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Book the Win or Go for broke???

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by BeeeJay, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    Hello VMB friends,

    After falling off the wagon like a brick, I have added an unexpected $3,500 to the Vegas bankroll this week.

    I am debating whether I should "book a win" or "go for broke" with these funds. I usually like to keep my Vegas account at around $10,000, so I"m set for two $5,000 trips each year, but after a big winning December trip, a successful Rivers Freeplay Harvest, and this good fortune this week my Vegas account pressing $20K.

    After Sunday I will have to travel for 10 weeks without access to casinos due to the upcoming LobsterFest. It appears I will miss out on my annual summer trip due to scheduling conflicts.

    I am wondering if I should just call it a day and book the win, or if I should maybe pull out $5,000 and "go for broke" with some combination of $10 VP play and $175 roulette spins.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. mike_m235

    mike_m235 Tourist

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    Before I answer, what would a normal trip look like from a betting perspective. Meaning if you didn't have the extra cash, what would your first spin at roulette look like? And what would your VP play be? I've seen your trip report where you were already playing $2 and $5...is that normal for you?
     
  3. DonD

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    I heard that they're giving away money in Vegas!
     
  4. natedog666

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    Come to Vegas!
     
  5. soloman

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    Press the new found cash its like free rolling. Who knows maybe that 3500.00 of free action will turn into 10k and your well on your way to becoming a mini natedog in the action depot.:drunk:
     
  6. BeeeJay

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    it usually starts on $1 video poker and on a losing trip it might stay there or even dip into some 50 cent/25 cent.

    on a winning trip i'll venture up into some $2 and maybe a little $5 while ahead.

    on a losing trip I might play no roulette, craps, blackjack at all, but if I'm ahead I'll surely do some sessions of each and those sessions can include some major pressing.

    From a betting perspective, I would be treating this $5,000 as if I had just shown up in Vegas with a $5,000 budget and won another $5,000 jackpot immediately, so I would be doing minimum $175 roulette spins and playing $2/$5/$10 video poker.
     
  7. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    haha, I would have been there with Gaggles but in a work-travel date limbo state right now. Wasn't sure if I would have to be in NYC last week, yesterday, next week, or the monday after. Still not 100% sure, and by the time I find out i'm available a given week the flights are always $1,000.:grrr:

    kinda hoping tomorrow I find out I have until 2/11 cause then I have a free week starting 2/4 where i can go to vegas.:beer:

    actually when I found out I could have gone for superbowl, but the tickets were too much, that was the final thing that drove me to the casino. I said if I won I would just fly out to Vegas. But no matter what I win I can't pull the trigger on that $1,000 flight, its just too much of a gouge.
     
  8. mike_m235

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    I think there's two ways to go at this.

    I'm a big fan of taking a shot early in a trip. See if it's happening, and if it is, go for it, but if it's not, be ready to bail on that plan quickly and find your normal zone. Pick your amount -- I'd say in your case $1000 or $1500 -- and play it hard right away. Go for the roulette or the $2 VP and see what happens. If you're hitting, keep going, press, and try to book a big win the first day. But be brutal with that initial loss limit...when you lose that first number, stop, take a break, and come back ready to play at your normal level. Don't keep chasing the big win. You had your shot, it's not your trip, and you don't want to throw everything away in one day.

    Option 2 is to start at your normal level, but be ready to press it faster than you usually do. If you normally start at $1 VP, start there, but be quicker to jump to $2 when you're winning.

    Option 3 is to play like you normally play. But we all know that's not happening.
     
  9. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    yes, I like option 1 a lot.

    I'll put $5,000 into a machine and play the first $1,000 on $10 as if I were going to play the whole thing, and if I actually get down to $3,500, I am out of there.
     
  10. ardee

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    Split the money between two trips.

    If you win big the first trip, go again.
    If you don't win big the first trip, you get to go again.

    Fun will be had and we can all live vicariously through your trip reports (hint, hint) when you give us updates.

