Part 2 of my poker sessions in Macau. Capping off a 7 day trip to Asia I make a return to Macau for one last attempt to recoup some lost money in my first Macau session. I end up gambling with the last of my Hong Kong Dollars with no access to additional money due to poor planning on my part.
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Johnnie, I just started traveling the 1 hr from my home in Sarnia Ontario Canada to Detroit to play, I must agree about the smoking thing, I'm use to no smoking anywhere and then when I walked into Motor City Casino I almost puked. One good thing is that the main poker room is non smoking so that is a plus. All in all though I love the action in Detroit so it's my new favorite place.
Come -on, being a middle aged man I am really worried about our race (human race) , wait is that offensive to animals? When a A-1 person like Johnnie has to justify using a poker term because some liberal yuppie feels offended. I'm really wondering what kind of a society we now have. As Jaman Burton said, let's put on our big boy pants and suck it up. Come on already. And if you are offended about big boy pants than please switch out person for boy.
OMG stop being so soft people! Whale means well off enough to the point that the money in play doesn’t matter to them if they happen to lose it. If you’re watching a poker video there’s no way you haven’t heard this term before. Johnnie there is no reason to apologize to these kinds of people. Nice videos.
In the poker community, the term whale is generally used to describe the wealthy businessmen. Though their skill level can vary greatly, businessmen are usually in the beginner or advanced stages of skill level and not expert. Expert level players or professionals are called 'sharks'. Though whale isn't derogatory, it's not really a complement either. You're basically saying someone is rich and a beginner/mediocre player. So I can understand why someone would be offended by the beginner/mediocre part. But that doesn't mean you should stop saying it. Donkey is a true derogatory term.
Just found your channel a few days ago, enjoying the content so far.
All the things going wrong moneywise ie. exchanging money, getting card refused is just useful info for when/if you go back. You will be more prepared the next time and hopefully can keep the tilt level from reaching 10 lol.
I come from Hong Kong, playing poker at Macau. Happy to see vblog sharing experiences about Macau games from overseas. I agree there are many bad stuffs playing poker in Macau, no re-straddles allowed, no runs allowed (for NLH and PLO), no phones allowed on tables, but one thing that makes me keeping playing in Macau profitable is, most players from China are LAG. They are gamblers. If you play tight, when you pick up a real hand, easy to double up your stack. Cheers up.
Yeah, I think you should apologize for apologizing for using the term whale. That upset me and it hurt my feelings hearing you apologize for saying that! In all honestly though great Vlogs keep up the great work. Look forward to more of them and my only complaint is they don't come out quick enough. Need more vlogs asap! Cheers!
I just got back from Vegas & was telling pitboss about "Whales" or high-rollers. They get free airline & 5,000 sq. ft. rooms. Vegas terminology Whale is like a King. I think Asian culture is different and does not understand this meaning.
I had the same thing happen to me when I was in Macau. It was dumb. Card declined and called my bank, and everything was fine. What's up with that? And it's impossible to get any explanations if you ask anyone who works there. Only the ATMS in Macau.....I guess they don't want anyone from the US to play there.
Unfortunate money issues. I recommend depositing cash into the AAA travel money card. You can load up to 10,000 dollars. It dispensed perfectly for me at ATMs in 2 Asian countries. In safer countries, don't be concerned about carefully carrying much cash. When you fly out of an airport, exchange what you have to currency of your next destination. In Macau, I would have almost no USD or YEN that I'd be hoping a casino would exchange. If you are not sightseeing in Hong Kong, I'd pay a little bit extra to fly directly to Macau Airport. I played once in Macau last year and I look forward to going back. Cheers!
In the hand where you hero called river with KQ, if your read was that he was weak, why not make a very small raise to get him to fold? It would suck to get shown an Ace high or bottom pair that he turned into a bluff.
lol at people who get mad at the term WHALE. What has this world come to. Please stop using the word "The"...I find it offensive to people with lisps...which isn't me, but I'm going to be offended for someone else, cause I'm an idiot.
Hey I had the same problem in Macau in December 2016. None of the ATMs in the casinos worked as my cards are Australian. The solution was to find an ATM for HSBC Bank or any atm with a Cirrus logo. Western Union might have also been an option for you.
