Best Bang for the $$$ poker tournaments in Vegas?

General Discussion by Cypress Hunter Posted

I posted this in questions as well...
I’m two weeks out from what has become a yearly trip to Vegas and for the first time I have the Hold’em bug. Last year we stayed at the Mirage and I played in the daily $60.00 NLH tournament twice. In the first I was first out and won the second. A little about my poker history; I learned poker playing 7 card stud at the deer lease in Texas at the age of 12. No one was going to get rich or go broke at these games it was a way of passing time in the afternoons before the hunt and after dinner. Years later I started an office game of hold’em about once a month; $100.00, once again a way to blow off steam and have a few drinks with the guys. But that game ended about 10 years ago. This is the foundation of my experience. I wouldn’t classify myself a pro or as an easy mark. I think I have a good foundation and can read players well.
After last year’s trip to Vegas a new office mate overheard me talking about the tournament and told me he plays with a group the first and third Wednesday of each month. Basically it’s a 5 month tournament leading into a final table. The tournament pays the top 4 spots 80% of the buy-in. 20% is taken out for the final table tournament at the end of the 5 months. You earn your way into this game by accruing points; 1 pt for playing each time, a point for knocking out a money winner from the previous tournament and points for making the final table (1 pt for 10th, 2 for 9th, 3 for 8th…). There are between 25-30 players that regularly play and the core groups have been playing together about 20 years. There are a few really good players. I started playing with them three months ago; 6 times now, making the final table 5 times and making the payout once. I’m currently sitting 3rd in total points.
I’ve gone through this a story to explain my level of play. In Vegas this year I want to play in a few daily tournaments and try my hand at a few low level cash games ($1/$2 or $1/$3 NLH). What tournaments will give me the best bang for my buck? Tournament I’m thinking $100-150 buy-ins, decent competition but if I play sound poker playing for 5-6 + hours.
If I still have anyone’s attention at this point in my question I’d also like some advice on the cash games as well. Where do you like to play?
We are staying at the MGM but will have a car so can go anywhere. I land at 8:30 Friday October 23 and head back home Monday afternoon. Any advice is appreciated.