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Old 05-04-2021, 08:22 PM   #2401
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I just found out that Massachusetts poker rooms are still closed due to various health restrictions. The closest one, MGM Springfield, at its best was barely more than an oversized slot parlor, so it'll be touch and go as to whether they reopen the poker room once the state restrictions ease up.
Yeah, like I said, I haven't played in a year, so I don't know exactly what's going on. Haven't even been following the venues and communities forum.
From what I last heard on V&C, It's uncertain if Encore Boston will bring back poker. Supposedly they don't think it profitable enough. And that's just crazy when you stop and think that they opened the poker room with something like 80 tables. From what I know, Mohegan has been running poker for a while and Foxwoods should be back and running, or at least soon. NH poker rooms have been running for a while, but I'm not a big fan. Action is good but the rooms are just too spartan for me. Played once in Springfield. Small but good poker room, with good loose action. Just too far a drive for me. I'm actually a bit closer to the Conn. casinos.

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Old 05-04-2021, 08:39 PM   #2402
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ok. according to Mod Venice, Encore poker room will open back up after Mass capacity restrictions are lifted. I'm guessing smaller but at some capacity at least.
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Speaking of addiction, have you ever mulled over gambling addiction sj?
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Old 05-06-2021, 05:28 AM   #2404
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No I get and you explained the move from Reno to Vegas.

Iím curious why you originally chose Reno though? It seems like thereís probably better options for $2/$5+ in a lot of other markets.
I had been to Reno a few times, and I liked the city, the vibe, and the climate seemed to be pretty moderate. Also, I hate to bring up dreams again, but when I was younger I had a recurring dream that I lived happily in a Western city with a mountain vista on the horizon that looked very similar to Reno's.

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Speaking of addiction, have you ever mulled over gambling addiction sj?
I don't really like gambling unless I'm +EV. My only -EV play was nickel video poker, which was a very cheap form of entertainment, and I stopped playing altogether when the payouts got slightly worse, couldn't bring myself to play an inferior machine.
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Levelling and Addiction, an Exploration. Part III

I attended just one Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, so my impressions could be flawed, but it seems that part of the deal involves people getting up and speaking, without notes or preparation, about their experiences with alcohol, drugs and whatnot.

This extemporaneous type of speech is Level One thinking. The speakers are in storytelling mode in front of an audience, and they are experiencing the events and the emotional outcomes of their stories almost directly, with little time or space for analysis.

It's probably no coincidence that Level One thought is the format for talk psychotherapy as well, where people pay a professional to listen to their raw thoughts, emotions and recollections.

Venting is yet another type of Level One thought turned into speech, and along with therapy and recovery speech, it seems to provide people with a cathartic release of their problematic emotional content.

Theories as to why Level One thought is an effective therapy tool are varied, and beyond the scope of this post--it just seems to work; however, much like our dreams and exercise routines, most people don't want to listen to other people's Level One rants.

To find a listener, we need to either talk to a therapist, who's being well paid, or to talk to a member of the clergy, who might have our soul's salvation as their primary motive, or we can join a group wherein everyone agrees to take turns between speaking and listening, or we'll need to be blessed with an empathetic friend or life partner, often with an unspoken agreement between the two of us to take turns between venting and listening.

I've never been one for venting Level One content at people. It could be due to my typical USA male upbringing: how we've been taught to feel embarrassed that we might be imposing on other people's hard-earned chill with our frivolous emotions.

That's not to say that I never do it; my meeting with the fatal drunk driver in Part II of this post being one exception.

Whatever the case, Level One stuff doesn't interest me nearly as much as Level Two and higher thinking. For example: I want a drink, right now; that's Level One, but really that sort of mindless craving is boring to me.

I want to know why it is that I think I want a drink.

What if I don't actually want a drink? What if I only believe that I want one because, given my history, I think that I'm supposed to want one?

This sort of thinking is much more interesting to me, and I analyze it in the same way that I tried to explore how to think about approaching our dreams and exercise routines, rather than just posting my raw dreams and exercise routine.

Earlier today, I thought about how I was going to present this information in this post, and that brought me right up to Level Four: thinking about writing about how to think about addictive thoughts, and I was in meta heaven, and that is my problem.

I find it interesting, spinning up the levels, and therefore out of interest I can't stop thinking about a given subject, and in that manner I am constantly thinking about drinking, however many levels removed it may be.

It's not healthy. It leads me to conclude that multi-level thinking is obsessive thinking, at least it is for me. Not to mention that as poker players, we know that levelling ourselves too much is a form of thinking which leads to making bad decisions.

The last time I quit drinking, I made it 14 months, but for the entire time I thought about drinking, on several levels, every day, and the volume of thought did not die down over the months, as it had done when I was quitting meth, and when I was quitting cigarettes, but this time around I think that I may have found an effective weapon for the renewed battle: and that is to stop levelling myself.

While it's often difficult to deliberately stop thinking about something, I've found recently that it's been easier for me to cut myself off at the point when I've tried to jump to the next level of thought on drinking, as my active participation seems to be required more so for higher level thoughts than for lower level ones, and that means it's easier to put a stop to the higher level ones. So then I'm just stuck with Level One thoughts on drinking, which tend to bore me to the point where I move on to another subject.

The biggest obstacle recently, however, has been this post, this last post, right here, this prime exemplar of multilevel thinking about drinking. So if the end of this post here seems more abrupt and disorganized than usual, it's because I've needed to get it done and get it behind me, and thus to bring an end to the levelling.

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Old 05-06-2021, 12:42 PM   #2406
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I had been to Reno a few times, and I liked the city, the vibe, and the climate seemed to be pretty moderate. Also, I hate to bring up dreams again, but when I was younger I had a recurring dream that I lived happily in a Western city with a mountain vista on the horizon that looked very similar to Reno's.
Yeah ok I get that, I love the city as well. Perfect size, my type of preferred weather and landscape. Just rough enough around the edges with enough bad connotations around it that it for the most part keeps out the hipster types. Small college town also a nice touch. Yeah Iíd move there if I could.

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