Hi Johnnie. I'm subscribed to Neeme and Brad Owen's vlogs. This video showed up in my YouTube suggestions. I agree with a comment down below about your vlog being close to Neeme's. Based off of this one vlog, you have earned a new subscriber sir. Well done!
Not sure what your issue is, I am able to exchange as little as $50 or a few hundred RMB at any casino in Macau.... You should have easily been able to exchange 1600USD... don't belive they wouldnt exchange for less then 20k HKD.... Ive live in china for 11 years and have been going to macau for years as well
Venetian wouldn't exchange ANY amount. They said I needed to go somewhere across the casino but that it was closed and I would have to wait till the next day. Wynn wouldn't exchange for less than 20K HKD. Said I needed to find a place outside the casino.
The mistake, fatal mistake, you committed is that you should book into a hotel room in Macau before your poker session. You saved one hundred dollar but lost 6,000 mostly because of lack of rest after 14 hours flight! Allow yourself more resting time. You are on vacation! I am a frequent goer to Macau which is famous for seafood and other Chinese dishes.
Hi JV! Very recognisable scared money when only holding 1 bullet. Somehow it gets you in a different mindset unintentionally. Aw well...
By the way, flying into San Diego with the family tomorrow from the Netherlands and staying in the Gaslamp District. Any recommendations (restaurants, poker games/casinos)? Thanks in advance, peace!
I had the same problems in Macau this January. Tried all casinos to withdraw money... in the end, for some reason, it worked only at the Wynn. The Wynn had 1 25/50hkd game running out of 15 tables.... the waiting list was at least 3h, and the game was the weirdest of my life.. 15h play with basically the same people who were so tight there were like 5 rebuys all night. I was happy I was back in Manila with my little fishes.
Love this vlog! This is the reality of poker and more so Macao. It’s as beautiful as it is unfriendly is what I’m getting from you. I would love to go but def have my little roll put together before I go—guess it would be simpler to exchange dollars in Hong Kong. Wonder if they have like a chase, Bank of America or Wells Fargo over there? Doubtful but would be good if they did —save a ton on fees. It’s laughable that casinos have positioned themselves that it has become a privilege to lose money at their establishment. Casinos only croon now for the whales. Don’t see it changing anytime soon
Apparently Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau has a big money laundering problem and the Chinese government is cracking down big in Macau. No more cage transfers or wire transfers in Macau for example.
Phil A I play 3-4 times a week during the week at Seven Mile. Also will be hosting a game with “WinoPoker” on April 19th at 6pm at Pala Casino. We will be splashing around at smaller stakes. Come on out!
So I feel there's a need to flame you for those hands playing on 1 buy in. Obviously, it's not good long-term but you're just taking the lower variance route. I wouldn't get in the habit of it but since this is a one-off scenario for you, folding seems fine. Kudos for highlighting the difference in your mindset regarding your play based on that variable.
I would say you made a mistake at the end with 54s. You checked back the turn because you said this guy is never folding an ace regardless of sizing. If that's the case, it is imperative we get more value here. Your line won't make sense to him and this player type will be indifferent and inelastic up over even 4k because you look so fos, imo. I do my best to cultivate an image in my games that will get an overbet paid when these rare spots do come up so I can get max. Way to turn the session around though! Happy you made it back to American soil safe and sound
I am glad you got a workout in. I think one thing myself included when travelling long distances and eager to play one tends to forget about their physiological being, disrupted from time change diet etc. This can negatively affect the circadian rythm more than one notices when playing, and they have different reasons that make sense to them at the time, but the obvious of being tired and in a foriegn enviroment gets overlooked, whether localy or internationally. Enjoy your vids, just came across them a few days ago well done.
Curious about the KQ call, it was a nice read! However, I'm wondering if there is a decent percentage of the time when the opponent has a busted ace-high draw or just called with ace-high and tried to take it down. Maybe the better play with your read is a raise, even a small one?
Tommy Shellberg raising has some merits for sure. Ace high has showdown value and isn’t usually a hand people will bluff with but it does happen from time to time. I’m not too sure if risking more money is optimal in this spot with my weak bluff catcher.
