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A post-COVID trip to Sin City for poker, poker and probably more poker - Nov 8th - 26th (SEMI-LIVE)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Adam, Nov 7, 2021.

  1. phnut

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    I just arrived into town on Sunday afternoon and am sadly just catching up with your great reports. I say sadly, because after playing Caesars on 'Sunday night I decided to walk to Resorts World on Monday to play without reading your report and had the same disappointing experience as you regarding the players club sign up and had the exact same reaction as you. I'm a member of pretty much every rewards program in town and a DL has always been sufficient and like you, there is no way I am carrying my passport around town all day.

    I'd also make the comment that on Sunday night at Caesars there were different rumors circulating depending on the dealer that you spoke to and there were a lot of 'ex' flamingo dealers dealing. Apparently they are having a meeting Tues to let them know the full story. My personal feeling FWIW is that it would be pretty poor management to close the room now, after it has been empty for the last 6-7 weeks - that floor space could have already been turned into slots/stadium whatever and earning revenue rather than lying dormant for so long. Selling Flamingo also makes absolutely no sense at all so, again, I think it is probably the rumor mill hard at work - although with the way that Eldorado seem to be doing things, I guess nothing is off the table.
     
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  2. Adam

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    Yeah I don't get the RW decision here. There's more information on the DL than there is on the passport. I even tried signing up online but it wouldnt accept my UK postcode. Ah well. I might grab my passport and head up there just to say I've played once but that will solely depend on if I can be bothered.

    Hopefully we hear more ref: Flamingo today. I know I spoke to three separate Flamingo dealers and they were all pretty much resigned to being laid off, or re-employed whilst losing their benefits, although that part went over my head pretty much and I didnt really understand it.
     
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    After saying yesterday that I needed to get back on the poker train...I played the least amount that I have played per day all trip. Typical!

    To be honest this wasn't planned, but after posting yesterday and getting ready to head out, I took a look at the lists on Bravo Poker app and they were, well, not good. I think Aria was 2 games and 25 waiting, Caesars was 2 games and 20 waiting, Bellagio was 3 games and 35 waiting...so I decided to go shopping. Grabbed a 24hr ticket and jumped on the Deuce heading to the South Outlets. I was unpleasantly surprised when I got there though. It seemed like all of the decent stores from memory had gone and been ripped out by a medley of cheap shoe stores, fragrance stores and souvenir shops. I didn't stay there for long and decided to hit the North Outlets instead.

    Jumped back on the Deuce and after a ridiculously long wait at the South Strip Transit Terminal, where apparently for some people they had been waiting 30 minutes for a bus, got on and eventually made it to MGM Grand, where I changed to the CX as it was quicker than going up the Strip. After a 20 min wait, jumped on the CX and was at the North Outlets within 20 minutes. The choice of shops here was a lot better although I didn't find much worth buying and to be honest the online offers seemed better. Grabbed some lunch at Cheesecake Factory after some spending, as the need to eat was getting too much, and eventually left the North Outlets at around 4pm, heading to the Golden Nugget to play $1/$2 poker. FYI, the Golden Nugget are also being funny about needing a passport, but I was already in the system so YMMV.

    Got seated at the Nugget and didn't take long for me to get involved, making a 3-bet to $32 over an $11 raise with pocket Kings and a flop c-bet was enough to win the pot. Won some small pots and paid some blinds before calling a $5 button straddle with Q-J of clubs. 4 players see a flop of Q-5-6 rainbow and I bet $10 when checked to, 2 players call. The turn was the 5d and all of us checked. The river was the Qs, giving me the second nuts (5-5 being the nuts) and I bet $16. The button raises to $110 and after the third player folds, I flick in the call...he has Q-8 and I silently curse in my head as we chop the pot. Win a couple of smaller pots and to be honest, although it didn't feel like it at the time, I was pretty card dead. Won $35 with A-J on a A-K-T-9-6 board and lost some blinds, was just maintaining my stack.

