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Old 06-04-2021, 12:27 PM   #26
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Re: Vaccinated in Vegas: A maybe-live TR 6/3-6/7

Well done so far! Hand 1 -- it is not uncommon for players to just call there. Third nut flush on a paired board, he doesn't want to raise and value own himself or get reraised off his strong hand. Right or wrong, I think it is actually abnormal for a typical small stakes NL player to find a raise there.
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Old 06-04-2021, 02:04 PM   #27
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Well done so far! Hand 1 -- it is not uncommon for players to just call there. Third nut flush on a paired board, he doesn't want to raise and value own himself or get reraised off his strong hand. Right or wrong, I think it is actually abnormal for a typical small stakes NL player to find a raise there.
Yeah think that's definitely true, especially with the paired board. Think I'm more annoyed with myself at not sizing up or even over-betting. Something I'll do online I need to work on incorporating live, too.

We made it to the Orleans for the 11a. I understand the questioning about this move and probably won't come back another go, but happy to be firing it once at least.



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Old 06-04-2021, 03:18 PM   #28
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nice job on a brief yet successful Day 1. good luck in today's tourney

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Old 06-04-2021, 03:22 PM   #29
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Old 06-04-2021, 04:30 PM   #30
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55k at the first break, up from 25k starting stack.



Was hovering a little over starting for most of the last hour and card dead, then picked up QQ in mp. Old guy limp/calls, who went broke on first hand pre w TT (250bb deep) and rebought.

Flop is TTT, pot 6k about 22k behind. I bet 1500 and he calls. Then he donk jams on a second spade turn. I snap and he flips A3s for the flush draw that's no good. River brick and I nearly double.

Only other notable thing about my table was the omc who went on for 10 minutes about the guy to his right who busted the bb, rebought and then came back in as sb. He was irate even after dealer and floor said it was correct. I'm not sure if he thought the player not playing would have let him avoid his bb or what, but it was mildly amusing.

183 runners and still an hour left of late reg. One of the regulars says it's the most they've gotten for this tournament, Friday am, fwiw. 124 left.

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Old 06-04-2021, 04:53 PM   #31
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And a greyhound for some 2+2 rungood


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Old 06-04-2021, 06:43 PM   #32
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And out, 74th of 221.

Got short with two AQo hands out-flopped by qjo and a8s. With 33k at 1500/3000, I jammed over a pfr w 66 otb, and he folded. Next hand I've got 45k and pick up 88, and rejam over a short stack who jammed like 6bb. Sb calls with ako and we're off to the races.

A on the flop, got a sweat on the turn with a 4 flush but blank on the river and that's that. Definitely enjoyed it though and am impressed with the turnout.



Now to venture back to the strip! (No joke getting an Uber here is no easy feat.)

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Old 06-04-2021, 06:48 PM   #33
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Glad you're enjoying your trip. When you get back to the Strip, cheer on the Avs tonight!
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Old 06-04-2021, 09:54 PM   #34
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Glad you're enjoying your trip. When you get back to the Strip, cheer on the Avs tonight!
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Old 06-05-2021, 12:15 AM   #35
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Glad you're enjoying your trip. When you get back to the Strip, cheer on the Avs tonight!
I'm a Sharks fan, so it's 100% go Avs! Need to put a bet on them for Sunday.
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Old 06-05-2021, 03:24 AM   #36
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Late sub. Enjoyed the Orleans drama and looking forward to the rest of the TR.


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Old 06-05-2021, 09:55 AM   #37
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Enjoying the TR so far-great job!
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Old 06-05-2021, 12:14 PM   #38
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getting QQ in MP with a TTT flop sounds pretty awesome
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Old 06-05-2021, 02:04 PM   #39
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Just a quick update and a few sporadic pics:

After the Orleans MTT went to Caesars to check in and brave the chaos of the "express" line. Through my bags into the room and went down to the Caesars poker room where I had called ahead while waiting to get to the top of the list quickly.

Room view not the worst.



Got a seat and sat at a table that had two regs to my left and a middle-aged woman that would chase all draws and pairs and bet heavy when she had it. She rebought several times but unfortunately never donated to me. She did win a pot from me with king high when I failed to bluff the river and then I won against her a few orbits later with k high when she called my turn bet on a 987 board with qj.

