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(LIVE) Slam and I Linq Up | 2/7 – 2/11

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by NPLV, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. nancyf

    nancyf Low-Roller

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    really nice report and I am glad you enjoyed your trip so much.... I know your enjoyment showed throughout your report!
     
  2. Kobra2848

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    Really enjoyed the report and great job on the low rolling strategy on the slots. My wife's favorite slot is a 3x4x5 that she bets 20 cents a spin. Have a safe trip home and I can wait for the end of the month to visit my favorite city.

    Mark
     
  3. Johnzimbo

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    That was a fun report! I am sure the maid found someone who could use the remaining vape pens. One time I had two six packs of Bud that I gave to the Southwest employee who checked me in and she was happy.
     
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  4. sabrina

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    thank you for taking us along, great report!
     
  5. MistakeMaker

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    Really enjoyed all the insight to the poker tourneys. I've always been curious about giving them a shot, and your experiences make it seem a little less intimidating. Although I'm a little bummed that in your small-ish sample size (what, 7-8 ish tourneys?) you encountered at least a couple "Bad Vibes" tables / Jackasses ready to fight over a ~$50 buy-in tourney. If you had to re-evaluate, how often do you expect to be in those kind of situations? I'm at a young enough age that I feel like I'll get badgered by a more seasoned player if I call him in certain situations etc. Not gonna let it deter me, just trying to figure what to expect.

    I'm probably going to sacrifice some pride and go to the $40 excal tourney for the first experience, so if I actually get badgered, I'm just gonna ask "Do you usually take your $40 tournaments this seriously?". Might move up to the MGM game if that goes well.

    Thanks again for the great report.
     
  6. omahatovegas

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    You will run into those type of situations. Better to shrug and say i got lucky than to provoke the individual. If they continue berating you or make you feel uncomfortable, have the dealer call a floor person over. Most of the low buy in tournaments are filled with poker newbies and are there to have a good time, but sometimes you will find a jackass at the table. Just ignore them. Or exploit the situation and wait for the right spot to needle them and make them lose their cool, preferably when you can profit off of it. :)
     
  7. husker

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    Thanks for the wonderful trip report and GREAT pictures!!!
     
  8. mikeyvegas1

    mikeyvegas1 High-Roller

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    Great report. I have always thought about getting into a poker tournament but never pulled the trigger. After reading your report I think I might give it a shot this coming trip.
     
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  9. the nuts

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    Great report! Those elevators were horrible when it was IP and they seem to be the same exact ones, no upgrades happened there. LOL
    Thanks for taking us along. It was a lot of fun! I need some closure though, what ended up happening to Slam?
     
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  10. rosestara

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    Really great trip report!
     
  11. opusx100

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    Mahalo for da great TR!!
     
    Here we go again!!!
  12. abdallah7107

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    Awesome trip report!
     
  13. Vegas Rob

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    Great trip report ,it was that good l looked up your old reports which were equally as good .:clap:
     
  14. pd54

    pd54 Low-Roller

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    Really great trip report. Thanks for that. It was a 'normal' trip report (meant in the nicest possible way). Included restaurants I would eat at and low rolling, as well as a trip downtown. Really enjoyed seeing you try new things in Vegas - poker tournaments and Mike Tyson!
     
  15. eisen7979

    eisen7979 Low-Roller

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    This right here. Laughing my ass off at work.

    Loving the report! Slam definitely needs to take a cannabis break!
     
    Here we go again!!
  16. The Stig

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    Nice report and pics, I always have a visit to the memorabilia shops. I have been in that Field Of Dreams shop a few times. I went in once with a t shirt on that had a quote from Major League, the guy behind the counter recognised it and tells me he might have something I would like. He shows me a Indians shirt signed by Charlie Sheen and tells me it's on sale as well. Of course I bought it, I have noticed that they have stars signing autographs there quite a lot.
     
  17. NPLV

    NPLV High-Roller

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    Hello everyone!

    Thanks for all the kind words! I am very glad that you all enjoyed the ride – I certainly loved having you along. I see myself live reporting every trip from now on. Not only is it fun at the time, but it is so nice to be able to have such a great recollection of my trip for afterwards. Sorry for going ghost on you for a couple days. As I’m sure you all understand, the excitement of Vegas is often followed by a few days of catching up. In my case, that has mostly involved catching up on sleep!