Teo G Poker I was messaging back in forth a few weeks prior with the manager of the Wynn Poker Room. Otherwise I just did some research on getting from HK to Macau. Navigated pretty much on my own with the hep or Google.
Surprisingly you don't have more subscribers I enjoy your poker playing and life vlog. I see your eyes were showing the swings of poker but all is good when you make it back home safe and sound to wifey.
Folding AQ is bad in live. The fact that he folded for an hour is meaningless, its so easy to run that card dead for an hour. I definitely understand the thought process and have seen people make similar folds against me but folding for 1 1/2 hours live is just not that far out of standard deviation. Definitely can't fold from the BB also to a 4.5x, if it was UTG open you're UTG 1 I wouldn't mind it at all but this is so different.
That said, I think the AK fold is actually good, doubt UTG will 4-bet light vs a squeeze against UTG open UTG 1 cold call.
Sorry about all the problems you had accessing money, Johnnie. Banking in general has become a pain in Hong Kong/Macau for non-locals, even for me with full residency rights but live abroad, due to China's crackdown on money laundering. Just a general tip for your viewers: withdraw HKD from an ATM in Hong Kong before going to Macau. You shouldn't have any problems and you'll get a much better exchange rate than at the casino.
BTW, you killed it with the drone footage in Macau! Awesome work!
I don’t really like the call with king high. He could be bluffing with a better hand. Why not raise with such a good read, in case he is bluffing with ace high or 2nd/3rd pair. I know its hard to represent anything but a raise seems better. I’ve been in a lot of situations like this and they show me third pair.
Macau isn’t exactly the Mecca people believe it is. Considering most people don’t play massive stakes, just play here. But I understand the bucket list aspect. Also whoever told you Whale is a derogatory term, delete them. They are beyond stupid and should be ignored forever lol
In the KQo hand, if your live read was he was bluffing wouldn’t you prefer raising? Especially since he’s a somewhat newer player, he might be turning nut flush draw into a bluff not realizing his showdown value. Nice win tho
here is my opinion, take it as you see fit. I know you are accustomed to a specific style. However, if you don't have enough money that allows you to play "your" game, than you shouldnt be playing that game. Even if you are playing the $1/$2, you have the BB in your stack to allow yourself to play the style you play. You never want to put yourself in a position where you are fighting from behind at the start... makes things 10x as hard. Hell, in this situation, don't even play poker that night. Spend the time sightseeing checking out different things, even throw some dice for a little bit. Enjoy the time and make it as stress free as possible. Just my thoughts.
i understand that. I also know the claiming funds in customs. However, it seems as if he was unprepared. If that's the case then there is the option to not play above your current cash amount. Especially since he stated he couldn't play his style because of it. He folded A K pre because he didn't have backup funds to use if he busted. He potentially missed out on doubling up.
Love your work... A Whale is also a common term for crypto big traders too and many poker pros are in crypto. Other than that, should have warned you about Macau's ATM machines, you can't withdraw cash with any foreign debit cards regardless of those Plus signs.
I am so happy to see won back a bit.
I really dont like playing in Macau, it is so lacking of poker table, always take for at least a hour to get a seat. Not to mention there is no low stakes table. So hard for beginners to grind up.
Man, I really hope you get as much out of vloging as we do watching. Rock solid! Kodos for putting that drone in the air. Don’t think I would’ve had the huevos to do it. Half expected the vlog to end with you reviewing hands from a Chinese prison cell. 😜 The footage was awesome tho! Underground poker in Mexico City... Flying drones in communist China... What next bro?
I think the fold to 4 bet with AKo is fine - A raise from the cutoff to utg is pretty strong so I dont think he's 4bet bluffing much at all. I mean its very player dependent but i like the lay down in your spot especially since he 3x 4bet :)
Hola! I just booked Macau trip two days ago. I'll definitely be careful about the USD situation. I thought, most casinos are happy to provide currency exchange. What do you recommend for exchanges? Convert all USDs at the airport? Generally, there are many places for exchange but I don't want to be ripped by the exchange rates.
If the game was as you described, loose/passive, and very few 3 bets then the AK fold isn't terrible, as you implied. People just have a very tight 3 bet range in the lowesr stake games. The last couple times that I have been 3 bet after opening with KK, the villians had AA.