I mostly avoided the regs, and I was about even when they left. Then my diet of gin-and-tonics kicked in and things went a bit south. I didn't really have any big or notable hands, but it was one of those sessions where my value bets were folded and my bluffs got played back at over and over again. When I tried to squeeze bluff in the bb with kto a guy who had been opening too widely, pfr called and then the caller back-4 bet jammed into the pfr, who was 150bb deep.

Was down about $250 at one point when I tried to bluff off my $200ish remaining stack with ako after I 3-bet same loose opener from sb. He came along and called my flop bet on 522. Turn was a 4 and it might have been the buzz but I felt he was either holding two overcards and planning to bluff if I checked, or had a mid pair that would fold to a jam. I said all in and he folded pretty quickly.

Got one more pot off him when he called my kk 3bet and folded to a cbet on an A-high board (which seems to be a theme on my Kk hands).

Session ended in for $400, out for $333. Gin-and-tonics consimed: 6? 8? I lost count...



Rest of my crew arrived and we had to hustle to the aria to make our dinner reservation at Bardot (fun fact: Cosmo was closed to foot traffic except those staying there or with a dinner reservation). Made it just in time and had a decent ribeye. Atmosphere was probably the best part of the place, along with a good mezcal old fashioned.



On tap for today: working off the hangover at the pool, sushi for dinner, and clubbing after that. Gonna try to sneak in a session in the afternoon and make some ill-informed homer sports bets.

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Old 06-05-2021, 04:57 PM   #40
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tx for the update, enjoy your day!
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Old 06-05-2021, 09:33 PM   #41
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Day three midday update: Poolside gambling and missed bets

Got to the Caesars pool complex for some relaxation and overpriced drinks after breakfast, and got into the pool that didn't have a swim-up bar but had swim-up blackjack. What a novel way to lose my money! Somewhat goaded by my friends I decided to try to donate and plopped down $100 at a $25 min table. First hand, I have a 9 and 3 and dealer shows a K and I decide not to double to preserve my stack while I get a free drink at the pool. I hit, get a ten, think stop being a nit and make money -- and then am very confused when the dealer mucks my cards. Oh, 9 and 3 is 12, not 11. Clearly my game here.

But then I win the next three hands, hit a blackjack, get a drink, tip the dealer and waitress and leave the table for a quick and easy $53 win. Did I mention I'm a nit?

After the pool I sneak off to the Bellagio to squeeze in an afternoon session. Takes a while to get a seat, despite long lists on multiple games and open tables -- one of the obvious signs that while things are back open, the infrastructure is not yet back, both in terms of poker but also the other industries that make Vegas go. It's getting there though, I think. Anyway, I'm about to hoof it back to Caesars when a new $1/3 game and $2/5 game are called (suppose dealers came on shift), and soon I'm sitting at a table with a couple of 20-something girls who know how to play but are are playing way too loose preflop (first hand one girl limped 83s in ep and folded a flush to her friend on the river who spiked top boat on a double-paired board. Decide to go with Corona instead of gin today.



It's a good table, though I'm pretty card dead, til I make a questionable call in the bb with T9dd against a straggle and a $20 open from the btn who has been playing quite loose pre. Maybe I should 3bet here but he didn't seem the type to be folding. 20-something to my immediate left in the straddle comes along and we see a flop of Q95r. X's around, turn 7 and 20-something bets out $25. Pfr folds and I call, and then another 9 pairs the board on the river.

I feel like if I bet big here on the 9 it just screams strength (which in this case would be true), so I opt to check and the girl fires out $75 into the pot of $110. She's got about $150 or so behind ... I had planned to c/r a small bet but this one screams strength or a total airball if she's capable of it, so I decided just calling is the better play. I think I jam with K9 or A9 (and obv the Q9 boat). I call, she flips 96s (yep calling big raises w/ 96s) and mhig.

No other terribly interesting hands. In one spot that didn't work for me, I cbet KQo small into two players on T95cc, got a caller in the big blind and kept barreling on the Ac turn. Bb called and then led 3/4 pot on the river. It's a trivial fold but I think I like the barrel spot even though it didn't work here. In for $300, out for $514.