    I then played two hands in a row which pretty much decided my session. The first hand I was in the big blind, 5 players limped/completed and I checked with 8-3 unsuited. The flop was A-8-3 rainbow and I bet out $6 to thin the field. One local regular called and when the Tc hits the turn I check call his $12 bet. The river is the Kc putting three clubs on the board and he bets $17 into $46. It's just enough for me to call and he has got there with A-7 of clubs, sigh. The very next hand it folds to an old Asian regular in the cutoff who has barely played a hand. He raises to $20. At $2 big blind. Folds to me in the small blind and I look down at...pocket Aces. Raise it to $56 and he calls. The flop is 4-3-2 with two spades and I bet $50, he goes into the tank and calls. The turn is the Ace of hearts. I don't like this card because to be honest it kills my value, although I make a set. I don't have the Ace of spades in my hand so his range is now quite simply Ace-King of spades, Kings, Queens or Jacks. That's it, and the only hand that's continuing is Ace-King of spades. I can't give him the free card though and he is never betting here so I bet $100 into $214 and he thinks.

    And thinks.

    And thinks.

    And folds. I genuinely think he folded A-K of spades here due to the time he took. Great.

    This was the last hand I played at the table worth mentioning and eventually cash out for $460, meaning another profitable day at the tables. After spending 40 minutes trying to find where the Deuce picks up due to the Downtown construction (hint: it's at the Mob Museum) and by the time I make it back to the Strip, it's been over an hour since I got up from the table, and I am reminded why I normally hire a vehicle. Grab some milk from Walgreens for breakfast tomorrow, and decide to grab some cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. Just about made it there in time before it closes and am back in the room by 10.15pm, chilling out online and with cheesecake. Still takes me til 1am to get to sleep!
     
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  4. Viva Las Vegas

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    Here was the crazy rumor posted on Twitter Yesterday:

    https://twitter.com/Plasma_Dasher/status/1462675039598219269

    Flamingo to close poker room now
    Ceasars Palace to close poker room within 12 months
    Bally's will be the only Vegas Poker Room
    El Dorado will end tier credits for poker play
    Hard Rock will purchase The Flamingo.
     
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  5. Adam

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    I hope I'm wrong on all counts.
     
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    Thanks for the info on the Deuce leaving from the Mob Museum. On a few occasions I’ve been downtown trying to find the thing, and multiple people were mistaken while I waited and waited and finally took an Uber.


    —max
     
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  7. mjames1229

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    Well, if @Plasma_Dasher says it, I can't imagine not taking that as Gospel.

    I mean... it IS @Plasma_Dasher, after all....
     
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  8. Adam

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    Anyone guess where I settled on for dinner after yet another Caesars Palace poker session?
     
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    Well, one of the rumors was confirmed yesterday by Poker.org, which was the first to report on the fact that Bally's issued a rescheduled poker room reopen date, whereas the Flamingo didn't.

    https://www.poker.org/the-las-vegas-flamingo-poker-room-has-seen-its-last-hand/

    I couldn't find formal announcements or confirmation of the other closures (Caesars Poker Room), end of Poker tier credits or sale of Flamingo at this time. However, with all of the changes announced to date after El Dorado's take over, all fall within the realm of possibility, including some already announced (potential sale of CET strip casino).
     
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  10. phnut

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    I played without the card - I wasn't going to walk all the way there without playing, I'm far too lazy for that. The room itself is really nice, good tables, seats, dealers and a pleasant atmosphere - its just a bit of a shame that its so far away (relatively) from the rest of the action.

    So the closure of Flamingo Poker Room was confirmed yesterday - I still think its a very strange business decision. I also don't think that because one part of the rumor appears true, that the rest has any degree of accuracy.
     
