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(Semi) Live TR 22nd June - 8th July

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  1. Marky147

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    Thanks, a couple more days coming :)



    So the 28th was a round of each tournament at the Nugget with a $240 buyin, I went down around 12pm for the start and they only had 4 tables so under 40 runners. I didn't fancy this so registered for the $140 holdem which had over 100 already.

    I got off to a good start doubling to 25k within 10 minutes after a guy limped in early position, I isolate him from mid position with T8 suited and the flop comes a healthy 9JQ with one of my suit.

    He checks I bet out 400 into the 700 pot, he raises to 1500 and I click it back to 2700 he calls.

    The turn comes a 3 of my suit giving me the 2nd nuts with a flush draw, he bets 1800 this time, i make it 3800 and he shoves for 9k... I call it off and he shows me QT so is drawing to a split which misses and I am now holding 25k at 25/50.

    The downside is I've had to show my T8 and now have a pretty poor image so early in the competition :rolleyes2:

    Just pottered along on the same stack for much of the day, only managing to maintain and everytime I got up to around 40k I'd lose some.

    I basically maintained a stack of around 20-30bb for the last 4 tables down and after 10 hours bubbled with a nitroll no less AGAIN

    Guy opens to 9k utg+1 (7handed) at 2/4k blinds I ship the c/o for 60k and it folds back to him.

    He tanks

    and tanks

    and tanks

    Gurns

    and gurns

    after a good few minutes says ok I call and I'm thinking again that I'm in good shape.....

    Flick my AJ onto the table and he turns over Jacks :grrr:


    C'est la vie and I'm out on the bubble again, my friend was sat in ok shape so I plot up next to the final and rail him hoping my 10% is going to pay for the night once I get the shots on the go :drunk:

    He unfortunately goes out 5th for $1k so I have $100 for my 10%, that goes on the first few rounds of Sambucas once we hit centre bar and morale is once again high :banana:

    It's the last night for some of the guys so I'm encouraging as much heavy activity as possible to ensure that there is nobody waking with a clear head the next day. My only plans are for a satellite early evening so I could handle a messy one......

    As it happens some guys who play for the company I work for and my boss happened to be at the centre bar too. They weren't having much luck with the bartenders so I explained to one of them a nice little sweetener with a round will go a long way to ensuring grade A service for the night :beer:

    These boys joined in the shots and soon enough everyone was suitably inebriated and I was once again at a point where my driving was going to be at best suspect on the way home.....

    The other lads wanted to visit the strip club so I called up the OG and arranged for the limo to pick them up at the entrance in an hour. I wasn't up for the the strip club myself as I still had entertaining to do at the bar :thumbsup:

    As they left I made my way to the room at around 5am I think it was. I also managed to resist the temptation of some room service from the bar and ordered up some breakfast from the hotel room service menu before bed ;)
     
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    I've managed to find a few pics and I'll try to get a couple more through the report. I took some at the UFC, but don't think they turned out that well.

    Here is a few of us in Lillies at the Nugget having dinner

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    I'm on the far left along with the 3 other guys who came for the mixed game tourneys. Pete, Paul and Steve... As you can see there isn't much hair between the lot of us :evillaugh

    The guy on my right was absolutely hammered and was involved in a domestic with his wife from the second he turned up. It was pretty comical to see and I was finding it hard not to burst out laughing at their exchanges.

    I actually thought they were going to end up taking it outside the restaurant at one point, but it was more hilarious because they were both taking a while to register what the other was saying and therefore each response was delayed somewhat :poke:

    As I said a decent meal and our chef Kong loved the camera time when Pete filmed him cooking up a storm which was most enjoyable :licklips:
     
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    Marky! Can't wait for more. You are crazy & I love it, you little instigator...:wink2:
     
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    29th I finally rose from my slumber early afternoon and made my way down to register for the $1k sat at 5pm. These sats are pretty quickfire things which is ideal as I don't want to be hanging around wasting all night in them. I bust pretty quickly so I had to buyin for the main event and then headed back to meet a few of the guys at the bar.

    After our group meal at Vic & Anthony's on the Saturday I had $100 of comps on my Landry card so I suggested to Paul and Simon that we eat there to use them up as I was meant to be moving to Palazzo on the Sunday.

    We headed there again and again hit the red wine pretty heavily with 3 of us drinking 2 bottles :beer:

    I went with the Maple Glazed Quail this time, followed by the porterhouse between Paul and I. I enjoyed the Quail, but have to say it was very spicy and not what I expected. I like spicy food, but this was a bit much and for someone with not such a tolerance for spice it may have been too much.

    The porterhouse was wonderful, along with the asparagus, creamed corn, onion strings and sea salt fries. Once again a great meal and to cleanse the palate I ordered some sorbets for the table.

