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Live Poker Memory Lane...

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by undathesea, Mar 8, 2013.

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  1. undathesea

    undathesea Grandissimo

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    I was just commenting on a thread and remembering my first live experience in Vegas almost 10 years ago.

    First live game was Excalibur and I played in a stud game which I lost at and then a 1-5 spread limit hold 'em game. Cracked aces got me a spin on the wheel for $50... even back then.

    I played at Mirage in a limit game where the players were very aggressive and stole my limps almost every round bleeding me dry (prior to me reading small stakes and becoming a 2+2 fan). I've come a long way in my pokering since then. This is when Mirage was still somewhat relevant in poker circles and the room was packed. The Bellagio poker room was definitely open that trip, but it was still very new (my friend lost $1k trying to play limit there).

    I played at Binions card room in a limit game right next to an Omaha game, which was my first exposure to Omaha. I think I paid more attention to the Omaha game than I did my own 3/6 limit game. Binions was really old school and musty. I loved the charm that the old poker room had. This was back when Binions was still the WSOP home. I haven't been back since. :cry:

    I played in a very soft 1/2 limit game in the Luxor that I turned a hefty profit on... even at those low stakes. Almost right up to the time I had to leave for the airport to go home. :thumbsup:

    This was before NL was all the craze and limit was everywhere in Vegas. It was a great first poker experience and I learned a lot about table etiquette, how to sign up for games, etc.

    Incidentally, I'm heading to AC tomorrow to the Borgata. I played their original poker room from the time it opened until it closed (and the new one opened). In their higher-stakes rooms we used to catch glimpses of Phil Ivey every now and again. Apparently, Ben and J-Lo were in there when they were still an item and Ben gave someone a very nice tip (I believe it was $200), and the story goes that J-Lo got so pissed that she ran after the waitress to demand the money back. All the dealers were talking about it when I was in there. Ah... the good old days.
     
  2. DuckyD77090

    DuckyD77090 Tourist

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    Wow - we had many of the same experiences.

    I remember the old poker room at the Borg. I lost my virginity down there. Live poker, that is. Sat at a 3/6 table and blinded out for an hour before I found the stones to play a hand. I miss that old room. It had character. The new room is a juggernaut, in comparison. Never saw Ivey, but I did see Scotty Nguyen once. He was just strolling through the casino. You could identify the poker players in the hallway based on who nearly fell over themselves trying to look at him and stay out of his way.

    I remember playing at Binions when they had the big, bulking, oak tables that could sit 14-16 comfortably. Of course, only 10 played.. if they could find 10 people. It was an odd feeling having to throw - throw - your cards in from the 2-3-4-7-8-9 seats.

    Nowadays the only limit games you can find are 4/8 at Venetian, 3/6 at Mirage and occasionally something at MGM with a few 2/4 games and spread limit games at various spots.

    I miss Wynn's 4/8 game. That was the epitome of the cheap seats in the expensive house. Nothing like ordering outrageous cocktails brought by Wynn cocktail waitresses playing a game that you could nurse on $200 all day!
     
  3. johnvic

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    I don't have the experience of you guys but I have some memories. Also played the Wynn in the 4-8 limit game. I felt so good in that game on every level. I loved the room, the dealers and the waitresses, lol. The regulars were great folks and I would recognize them on repeat trips.

    Limit is dead I think. I'd like to adjust to NL, but I haven't done that yet and without proper internet poker it's hard to adjust.

    Makes me a little sad.
     
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  4. PokerFaceNJ

    PokerFaceNJ Low-Roller

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    I guess I go back a bit more than the previous posters. My first poker experience in any casino was at the Dunes. I had played plenty of home games but we certainly intimidated by sitting down at a casino poker table. The room manager and another dealer saw me watching a 7 card stud game and told me to sit with them so they could tell me all the nuances of the game. Not sure if this happens any more but those guys were great as they both gave up their breaks to sit with me for about 15 minutes. Sat down and did immensely well even getting 4 queens on one of the first few hands. Couple of the other players dubbed me the Jersey Kid as I just kept winning. Too bad I haven't had too many winning nights like that again.
     
