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July 17-21, Cokeboy99 and friends

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by cokeboy99, Jul 22, 2016.

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  1. cokeboy99

    cokeboy99 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    This trip was taken with my wife and another couple. We met Sunday night before the flight to have dinner, then proceeded to head to the airport. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 9:15pm, but due to issues with the incoming plane, we left late. We landed in Vegas around midnight, which was already 2am back home. We found our limo driver(we wanted to give them a great first time in Vegas), picked up our luggage, and headed to Bally's! We checked in, and were in a nice room in the Jubilee Tower. We had a great view of the Eiffel Tower at Paris, and the swimming pool there. No one was ready for bed, so we went out to walk around and explore, as our friends had never been to Vegas. We checked out The Cromwell, and the Flamingo. The women played some slots, while the guys played some blackjack. I won $50 at blackjack, and the women were ready to head back. We went back to Bally's, and my friend and I headed out again. We were searching for cheap blackjack, but at the time we could only find $10 tables. We played at Harrah's for a bit, and I won a little more. After that, we returned to the room..

    Monday morning we woke up and got ready. We headed down to the food court, too late for breakfast. We ate at Johnny Rockets. We ended up with the same server/bartender as my wife and I had in January. He was just as energetic and attentive as before! After lunch we headed to Maddame Tussaud's wax museum. We walked around and explored the wax figures. It was a good time. We left there and went to Mirage to see the Secret Garden Dolphin and Wild Life Habitat. We walked around that for a bit, and left. We headed back to the room to get ready for Penn and Teller that night. We headed to Rio to eat dinner. We ate at the buffet, paying extra for the seafood portion. It was amazing! Definitely a great choice. They had many delicious options. After dinner, we headed to the theater. I decided to check out the WSOP area. It was something to see. I looked at the merchandise, but there was only 1 stand left and not much of a selection. I watched a few hands being played while there were only 2 tables. I saw Phil Helmuth across the way, but had no chance to interact or get an autograph or photo. Penn and Teller were amazing! We had a blast, and the things they did were incredible. After the show, we got autographs and pictures with each of them. We were happy with our choice of shows. We went back to Bally's and played a little more. The women stayed there and the guys again went off to find some blackjack. We received a text from my wife who had hit a handpay on a Wizard of Oz machine. She hit a jackpot for $1255.00. She was excited, as it was the first handpay and biggest amount she's won in Vegas by far. After winning $100 at blackjack, I was done and we headed back to Bally's.

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    Tuesday morning we were ready sooner and headed to Aria to redeem buy 1, get 1 free breakfast buffet coupons. The buffet was nice, and it was a good value, but overall I wasn't overly impressed. We went to MGM, and found the Sigma Derby game. We spent some time at it, and I actually won $40. We went to check out Luxor and the elevators that run diagonally. From there, we walked through Excalibur and to NYNY. We browsed the Hershey candy store, and then M&M World. We walked back to Bally's, and got ready to head to Fremont Street. We took Uber to Fremont Street. It was my first experience with Uber, and I thought it was easy and convenient. Dinner was at the Heart Attack Grill. It was an experience, for sure. The food wasn't good, but I finished it to avoid the spankings they give to those who don't finish their meals. After dinner we walked around and checked out the Fremont Street Experience. It was definitely interesting as usual. We played a little at Fremont Casino, and then again at Golden Nugget. We then got another Uber ride back to Bally's. I played a little poker, finishing down $200. I headed back to the room, hoping to get some rest in preparation for the Venetian Deepstack event I was planning to play on Wednesday.

    Wednesday I woke up and ate some breakfast, in preparation for the Venetian deepstack event. I was playing in the $400 NLHE Bounty event. The start time was 2pm, and I headed there around 12:15. My wife and our friends spent some time at the pool at Bally's. I later heard from them about the sticker shock when they ordered some drinks....lol!! I got registered for the event. I started the event at 2pm, with this being the largest buy-in for a tournament that I'd played in to date. We started with 12k chips, 50-100 blinds, 30 minute levels. Bounties were worth $100 each. I was folding often early, having few cards to play. The table was quite aggressive to start, with very little limping being allowed. One player in particular was a combination of aggressive and getting good cards, chipping up quite a bit. I raised a few hands, but when I had big cards the flop was low, and when I had small pocket pairs the flop was high. It was level 3 before I won my first hand. I was down to 4900 at one point. I doubled with Ad10d, when I turned the nut flush draw with 2 overcards to the board, shoved over a bet, and rivered the flush. I won a few more pots, and even knocked out a player to earn my first bounty. Awhile later, with 18k in chips, I was in the small blind. There were a few limpers, and the button shoved with about 7k. I looked down at KK, and re-shoved. 1 of the limpers thought for a bit and called, having less chips than I did. Button showed 9h4h, and limper showed AxQx. There was a Q on the flop, but the turn and river were safe and I had 2 more bounties! I hit another flush with AQ to knock out a 4th player, meaning I was free-rolling the tourney. We had lost several players, and the registration was closed. We had 145 entrants total, 15 got paid, starting at $597 and going up to $9800 for 1st place!