    Once we polished off the remainder of the wine it was back to centre bar to meet Tony who had been playing at Binions I think it was and to keep our boy Kelly company. I refrained from any shot mischief as I was up for the $1k the next day and we all headed off around 2am after a mellow night.

    Here is an early pic of myself on the chariot which served me so well around Fremont street :woot:

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    Have to make sure these boys don't slack, the only early nights allowed on my watch are going to bed at sunrise :wink
     
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    Drink Question

    Real quick. At the center bar at GN are you paying for drinks or getting them comp from playing the machines at the bar? Great Tr!!
     
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    I just pay for the drinks, it's cheap downtown anyway and also I don't really know the strategy behind vp. I'd sooner just chat with people that are sitting at the bar than sit clicking buttons :beer:

    Not sure they'd comp me 10 Sambucas or Slippery Nipples for playing VP anyway :evillaugh
     
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    So the final $1k tournament was on the 30th of June and I'd had a good prep for it with an early (for vegas) 2am finish. I woke up around 10am, got a fruit platter with some coffee delivered to the room for breakfast and headed down around 1130 to buyin.

    I had a reasonable starting table with a friend of mine from the UK and some players who looked like they were there to splash around. This should have worked out well, but as it transpired I was going to spend the day having 2nd best at showdown :rolleyes2:

    First sizeable pot I played was against my friend from home, he opened from mp2 and I flatted the button with A9s.

    The flop came down A9T rainbow, he led and I called.

    The turn was a 7 putting 2 to a flush out there and he once again led and I called once more. There could be an argument for raising here, but I wanted to under rep my hand and ensure I get paid on most rivers by his AQ AK hands.

    He's a pretty tight player, but I think he may have gotten out of line against me so I wanted to ensure he had the chance to do so by just calling.

    The river came a 6 completing the rainbow and a final board of AT976 was there. He led 3.5k which was about a touch under 1/2 pot and I now began to think wtf can he have.........

    I thought for a couple minutes and could only assign him AT, AA or TT in his range from the position he opened from that beats me. Given I had an Ace it was unlikely he had 2 of them, but still a possibility.

    Curiosity got the better of me and I flicked the call in to be shown A8....:grrr:

    In hindsight I could have raised the turn, but again he might have gotten stubborn given he was up and down then. In turn his river bet would have been bigger and I'd probably have paid him off anyway.

    I hovered around 20k for the next hour or so, then played my next sizeable pot.

    I raise 55 from UTG to 500 @ 1/200 blinds picking up a caller in the next seat and both blinds too.

    Flop comes down 57K rainbow, both blinds check I lead 1175 into 2k and only the guy in the next seat calls.

    Turn comes a 2, I lead 1600 into 4300 to induce and he raises to 3200. I now confused slightly as a min raise normally means huge strength, but I've bet small to try and get him to raise so should be happy.

    I'm not, but can't let it go here and am still thinking he could have AK and just want to get to showdown or just bluffing outright. The river is a 4 and I elect to check in case he's getting out of line with nothing or will put another street in with AK.

    He bets 5k into 10700 and I'm now hating life, the only hand he can have I lose to is 77. I call and he duly shows me 77, so goodbye to 10k of my stack and I'm now sitting on 13k.

    I win a few small pots, lose a few small pots and it's pretty uneventful until the next big pot I played at the 150/300 level....

    I raise to 675 from mp with AQ, the button flats and both blinds fold. Flop comes down a tasty Q76, I lead 750 and the caller flats.

    Turn comes a 3, I lead 1600 and the button flats once again. River is another 3 and I now check to control the pot and maybe pick off any random bluffs he might make. He bets 3k and I quickly call to be shown a very funkily played AA.

    A round later I open TJss, the blind calls and the flop is 566ss...

    BB check calls the flop, turn is a brick and they check call again on the 8 turn. River is a 2 and I've missed everything, the bb now leads out for3k totally tilting the life out of me and I'm beginning to think I am meant to be at the centre bar already :vomit:

    I'm down to 5k at 2/400, the button opens to 900 and I look at one card spotting an Ace. I shove, he tanks for a acouple minutes and then calls with AJ, I flick my cards over and the other card which I haven't looked at is a deuce. No help for me and I've departed just before dinner unfortunately :cry:

    A real nightmare of a tournament all being said and I was pretty gutted with how the poker had gone this trip. I retired to the bar and will finish up the night report tomorrow as I have to get some sleep now.

    This is probably one of the more boring posts, with mostly poker hand reviews and no hookers balancing drinks on their heads or getting absolutely trashed :drunk:
     
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    Firstly apologies for my tardiness in completing this report, I've been absolutely snowed under with work and long days have been the norm. On the upside I have been way too busy to suffer my usual post Vegas depression for most of July....

