Tourney Texas Hold Em is my game of choice; have played for about 15 years. We have hit Vegas 2-4x/yr for the last 25 years (married their 23 years ago), plus occasionally at nearby Council Bluffs Horseshoe which has a great poker room, though sometimes tourney structure leaves something to be desired. But when you are the only poker room in the area, you can do that... After 2 days in Vegas (BFF I finally got to play Monday (3)—1 final table, no cashes. Tuesday (2) during the day—no final tables, no cashes. UGH. I was ready to GO HOME. Plus I was feeling off all day Tuesday (not sure why), so took a nap & felt much better & had a better attitude. Well, it worked. I played Ballys 8PM $100 & chopped 2nd-3rd-4th for $650 each. Weds I played 3, final table at all 3, 4 ways chop for 1 for $500 each. Thurs I played 3, got 3rd for $250 in one & 1st for $500 in another. Mirage is my fav place to play & I did decent—played 5, final table 3x, cashed 1st & 3rd Ballys has restructured & I really like their $100 tourney. Played 3, cashed 2 (chops) PH --I used to love, the play is a bit different BUT I did make final table 2/3 so I may need to consider this tourney more. Harrahs --I usually like pretty well—had a bad beat early in 1 & a WEIRD 9AM Fri tourney. TI—we were at PH 5 nights & Mirage 1 so only played 1 here though I like it. It was 10PM, I like their daytime tourneys better. Some weird poker experiences: --Tried to chop at 3 & 2 during 2PM Thurs. bounty at Mirage. Guy from Fort Worth said, nope, don’t get here much, just wanna play. I ended up first—this decision cost him $100. --Guy at TI would NOT make change for dealer or a player. He won a few hands early & dealer would toss him a chip to make change. Guy would shove stacks forward to make the dealer make the change. I tossed him a chip once & he said, nope, the dealer can make change. I said, hey, just trying to speed the game up & help the dealer….WEIRD. --Friday 9AM Harrahs. Only 7 players. Young guy to my right is playing loose & fast—no worries, doesn’t bother me. He tries to intimidate me with comments when we are in a hand but I think he determines early he is not easily getting my $. UNFORTUNATELY he was on FIRE & others were betting into him…he took out 5 players, I took out 1. It got down to he & I but he had about 40K chips & I have about 10K…blinds are $400/800. I needed a hot streak to beat this guy…I was doing OK, but with only 2 of us & blinds at that level, he sucked out on me. This is a $70 tourney with a $500 guarantee. Pit boss invited me to rebuy—HUH? First I don’t even have 10 BB ($7500 chips) & this guy on fire? No, thanks. House trying to cover their loss—no way. So I came home UP—AGAIN! Both trips this year tourneys brought me home up. Longer trips seem to be better for riding the win/loss wave in tourneys. A few VP wins never hurt either.