Originally Posted by maine2spain
I'm planning on moving out for a few months, maybe to stay. I haven't been in town since 2009 probably, before City Center opened. My plan is to take a comfortable amount of cash and fly out, rent a studio for 4-6 months, buy a beater vehicle and see what happens.
I'm 35 and part owner of a family business, i started playing $4-8 stud in Tunica when I was 19-20. I've been a regular in the big PLO game in Tunica and playing as high as $25-50-100 (under rolled) for years in spurts. My regular home games are 20-40 O8, 2-5-10 foldem and plo. I used to come out 5-6 times a year and played mainly the V 5-10 plo/10-20 mixed game.
I have a legit upper 5 figure roll at this point. My plan is to take $15-20k and start grinding 2-5 plo when possible and 2-5 5-10 no limit and throw in some O8. Move up from there. Im a winning player, I've been around the block, I have no fear of going broke, I have no desire or dreams to try a run it up shot in games over my roll and want to do this so I never wonder what if. I have a job and business to come back to.
What Id like to know from some locals is a good place to live close to B,V,Wynn area. I plan on spending $4-5k for a place for 4-6 months , studio or 1 bedroom is fine, safety is biggest concern. What are games currently like? are games in that range still full of loosing tourists or are there 7 guys trying to do what i am at every table? Advice?
I just got back from Vegas, and I noticed there were a lot of good mixed game players playing down in stakes at the moment. For example, I played in a $8-$16 OE game with Cyndy Violette, a really good mixed-game grinder named Sergio Vargas, and three other pros who were basically all trading chips and hoping get my out-of-town money.
My point? If you are planning to head out to Vegas to grind the stakes/games you mentioned, you probably won't be playing with many tourists. Although I am admittedly a tourist in a good mixed game at this point, I'm no stranger to $20-40 stud and OE games. Perhaps PLO is different in that you'll get some looser hold em player crossing over and donating part of their bankroll.
I would have to think there are some better opportunities out there if you are going to make a move before winter, like maybe playing on the tournament trail for a bit? If you are looking for the unique experience of living in Las Vegas more immediately, though, I would definitely understand. There's something to be said about waking up to start your day and having the choice of Bellagio, Veneitan, Wynn, Aria, etc . . . to go play at if you are playing more than just small stakes NLHE. Not to mention, if you are a foodie, having a pretty surreal selection of restaurants to choose from. Not to knock Tunica, though, because you can eat pretty damn well there! Gotta say, I really enjoyed my trip out there when I visited family in Memphis.
If you are going to move out to Vegas, maybe time it to get there in December around when the Five-Star/Doyle Brunson Classic goes off at Bellagio and just ride it out on through the WPT CHP/WSOP/Bellagio Cup? To me, that would give you the prime months of really making money.
Around bowl season, Super Bowl and March Madness you'll have a lot of gamblers in town taking shots at bigger games. When I moved out to Vegas back in 07 from March-July there was a steady stream of action during that time and it was really great, even for a guy who was just grinding 1/2&2/5 NLHE, 8/16 mixed when I could find it, and tournament saty's like me.
I'm not sure I told you anything you didn't already know, but just my .02 as a guy who had both been out to LV as a visitor lately and lived out there for several months a few years back.