    The usual occurred on the Saturday evening after the tournament, but it was a much smaller team as only Tony and myself were left. Around 3am he left as he wanted to hit the pool for the morning as he normally did, I was still feeling thirsty though so headed out onto Fremont to see what was going on.

    It's quite surreal at that time of the morning, there are still plenty of people floating around and it's busier than most towns in the early evening. The canopy sort of deflects any notion of it being so late much like the lack of windows in resorts on the strip do too.

    So I'm rollin' down Fremont on the scooter and there are still a few ladies working...

    The scooter doesn't put them off and I'm instantly accosted by one who asks what I'm doing and if I would like someone to put me to bed.

    I reply it's still early and I have drinking to do before heading over to Binions to start my 4am bar crawl:beer:

    I grab a drink at Binions and there are a couple people at the bar, I make smalltalk with a couple and the bartender who seems ready to get to bed too so I leave her be. The girl is sat alone, it's gone 4am and even though it's stereotyping I have tagged her already :evillaugh

    She moves down to sit next to me which confirms my thoughts, nice enough girl and I'm happy enough chatting away whilst clicking away at the VP. She asks what I do, so rather than go into it I just say I'm involved in poker and teaching it back home. She seems interested so now it's 100% that my instincts were right and we chatter back and forth for a little while :)

    I reciprocate, but to my surprise off she goes to tell me she's a chef has been working as one since completing her degree in catering. Curve ball for sure, as I'm quite into food we being talking about restaurants and our favourites in Vegas.

    Then about 10 minutes later out it pops 'I also do private entertainment' ahhhhh there we go :evillaugh

    I listen to the sales pitch make a bit more small talk and take her number insisting I'll call her later on in my trip when I'm not so tired etc.

    I'm not really tired, but just fancy a change of scene and make my way along to Fremont for my next stop. Plot myself up at a bar there, not much happening and I finish my drink before heading back along to Golden Gate....
     
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    I wrote this out in one post, but it was a bit long.....



    Now here is where it gets interesting, a middle aged guy asks me if I want him to arrange me a girl. No thanks I say, I'm just getting myself a drink and it's too late in the day for that. He now asks if I can spare him some change, I say no but I'll buy you a beer if you like :beer:

    Now the thing I've come to love most about Downtown is the characters you meet at the bars. Granted this is probably at the complete other end of the spectrum to the kind of people I'd normally share a beer with, I feel pretty safe and while the guy is clearly a drunk at least, I have a pretty good intuition and he seems harmless enough.

    I buy him a beer and he's still trying to sell the girls idea to me, I cut him short again and start to talk about life in Vegas. We chat a while and I say that I'm heading off to another bar now, he asks if he can come with, as he's been a good laugh I have no problem and offer to buy him another beer.

    On the way there he stops to talk to some guy he knows, I've been with him the whole time he's in my company so I know that there's no setup or anything and he's told his friend that I've bought him a beer. I'm pretty wasted so invite him for a beer too :drunk:

    I can't remember exactly where we're drinking but it's the casino where the bar is open to Fremont much like O'Sheas was. These guys are really comical and now I have a light bulb moment and suggest they race each other to a point along Fremont and back with the winner of the race getting $10. They lap it up and off they go, friend number 2 who is the younger and more athletic looking wins :)

    I give him his $10 and we go back to our drinks. I'm now trying to devise another challenge and all I can come up with is 'buca for bucks'. I order up 10 shots of Sambuca and offer the first person to drink all 5 the same $10 prize as in event 1. Again they snap accept and the older guy of the 2 wins this putting them at 1 event each :thumbsup:

    I decide that a shuttle run is the deciding event and map out the points along fremont and off they go. Again the athletic one wins obviously and he's up $20 to $10 on his buddy. Most surprisingly post 'Buca for Bucks' there is no :vomit:

    It's now getting late/early and I'm thinking I might as well head in. Again the suggestion of girls comes out and they are pushing it hard now. I think ok so tell them to ring up get a bunch of girls and we'll have a party. It's 7am so I'm thinking that they'll just laugh and ask where next. To my shock he tells me 4 girls is no problem and out comes the phone :eek:

    Now I say ok guys lets make it a party with hookers and blow, we'll blow the roof off this place:beer:

    Now their eyes light u like they have won the lottery and are both frantically dialling their phones.

    How much can we get?

    How much do we need my man? You tell me and order away the girls will obviously want some if you're getting them up at 7am....

    We're rolling back towards the Nugget and listening to them on the phone is like listening to Bubbles from the Wire :evillaugh

    Within 5 minutes he's ordered 2 8 balls and 4 girls who will all be ready in 30 minutes, the girls will just come for the party and I only need money for the blow...... I almost fall out of my scooter in amazement, but it's Vegas so I really shouldn't be shocked. I had already worked out my exit strategy and said to the guys I had to get some money from my room to pay for this shindig :peace:

    Ahhh man, you're gonna leave us high and dry. I've seen this shit before, you go back to the room and we're alone.