  11. Adam

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    Well yesterday was one of the worst days of the trip so far. Always nice to end on a whimper rather than a bang, it seems! Woke up with quite awful stomach cramps and pretty much spent the morning in bed, browsing the web on the lappy, chatting to the better half on WhatsApp and posting trip updates on here. Eventually they subsided and I managed to get some cereal down my neck before finally heading over to Caesars to hit the tables once more at 1pm. Get to Caesars at 1.10pm and am 4th on the list.

    And wait, and wait, and wait, and wait. It appears that Caesars have once again changed their policy, they are now allowing call-ins again. Problem is - all these call-ins were Diamond players. Diamond players and above automatically go to the top of the list (well, below any other Diamond or above players already on the list) so about 15 people got seated before me. On top of that, there were clearly less dealers available than in previous weeks and I wonder if the Ballys & Flamingo dealers that were working CP during the series had been returned to their own properties (I'll address the Flamingo later on)? Either way, it was an absolute shit-show and many of the tourist punters were getting rather pissed off with it, complaining loudly to the floorman every time another Diamond turned up and they were further down the list. It's not a good look for Caesars and I can see why, if the rumour is true, they want to scrap tier credits for poker.

    It's 2.30pm before I finally get in a game when they open a new table, and it's me, a dude from LA, a dude from Atlanta and 5 local Vegas Diamond grinders. Great, this table should be a barrel of laughs and like drawing blood from a stone, but out of nowhere I'm up $200 just by chipping up and winning a lot of small pots. All the grinders bar one are folding every hand and I'm just putting maximum pressure on the other players, making good calls and good bets to take small pots without having to show a hand. Looking back at my notes through the session I don't think I put more than $50 into any pots during the entire time I was there, apart from one hand where I raised A-K unsuited over a limper to $15 and he called. The flop was Q-J-3 with two hearts (I had the Ace of hearts) and he moved all in for around $60. I called and he had Q-T of clubs. The turn is the 4h, meaning I have 18 cards to hit on the river (any of the remaining 9 hearts, any ace, any king, the remaining three tens) but miss them all on the 3d river and he ships the pot. I played for two and a half hours and managed to cash out for $410 with absolutely zero big hands of note other than that. One of the best sessions I've played.

    The body decides it needs sustenance and I'm getting fed up of sitting at bars so I head back to Bally's, drop the bag and the poker money off and decide to see what is available at Bally's for food. Sadly, not much at all, so I head over to Paris and am quickly situated at a Strip-facing window in Hexx. Decide on their prix fixe menu, and my choices were the BLT Salad, Chicken Parm and Peanut Butter Cheesecake.

    BLT Salad to start - this would have been enough as a main meal so I mostly ate the bacon bits and tomatoes.
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    Chicken Parm for main - the chicken was massive and cooked perfectly, had to finish it and I did. Pity I didnt have enough for the majority of the linguine, although I was slightly disappointed by the presentation, the chicken is supposed to be on a bed of pasta, not to the side!
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    Also, as an added bonus, I had a semi-decent view of the Bellagio Fountains! My view was better but I don't like getting random diners in my shot.
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    The dinner was lovely, albeit no pics of the cheesecake as I had to get it to go, and it's still sitting on my fridge now! I paid up and headed back to my room to go back to the Strip for more poker. As I'm heading back I glance at my phone and see my WhatsApp icon. Erm, what? Everyone I speak to on WhatsApp is in England. It's 3am. Uh-oh, this can NEVER be good news. Turns out it's my better half. My apartment block back home has been evacuated due to a fire in an apartment on our floor. Thankfully for us, it's the other end of the floor, and it's a small fire. That takes half an hour before she can get back into the apartment and into bed. I leave her to get back to sleep and head back to Caesars, and end up on the same table but in a different seat.