    At the start of level 12, we had 37 left and I was at 77k chips. I won a small pot, and reached my high water mark of 80k. I was moved to a new table, which would be my downfall. I observed a bit, then had AdJd, flopped an ace, and lost to AQ. Next had I had AK, lost a lot of chips to J-10 which had flopped a boat, when I rivered an ace. The final had I started with around 50K in chips. I was in the BB. There was a raise ahead of me, and I looked down at AK again. I 3-bet to 9600, and the raiser shoved. With nearly 20% of my chips in the middle already, and a huge chipstack if I double up, I made the call. I could have folded and looked for a better spot, as I was likely flipping at this point, or possibly way behind AA or KK. I just felt that in trying to win, the double up would put me in a great position and I would be able to see all 5 cards. The opponent had JJ, I couldn't pair the A or K, and I was out around 31st place. I started to doubt my play immediately after it happened, but I think that getting it in there wasn't terrible.

    Not a bad showing for my biggest tournament thus far. I was nervous early, and being card dead didn't help, but I was able to overcome that and make a solid run. I earned 4 bounties, making this a free tournament. I would love the opportunity to play again another time.

    After the tournament I walked to Harrah's with Coach, to catch the monorail. I called my wife. They were eating dinner, so I grabbed dinner at Toby Keith's. I headed to Bally's after I finished, and we gambled for awhile. I lost some money playing blackjack, craps, and poker. I realize that playing poker late at night after long days walking in the sun is less than ideal for me, and decided that in the future I will have to make better decisions about when to play.

    Thursday morning we went to Paris for their breakfast buffet. As the women were getting ready, I decided to check out the high limit room at Bally's. I had set a goal on how much I wanted to bring back, and was above my goal. I noticed a $100 slot machine. I couldn't help slipping a bill in and giving it a pull. Unfortunately, I was not a winner! We headed back to the room to check out and head to the airport. We got there around 11:45 for our 2:30 flight. There was no line at the Allegiant desk, nor at security, so we were through in little time and waited for our flight. Unsurprisingly, there was a delay, and we were 2 hours late getting home.

    All in all, it was a great trip, and everyone had a great time. I'm now going to focus on school, earning my Master's Degree, and once that is done, I'm going to look at jobs in Vegas and start researching for the possibility of moving out there!!

    I also want to add, for those who doubted it was possible, we all got along great and had lots of fun, even though we shared the room the entire time. It wasn't a problem at all, and we were all on pretty much the same schedule. I appreciate your concerns, but like I said before, it wasn't an issue at all.
     
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  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Okay.... I am dumb. I am looking at the screen and wondering how you got the handpay?

    Maybe a bonus round, but it only shows one of the screens?
     
  3. RynoBU

    RynoBU Low-Roller

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    I wondered the same thing. Enjoying the trip report.
     
  4. cokeboy99

    cokeboy99 Tourist

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    The hand pay was my wife's while I was away. Apparently it was a bonus round played on the screen above the main screen. After the bonus was done, she had won $251, but then the screen showed 5X and locked up due to the hand pay. I'm guessing she was so excited about the jackpot and hand pay that she only got the one picture.
     
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  5. Aces and Eights

    Aces and Eights VIP Whale

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    Thanx for your report! Your poker tourney recap really enthralled me. I love it when I hear about the fun people have while they're there.
     
  6. Candydave

    Candydave mid-roller

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    A hand pay on Wizzard of Oz has to be a rare thing. Congratulations. Glad you had a good trip and all got along.
     
  7. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report and nice handpay!
     
  8. M0rtyC

    M0rtyC Low-Roller

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    Great trip and report. Thanks for the ride!
     
    Bonus early day Downtown
    Annual end of the rodeo trip
  9. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    Congratulations to your wife on the handpay....very nice return on $1.75 bet!! Wonderful that it all worked out with the room sharing.

    So, did you make converts of your friends into Vegas fans?
     
  10. cokeboy99

    cokeboy99 Tourist

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    Thanks! I'm not sure they'll make many trips back, due to time and money constraints. They certainly had a great time tho, and it's certainly possible that they'll be back!
     
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  11. Niteshade

    Niteshade Low-Roller

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    Great report. Thanks for sharing.
    Sounds like you had a great time.
     
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