    :nono: I've got to pay for this, seeing as all my money has gone on the Fremont Olympics and shots I have to go reload the clip!!

    I now start to realise this is definitely a dumb thing I've done until Bubbles says ok well tear me a $20 into two, give me half and then I know you're coming back :thumbsup:

    I split the 20 and they both say they'll hang outside the Fremont entrance to the Nugget. I roll the scooter thorugh the casino and am back at the Rush Tower a couple minutes later!!

    Possibly the most ridiculous ending to a night I've ever had, as I said not my brightest ideas and definitely stupid on reflection. Great fun though as it turned out and if the vibes from those guys had been in any way off I'd like to think I'd have shot through straight away.

    Alls well that ends well and the story got a few laughs the next day when I relayed it to some friends :beer:
     
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    That was an amazing night! HAHA. Sounds like you attract some crazy people... everytime I go to Vegas all I get approached by is timeshare people and the card slappers. Guess I need to leave the girlfriend at home next time!
     
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    There were always a large number of 'interesting' characters around Fremont I found during the early hours. I wouldn't have entertained the idea if it hadn't felt completely safe and to be fair it was a funny night....

    I definitely suffered the next day when I woke up though :vomit:
     
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    So the day after the night above was a predictably sedate affair, I chilled in the room until later in the afternoon and then headed down to rail Mitch, a friend of mine who had made the final of the $1k Golden Nugget tournament.

    During the dinner break Tony and I headed to Chart House for dinner and must have looked like the odd couple :)

    I started with the Tempura Shrimp Kushi whilst Tony had the Seafood Tower which was a sight to behold

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    For the main I had the New Wave Surf and Turf with the Scallops. Another really nice dish that offered a good contrast in flavours, I even enjoyed the mash potatoes which I never normally like.

    Tony had the mixed seafood grill, which he really liked judging by the speed he removed it from his plate :evillaugh

    We were both pretty stuffed, but like any good server does they pushed us into the Hot Chocolate Lava Cake and I'm glad they did as it was amazing. Feeling like Mr Creosote from Monty Python's 'Meaning of Life' we made the short journey back to the card room and resumed watching our friend.


    After dinner I instigated some drinking on the rail, one of the guys was going to get drinks from a bar and paying for them. I soon showed him the error of his ways, got the valet to get us a tray of Sambuca and tipped her $20. She then was checking on us every 20 minutes for the rest of the time we were there :beer:

    Sadly not too long afterwards Mitch ended up busting in 4th for $12k, it was a little annoying as he got unlucky in a couple pots to bust. He had been lucky in a couple pre final though so it hadn't worked out too badly.

    What was annoying was the attitude of the cardroom staff, they were most unhelpful and refused to give him an ITIN number. I told him to leave the cash there, get a taxi to the Bellagio, slip one of the staff $20 and get one then claim his cash.

    I was getting a little frustrated at them spinning him a line, I went to get a round of drinks and when I came back they had basically bluffed him by insisting he had to take the cash. So the long and short of it is, they have taken $4k off him and now he's going to have to sort it all out from here when for 10 minutes work they could have saved him the bother. I said to him that he should have refused to take the money, but he wasn't to know and they insisted that he could not leave it there and had to take it that second :grrr:

    After this the lads wanted to have a drink while planning the night out, I took them to the centre bar and we began readily pouring some well deserved shots. A couple of the guys attacked the blackjack while the rest of us just discussed our trips thus far.


    As expected on a Saturday there were plenty of ladies working :)


    One of the lads wasn't comfortable with them and set about trying to explain the errors of their ways in their choice of career .... I sat back and laughed :evillaugh

    We were going to go to the OG, for the second time I called and then cancelled the limo as they decided to head back to their hotel on the strip. The guy mentioned above was pretty hammered by now and had been sampling several single malts...

    I said to one of the lads that I made him a 1/10 shot to be the guy in the strip club who tells the girls they are better than this and should be finding more worthwhile career options instead of taking their clothes off. It was confirmed by one of the others that he is indeed that guy and spends his time preaching at any who will listen along with any that don't too....
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    Bet they're worried about that when they're coining in about $100k a year mostly tax free no doubt the same as our shot girls at the bar!!

    They left around 3am and I think I retired shortly after making the short drive back over to the Rush Tower (alone) around 4 :peace:
     
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    I had a standard day following the night before and other than Starbucks there wasn't much activity. I watched some more Game of Thrones and was almost at the end of Season 2. I had wanted to watch it on the way home, so not good news.

    A friend of mine Sweden RonRicard who I met in Tallinn back in 2005 was in Vegas with his partner Jenny and we had pre arranged to meet up for drinks before they went home. He text me about 4pm and he was going to travel down from the strip for dinner around 8pm.

