Hi all, I am in Vegas to play some poker this week and as I did two years ago I will attempt to write a TR that shares my experiences, thoughts and the poker I play.
I am mid 40's from the UK and a recreational player. I intend to play the $1,500 on the 20th and some Rio deepstacks and V DSE that fit with what I want to do.
I have been to Vegas over 10 times but this is only my 2nd trip during the series. I am solo on the trip as taking my partner would not be fair on either of us, but we were here two weeks ago for a weeks holiday so I figure I am good for this trip.
I have enough air miles on Virgin to be able to get a premium economy flight only having to pay the taxes and am staying at TI as it is opposite the V and I got a decent deal. I have not stayed there before and so hope the room is clean, comfortable and has a decent shower.
My flight leaves Gatwick at 11.25 and so I head off from home at 7.30am knowing that this is going to be a long day.
I check in smoothly and breeze through security and passport control. I grab a bottle of water and some new ear buds for my iPad as I have managed to bend the jack on my current ones and I am all set. My flight is on time and boards smoothly. I checked my seat online the day before and moved it from the one next to the toilet to the one by the bulkhead separating premium from upper. I settle in, sort my stuff out and find myself next to two blondes from the north east. I discover that they are going over to party for 4 nights and they ask me to take a couple of pics of them on their camera.
I don't think it is appropriate for me to ask them if I can take a pic for you lot and so sorry, no pic of them. As we prepare to land they ask me what I am doing and seem genuinely interested when I say I am over for a week to solely play poker. The one next to me is a poor flyer and she clutches onto her friends hand as we land.
I get through customs and grab my bag and head out to the cab line, which is empty. The driver is a bit pissy when I insist that we don't go via the tunnel and the trip to TI cost me $16, he points out that I have only saved myself a couple of bucks but as he put up some resistance to me not letting him long haul me I decide to not tip him. Tight, maybe, but in my mind he deserves it.
The check in line is fairly long and so I stand in it watching an episode of The Wire on the iPad, I have only discovered the show and am on season 3 now.
I get to my room, unpack, shower and change and then head straight over to the V for some 1-2 NL.
I get a seat straight away and buy in for $300. I prefer to play cash at the V as I find it to be the best room.
I start off well when I win a decent sized pot when my AQ is better than the AJ of the other guy. I get three streets of value after my raise to 6 pre and win about $75. I pick up another $75 when I call with Q10 otb and flop the nut straight, I call the lead from the BB and then check the blank turn as he does. I then lead out the river and get called again for another $75 pot. So far so good, $150 up in about 30 minutes.
A couple of orbits later I get AA in the CO and UTG with only $15 in his stack goes AI, the HJ calls with $130 behind and I make it $27 to go. HJ calls and we see a flop of 3
, he leads out for $45 and I shove. He calls and turns over 10
, the turn and river brick and I am up $326 for the session.
I decide that I will play the 7pm deepstack event and buy in for $200 in the Palazzo.
I lose a small pot early when J3o calls my pre flop re-raise with AK and then calls my cbet OTF with no pair no draw and spikes a J OTR.
I get knocked out pretty early in this one when I get AA OTB. MP opens to 275, the HJ calls and I make it 750. They both call and the flop is KQ6. They both check and I bet 1400. MP calls and HJ folds. I do wonder if he has KQ at this point. The turn is a 5 and he checks again, I think about checking back but would decide I need to bet and make it 2100, he shoves and I am pot committed so I call. He flips Q5 for a turned two pair and it is GG me! Nice call pre of my re-raise and nice call OTF, oh well.
I head back to the cash tables and sit at a 1-2 table with $300 again. I pick up QQ immediatley and win about an $80 pot getting two streets of value before the other guy folds OTR.
A few hands later I pick up JJ and again win a decent sized pot that makes me up $175 for the session.
The table is good with a couple of fun Aussies who are there to gamble and a lady on my right who is a bit drunk. She says she is 73, so no pic there either!
Not much happened for a while and I was starting to get tired, it was around 10pm and I have now been up for alomst 24 hours and feeling it. My stack is at about $435 when a new player joins the table and doubles on the first hand when his A8 for a flopped 2 pair is better than one of the Aussies A10.
I then get 35 OTB and limp along with 5 others, lol liveaments. The flop is 363 and I bet 12 when it is checked to me. My image at the table is LAG, the lady on my right is telling them all how agressive I am so I feel I can make this look like a steal. I get two callers. The turn is a Q and UTG checks, the new guy, who tells us he is an economics professor bets 20 and I make it 50, UTG folds and the prof calls. The river is a 4 and the prof checks, I make it 50 and he insta shoves. He has me coverted courtesy of the double he got on the first hand.
I tank and think about it, talking about what I think he has. I know it is not QQ as he limped pre and I don't see him doing that. 66 and 44 could be played like that but I expect 44 to fold before we get to the river. I have a 3 so the chance of him having one is reduced. You know this is where I fall down alot, I struggle to find the fold button sometimes.
I call and he flips 34 for the rivered boat and felts me. I am tired and so deciced to head back to to TI for some sleep.
I know it is a bad call but in my head at the table I cannot make myself fold, he is never shipping there without a boat. I need to learn that.
So - 1st cash session up $326, tournament down $200, 2nd cash session down $300, overall day 1 down $174.
Note to self, find the fold button.
Day 2 sees me at the Rio for the 2pm deepstack.