Could a MOD pls add "ARIA" somewhere in topic of my thread pls.
Day 3 - 6/15 ***Youtube vid in post
Its 8 am and my eyes open. I had just passed out 5 hrs ago from playing poker but i just cant help it. Its sick how a job can turn you into a robot. I have that auto alarm clock in my brain that doesnt let me sleep past 8 (Can you tell I hate my job?) So I shake my girl, and say "Baby, Im going to play poker". She answers "BAABBBYYY...Didnt you just come back?". I quickly shoot her down with "Baby, Im in vegas and its my birthday". I tip toe out of the room. Close the door. Do a little funky dance. Then walk with my chest pumped outwards towards the elevator.
I get to the poker room and I dont see many options. I mean...afterall it is 8 am. I see a 1-3 NL, 2-5 NL, 5-10 NL, and a 300/600 with Sammy Farha, JRB, Crazy Mike, and Ming Ly. I quickly take a seat at the 1/3 and start take a look around. Table seems to fit the perfect 8 am 1/3 table. All older, 1 leftover drunkie, 1 reg. I buy in for $300 and start being super friendly to the table. The older crowd seems to get a little intimidated/quiet when i sit so I ease them real nice with some sweet talk.
****NOTE OFF TOPIC*****
I asked many of the dealers about the "Bigger games" and how players play, if theyre good ect. I asked about Crazy mike and heard he used to be a HU NL specialist but now plays mixed games. Asked about JRB, Kenny tran, etc. But interestingly enough I got the same answer about Sammy Farha from basically every dealer. That hes a dick. Heres some of the few stories I got
- He intentionally asks you the size of the pot out of spite to make sure you get in correct. Embarasses you if you dont. Regardless hell just fold after you tell him the number.
-Doesnt tip and talks down to you at all opportunities
-One time someone tipped the dealer a $100 chip. Sammy demanded the dealer returned the tip, and if he/she didnt. He would quit the game. The tip was returned. Later the dealer posted on facebook what had occured. Sammy somehow found out and the dealer was fired. (True story)
*****BACK ON TOPIC*****
Since the table was extremely passive and typical. My plan was to just open my range WIDELY late in pos and barrell thru the older peeps. With my previous kind table talk (hey.where u from. have any kids? etc) they all continued to fold. After about 3 orbits I was instantly up $100. Perfect. Soon enough its around 11 am and my image has become the "loose crazy kid" althought im +200some already. I give myself the "OK Last orbit" talk. Usually this ends in my spazzy demise but This time it happened to work out
MP raises to $15 , HIjack calls, Hero (Button) Q
check check check
MP bet $40, HJ fold, Hero call
MP Check, Hero bet $70
After tannking for 2 min and me just staring forward sipping my coffee. The old guy says "MAAANNN those damn diamonds". No sir, not the diamonds. Just the disastrous way you massacre your trip Ks and spell it out for me. I know im gunna get payed if I bink the diamond bc you cant fold. Now pay up. (Said that in my head obv not outloud
) He sigh calls and I rack up and leave.
End result +420.
BTW if Aria offered a high hand maybe $250 hr during 8-12. They might get alot more biz during off peak hours. Just a thought.
So I head back to the room and wake up my girl. She gives me the im bored speech. And I say ok lets do something. We already have plans to go to HAZE tonight so she needs to be occupied during the day. She claims she had a great time at Wet Republic and wants to go back. All in all it was a bad idea. They have a Top Hot 100 party on Fridays and you def should sign up online for guestlist if you plan on going. We tried to General Admission it, but it was a lost cause. We ended up heading back to Aria to just chill at our hotel pool.
On our walk back to Aria we got detoured to Planet Hollywood. My girl needed some retail therapy so we ended up walking thru those "Mircale Mile Shops" She walks in and starts walking into every store checking everything out ( shes a drain on the wallet ) and I had to play the purse holder man-bietch. Dont act like youve never done it guys. It got me a new pair of shoes anyway. So i guess it was a +EV decision
After an hour or two of shopping, We see a pool in the corner of our eye. Perfect! Lay out and relax while catching some drinks/early boozin. I take my girl by the hand and say "lets go". She stops me and reminds me its the Hilton Pool and its guests only. Idk about you but Ive trolled 2p2 enough to know that the $20 trick works in basically every situation. So we walk up to the tiki hut and theres a cute blonde girl standing next to a stack of towels. I say "Hey, were staying at Aria but its super crowded. If I take care of you can we relax here?" As i put the 20 under a corner of the stack of towels on the counter. She takes a quick nod around "nods" and says "have fun". Quick exchange and within minutes were laying down sipping a mojito. BTW 2/2 on $20 trick
The pool itself is actually a great little set up. Its on whats seems to be the 10th ish floor. If this place actually had a DJ, and some decent marketing. It has SOME potential to be decent. But the lack of loud music/crowd even tho the space is nice kinda kills it. All in all tho the pool was nice. I always enjoy a quiet chill relax time and the drinks were nice. Plus happy woman = happy man.
After catching some sun (too much sun as youll see in later pics) we decide to go back to the hotel. Were originally from South FL, so we are die hard Heat fans. And the game starts in 45 min. And at 11 we have to meet up with our friends Ryan and Nika to go to HAZE. BTW if you ever see anyone in your local cardroom with a Green Univ of Miami Backpack. Its more than likely me. So we go back to the room, relax and watch the game.