    This is where the entire day goes to hell in a handbasket. 4th hand in I raise Q-Q to $11 first to act. Only both of the blinds call. The flop seems to be an innocuous J-T-8 and both players check to me. I bet $23 and the small blind folds. The big blind raises to $75. He hadn't been at the table when I was there earlier but I knew him. He was a young reg that flies in for months at a time and grinds Caesars. He's a very aggressive player and knows when to put players to the test, and I've seen him do this multiple times before. His range is massive here, consisting of pair + straight draws (eg J-9, T-9, 9-8), pair + backdoor flush draws, sets, top pair hands, bare straight draws, he has a lot here. After weighing this up, I decide a shove is a better move here. He won't have the equity to call off with the pair + backdoor flush draws, he will call with hands I am beating like A-J, K-J etc, and I maximise my equity whilst denying him some of his. Unfortunately he has T-T for the top of his range, I lose more outs when the 8 pairs on the turn, giving him a full house and fail to hit my two outer on the meaningless 4 river. That's $300 down the drain.

    I reload for the remaining $300 I have with me (I normally bring more but wasn't anticipating a bad start like that) and within three hands that's nearly gone. 4 of us see a flop of 9h8c6h after it's limped to me in the small blind with 8-7 of hearts, I call, the big blind makes it $15 and everyone calls. I check, the big blind bets 30, a field player calls and I call with the open ended straight flush draw. Turn is the Ts giving me the straight. I check, the big blind checks and the field player bets $35, I raise to $100 with the straight and the big blind just calls. OK, so he has a 7 as well for a chop.

    The original bettor then moves all in for $141 and we are both forced to call (can't reraise as his raise is an under raise, I raised his bet by $65 and he only re-raised by $41). The river is the Qc and I move all in, big blind calls. We chop the side pot as he has A-7 of spades, as expected, but unbelievably lose the main pot as the field player who moved all in had J-T of diamonds for top pair and a straight draw and got there on the river. At this point I am down $495 after two coolers in 8 minutes of play and I only brought $600 with me. Quickest session ever. I quickly manage to get some of it back when I raise A-Q unsuited and a lady calls. The flop is A-J-4 with two diamonds and I bet $20, she calls. The turn brings the 6 of diamonds and I check, she bets $25 and I decide I've had enough, stick my remaining $65 in and she calls instantly. I'm assuming I'm done for and start preparing to leave as the 3c hits the river. I show my A-Q and she shows me 7-7 with one diamond. I win? I win! WTF?

    20 minutes later I find pocket Aces in the small blind and raise to 22 over a couple of limpers. The big blind (same guy from earlier) then re-raises to 55. It folds to me and I stick in my $172. He calls with A-J of hearts and I hold on the K-K-T-4-K board. Always a sweat. He leaves after he had me covered by $1 and didn't fancy losing more money as I drag the $350 pot. I then meander for a bit before losing a hand when the flop was K-Q-J and I had Q-J. The guy two to my right was betting every street and I called down, unfortunately he had K-J and that cost me about $100. I just dribbled down from then on before calling it a night at around 11pm and taking the loss, losing $450. Still, could have been worse.

    Head back to the room and speak to the better half as she is heading to work before trying to sleep at around 1am. Took me forever to get to sleep and I'm feeling it this morning!
     
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  12. Adam

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    Right, Flamingo and the state of CET Poker.

    I'm really sad to see it go, and I feel for those staff who are now potentially unemployed. From the limited information I could gather, and I have no idea if this is true or not, Flamingo poker room dealers were offered the opportunity to apply for roles at Bally's or Caesars, but on new contracts, which would mean they would lose all of their currently gained benefits. Again, this was one dealer complaining up a storm about it, and they really weren't happy, hence why they were spilling the entire story to everyone. The way they've gone about it is horrendous, but makes sense because 1. They needed those dealers for the WSOP, and 2. They wouldn't have wanted the bad publicity at the start of the WSOP. Better to wait until the end, but RIP Flamingo Poker Room.