    Excuse the novel – I’ve wanted to write a recap post to address a few things I missed and some loose ends. First, I’ll cover the Slam situation. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I’ve had an issue like this with Slam on a trip. The last time we saw each other a few years ago, he was a huge pain in the rear end at Epcot. I honestly thought then I’d never go on another trip with him. But years passed and the bad memories faded and we’re still talking all the time, so why not try it again? Well, in the weeks leading up to the trip, I confess I had my concerns. Slam was going through a stressful time at work which led to him being even more irritable than usual, and he would also get pissed anytime I would bring up the trip, basically saying he had more important things to worry about. The whole vibe I got from him about the trip was off and I actually told him a few days before that I see myself ditching him if he acts like this in Vegas. Therefore, when it actually happened, I didn’t feel bad in the slightest.

    Clearly, no one wants to fight with a friend in Vegas. That’s why I ripped the band-aid off nice and fast. We exchanged some texts afterwards but he remained very angry that I abandoned him at the Linq to go all the way to Harrah’s. He kept using the word “lied” in reference to what I did, and I confess that rubbed me the wrong way. Trust me, I went into the trip half-expecting this so it really didn’t bother me. But to be frank, I don’t see myself traveling with Slam again. I mean really…if we haven’t seen each other in years and we get together in Vegas and you come at me with an attitude like that. Yeah, not happening again. Fortunately, my next trip is with my friend Rocky with whom I discovered my adult love for Vegas, so I know that will be great.

    @MistakeMaker – you asked about encountering jerks at the poker table. While I did encounter some, at no point was anyone rude towards me. There are some serious players who go into these things to take tourists’ money, makes total sense. They try to intimidate with big bets but everyone was always friendly towards me. They could tell I was a newbie and were offering friendly advice. I really enjoyed talking with many of them. There were some great conversations around the table which I didn’t expect going in, because I thought it would be a very competitive environment.

    I am going to build my next trip around poker tournaments. My friend Rocky’s been doing them for years in Vegas, and we’ve spoken and he’s game. It’ll just suck to have to take his money. ;) The one thing I plan to do differently is to add on some higher-dollar tournaments. I definitely am not saying that because I think I have the skill to hang with the pros. I say that because multiple times, some of the sharks would say things like, “It’s a $65 tournament, who cares” and proceed to go all-in. A lot of them said they don’t play seriously unless they can win $1,000 in the tournament. For me, I want to play a tournament or two where the stakes are higher and everyone is in the zone and trying to win. Poker pros on this board might laugh at me here, but I think in some ways my inexperience works to my advantage. Definitely not overall, but multiple times people would say things like “I can’t tell what the hell you have” or “this guy will go in on anything!” I obviously wasn’t playing like a typical player would. So I think there’s a benefit to that, I just have to hone it.

    One thing I want to mention is that the edibles were really fantastic. I honestly may not buy vape pens on future trips. The delay on the edibles is pronounced – I timed it a few times and it starts peaking at two hours. I want to caution everyone to be VERY careful with edibles. I have a very high tolerance for marijuana and even 50 mg in edibles is enough to really get me stoned. If you are not a regular smoker, I definitely recommend you take things slow. The vape pens may be a better idea for you because you can get high gradually – they affect you much sooner.

    Drink service on this trip was incredible. Particularly, Harrah’s and Main Street Station were on point. Harrah’s was much busier than MSS so I consider that more impressive. I never had to wait more than a few minutes for a drink. On that note, I want to add to the marijuana conversation by saying if you are taking edibles for the first time (or first time in a while) – DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL. Whatever you do, don’t do that. I was having Perrier and only when I would get less high in between edibles would I switch to a light beer. If you do both, you will absolutely get the spins and your night will be over. Fortunately, I learned that lesson a while ago so it was a smooth ride this trip.