After the game my girl wants to rest before the club, so she passes out. I have 2 hours to kill so I decide to PLOMGZ my life away. I decide to get all fancy and call the pokeroom from my room to add my name to the list. A floor man named RYAN picks up. Even with massive poker noises/slot machine/voises in background. Ryan was willing to add my name to list and even offer to call my room when my seat was ready. Well done Ryan, well done. Now that I looked back I shouldve tipped you and completely forgot (unusual on my part).
Anyway I get to my table and I buy in for $400. I was still tipsy/incoherent from the Mojitos and didnt take proper precautions when looking at the table. Instantly I usually do a table check, and I had no concern when I saw all young guns with no old guys or obvious soft spots. "Meh What the hell" I said "What can I lose in 2 hrs?". Obv not the mentality to go into a PLO game with.
To make a long story short My quick $400 demise was with this hand
MP Raise to 20, MP+1 Call, Hero (button) call with K
Action ends up getting 3 way potted all in (MP +1 was short stacked $200) and it goes Brick City. Missed everything and lost to 77xx . I stand up and leave with no type of remorse or reaction (Im a very respectable/good loser) no berating or anything like that here
End Result -$400
I get to the room and start getting ready for the club. My girl gets all dolled up and we head downstairs to meet up with our LV friends Ryan and Nika. We shoot the **** for awhile. Drink a few beers. I watch him shoot some craps. And were off HAZE. The guy Ryan im with know the resident DJ (DJ Stellar) so we were placed on his guestlist. We insta cut the first line. And insta cut the 2nd line downstairs. The lines are 80% gorgeous women. Thats a good sign. Anyway we get inside and im running good already.
To say to least I was super impressed with the way this club was running. There were barbacks/bussers picking up little peices of trash off the ground. And everything was kept extremely clean. No cluttered bar etc. I grew up working in nightclubs in Miami, and know much about them from an operating standpoint. We get a few drinks and enjoy the atmosphere while walking around. Heres a quick video of what the atmosphere was like that night. Sorry for bad quality its from my wack-berry
After a few drinks the girls say "LETSS GOO DOOWWNN THHEERREE" pointing towards DJ booth. This is all Ryans bag as he knows the DJ. We walk down and meet him and just drink a little. Next thing you know my girl talks me into the "I need a bottle" ****. We end up getting a bottle goose and we get sloppy. It kinda was a big blurr so I cant really give many details? But i do remember Overall the club was great and we had a great time. Would def recommend.
Heres a pic of me,ryan,and my girl (can you tell I got sun?)
End Result -$800
We head out of the club, say our goodbyes to ryan and thank him. And head up to room. I go to the bathroom, come out, and the girl is passed out dress and all. Some drunken rape activities come to mind, But i decide to pass to get downstairs and get in on some of the 4am action at the poker room. On the way there I run into JRB in the hallway and exchange a few words. Didnt hold him up but def had to get a quick hand shake and tell him hes entertaining.
I arrive at the room and see a few 1-3 NL and 2 2-5 NL. As well as a 300/600 and 400/800 With Sammy Farha, JRB, Jen Harmon, Phil Hellmuth, and Kenny Tran. Oh Matt Glantz too. Im hammered drunk (literally) a drunken mess. And I say "I didnt come here to play for dimes at 1/3" So I take a seat at a the nearest 2/5.
I buy in for $800. I start taking a look around. See only 2 solids. an older couple. 2 young asian friends (more clubby, not players). And directly across from me Kristy Arnett, the poker news girl (Yes, the hot one). I tell her shes funny (but meant to say fing hot) and they should do more vids with her and that I follow her on twitter. I mean, PokerNews is basically my only source of entertainment at work and stops me from killing myself on the job. So I had to give her props. And not for nothing. Shes actually pretty solid. Saw her make a semi-hero snap call on some dude and scoop a $1k pot with ease.
Anyway I slowly chip up on basic bet fold situations. After about 45 min Im plus +200. I walk away and cruise the pit for anything semi-entertaining. Gamblings, hookers, food, whatever. I come across Greg Mueller and Eric Froelich shooting craps at 5 am. Classy. Looks like they each had around 10k but meh. Decided to give it a try (at the $15 table of course). So i tell the stickman Ive never played but I know the basic rules. I bet six and eight on someones roll and bink a few times. The girl next to me with a random guy (she def just met him) starts to show more interest in me than that random guy instantly. I scoop up my 61 bucks and leave back to the poker room. Enough degen gambling for the trip. That stuff scares me.
Back to the poker room and its around 6am. Closing out the session I ran into my last winning hand.
UTG+1 raises to 25. Hero calls with T
FLOP - 10
UTG+1 bets 35 , Hero raises to 90, UTG+1 calls
UTG+1 checks, Hero bets 110, UTG+1 calls
RIVER - 9
check check. And he mucks.
I scoop up my chips, say goodnight, and head to the room. Still drunk from the club I get to my room and see its complete daylight out from my city view. I get my ipad device thing and close the curtains. Goodnight Vegas, Thanks for the fun time.
FINAL DAY COMING LATER.
****Also if you want to follow me my twitter is @RolandoBipp I play pokers and just update on my NYC life
and for a shameless plug. Ill be going to Borgata on July 22nd to play in a 1000+90 Borgata tourney. I want to sell 30 - 50% of it at NO MU. If interested just let me know. Have some tourney experience (played a few circuit events, no cashes) but mostly cash player since i live in NYC.