    Everything posted above about it, until last night, was a rumour and this was specifically stated as that. It was never confirmed, and probably never will be confirmed. I would be amazed if Caesars closed their room based on current numbers. It's always oversubscribed. However, I can easily see them removing tier credits for poker. It's quite clear to anybody that Eldorado is gutting the CET rewards system. There are a lot, and I would say hundreds if not thousands of people who are Diamond level players solely from playing poker, which does not earn CET any money at all. They are not going to want these players, why would they? Therefore, removing tier credits for poker would be the easy out. If this happens, then potentially the Caesars room could close. Why? Because 80% of the cash players in there are locals grinding 1/3 for Diamond points. They're not going to be at Caesars once this changes, they'll be at locals joints like South Point/Orleans. Places with promotions, because Caesars' justification for double tier credits was that they had no promotions. And with a lot less players, then management may see revenue come down and decide to get rid of it. But that's a long way away and we'll have to wait and see.

    Bally's will be rebranded the Horseshoe and that's an open secret in Vegas right now in the poker scene. Personally I've heard that from multiple independent sources and it's a case of when, not if. It also makes sense to centre that property around poker. It'll have the WSOP, it has the space to expand the room by getting rid of the live Keno lounge, which is probably the only other game in Vegas that is disappearing faster than poker and it has a lot of space on the casino floor, but we'll wait and see with the rebrand what they do.

    As for the Flamingo being sold to the Hard Rock - unlikely, but we'll see. It doesn't make sense at all, but this is Eldorado and from an outsider's point of view, they seem to be making their Strip casinos into slot joints, so who knows!
     
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  13. Adam

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    Well, this is a surprise. I'm writing the report in the evening rather than the morning, and it's not for a good reason. I did say this was a warts and all TR and I apologise for those who have to read this, but it's hopefully cathartic to write this and will make me feel better. For the first time in seven trips (4 of them solo), approximately 149 days total, I don't want to be here. And I don't know why. It's not my longest trip solo, it's not my first trip solo. I'm used to it, in fact to be honest I prefer being solo most of the time (although it is nice to share Vegas with my better half) as I can do what I want to do when I need to do it.

    I woke up today and just did not want to get out of bed. It took me an hour just to bother to pick up the laptop and do the previous day's report, and that was probably the only thing I wanted to do. After getting that posted and sorted, I literally spent the next 4 hours in bed feeling sorry for myself. Thankfully I have cereal facilities in the room so I was able to eat something, along with the peanut butter cheesecake from last night's dinner, and spent most of the time chatting to my better half but I had no drive to go anywhere or do anything, I didn't even bother putting the damn TV on.

    Eventually dragged my backside out of the room and spent half an hour just meandering the casino floor at Bally's before deciding that I had to do something, so I left the casino and jumped on the Deuce with no real idea of where to go. Decided to get off at Resorts World and spotted the Ross store, which reminded me of something. I love Kenneth Cole jeans. I can't get them in the UK without paying obscene prices, so normally when I came to Vegas in times past, I would spend a couple of hours in the Kenneth Cole New York outlet store at the North Outlets and generally rebuild my wardrobe. But, it closed, and I struggled to find them. However, in 2019, I found them in Ross and since then I have checked the Ross by the M&M store on every trip. I'd checked there earlier in the trip and not found any but forgot about the store opposite what is now Resorts World. Spent about half an hour in there, found what I was looking for at a cheap $22 including tax for a nice new pair of jeans, and got out of there. Pity they don't do suits.

    Headed back to the room and decided at the last minute to finally, for the first time, go to In 'n' Out Burger for a Double Double w/ Animal Fries. The burger was brilliant. The fries, not so much, but I think this was my fault, as I got the order to go and it took me a good 10-15 minutes to get back to my room to eat. I'll have to try again and eat there. Once back in the room, the malaise was continuing and let's just say my stomach didn't appreciate the PB Cheesecake from lunch, and leave it there. Nobody needs to know that in detail.