    The biggest win of my trip is one that I haven’t yet mentioned: not getting sick. EVERYONE seemed sick in Vegas, from the plane ride there to (especially) the plane ride back. People were sneezing and coughing everywhere. I was loading up on Emergen-C and I encourage you to bring some if you have a Vegas trip in the near future. It is the best solution I’ve found to preventing colds and it worked in this case thankfully.

    I wanted to give a quick rundown of my expenses and my tier credits. For expenses, I had allocated a $2,000 “sin bankroll” for weed and for gambling. I included taxis in that as well, since some of you would say it’s a sin not to Uber. I brought $1,000 with me and took out $900 from ATMS when I was there so had $1,900 cash total. I spent more than expected on weed - $545 to be precise, and I probably spent $100 on taxis. And at the end of the trip, I had $100 in my wallet. That means I spent $1,155 gambling. When you consider that I spent probably $700 on poker tournaments and lost probably $300 on craps, that sounds a lot less bad. On the other hand, with some of the slot wins I had, maybe I should’ve been up more. However, I am absolutely thrilled to have stayed within my bankroll. I consider money budgeted for gambling to be gone the second I budget it, so having anything left over at the end is a win. For anyone wondering, I do not do a food budget since I generally eat every meal out at home as well so it's not really an added expense.

    On the tier credits front, I really only care about Total Rewards and that is where I put the bulk of my play. It says that I have 836 tier credits as of now. I also earned 6 badges in the Quest for Rewards: slot badges from Harrah’s, Paris, Flamingo, Linq and Cromwell and a hotel badge. To be honest, I think I should have gotten a slot badge from Harrah’s and I know I should’ve gotten a table games badge at least from Planet Hollywood. I guess if I blow through $100 at the craps table in 10 minutes, it’s too fast for them to give me point. But those 6 badges get me 1200 tier credits which haven’t yet been applied. Remember that February you get double tier credits and I’m assuming that only applies to the ones you earn through play, so just the 836. That would give me a total of 2,872 credits for the trip – over halfway to Platinum status.

    I never expected to be so into the comp game. But let me tell you what I like about it: it makes breaking even on slots a huge win. Getting discounted hotel rooms is money in my pocket, and the more tier credits I rack up, the more of that I’ll get. I have to figure I covered my comp by a huge amount. I got two nights comped – Wednesday and Thursday. Friday’s rate was $32 and I still paid resort fees, so let’s say their comp was worth $64. Based on the tier credits, I put $4,180 coin-in through slots alone.

    Finally, I wanted to share that this trip has really solidified the Strip as my Vegas home. I LOVE downtown. Downtown is a must-visit for me every trip. But especially after discovering my love for poker tournaments, the Strip is where it’s at. I will be cancelling my Golden Nugget reservations for my June trip and re-booking all four nights at Harrah’s. Specifically, my Vegas home is the Flamingo to Harrah’s corridor. I love that area and the energy around it. But my most important takeaway is that every trip, I have to include something new. There is so much to enjoy in Vegas – I don’t know what the next “poker tournament” will be for me but I know that if I keep exploring, I will find more and more to love.

    Again, thanks so much for following along. I appreciate this forum and all of you.

    NPLV
     
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  18. Slidey1

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    Good job on the poker tournaments. As someone who plays a lot (4-6x per week, tourneys and cash) I can tell you that it’s a benefit and a challenge for you to be a newbie. You’re correct that regs won’t be able to put you on a hand if you play a little weird. But as you get better and figure out your game it’s easier. Vegas has perfect low limit quick hit tourneys filled with tourists. It’s great practice. Great report, loved following along. Oh yeah and eff your buddy Slam.
     
  19. Texas Rock

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    If you are going to be back in June, you will be able to find all of the poker action you want at the WSOP at the Rio. There is nothing like it and there are a lot of official tournaments going on every day, plus usually 3 daily tournaments with varying entry fees, but all of them tend to be big enough that most of the players are taking them seriously. And of course, during that time, many many other casinos up their tournaments to take advantage of all of the people coming into town. I booked my flight yesterday for the Seniors tournament on June 15th.
     
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  20. marcianofan

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    Love the trip report, great great pictures and the report is excellent also. I liked the Tyson picture, I worked 11 years for field of dreams(tho not the one in Vegas) and usually visit one of the stores every time I’m in Vegas.