  5. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    I miss the game as well. I started off playing stud, but those games quickly shifted to Hold'em in the late 1990s / early 2000s. I liked the $3-$6/ $6-$12 Mirage games when they were one of the best Vegas rooms. Later, play shitted to Bellagio and the Wynn. The Wynn games attracted NL players waiting for a seat, many tourists and locals. It was a pretty good game if you were looking for action, and with great cocktail service, the parade of club goers (to/from parking garage) and 2-3 tables, the Wynn replaced Mirage as my regular room. Two years ago, the limit action dried up and the past few times they had zero limit tables. :cry:

    I prefer a $4/8-$8/$16 limit game to a $2/$4 or NL, due to the fact that most of my casino experience through the years is at limit. I'll dabble in tournaments (mostly freerolls or sit-n-goes) and have done OK. I enjoy drinking and having a good time and limit is the better game for me.
     
  6. garry

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    The very first hand I played in Vegas was at the Gold Coast, they had a 2-4 game going. I'm not the best player but I sat down, dealer ask if I wanted a hand ( I would be the big blind ) Why not, in for $4.
    Full table ( 9 ) playing, I'm dealt kq diamonds. It is raised or capped before it gets to me, I call.
    Flop is Ace, 10, 5 all diamonds, sm bets, I call, have three raiser behind me, I call.
    Turn is a 5 clubs, sm checks I bet $4, i'm raised twice to me so I raise again, it's capped by another player after me. Have 5 players still left in hand
    River ( I'm hoping for Jack diamonds ) no luck but 8 spades shows up. Ok, nut flush, no full houses, I'm good to go, bet $4, raise, raise, fold, fold, I'll raise, get three callers,
    Dealer asked to show my cards, remember very first hand of poker in Las Vegas, not your buddies game, Show k,q, diamonds, dealer goes nut flush, other two players slam down there cards.
    I rake in pot, took me a long time to stack chips, after a hour the wife came over and told me we are going to lunch. I bought a round of drinks for the table and cashed out over $300 up. Not to bad for my first time.
     
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    Gator5220 Low-Roller

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    I know it is just a typo but I feel that is exactly the way the Bellagio poker room floor staff treats their poker players.
     
  8. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    Especially $4/$8 limit or $1/$2-$2/$5 NLH players. Bobby's Room regulars are treated as human beings; the rest not so much. It's a reason Aria has taken a good chunk of Bellagio's action over the past three years.

    Mirage & Wynn room staff remain pleasent and professional.
     
  9. undathesea

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    I too was playing limit for a really long time before switching to no-limit. No-limit is a far easier game, IMO, but your liability per hand is much greater.

    Once I studied limit through 2+2 and began to realize how much attention you have to pay to the game to win consistently, I moved to no-limit because I'm too lazy and can't never pay that much attention to the game. I'd rather read players and trust my reads rather than worrying about how the entire table will react to a raise, call, or check.

    My last time playing limit was at Caesars (what a dying poker room that is). I kept asking to make the game a kill (it was 3/6) and the woman next to me refused (you need an entire table to agree). She was limping every hand and I was to her left, so I raised every hand and she lost her money pretty quickly... and we made it a kill immediately thereafter. That game I met a guy from Cali and he and I were doing tequila shots... then he decided I needed a massage and I convinced him my buddy needed one too. That was a great time.

    I have been to the Wynn poker room many times but never sat down. The action is definitely moving to the Aria. The first time I sat down at the Aria a few years ago, I noticed that the players at my table were all extremely good. So much so that I felt like the fish at the table... and I've studied and played a ton of poker in my days. The second time I sat at the Aria, I made a play on someone I thought was a fish and he played right back (to my chagrin and I thought my read was perfect). I played several hours and broke-even that night. My buddy (who is a much better and consistent player than I am) lost a ton. I haven't played Aria since.

    I think I'll check it out one more time when I go in May.
     
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