The biggest whiff on the session was a friend who knows the horse-racing industry told me as I was getting seated to bet an exacta box on the Belmont, but I forgot I was on west coast time and planned to place the bet after my session, only to see the race beginning up from the Bellagio poker room with the sports book just yards away. Yup, it hit. Oh well.

Walked over to cvs for pre-game goodies and caught the Bellagio fountains going to the Titanic theme. Still entertaining even though I've seen them a million times. I popped into Paris to pick up a $1 chip I don't have yet and donated $20 to the roulette table in the process of procuring my chip. At least the chip was new.



After some pre-gaming, dinner is at Sushi Roku and then hitting a club or two (so further updates today are unlikely!)

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Old 06-05-2021, 11:28 PM   #42
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I am having fun vicariously through you. enjoy your day and keep up the run good
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Old 06-06-2021, 07:49 AM   #43
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soon I'm sitting at a table with a couple of 20-something girls

It's a good table, though I'm pretty card dead, til I make a questionable call in the bb with T9dd against a straggle and a $20 open from the btn who has been playing quite loose pre. Maybe I should 3bet here but he didn't seem the type to be folding. 20-something to my immediate left in the straddle comes along and we see a flop of Q95r. X's around, turn 7 and 20-something bets out $25. Pfr folds and I call, and then another 9 pairs the board on the river.

I feel like if I bet big here on the 9 it just screams strength (which in this case would be true), so I opt to check and the girl fires out $75 into the pot of $110. She's got about $150 or so behind ... I had planned to c/r a small bet but this one screams strength or a total airball if she's capable of it, so I decided just calling is the better play. I think I jam with K9 or A9 (and obv the Q9 boat). I call, she flips 96s (yep calling big raises w/ 96s) and mhig.
Enjoying the TR! The description above sounds like a great table

T9dd hand seems fine. Certainly tempting to 3-bet given the dead money from the straddle and the opener being on the BTN, but don't hate the call either.

As played probably fine to just call river to that big sizing (imo). Not too many worse hands that can call all-in, unless she is completely clueless.
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Old 06-06-2021, 05:24 PM   #44
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Am getting adjusted to the heat lounging by the pool, and getting ready for another poker session before my wife and I are gonna be silly tourists and helicopter to the Grand Canyon.

Had dinner last night at Sushi Roku, which was an underrated favorite of a past trip. Sushi was excellent, though definitely pricier than an ayce joint, but it was on Caesars so I wasn't complaining.



After dinner we headed down to the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for a club-ish night out. View was great, and the music was actually top 40 songs instead of house/emd, which my old ass is much happier with to dance to. Would definitely recommend if you want a more relaxed club -- it reminded me of the Rio rooftop lounge which is another favorite (and currently closed).



Forgot I made a dumb sports bet yesterday on the Giants (I'm a bay area native) at -165, but hey they won so +$12!

Put in a parlay this morning on Giants/A's/Avs, which may be done in the first leg with the A's currently down. Yeah they're both only for $20 but I'm a gambling nit (which is why poker is my game). And back to the poker in a bit.




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Old 06-07-2021, 01:06 AM   #45
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tx for the updates, enjoy the helicopter ride!
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Old 06-07-2021, 08:15 AM   #46
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Great report so far!

Take lots of pictures from the helicopter and show us (:
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Old 06-07-2021, 09:54 AM   #47
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Thanks for posting. Great reports. Have fun in the helicopter! Wish I had taken the trip to the bottom 30 years ago for $60, but I was young and $60 seemed like too much money to spend. One of the few regrets I have -- so I guess I can't complain
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Old 06-07-2021, 03:23 PM   #48
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Currently at the Wynn with 8 hours til my flight. Will finish off the tr after I get my last Vegas grinding in (and there will be Grand Canyon picks aplenty! It was pretty cool.)

