MGM Grand was the only place I played when I went to Vegas. I'd never been in a casino before, so when I plucked up the courage to sit down at the 1/2 NLH tables I guess I formed a bond with the place.
First $100 didn't last too long.
Second $100 went first hand when I had AQ, flopped AQK, reraised all-in to try and get the guy off his draw. He had J10
I really ground out a couple more sessions until I was pretty even, and finally pretty comfortable sitting there when I played my final session before leaving Vegas.
I got chatting the dealer, doubled with AA pretty early on, and was feeling so good with $250 in front of me I limped with KK under the gun to see if I could scoop a big one (whilst still innocently chatting away to the dealer of course, another Brit).
Flop came down six high, which I liked. Raised it. Got reraised all in. I was pretty worried about a set. But looking at the guy, who was a sweaty Ricky Gervais, and taking into account how I'd played my KK totally different to my AA, had otherwise been tight, and this was exactly the kind of situation I was looking for when I limped with KK, I was pretty sure I was ahead - so I called for all my money.
He turned and looked at me. "Can you beat a pair of sevens" he said, flipping over his pocket pair. "Er, yeah" I replied, showing him, to the general amazement of the table, my cowboys. That felt really good. I estimated I could tip my new best friend - the dealer - a good $20 from my monster pot.
That was until she turned over another 7 on the turn....
Possibly the most annoying thing about it though; my (all non-card playing) friends all asked me when I came back from Vegas if I lost money. I had to say yes, of course. But then when I tried to explain to them this story and how I was really unlucky, They just look at me with that, 'Yeah! That's what they all say when they come back from Vegas!' look.
But I was really unlucky! It was a great play! Still, despite being generally really disappointed by the selection of card rooms in Vegas, I really liked the Grand....