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Old 06-01-2021, 06:42 PM   #1
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Vaccinated in Vegas: A maybe-live TR 6/3-6/7

Long time T/R reader, first-time T/R writer.

I'm a 30-something from the Washington, DC area heading to Vegas for a post-vaccination long-weekend with my wife, two friends and one friend's somewhat new boyfriend.

I'm arriving Thursday night before the rest of the crew, so I can get some poker in before the drinking really begins. Plan is to play the Friday 11a $100 MTT at Orleans with its decent structure, which should be wrapping up around the time everyone else arrives Friday evening. I've also booked a later flight than everyone on Monday night so I will fire the Orleans 11a that day, too (where a deep run could make my 830p departure a dicey one!)

In between will be lots of drinking, restaurants, some low-stakes pits, penny slots for free drinks, pool time, more drinking, and I'm gonna try to squeeze in a few $1/2-$1/3 sessions and possibly a morning donkament if I can wake up. If things go well, I might try the Bellagio capped $2/5. Staying at Caesars so there will be tables close by at least. I'm the only gambler of the group, I think, but the boyfriend could surprise us! My wife has also booked a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon Sunday night because eff it, we're traveling again!

About me: I got into poker as a college kid in the Moneymaker boom and made spending money grinding Ultimate Bet and Full Tilt. Then Black Friday hit, and I stopped playing poker outside of randomly popping into a game when I was traveling somewhere with a casino.

After MGM National Harbor opened in 2017, I had a poker-playing friend who got me back into playing more regularly. When the world shut down thanks to Covid in March 2020, I finally resolved to learn how I could play online again (thanks bitcoin youtube videos!) so I didn't go totally stir crazy.

Fast-forward 14 months and I've spun up my initial $50 deposit into $2,700 across three sites, playing mostly MTTs. I'm still playing small stakes because I'm a bankroll nit (spoiler alert for future gambling), but I've dedicated myself to studying, dabbled in looking at solvers, etc., and I'm a much, much better player than I was a year ago. Which means I'm probably gonna get crushed this weekend by the donks.

I've been a long-time reader of LVL and love the trip reports, especially when I have long stretches between Vegas visits. This is my first attempt at writing one myself. I make no promises that I will actually follow through with live updates but I'm gonna give it my best effort.

Will try to provide updates with chip pics, interesting hands, food pics and some sense of the scenery that is Vegas in this weird, not-quite-post-pandemic period, which I'm very curious to see up close. And if I'm not up for doing a running T/R I will try to fill in the blanks afterward!

Here's a little something to get us started from my (maskless!) MGMNH $1/3 warmup session this past weekend. In for 300, out for...


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Old 06-01-2021, 07:40 PM   #2
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Cool. good luck to you and have fun.
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:27 PM   #3
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:29 PM   #4
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Can someone explain the appeal of the Orleans? Is it just structure? Thanks!
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Old 06-01-2021, 11:34 PM   #5
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Good luck OP, will be following along.
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Old 06-01-2021, 11:56 PM   #6
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Can someone explain the appeal of the Orleans? Is it just structure? Thanks!
Whatever slight differences in structure and rake, I cant see why any tourist wouldn’t rather play the daily at Aria and at least be in a better casino and with great food options. Anyway good luck OP sounds like will be a great trip.
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Old 06-02-2021, 12:09 AM   #7
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Can someone explain the appeal of the Orleans? Is it just structure? Thanks!
The structure of Orleans/Wynn/Aria is better than all the other dailies, though I've never played at Orleans before.

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Whatever slight differences in structure and rake, I cant see why any tourist wouldn’t rather play the daily at Aria and at least be in a better casino and with great food options. Anyway good luck OP sounds like will be a great trip.
I don't disagree with you -- last time I was in Vegas the one daily mtt I played was at the Wynn.

My choice for Orleans is twofold: it starts at 11 and seems to wrap by 7, per my bravo watching. Two, and more importantly: Aria dailes are canceled the next two weeks for a series, so that's out.

I am planning on trying to play cash at Aria the night I arrive. I got a comped room at park mgm my solo night (forgot to mention that, first time I've had a comped room!) before the group goes to Caesars, so I'll be close by.

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Old 06-02-2021, 09:24 AM   #8
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I'll be in, have fun!
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Old 06-02-2021, 10:07 AM   #9
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Orleans Friday used to be a big deal. I missed cashing out by 4/5 spots on the Friday I was able to play. Lot of local crowd support for these events. The play can be super aggressive before rebuy and evens out after the rebuy.

Good luck to my fellow MGMNH 1/3 player!
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Old 06-02-2021, 10:31 AM   #10
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Yea GL, just got back from Vegas after 5 nights, the games were good everywhere, enjoy and run good!
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Old 06-02-2021, 11:42 AM   #11
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Subbing. Have fun!
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Old 06-02-2021, 11:48 AM   #12
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Whatever slight differences in structure and rake, I cant see why any tourist wouldn’t rather play the daily at Aria and at least be in a better casino and with great food options. Anyway good luck OP sounds like will be a great trip.

