For the first time ever, I took an extended 11-day trip to Las Vegas. I wanted to have time to check out a bunch of different rooms, rather than sticking to 4 or 5 favorites and also get to see the WSOP in person. Played a lot of poker, mainly cash games, and spent a lot of time at the WSOP -- playing side cash games and watching some of the pros, but not playing any events. Even $1000 is still a bit too rich for my blood, and the satellites looked like crap shoots.
I couldn't possibly write a full trip report in one post but I'll hit some highlights and then try to add on a day-by-day report. Was mainly playing on the strip, but got to Hard Rock, Rio (of course), and made a couple of trips downtown. Had a very unique experience at El Cortez (don't laugh) and played one of Binion's deep stack tournaments. Ran into and played alongside a number of AVP/Facebook friends. Saw about 20 poker rooms over the course of the trip. Also got to see EA 27 in person. I was up a lot the first week -- including a couple of huge cashes, then hit some coolers and didn't play as well the second week and gave it all back and finished the trip down a bit.
I stayed at Alexis Park the first week and Imperial Palace the second week. The middle of my trip was Memorial Day weekend and everything was crazy. I think IP wanted $200 for Saturday night and I couldn't fathom 11 days at IP. Also wanted to see what it was like to stay off-strip, non-gaming property. I arrived Monday afternoon, got my rental car and headed to Alexis Park to check in and get settled. Alexis Park is a fairly nice extended stay properly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel. I was actually fairly impressed for the $59/night I paid and the place was deserted during the week. OK, on to poker.
Once settled I headed to Wynn as I hadn't played there in a about four trips. Played an uninteresting session for a couple hours and cashed out down $2. Headed to Mirage for the 7 PM tournament and for dinner and Carnegie Deli. Dinner was good, tournament wasn't. Busted midway through and never got anything going. Was so long ago that I don't remember much except that dealers were pretty mediocre. Played 1/2 NL for a couple hours and made back $20. Took the tram next door to TI and lost $80 in 1/3. It was 12:45, I hadn't been feeling so great so I decided to make it an early night. Tried to take the tram back to Mirage but apparently they shut it down 15 minutes early. Had a long walk/drive home when I really wanted to crash. Day 1: Not much going on, down $60 cash, 0/1 in tournaments.
Day 2: At 10 AM, headed to Mirage where I knew there'd be a game Tuesday AM. Got into a game next to LasVegasMichael and headed to Starbucks for some breakfast. Played a brutal session -- kept playing well and missing or getting drawn out and adding on another 100. Aside from a small pot to LVM, I don't think there were any hands I played poorly. TheOD was at the neighboring table and we were having an informal contest to see who could get stuck more; unfortunately that was the only thing I won that day. Cashed out down $400+ and headed to Venetian to see if I'd fare better there. And I knew running bad was starting to affect my game. Played at V from 4 to 11:30 with just a 45 minute break for dinner (good food, horrible service at Noodle Asia). Was down a couple hundred pretty quickly but ground back to almost even. Needed a change, but wasn't tired so headed to IP for a couple hours and made a quick $100. Typical easy IP game.
Day 2: Down $400, -$460 for the trip.
Wednesday would be a better day. My friend Meier flew in for a few days and I knew that would change some things since he's an action player. To be continued once the trip report is posted...