Well, I'm back from Vegas. Back to school tomorrow; I feel bad for my kids if I don't adjust to this time change quicker. My trip went pretty well. I was pretty happy with my first Vegas experience. Made some good decisions and some bad ones and had a good time.
Over all I was actually disappointed by the amount of quality poker rooms. Maybe because I had this idea that there would be large rooms, packed with tourists at all hours. Anyway, I'll review my trip below:
Session 1: Friday Night. MGM Grand 11:30pm - 2:30am. -300
I arrived in Vegas at about 8pm local time and wanted to try to get to the card room asap because I could already tell that time was going to be a factor. Had a problem with the room at the trop (If I reserve a non-smoking room, I expect to be given a non-smoking room). Then my friends arrived and we went to a buffet for some much needed calories. At about 11:30pm I finally ended up playing at the MGM grand, sat 2/5 with $500 and watched my brain spew chips away. I think it was mostly fatigue. Two coffees and a red bull could not keep my attention span on the game. Left around 2:30am, called it a night. -300.
Session 2: Sat afternoon at Caesars. 1:30-5:00 +400
This session went a lot better. I like Caesars card room a lot better than MGMs also. Much more quiet and it seemed like a looser game. I played 2/5 again. Sat with $300 and left with $700. So up I’m 100 so far. Left to have dinner and walk around.
Session 3/4/5: Saturday Night. Mirage/Bellagio/MGM -40
I met with someone at the Mirage (bad card room in my opinion) They only had one 2/5 going and there was a long list, so I picked the next highest game I could get into (10/20 limit..zzzzzzzzzzzzz). This game was going ok, I was just playing to wait for my 2/5 to get called, ended up getting stuck in two hand and lost $60. Got up, it wasn't worth it. I haven't played limit in years, to sit with 6 regulars in a loose limit game is not what I was looking for.
Went to the Bellagio and was happy that I had finally found a decent card room. Lots of people, lots of chips, and lots of games. Sat 2/5 around 10pm. Left around midnight up 200.
Feeling pretty good about that. I made my walk back towards the trop and stopped again at the MGM. I got into a pretty good game which included a drunk guy, blind raising every pot $35. I love action games and this was prime. He obviously didn't make it too long but I was able to hit him up two pots for about $150 before he left. I was playing good until I started drinking as I was getting ready to leave. Tried to make a play one hand against a person that just sat down. I had the button with j,10 and was getting respect from the rest of the table. It was the only time I tried to make a big play the whole session and got caught. Pre flop raise, $25, enemy calls. Flop: A, Q, 4. Enemy checks, I make it 40 to go hoping to take it here, if not I still have the straight draw. Calls. Turn is an 8 or a 9, giving me more outs. Enemy checks, I make it $60, calls again. River is a 6 or a 7 nothing too important. Enemy checks, I make it $130, he spends some time thinking, (says I hope you don't have AQ) and calls with AJ. I get up and leave, drunk and unhappy, why would he not consider putting me on AK too? down $100 from my initial buy in.
Session 6: Sunday Venetian 1-7 pm +900
Ahhh..The Venetian. Best card room I got to play at. Tons of action, Tons of players. And a great facility. Sat 2/5 and after turning a winning night into a losing night yesterday I wanted to play a very disciplined and consistent game. I did exactly that. I was lucky to have an insanely high win rate post flop. If I made it to the flop, I won an abnormally high amount of the time. I was playing a little looser for the middle part of this game when in position and it really paid off. Bought in for $300, left with $1200. Finally had a good session. I was happy with how I played, was making good reads and folds and was able to finish with some cash in the pocket.