Las Vegas trip
I've spent the last several days in Las Vegas and can say I'm *almost* ready to go home, but not quite. Due to a fabulous Hotwire deal I'm staying at Boulder Station, and am currently looking out my window at almost the entire strip in the distance, as well as downtown. The hotel is much nicer than expected, though the poker room offers what I've been thinking of as "smoker poker" since it's not a non-smoking room. I played some 2/4 limit last night at a very loose table... at least half the pots were won by rag hands with 5-9 callers even in raised pots. The two hands I won were with A4o and 67s, and I ended up down about half a buyin after a couple of hours.
My main reason for this trip was to attend a WSOP
Academy class that was a freebie as a result of placing third in a previous tournament. We had a lot of great instructors (Phil Gordon is an awesome speaker, and Paul Wasicka is a total puppy... young, cute and a really nice guy), and the class included two tournaments in which main event seats were given away. I ended up placing in the top three in the first tournament, and as a result of a chop deal won $2,000 and another future class. It's my biggest win to date by far.
Today I played in an Omaha H/L tournament and made the final table, but didn't win much more than my buy-in back. I feel I played well, though, and am happy to have had the opportunity to play one of my favorite games in a live tournament setting!
I've also been sleeping a lot. I may be one of the few people on earth who finds a Vegas vacation to be totally mellow and relaxing. Now I get to go home tomorrow and back to the usual routine of cleaning up fur and cat poop and scratching my itchy husband several times daily.