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Pre-trip report/planning for Nov 11-13. TI for business, poker, craps, VP

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Gaylord Focker, Nov 7, 2015.

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  1. Gaylord Focker

    Gaylord Focker Low-Roller

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    Hey guys, I'm starting my Pre-Trip report/planning here and am planning on doing a live TR while I'm in Vegas. This will be my first of hopefully many TRs from now on.

    A little info about this trip:
    It's a short one, only 3 days for a seminar at TI. It's a SOLO trip - only my 2nd time going solo. I'll be spending 7-8 hours during the day in seminar so no fun to report then, but plan on hitting the tables at night and posting pics/updates in my TR.

    Plan - Arrive 11/11 at 12:30pm, taxi (no tunnel!) to TI, hopefully quick checkin and right back down for some holdem, maybe make the 2pm tourney (can register until 3.) Probably won't make it but am going to try! After some poker, want to go hit a bartop VP to give it a try for my first time (see my plea for your advice below.) Thinking some dinner/drinks at a bartop VP at either TI or Mirage. Depending on how that goes, will probably spend rest of night playing holdem at either Mirage or TI - will depend on which game looks softer. Only thing I have to do for business on this day is register/check-in for seminar from 7-8pm. Minor interruption to my gambling....I'll take it.

    11/12 - Spend 8:30am-4:30pm in seminar at TI. Shouldn't be too bad, depending on my hangover in the morning sessions! Have to find a greasy breakfast and caffeine before I make it into the conference room.
    After I get out, quick change in the room and out to the floor to hit craps to warm up for the night (or poker if the games have been going good.) No real plans for the night - just going to go with the flow but most likely hang around close to TI - I want to check out the Linq and surrounding area since I haven't stayed on the strip my last couple trips and haven't seen what they've done over there yet.

    I want to get some advice from you guys related to VP. I've never played, have always limited my games to NL holdem, craps, some roulette. I love the social aspect of all those games, but this board is making me want to give VP a try this trip while I spend some time in the bars for drinks before I go hit the tables later in the night. I've read through the VP thread in the casino games thread and will use that and the vpfree site to find some good machines/bartops - but here's a question for VMBers....It seems like I should stick to JoB or Deuces Wild 44? or DDBonus? Thinking I want to keep it simple on this trip and not try too many variations while I get comfortable. I've never done any of the machines for any regular time in Vegas (about 20 trips.) I'd like to keep my bets to around $1 or $1.25 for a 5 bet .25 game? What do you recommend for starters? a 1 bet $1 game or 5 bet quarter game? Sorry if these are obvious questions but I'm a complete nooooob when it comes to VP and to be honest some of the tips/threads/sites I've been reading up on can be information overload and I am looking for some 'cliff's notes' version here if I can get it.

    Thanks for any help guys.....Looking forward to doing some pre-planning on VMB for the first time and also doing my first live TR!!
    Cheers....
    Gaylord Focker, RN
     
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  2. Rags

    Rags Tourist

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    I'd stick with 5 bet quarter rather than single bet dollar. The extra $ for hitting a Royal is huge in terms of expected value. If you've never played at all, JoB is the easiest strategy and has lower variance. I prefer DDB or Bonus Poker Deluxe, but I played just JoB for a long time and mastered the strategy before moving on to other games.

    I mostly play Hold'em also and plan my trips around poker tournaments, but VP is an easy way to have a few drinks, earn some points to get on the comp radar for cheaper rooms, and probably blow a few hundred bucks in the process.

    Good luck and have a great trip! I'll be arriving just as you're leaving on Friday.
     
  3. jamesxnj

    jamesxnj VIP Whale

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    Agree with Rags...Max bet the,25 so you when you get your first royal it's 4000 coins :beer:
    And if the goal is to get some/a lot of comped drinks,it would not hurt to set the machine to lowest speed and take your time playing..Take some time to think about what to hold/discard..Tips of course have to me made to the tenders to keep you refilled..And you never know when a Royal may pop up..the machine has no idea if you are new or a veteran of the VP wars..Best wishes on your trip!
     
  4. Gaylord Focker

    Gaylord Focker Low-Roller

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    Exactly the tips I was looking for....will stick to JoB .25 machines. Holdem & craps will be most of my time but will probably play VP whenever I'm between games or just wanting to chill and have drinks. I expect I'll have to play VP with one hand and fend off the hookers in the bar with the other lol......only 2nd solo trip, imagine it's a bigger problem when you're solo at the bar playing VP.

    Not playing for comps really..added bonus but being a big holdem player I'm used to not getting much in comps. $$$ from donkeys makes up for it imo. ;)

    Question - will it be difficult to find enough .25 Job machines at the bars? The lists I've found list the best payout machines, but is there enough variety at most bars? Will be mostly TI or Mirage. Thanks!
     
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