re: Poker & Three weeks from today I am in Vegas
Originally Posted by neverchop
Hey Everyone... Pretty excited as three weeks from today I'll be in Vegas for the World Series of Poker...
I fly down from Ottawa on July 4 and am currently staying till July 9. I am staying at Caesar's Palace... It is my 3rd trip to Vegas, but I have not been in about 8 years so there have been alot of changes.
Anyways, it will be an intensive 5 days of gambling and fun... I am still on the fence about entering the WSOP Main event. I won my 10k from Poker Stars in March and since that time have been doing my best to work on my game and learn more about live tournament play. More recently I have been thinking of not entering the main event and instead "investing" about 3k of that money on some of the regular tourneys and cash games. That way I am still coming home with $7k, even if I lose this money.
If I don't play the Main event, I have made a plan of what tourneys I would like to play each day (ranging from one $60 donkament at IP's, the $330 7pm at Caesars, one at Venetian, building up to the $1000 event at the Bellagio on Saturday at 2pm)... In between, I'll hit the cash tables.
I also play alot of roulette and craps, but I have a separate bankroll for that gambling... It should be fun.
I don't mind meeting any other cc'ers in Vegas at that time...
I completely agree about not entering the ME. I recently played a WPT super sat (only $1580), but could have instead played the $330 everyday at the Venetian.
There are a ton of alternate events parallel to the ME this year in Vegas, including, the Bellagio Cup
I suggest you skip the donkament at IP, and skip the Caesar's tournament as well-- there are far better options. Also might consider a "re"-satellite for ME on the fourth if you want to spend big bucks ($1k ish).
Instead I suggest this "play : value" itinerary:
1. Scuffle (http://www.cardschat.com/f13/vegas-report-85358/) on Wed night (if you don't get in too late), all day Thursday, and Friday day (until Binion's tournament at night). This should net you around $300-$400 free dollars, enough to cover an meals and/or incidental expenses for your trip. In addition, you will get to travel all around the city, seeing all the changes from you last trip, getting the lay of the land, etc. This will also give you an opportunity to play your neg. EV pit games ().
The $330 at the Wynn at noon on Thursday is very playable if you want a tournament.
2. On any of the days you don't play your "big" event: Friday and Saturday and Sunday night at 8pm, (5th-7th) the $200 at Binions ($150 + one $50 rebuy, which can be taken immediately). Super structure, with 5k in chips and 30 min. blind levels. This is hands down
the best value tournament in terms of "entry fee to play/structure" in Las Vegas. Yes, you get more play in the bigger $ events (especially the $1k+), but the price/buy in can not be beat for what you get.
If you DO decide to play the Caesar's tournament be aware of an odd structural anomaly: to quote the Bishop AS it is "jarring". His comment: "at blind level two, the blinds are $50-$100. At level three, they shoot up to $100-$200 with a $25 ante. That means the cost of going through a round of ten hands almost quadruples
, from $150 to $550 in a single jump." (my emphasis). However, perhaps you can figure out a way exploit this if you are aware of it and others are not.
Anyway, good luck, and have fun!!