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Put in a parlay this morning on Giants/A's/Avs, which may be done in the first leg with the A's currently down. Yeah they're both only for $20 but I'm a gambling nit (which is why poker is my game). And back to the poker in a bit.


you bet against the Golden Knights at home?
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Ok! Am now on the West Coast near Seattle visiting family for leg two of my vacation (which may involve some bonus poker in the PNW) and recovering from the four-day Vegas marathon. I fell a bit behind at the end there with the TR (I'm even more impressed with those of you who keep up the TRs live the entire time), so let's recap, starting with Sunday and a bit more hand discussion:

Sunday brought both my best and worst sessions, which were both at Caesars. Around noon, nobody yet was really mobile, so I ventured down to the poker room to get a session in before some pool time and the Grand Canyon trip, my $150 in poolside blackjack chips in hand from the day prior. Got seated at a new $1/3 table that didn't have any noticeable bad players that I remember, but it was a passive table for sure.



First orbit I get KK in the hj and raise one limper to $15. Btn, SB and BB call and limper folds. Pot is $60 and flop is QQ5hh. X's to me and I should probably just check here to pot control but decide to get value from any other pocket pairs and flush draws and bet $20. Sb, who is about $200 effective, min clicks to $40. Alarm bells are ringing but it's first hand I've seen him play so make the call. Turn is 9c and he bets $40 into $140. I call on the off chance he's got a flush draw. River is 2h to complete the flush and so I'm beating nothing now but he x's to me. Seems like a terrible spot to turn my hand into a bluff, so I x back and he shows the QJdd and scoops the pot.

Not a fun way to start the session. But I top back up -- and it was all roses from there. I'm dealt two black aces a few orbits later in the sb. It folds to the co, a 30swg who hasn't gotten out of line and is around $300 effective. He makes it $12 and I pop it up to $45 (I think I undersized here if I'm trying to be balanced but that doesn't matter in these games). He calls and we see a flop of A42hhh. He x's out of turn and I have to stop the dealer to say I haven't acted yet before he deals the turn. I think for a few more seconds and lead out $25 into the $90 pot.

He makes the call. The quick x makes me think he doesn't have a flush ... maybe a pair with a heart? Couple of Ax combos possible, though not many available. Turn is the 3d. I decide to keep betting smallish and lead $50 into the $140 pot. I probably should size up here to get stacks in by the river more easily. I'm still re-adjusting to live play and sizings, and I had to be at least a little worried I was value-owning myself, though I don't think he's got very many suited combos he calls the 3b with given Ah is on the board, and 55 is a tiny part of his range.

River is 9c. Pot is $240, and he's got about $175 behind. I think for a bit, and it's hard for me to come up with combos he'd call a jam with -- maybe he just calls flop/turn with worse sets given the flush and straight draws but I think I'd have heard from the sets on the flop and he wouldn't have tried to x behind. There are a couple of Ax combos and then there are lower pairs that missed a flush. I decide to target the latter category and bet $75. He thinks briefly, tosses in the call and shows Aqdd. Hmm...maybe he does call the jam?

Not long afterward I get dealt KsJd on the btn. Villain from AA hand limps (at this point I had a better read -- his limps were loose and he didn't fold to raises), so I make it 15 and a middle aged Indian woman who seems competent calls in the bb ($300 effective). Limper calls and we see a flop of T85r. X's around and the turn is the 9s, putting two spades on the board. BB leads out $20, limper calls and I call with plenty of clean outs to the best hand.

River is a beautiful Qs, which makes a backdoor flush possible (which I block) but also puts a four-liner out that I beat. BB x's and limper bets $20 into the pot of $105. I make a pot-sized raise to $120 and the BB goes into the tank -- and is quite unhappy. I keep my gaze on the Qs (I attempt to concentrate on a specific card when someone is staring me down...I learned that somewhere a long time ago) but it's been a while since I've had to it so I'm just a bit uncomfortable trying not to give anything away as she's talking to herself. After probably two minutes she splashes in a call, the chips scattering away from her. Limper folds and I table the KJ. She shows a J as she mucks and proceeds to tilt for the next 15 minutes by getting very aggressive with raises (which wins her back some chips because the table is passive).

Friends are headed to the pool so I keep it a short session to meet up with them. In for $400 out $728 in around 90 minutes for biggest win so far, putting me up around $550 for poker on the trip.



Next up: helicopters, a canyon that's grand, food in a shoe, and folding marginal hands to big river bets.

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