnival World Buffet Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

I had to try their variety of skewered foods from different countries. It didn’t taste bad but it was nothing really special. I wasn’t impressed. It’s a great place to take the kids to try a bunch of different foods but that price will definitely get you. I think I paid like $25 for a lunch weekday buffet. You know I can’t leave you without a dessert spread.

Dessert Spread from Carnival World Buffet Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

Don’t let the photo fool you. There were definitely a bunch of choices but nothing that really had me coming back for more. A few bites from each and a cup of coffee should leave you satisfied though. Most of the pastries were a bit dry or they would have custard and be crumbly and wet.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the no water when I first got there. So I had to make a call to a front desk supervisor and they comped the first night. Since the other 2 nights were already comped, my whole stay was on the house. I would have preferred some extra resort credits or freeplay but comped stays aren’t too shabby either. I mean, it was the least they could do.

Now it was time to begin the long trek home. I always feel that sadness at the end of my trips to Vegas. Looking at her in my rear view mirror makes me want to turn the car around and stay a few more days. I know it won’t be long before I’m back in your warm embrace. Till next time beautiful.

Las Vegas, Nevada Strip at Night


-Longing Wolf

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Spring break just kept on rolling along. After my second slot tournament round and a delicious prime rib, it was time to get on the road down to Vegas. I bid farewell to my friend that was staying up in Reno a couple more nights. There was nothing but a bunch of open road and sunshine ahead.

Driving Through Nevada on the Way to Las Vegas, Nevada

I was taking my time and wanted to stop at a few places along the way. The dealers at Peppermill told me there would be a lake on the way and I stopped by to stretch and get a picture. It looked gorgeous but I had a room in Vegas with my name on it.

Quick Stop at Walker Lake Nevada

You can see how windy it was out there. The car kept shaking every time the gusts came over the hills. There really is nothing out between Reno and Vegas. There is a bunch of desert and trailer parks out there. It kind of looks like Fallout or Mad Max out there. I was able to stop at a small town called Tonopah that had a Burger King. I grabbed a cup of coffee, shot a picture of the sunset and got back on the road.

Sunset at Tonopah, Nevada

The picture really doesn’t do that sunset justice. It’s so hard to capture those beautiful moments with only simple camera work.

I quickly started driving again. I knew that Area 51 was close by and I wanted to try to hit up some touristy-alien junk. Right off the freeway about 100 miles from Vegas, there was an Area 51 Alien Center. I just had to stop by to check it out.

Area 51 Alien Center in Nevada

What kind of Alien Center would it be without some alien hookers? Yup. Right next door was the Alien Cathouse. I had no idea this was a thing.

Alien Cathouse Brothel at Area 51, Nevada

I wasn’t too interested in taking the tour. I couldn’t pass up my chance to be a Gray and decided to take a couple pictures with their kitsch alien photo ops.

Getting to be a Gray at Area 51, Nevada

I filled up the car, got a few snacks, and was on the homestretch. I could feel Vegas getting closer. The electric in the air, the money flowing through the city, and hopes and bankrolls being crushed. I was ready to take on the swings of Vegas. I pulled in later in the evening and just wanted to get some food. There weren’t too many options at the Rio so I just grabbed a couple items from the Sports Deli. They were surprisingly better than I had expected.

Pizza and Burger from the Sports Deli Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

The mushroom Swiss burger was juicy and they did not skimp on the toppings. It was cooked to the correct temperature (I prefer medium-rare) and was still hot. The supreme pizza was pretty big with a generous amount of toppings on it as well. Maybe I was just tired and hungry but it hit the spot.

I was glad to be back until I tried to take a shower. Apparently, there was no water from my floor up in my tower. How can your hotel not have water? No sink, no toilet, no bath. This was unacceptable and just tainted the start of my stay. I just had to sleep dirty and let down. Stick around to see if things pick up or if the trip goes down in flames!


-Worn Out Wolf

    I’ll Just Start at the Beginning I’ll Just Start at the Beginning I’ll Just Start at the Beginning I’ll Just Start at the Beginning I’ll Just Start at the Beginning I’ll Just Start at the Beginning

The stage was set and spring break was looking like an action-packed week away from home.

So this is what was on the agenda:

  1. Head up to Reno for some cash game and tournament series
  2. Drive through Nevada down to Las Vegas for some more poker and exploration
  3. Drive back up to Northern California (hopefully with some money in my pockets)

I was up bright and early Saturday morning to start my adventure. I picked up the rental car, which I got a sweet upgrade from a Jetta to an Equinox for only an extra $5 on my weekly rate, and made my way up to Reno. The drive was nice and smooth with the sun shining and Ginuwine settin’ the mood. It just seemed like a Ginuwine kind of morning.

I made it to Peppermill in no time. The view from my room reminded me that it was a time to treat myself.

Sunny Pool Days at Peppermill Reno, Nevada

I was also excited to bring a friend up to Reno for his first time and show him the ropes. I always love sharing my tips and tricks with newcomers so they can pass it on too. I know it was a beautiful day out but I wanted to take a quick nap before hitting the town.

After waking up, I was ready to get some food and grab a few drinks. The drinks started at the Terrace Lounge and I stuck with the Glenlivet on the rocks. The first day of vacation always sets the mood for the rest of the trip. This one was shaping up to be a good one.

Drinks at the Terrace Lounge Peppermill Reno, Nevada

It was time to hit the tables. There was a lot of action in the poker room and I wanted to get into some hands.

Poker Chips at Peppermill Reno, Nevada

The cards were comin’ my way and I made little money. I usually like to play tight-aggressive poker but once you get a few drinks in you it’s hard to hold back. It’s fun just splashing around in the pots and seeing what happens later in the hand.

A couple more drinks and a breakfast special were in order as the evening progressed. We called it a night feeling good with some money in our pockets.

I definitely felt last nights festivities¬†in the morning. It was one of those “coffee while you sit in the bathtub” kinds of mornings.

Coffee in the Bathtub Kind of Morning Reno, Nevada

Coffee always seems to get me up and out the door. I was moving over to the Grand Sierra since they were giving me a couple nights free with a free slot tournament. It’s always a pain to move your things from one hotel to the next but, I’m willing to put in some work to save a couple hundred dollars. I got ready, grabbed my things, and hopped over to the Grand Sierra.

Ready to Paint the Town Red Reno, Nevada

This day would be my last day in Reno for this trip so I wanted to make the most of it. I grabbed a quick bite and checked out the action in the poker room. This game worked out will in my favor. I stacked a guy that shoved with KQ off-suit after I picked up AQ off-suit on the button. We both hit our Q and I proceeded to stack his chips. A couple hands later, I picked up pocket queens while someone else had pocket jacks. Sometimes the cards come just right and you find yourself in a cozy spot.

Poker Chips at Gran Sierra Reno, Nevada

I always feel weird taking pictures of my chips. I always think it comes off as like cocky.

We decided to end the night with some drinks and cards up in the room. We played some low stakes Omaha and Stoli.

Playing Cards in the Room Reno, Nevada

Good drinks, good company, and good cards. What more could you ask for? It was a great way to wrap up Reno and head to beautiful Las Vegas.

Driving Through Nevada on the Way to Las Vegas, Nevada

With hope in my eyes and a few buy-ins in hand, stick around to see how Vegas welcomes me back!


-Hungry Wolf