That was my intuition as well, but I’m seeing refs to the Orleans in a few recent TRs. Never would have crossed my mind to go there.
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:33 PM   #13
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I like the Orleans room better than Aria.
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:56 PM   #14
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I like the Orleans room better than Aria.
sue me

No suing, just tell me why!
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Old 06-02-2021, 10:03 PM   #15
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No suing, just tell me why!
not answering for anyone in particular, just in general:

- tons of tables. probably the closest thing to a "card room" in Las Vegas.
- tons of game variety and almost always a tourney going on on weekends.
- always tons of players.
- very few to no hoodie/headphone/tablet reader guys.
- cheap food very close.
- for locals only - most hate going to the Strip. Orleans much more convenient.
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Old 06-02-2021, 10:24 PM   #16
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not answering for anyone in particular, just in general:

- tons of tables. probably the closest thing to a "card room" in Las Vegas.
- tons of game variety and almost always a tourney going on on weekends.
- always tons of players.
- very few to no hoodie/headphone/tablet reader guys.
- cheap food very close.
- for locals only - most hate going to the Strip. Orleans much more convenient.

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Old 06-02-2021, 11:04 PM   #17
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No suing, just tell me why!
I've played at Aria two or three times and they were never good experiences. I didn't think the staff were very friendly and the drink service was awful each time. always waited over half hour for a damn bottle of water.
and yeah Orleans has more affordable and nearby food options.
in general it's less glitzy but more practical. I always felt more comfortable at Orleans. but I know I'm not everybody
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Old 06-03-2021, 12:11 AM   #18
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One other reason I'm inclined to venture to Orleans: 100+ runners at 11a on a weekday. When I bust I don't expect to hang out for the omc cash games, however. Also I like to collect $1 chips and don't have that one yet.

Need my first trip rungood before I even get off the ground: thunderstorms in the forecast tomorrow afternoon/evening. We'll see what happens with my 8p flight...

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Old 06-03-2021, 01:27 AM   #19
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Old 06-03-2021, 01:13 PM   #20
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Old 06-03-2021, 07:34 PM   #21
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So far so good...one hour to dodge the storms and takeoff.

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Old 06-03-2021, 09:47 PM   #22
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Old 06-04-2021, 12:15 AM   #23
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Seems you made it or you'd be posting an update. Good luck!
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Old 06-04-2021, 11:01 AM   #24
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Day One: Getting my feet wet and my steps in

Things were a bit delayed leaving the airport thanks to sporadic thunderstorms but it was only about 30 minutes, so I wasn't complaining. Landed four-ish hours later in Vegas around 10:30 p.m., so plenty of time to get some poker in, jet lag be damned.

Of course, the first problem was getting out of the airport. I got the dreaded "there are no ubers" available -- I fear this will be a covid-themed problem this whole weekend -- and 15 minutes later I was through the taxi line and on my way to Park MGM. At least I didn't get long hauled.

Went straight to the room past the long check-in line thanks to the MGM app. Not the nicest room but hey, at least my view is the T-Mobile Arena and not a parking lot. This is just a one-night stay til everyone arrives at Caesars.



Change into shorts and a t-shirt since it's pushing 90 degrees at midnight, and make the mistake of wearing flip-flops like I would at home. I forgot how much walking there is here between casinos! Not gonna make that mistake the rest of the trip. First stop was the Aria poker room, but the list for $1/3 was 50 names deep. So I ventured a bit farther north to Planet Hollywood for some $1/2 action, and got seated quickly into a game.

Table was mostly middle-aged guys who didn't get too out of line. Not a ton of limp/limp/limp pots. But I also wasn't too worried about getting c/r bluffed on the river.



First real hand I play is K4s in the bb. There's an utg $5 straddle and raise to 10. It's 4 ways so I decide to come along. Flop is T53cc, x's around. I lead out $15 on a turn 3 and the original raiser calls. River is third club, and I bet $40 into pot of $70. Get called and show the flush, and he shows me Q9cc for a just-called third nut flush. Whoops, shoulda bet more, though I don't know how he avoids raising there.

Few orbits later I get TT in the BB, and a 50ish guy who's been kinda loose raises $11. There's 1 caller and I should three-bet, but why not just call and see a flop? Flop is 552ss, and he cbets $11, which he was doing frequently. I c/r to 35 and he calls, making the pot around $100. Turn is the Kd and I don't love this spot I put myself in, but decide I should keep barreling and bet out $40. He quickly jams for about ... $57 more. Probably should have eyed his stack just a bit more closely. I'm priced in though figure I'm behind. River is a blank, I table the TT and guess he had a flush draw because mhig.

Played about 90 minutes before the jet lag caught up with me. In for $200, out for $357.



On the way back to my room decide to stop at the blackjack table to put some play on my comped room. Somehow broke even there after a half hour of gambooling and night one is in the books.

On tap for today: Orleans $100 11a MTT, and cash games if/when I bust that out before the rest of the crew gets here for dinner at Bardot Brasserie and then most likely bar hopping. I'm up way too early because I'm getting old + jet lag, so hopefully I'll be able to power through.

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Old 06-04-2021, 11:36 AM   #25
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