    I asked them to pick between V&A, Charthouse, Lillies or Grotto and Jenny was an Italian fan so I booked there for 830pm. He arrived a little late so we headed straight to the restaurant and got seated within minutes which was nice.

    We ordered family style for appetisers going for the Calamari, Meatballs and Sweet Italian Sausage. All were tasty, especially the calamari which was the best of all 3.

    For mains we ordered our own, I had the Rotisserie Chicken with spinach and italian roasted potatoes. Ron had Pollo Romano which was Chicken, Artichokes and Romo Tomatoes in a white wine sauce with penne and Jenny had the bolognaise.

    They didn't want wine so I just had a soft drink and they each drank beer. Ron was only interested in more liquid so we skipped dessert and got the bill. Surprisingly dinner was only $150 so I left $180 and we headed to the bar. Ron was trying to give me half the money, but I had suggested dinner and they only intended coming for drinks so just said he could get the first shots in :drunk:

    He did get them and they were horrendous, when we had been in Tallinn for this poker tournament we hadn't met before. I was staying with John Tabatabai the poker pro in the Radisson and we were both dying in the room having had a heavy night before. The phone goes and it is Ron, he is in the lobby drinking whilst waiting for us to come down. He is a really serious drinker and absolutely loves getting trashed.... you can probably see why we get on:thumbsup:

    Over the weekend we are introduced to a couple new drinks, one is a 'Gatsby' (no idea why) which is Southern Comfort and Ginger Ale. It tastes pretty good and I was happy enough drinking these.

    The other is a 'Hotshot' which is Galliano, hot coffee and cream. Squirty or ordinary no matter. These too are quite nice in moderation and in the winter I had them on occasion at home.

    So Ron decides we're having Hotshots which sounds reasonably, the only obstacle is that Kelly our man behind the bar pours them soooo strong with almost 90% Galliano that they don't look too appetising!!

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    We down them all the same and the aftermath almost results in some of the food from Grotto making an appearance at the bar :vomit:

    We take a little trip up and down fremont to see some of the shows that are going on along with the concert. I've seen it a few times so although it's great am not in awe. Ron and Jenny are astounded by everything and in disbelief at so much going on.

    Here we are outside the Nugget

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    This is us 6 years ago just after I met him and back when he was still a dashing Scandinavian......

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    Guess too much poker leads to bad eating habits and obviously drinking isn't the best exercise to ensure you stay fit :beer:

    Tony had gone to the baseball that night, well he had gotten a cab there and then turned straight around when he was told that the game had been put back until Wednesday. Nice $50 cab fare wasted anyway and he got to see the sights so not all bad :eek:

    Ron and Jenny both left around 3, so Tony and I put the world to rights for another couple hours before heading off ourselves around 5 after our company at the bar had called it a night too.
     
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    Got a couple spare hours before work tonight, so will wrap up this today and apologies for being so slow in doing so. I've hardly had a day off in the last few weeks and I see there are lots of reports I'd like to read as well :grrr:

    Anyway......


    I got a message from Tony at 11am saying he was going to leave that afternoon, would I like to take his remaining $. Of course this was a yes,heading into the 3rd week of the trip and was running low. Anyway it's always better to have too much over not enough my mum used to say :thumbsup:

    I headed down and we grabbed a quick drink at the bar overlooking the pool by main reception. Spent an hour or so recalling some of the incredibly fun nights we'd had over the last couple weeks and both agreeing that the Nugget will be getting most of our money next year.

    Whilst we were sat drinking a girl came walking, well staggering through in a tiny 2 piece thing bikini and bearing in mind it's not even lunchtime yet she is absolutely wasted :drunk:

    Asks the barman for a light to which he replies there is no smoking at the bar, she then asks us even though we're sitting there... It's ok though she says she'll just stand back which I'm not sure the barman is too happy about, but he doesn't complain and is obviously enjoying the view :evillaugh

    She stands talking to us for about 5 minutes with not much of it making any sense, I'm still amazed it's possible to be so wasted at that time of day unless you've gone through the night. Who knows she may have gone out in that little 2 piece the night before. She wanders off after a while and we carry on. 5 minutes later she's back, not sure if she remembers us as we have the same conversation again :confused2:

    Tony leaves and I head back to the room with a Starbucks to help with the hangover. I had extended at the Nugget until the 6th as Tony was meant to leave then and I didn't want to leave him there on his own. With him now leaving early I'm in that boat, I have the room at Palazzo that I've already checked in and a Scooter there so decide to move. I pack up my stuff, call the bell desk to get my stuff collected and ask to have it taken to the main entrance.