    Do it...Do it...Do it...:beer:
     
  11. CenterfieldNine

    CenterfieldNine Low-Roller

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    Would you be willing to do MDW>LAS? If you find out soon, they have round trips for that week up at like $380 total. I know its a hassle from our neck of the woods, but my trip in two weeks has me likely camping out with the hobos on the blue and orange lines upon arrival back in the city.

    With regards to the original query -- I say find a way to hit Vegas in the manner you describe above, or if you hit Rivers -- PM me and I'll buy the first round of beers filled from the bottom while cheerleading you to victory. Although I am on a Rivers strike right now, you have perfected the art of the free play. I hope to do the same in Hammond soon, as I've already booked Diamond for next year at CET :X. It was a crazy Jan.

    Whatever you decide, good luck!
     
  12. BeeeJay

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    WOW those prices from MDW are awesome!!!

    I was actually just meaning Rivers on this thread, but I might think about swinging an MDW-LAS-LGA deal and spend the week after the superbowl in vegas as kind of a self-imposed rehab. no drinking or gambling of course.:wink2:

    damn why is that so f'ing cheap??? its like a conspiracy!
     
  13. KnotGillty

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    Spend a few grand and treat yourself to something nice. Maybe a new big screen TV, new PC, new stereo system, or some other new toy.

    That way, if you blow all of it on a few TILT sessions, at least you have something to show for it.

    If you press your luck too many times, eventually you'll give it all back.

    I guess it comes down to discipline . . .
     
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    CenterfieldNine Low-Roller

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    Yep! They know that all the true degens will trek into any territory to get to Vegas for sub-$500.

    Hope that helps you make it out there! Too bad I'll miss it for a week, though i guess that gives everyone a few days to rest up for my arrival.

    Cheers!
     
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    How about buying the wife some great new shoes?...

    No way, go degenerate and go for the big win.

    You know however it turns out you'll be okay with the net net from lobster fest.

    Beth
     
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    take some and go for broke. keep the rest as a nice win.
     
  17. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    Great minds think alike, unfortunately I think I've tapped myself on potential purchases of that type. bought 2 new TV's this past year so no spots for another one, bought 3 laptops, a slingbox, new phones, already have quality stereo surround in both TV rooms. Maybe a diseased hooker is the best way to "bring something home"....:evillaugh
     
  18. BeeeJay

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    Haha....classic!!!

    I actually heard my first Triple-Axle-NET-NET-NET the other day. I was left wondering if the person had a stuttering problem or was just 3 times more full of shit than average.

    Wife just got a laptop and some Jewelry two weeks ago from the Rivers Freeplay Harvest winnings. Kids got a few hundo worth of random legos for no reason. That is the way to build motivation for Americas future. :nono:

    My biggest problem is I keep playing videopoker.com and I can NOT hit shit on there. I'll literally play 2,000 hands and hit one quad, then go to the casino and hit 4 in 500 hands. It's crazy. And now I have this whole ever-expanding luck ritual so I haven't washed certain preferred clothing items for quite a while, have to play some songs from my Vegas mix in certain order....its turning into a real OCD'ers delight.

    Unfortunately it looks like I may be SOL as I have now a sick kid home so I can't go to Rivers tomorrow and a full schedule of stuff I have to do before leaving town and kids sports, coaching, etc the rest of the week and weekend.

    My only hope is those Deadliest Catch crabbers blow a gasket and delay LobsterFest another week. Then I can grab that MDW to LAS.....just got a Palazzo offer today so I can choose between them, Wynn, Aria, Cosmo, Golden Gate.

    The crew also has a bunch of April and May stuff in the potential hopper, but the scheduling conflicts are tough this year.:cry:
     
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    CenterfieldNine Low-Roller

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    Just booked another mdw-las for the summer tonight. Have I cursed us both?? Unleashed a monster?

    Got me looking at rates and all of a sudden I'm typing in credit card info :p
     
  20. Dpin300

    Dpin300 Low-Roller

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    Am I the only one who thought this thread was about a book called "Win or go for Broke" ??!
     
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