    By this point it was 7pm, and since then apart from two trips to the casino floor to have a cigarette, I've been stuck in the room. I've packed my suitcase already despite not leaving until Friday AM. I've watched far too much Guy Fieri on the TV. I just want to go home. If I'm being honest with myself, I know why I want to go home and it's fucking stupid. This is my first solo trip since I got divorced. That divorce cost me over $20,000 in accrued credit card debt originally, of which I have managed to pay off over $10,000, and got the rest on zero interest for long term. I've rebuilt all of my credit and recovered financially. I'm technically debt-free. My poker bankroll is separate from this and I'm in profit. I can afford to pay off the remainder of my debt within the current time periods without even touching my bankroll just from my monthly salary.

    The problem is that last night I lost $500 in approximately 5 minutes, and that was half my profit for this trip, which I had made despite a $1,000 downswing at the start of the trip, going from -$1k to +$1k in a week, which makes me want to lock the profit in and use it to pay off the debt. I'm scared to go play in case I lose, and any poker player will tell you that you should never play if you think you are scared money, as you will make the wrong decisions and it will cost you money. It's fucking stupid because I don't need that money, and shouldn't be using that money to pay my debt. My debt is sorted and I make the regular payments. Even if I didn't make the regular payments, which is a lot more than the minimum payment, I have access to be able to move the debt to another facility and amend the time.

    And yet my brain can't seem to accept this. I'm shaking my head and laughing as I type this, because I know that I'm being a fucking idiot. And yet I'm still sat in the room.

    But you know what, writing this has helped. It genuinely has. I'm being a fucking moron. I have one full day left, my 150th day in Vegas since I started coming, and I can't do what I had planned for it because this idiot forgot that all the grocery stores and department stores close on Thanksgiving. So I either sit in the room like a lemon, or I go play. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow and feel like I can play. I really do. So sorry, to everyone who has read this to the end, and had to deal with me being a whiny bitch. I'm in Vegas, damnit, my favourite city in the entire world. I'm living my dream, genuinely, my dream is to play poker professionally. I love it. I just have to get my head sorted, and hopefully posting this will be a start.
     
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    I’ve definitely had the same feeling in Vegas as well - sometimes it can be a bit of overload especially if you hit a bad day at the tables.

    As for the financial situation - I’d just bought a house last time I was there (Oct ‘19), which needed complete renovation. Had the money for the renovation at home, but still every time I lost it was like ‘could’ve spent that on xxx’. So completely get your train of thought there. Need to make the point that, thanks to COVID, the renovations still aren’t complete!!

    I was also suffering from a sinus infection the whole time I was there. Halfway through the trip I had a couple of days in California planned - when I got back to Vegas barely set foot in a casino for the rest of the time.
     
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    You are on vacation, on a longer Vegas trip. No need to feel bad for not gamble everyday. Beyond digestion issues, sounds like you had a fun vacation / Vegas day (got your favorite jeans, tried In n Out for the first time, got out a bit, got some rest in).

    For longer trips, it’s natural to just chill a few of the days. I’ve had two trips where I wanted to look in my early big wins ($4k ish), one I cut the trip a day short, the other I rented a car and went to National Parks for a few days.

    Take the time today to people watch, perhaps partake in your first Thanksgiving Day dinner, walk the Strip, perhaps get a car for the day and do some hiking or check out casinos in Henderson or Summerlin, or take a drive to Mt. Charleston.

    Trooper is also hosting Trooper Thursday today. They unfortunately are not serving the traditional Thanksgiving spread because of Covid, but it could be a chance to chill with a small buy in and enjoy a fun friendly game with no pressure.

    Looking forward to hearing about your great day whatever you choose and Viva Las Vegas!!!
     
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  16. phnut

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    Don't feel bad about the malaise, I'm only 4 days into a 17 day trip and already feeling it a bit - getting frustrated about little things that seem different and probably being a bit nitpicking. I've really enjoyed reading your reports and I share your opinion on many things - I was at Caesars and saw the constant list bumping that people were suffering.