    The guy can't understand why I want it there when I'm in the Rush, I explain I have to return the scooter, I have the scooter because I can't walk very far so am not going to be dropping it off and then walking back to the Rush. Checkout is fine, they don't even charge me for that day even though I'm checking out after lunchtime :thumbsup:

    I then have to go and drop the scooter back, this generally would be quite a simple task under normal circumstances. I've put mine through the wars with a few crashes and somehow I've lost one of the footplates too.....:confused2:

    I read my agreement and to me I read it as if it's damaged you're screwed... Ok so we bribe whoever is working at the desk to sign it back in good condition. I get there and am waiting for one of the bell staff to be free, I spot one and inform him of the battle damage.

    He's obviously versed in these situations as the 'mmmmmmmms' and 'ahhhhhhhh this might be a problem' start in short order :cry:

    So I just shoot out with

    'Ok so these problems probably only cost like $50 for you to fix don't they?'

    He counters

    'Oh yeah I'm sure we can sign it back in no problem, everything looks fine come to think of it'


    'I'll be back in 10, just have a couple things to do'


    I get back and he's nowhere to be seen, one of the other guys asks me and obviously I'm just waiting to see my guy so don't really engage too much other than to let him know I'm waiting. He's not taking no for an answer and keeps asking who I'm looking for. I give up so tell him that I'm bringing the scooter back, but it's a bit damaged and I'm not sure what to do. He calls out to the desk manager and straight away I am thinking :nono:

    She looks and says oh don't worry that's fine, always happens let me do the paperwork. I'm a bit shocked so draw her attention to the missing guard, I don't worry about the dents and ask if she can sign my agreement attesting to the fact it was damaged before I got it. That she does, so I give her $20 for a $30 saving and am on my way to the Palazzo :beer:
     
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    A short nap in the afternoon at Palazzo and I head down to the Laguna bar early evening to meet up for drinks before heading over for our 830 reservation. One of the guys isn't really that well into his food, or at least paying for it anyway and after looking at the menu says he only wants to have a main course. I say that's fine, we'll just order apps, pastas as we normally would and carve the bill up 3 ways.

    I suggest we just do apps along with pasta dishes family style and then each order our own main course. Everyone is agreeable so we're off to the races....

    To start we ordered the Calamari, 2 orders of the house cured meats with hot peppers 3 ways, Spaghetti al frutti de mare which comes with Clams, Shrim, Lobster and Calamari. Ricotta and Egg Ravioli and the Garganelli Bolognese. As with the last time all these dishes were great and while I didn't try the Brown Butter Ravioli was the standout dish for the other three. Also worth noting was our guest who only wanted main did a good number on the apps too :evillaugh

    For main I went for the bone-in Veal chop which was very enjoyable, but again not outstanding and I think I may try to go for something else next time. I will go again as everything else for me is incredible there.

    (Classy guy me too, Coke in a fine dining place :))

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    I think Gareth had the Potato Gnocchi Bolognese, but can't be 100%. Paul had the bone-in ny strip and Kosh had the filet.

    We had several sides and looking at the menu again they were...

    Tuscan Fries, Sautéed Mushrooms & Spring Onions, Creamed Corn with Chilli & Lime, Broccoli and House Smoked Pork,


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    Again a really enjoyable meal, but CUT beats it by a stretch for me. I will be back though, I do really like the place and I will keep trying the mains until I get that magical one :)
     
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    FWIW the bill at Carnevino came out at 580 before tip so I suggested 700 was fine and that kickstarted some discussion....

    Kosh was thinking tips should be closer to 10%, I said no I always pay 15-20% and I felt this place was worth 20. Paul is easygoing like myself with regards to bills, he trusts me and will just pay whatever I tell him.

    The main course only eater came up with about $55 for his to which I rounded him up to 70 and said $210 for each of us. I was tempted to round him up to $100, but I didn't really know him so didn't want to wind him up this early in our relationship... The next night at CUT would be another matter :evillaugh


    Had a relatively early night after the meal at Carnevino, it seemed to damage our ability to drink. That wasn't to say we didn't try, but after a couple hours in the Champagne bar I gave up the ghost and headed to bed a little after midnight.

    I was up bright and early on the 4th though and scootered down to Coffee Bean for a caffeine hit and a wrap. Bit of a chill in the room and then at 2 went to watch a poker player friend of mine Paul Jackson in the $600 horse final table downstairs. There were 8 left and it was a pretty solid final table including Mel Judah and Linda Johnson.

    Paul was absolutely crushing the final table and when they got to 3 handed he had 60% of the chips in play. Mel Judah was all in several times at this point, but each time managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the crucial pot.

    Mel Judah was all in with less than one big bet on a board of 349 with J78x against Paul's A259 and somehow pulled the Jack out whilst Paul bricked to get HU and lock in at least 20k in a deal.

    Over the next few hours both of his opponents repeatedly hit sick outdraws to eventually knock him out in 3rd spot. I had booked up CUT for a bunch of us that night managing to get us a short notice reservation at 10pm, the hostess had said we might have to eat in the lounge. I said it was a special occasion celebrating a WSOP final table (white lie) and she said she would make sure we got into the main restaurant :thumbsup:

    It was like a works dinner basically as Paul owns a company called Bankrollsupply which sponsors poker players to play in return for a % of their profits. I work for another company which does the same and we are aligned with Paul's too. 2 of Pauls players, Gareth the pasta guy from Carnevino and another player of Paul's Jimmy.

    Also there were the Badbeat team of myself, my 2 bosses John and Dave Conroy who are directors at Badbeat along with John's son Alex.Everyone was straight into the Red wine and it has to be said this was probably the meal of the trip so far and absolutely blasted Carnevino out of the water.

    For starter I had the Maryland Blue Crab & Carolina Shrimp 'Louis' Cocktail and I think 5 of the others did too (pasta guy didn't have a starter again).

    For main I had the 'Tasting of NY Sirloin' which was incredible, I think everyone had steak of some description and Paul just kept saying every 10 minutes or so how it was the best meal he'd ever had in his life and thanking me for picking CUT.

    Sides again were varied and plenty in number.....

    A couple of French Fries, A couple Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Tempura Onion Rings, Creamed Spinach with Egg, Brussel Sprouts with Smoky Bacon & Onions, Broccolii-Rapini and Field Mushrooms with Shishito Peppers.

    A whole lot of food and I especially enjoyed the Mushrooms and surprisngly the sprouts. The red wine was obviously getting to Paul being someone that rarely drinks and he continued to gush over each mouthful of food :drunk:

    When it came to dessert everyone was protesting at how full they were, I insisted I wanted to see the menu and suggested to our server that he brought several more as the others would relent. Sure enough no sooner had I picked out the Baked Alaska special, John had ordered the Chocolate Souffle and Dave the Banana Creme Pie.

    This led to the funniest moment of the meal when Paul tried each of the desserts, John's was his favourite and I was now sat opposite a recreation of Meg Ryan's cafe scene from When Harry met Sally.... I could have handled it had it been a female, but from a middle aged man it just doesn't have the same effect :nono:

    Even with so much wine and desserts the bill came out and Gareth was looking uncomfortable. Naughty I know, but I was enjoying at as I was expecting a massive bill and the look on his face would be priceless :wink2:

    Surprisingly the bill only came out at just over $1200, so $1500 with tip. John very kindly put the first $500 of the bill and still insisted on paying his share of the remaining $1k. With that the bill came to a very reasonably $150 pp leaving a $350 tip which was well deserved after such an incredible meal. Gareth didn't have to sweat long as Paul paid for his two players and my little game was up lol....

    No pics from here as my phone had died unfortunately, pictures just can't do the food justice though it is that good!

    From there we headed to the Laguna Bar for drinks, there I by chance met up with another good friend of mine John Tabatabai who I hadn't seen since the Binions tournament earlier in the trip. It just happened that the Betfair party was going on that night in the Laguna. After a couple hours John and the Betfair guests took the party to Lavo I think while Lucan, Kosh and I sampled a couple more drinks before ending our 4th of July with a whimper around 4am.
     
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    So onto the 5th and I'm now approaching my last couple days in Vegas, the liver has taken it's punishment well to be fair and my only real problems are the legs. I'm pretty sure the scooter and crutches will serve me well until the end though :thumbsup:

    I convince my dining partner in crime Paul to join me at Sushi Samba this evening and Kosh comes along again, we book the table for 9 so that we have time for a few pre dinner cocktails in the Laguna and then head over to eat.

    Kosh had never been before, but Paul has several times and we normally eat much the same so I ordered for the table again this evening.

    We started with some Edamame beans while I picked out some apps and other courses.

    2 order Sea Bass with Miso
    1 order Rock Shrimp Tempura with Truffle Vinaigrette
    1 order Berkshire Pork Belly with butterscotch miso

    1 assortment of 4 Sashimi Tiradito

    Yellowtail jalapeño and lemongrass
    Kanpachi yuzu, sea salt, black truffle oil
    Tuna granny smith apple, serrano, lime
    Salmon orange and mustard miso


    Kosh wanted a main so had

    Chicken Teriyaki ~ Samba Style organic chicken, aji amarillo, purple potato
    mash, crispy onion

    For us to share I ordered 6oz the A5 Kobe on the hot rock with dipping sauces, vegetables etc.

    The food order was rounded off with a portion of

    El Topo® salmon, jalapeño, shiso leaf, fresh melted mozzarella, crispy onion


    It worked out perfectly and we actually managed to finish everything that was put in front of us (apart from a few vegetables)

    We had been banging the Mojitos down since the meal started and the bill came out at around $620 I think so we left $700 and headed back to the Laguna.
     
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    So on to the Laguna we go and Paul informs me he has called up a guy he met when we were drinking at the Nugget and he is on the way.....