    If you aren't feeling it today, don't push it, you'll feel worse if you do and lose - maybe try a Donkament for a change of pace, or Trooper Thursday if it is running, I'm even considering that myself. Caesars hopefully won't be too busy early on, and there is NFL on so the atmosphere might be a bit different as well. Enjoy your last day, whatever you do, even if it isn't your first choice of activity.
     
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    Yeah, something like this, go eat an awesome dinner, have a few drinks at a bar, maybe try for a VP win to restake,
    do whatever you want, it's your time, and your money...

    I've heard some say there is fun to be had in Vegas without gambling..
    Still don't know if I believe it though..

    the degen in me says get some liquid courage in you, and think about how long it will be until you get back..
    and if the poker rooms /players are bothering you, consider a trip to South Point.
     
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    Adam Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the suggestions :)

    To be honest waking up today I didn't feel much better. Probably just going to lock in the win and chill in the room tbh. I liked the ideas of heading out from the Strip, but being from the UK it's a lot harder to rent a car with the correct insurances at the last minute so will save that one for next time (especially Mt. Charleston, I've wanted to drive up there for ages but I'll probably save that for the next couples trip I do).

    Gonna do some long term bookkeeping on my debt and see if that helps my brain kickstart back into gear.
     
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    Adam Low-Roller

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    Decided on playing the 1pm Aria donkament. Just win, baby.
     
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    Adam Low-Roller

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    Did not win. Chipped up early and doubled my stack (20k - 40k) without really showing a hand down in the first 6 levels before the break, which is always the best way to start a tournament. It all went wrong after the first break though. Lots of short stacks on my table and a combination of that and card-deadness meant I sat there for 3 levels pretty much practicing my origami.

    Dribbled down to 37k and then raised A-J to 2,200 at 1k big blind unsuited from mid position. A couple of players called before the big blind moved all in for 10,100. I called and the button also called. We checked down the K-6-3-5-2 board and lose to K-Q from the all in player, who trebled up. I keep my head above water for a couple of rounds before raising to 2,500 at 1.2k big blind with A-9 unsuited from the cutoff and a 25k stack. The big blind is the only caller. We see a flop of A-6-4 with two diamonds and he checks to me. I bet 2,400 and he thinks for longer than expected before eventually calling. The Kc on the turn puts two flush draws out there and he checks. I bet 4,600 with the intention of shoving the river, but he then moves all in after at least a minute of thinking. At this point I'm thinking he either has a weak ace or one of the flush draws - obviously he can also have pocket 4s/6s/6-4 and A-4/A/6 but I block those two pairs and if he had AA/KK or A-K then he would have 3-bet me preflop so I can rule those out. I call and am unpleasantly surprised to find out he's somehow got there with K-4 unsuited, so he called the flop with bottom pair no backdoor draws and hit his miracle 3-outer on the turn. I don't hit one of my 9 outs on the river and it's gg me for -$140.

    Decide after that to hit Earl of Sandwich for the last time, and it's Thanksgiving so I have to go for the Holiday Turkey naturally. Head back to the room, drop the bag off, catch the end of the Raiders game and fuck me that was a lot more stressful than I wanted it to be! Head out after that to find the only 7/5 Bonus Poker in the CET Universe, I believe, which is 100 play at the Paris High Limit room but you can play single line. Manage to get 57 tier points which I think is $570 coin in from two $20 bills, but the second bill disappeared a lot quicker than the first so wander round Paris for a bit, not really finding anything worth playing, and head back to Bally's. Play a few slots at very low limits and manage to turn $20 into $40 before it disappears quickly.

    Back in the room now, just caught the end of the Bills/Saints game and might nip out again for a bit, haven't decided yet. Poker is definitely done for the trip but might play a bit more VP.
     
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