    I forgot to mention this guy earlier, he's a black guy who just happened to stroll past us while we were drinking on the Saturday night after we had all eaten at Vic & Anthony's. He started freestyle rapping about something or other in relation to our names I think it was and as he got a couple of laughs hung around.

    He then proceeded to do the same to people walking by and looked offended when I told one of the guys who had just turned up he was a rapper.

    'Im no rapper, I am a lyricist' he said.......

    To be fair this was amusing for a while, but after about an hour it was getting old and then then tried to tell us he was best friends with Floyd Mayweather, rolled with all the stars etc.

    Yes you're with the a-listers and running in high circles, while he's doing some bird you're rolling at the Nugget on a Saturday night :rolleyes2:

    I then labelled him 50pence and after selling some weed to Paul he disappeared.


    So 50 pence appears at the bar as I'm buying the drinks I'm not impolite so offer him one.. 'Hennessy' of course I should have known the rappers nectar :evillaugh

    He then proceeds to ask the barman for a coke and pours it over the cognac :confused2:

    Anyway Paul disappears with 50pence and isn't back after 45 minutes. I suggest to Kosh we hit the Nugget to see what is going on there, we finish our drinks and grab a cab downtown. Considering it's the night after July 4th I can only presume everyone is hungover as it's pretty quiet and after a couple there we both come up with the great idea of a strip club :drunk:

    I've been a few times to the OG and always had a laugh there so off we go, the cab driver is trying to talk us into Treasures and I'm having none of it. On the way I'm imparting my knowledge onto Kosh as best I can to try and ensure we have a good time whilst not decimating bankrolls. I like the OG over the Rhino/Sapphire, because the girls aren't all hustle and you can actually have a laugh with them.

    I'm always safe in Vegas, cards stay in the safe and I never take more than $1k out with me in case of impromptu trips like this. I tell him to stay out of the VIP as it's just a ruse to extract cash from you and you will do $500+ for nothing most of the time. The key is to just get dances out on the floor, they'll still be trying to sell the VIP and I just indicate that if the dances are good I'll go to the VIP later.

    We get there, sit down and I order us a couple drinks, I'm talking to a girl who is working and get her a drink too. I look around and my friend is gone, ah well he must have gone to the bathroom I think...

    15minutes later and he's still not back, oh well he might be in the VIP a girl suggests and then continues that we should go back there and see. I tell her that I'll just wait for him to come back, I am happy enough just chatting with a few of the girls and getting some dances.

    Some time later a girl sits next to me, says hi and her first words are 'do you have any money?'

    Bit forward I think, but tell her yes I obviously have money as it wouldn't be much good rolling into the strip club with buttons. She then asks me for $400 and I realise what the coup is, she has obviously been out the back with Kosh and he's run out of money. I laugh and say there is absolutely no shot I'm going to give her $400 as I'll then need a loan myself :Þ

    I decide to go find him before he gets into any serious bother and head back to the VIP. The doorman is most unhelpful unsurprisingly and I sit myself down right at the entrance until he goes and fetches him. I ask what he's been playing at and he explains they have his passport as he owes money to the girl. I shake my head and give him $50 to get a cab back to the Wynn so he can collect some cash and come back to get his passport back which has been confiscated :evillaugh

    I go back to my seat, he says he'll get me when he comes back and then we'll go. I carry on as before just having a few dances whilst waiting for him and am happy enough being relieved of my cash $20 at a time. I'm down to about $200 and see it's 530am, thinking he left over an hour ago it's obvious he's left me :rolleyes2:

    I lose track of time rolling out of there at 10am with empty pockets and tired. Natasha the dancer that accosted me as I was going to leave at 6am has invited herself to the UFC with me on Saturday night, this is after I spent 3 hours with her in the semi vip area before I left. I didn't get a bad deal though and only spent $400..... saying that back makes zero sense, but at the time it was fun. To spend 7 hours in a strip club and spend under $1k can't be bad going if I wanted to try and be positive about it :evillaugh:drunk::peace:
     
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    The looks I got arriving back at the Palazzo were comical, I made a quick stop at Coffee Bean on the way up to the room and was out for the count most of the day.

    I awoke around teatime, headed to the Grand Lux for some food with one of the lads and received a text from the stripper reminding me to let her know what time for the UFC on Saturday. Although she may have been a lot prettier to look at than my boss, it may not have been a great career move and I had to pass :evillaugh

    I headed back to the room after eating and just zonked out watching some Friday Night Lights on the laptop. I was tempted to go out as it was Friday night, but wanted to ensure I was rested up for the biggest night of the trip Saturday at the UFC!!!

    I've got to be up for a dental appointment tomorrow, but will 100% write up my UFC trip plus Gordon Ramsay experience in the afternoon and finish up this TR :peace:
     
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