I came into Vegas on the 10th. I had a 8pm flight out of San Diego. I had 2 beers and dinner while waiting for the plane, which was a little late. Got into Vegas about 20-30 minutes late. Airport was quick for a change and no line for cabs. I was at the Wynn much earlier than I thought. I had three free nights at the Wynn, and decided to make that my home over the next 5 nights. After checking in, I walked over to the Venetian to sign up for the DSE on the 11th. After signing up it was only about 10:30-11, so I went over to TI to play a little NL. Uneventful session. It was actually fairly short and I lost about $80. I went back over to the Wynn, and actually went over to Encore to check things out. I played a little BJ, and actually made a quick $500. I cashed out and went to bed after my heater at BJ.
After eating at the Wynn buffet, and a quick stop at TI, I went over to the Venetian. I arrived prior to 11am, so I sat in a 2-5NL while I waited for the tournament to start. I ended up making $170, again it was a fairly uneventful session, although it had a whole lot more action than you would normally expected in a 2-5NL mid-week. I took my seat in the tournament. My track record at the Venetian tournaments is on par with Yappy's at the Venetian. I pretty much make money at everywhere else in tournaments and then find ways to lose at the Venetian. This tournament in the end would not be any different. I drew a pretty good table, and I slowly built my chip stack. As the dinner break approached I had about $66K and was one of the largest stacks at my table, but the table I was on did not have a lot of large stacks (2 Dealers made a comment about where the chips were). The tournament had 660 runners. I got involved in a pot with a kid from Germany where I put him on AQ, and I had JJ and I thought I could push him out. He eneded up having KK, and the money went in pre-flop. He consdiered a fold pre-flop as I had pushed all-in and he thought I had AA. I was down to under $20K after failing to improve the pocket jakcs. I was out in about 140th place just before the dinner break.
I went back to the Wynn after the tournament and I decided to go check out the action at the Rio. I had dinner at McFaddens. I was not impressed to be honest. I checked out each room as I walked back to the Amazon Room. The first room had a nightly tournament with Jose Canseco playing. Boy I wish I could have found Jose in a game. He doesn't play good and has a lot of cash. The next room I walked into had a HORSE event with a lot of name pros. I watch Daniel, Jennifer Harmen, Gavion Smith, Matusow, Todd Brunson, and a few others for about 20-30 minutes. I then went on my way to the Amazon room. A final table was going on, and they were down to the final 3 tables of 2-7 (Juanda and Binger were two of the players I saw playing). I sat down in a 2-5 NL game. The max buy-in was $500 and I bought in for the max and I was the short stack. First hand I pick up JJ. $40 pre-flop raise and three of us took the flop. Flop was A-J-X. I lead out for $75. I got one caller. Turn brought a Q. I bet $125, and he folded. I ended up losing a big pot with pocket ACES, when after making a large re-raise preflop, I got called. Flop was K-6-5 rainbow and we got the money in and he hit a set of 6's. I fall below the $500 minimum and bought back up to the full $500. I ended up losing about $300 in that sessions. I found the game to be good but I went card dead for the final 2-3 hours I played, but I had to get some sleep for the tournament on Friday.
The next morning I woke up and caught a ride with the famous Yappy Dave to the Golden Nugget for the NL series tournament they offered. The Clemson/UNLV talk was in full force almost the entire ride. Since we signed up right at NOON, which was the same time the tournament started, Yappy and I ended up at the same table. He was in seat 8, and I was in 9. Meanwhile I kept texting Alaska Gal to give her updates if I was going to make the 7pm dinner on Friday night. Early on, Yappy was playing well and I thought he was going to make this one kid cry with about 2-3 check raises. The kid couldn't catch a break. I didn't get much going on that table. I think I actually lost a little over $1K, but they moved Yappy and broke the table shortly after that. The move was great for me. I chipped out quickly on my new table and built my stack to over $15K, when I picked up pocket J's and won a big pot. I was pushing $24K, which at the time was a good stack. While on this table Yappy ended up coming over and letting me know he got knocked out. I ended up on that table after another move or two. They broke that table shortly after that pot (Table 20-18- and now I get- 16). I ended up losing a big pot with AK against AA and some other hand, and that knocked me down to $10K. It didn't look good for me at that point, but on the last hand before the table broke I picked up pocket 3's and I pushed all-in pre-flop and won a race against AK. That got me to $26K. I got to my next table, and on the first hand I pick-up JJ and get it in against a smaller stack who has AK, and I win that race. Now I have $46K+. Game was on. At this point I started to push the action at the table. IT was basically myself and one kid from Germany (Not the same one from the Ventian) who were pushing the action. The only pots I seem to lose was against him. He had a monster stack. It was well over $100K. I went between $30-60K, and I had closer to $60K when that table broke. As we approached the dinner break I was pushing $70K and I texted Alaska Gal that I would not be making the dinner. They moved my friend from Germany to our table I we kept playing pots. It was 800-1600 with a 100 ante, and in my big blind he raised in the cut-off to $4,100. I looked down to 8d6d, and I made the call. He wasn't surprised with my call. Flop came Ad2d3d. I check, and he leads out $10K. I check raise to $30K, and he goes into the tank. He ends up folding the Kd face up. After the dinner break they broke that table and I was approaching $100K. I was playing a lot of pots making small raises and winning a lot of them without seeing flops, so my chip stack would grow slowly. On one hand at 1,500-3,000 I raised to $9K on the button and the dealer announced $7K. He made the call putting in another $4K. I quickly pointed out that he needed another $2K. He wasn't happy about that, and I knew his hand wasn't that strong. Flop came A,3,5. Good nut low, I lead out for $11K, and he quickly folded. In another hand I raised on the button with 10-9, and was called from the small blind. I made my 10 high straight on the turn and I check raised his $12K turn bet to $36K, and got called. I ended up winning a huge pot which put me well over $170K. He had pocket Kings. I went a little card dead at one point and I took about 5 hands off and one player at the table commented if I was feeling all right since I didn't raise. My raises were about 2.5x or so the big blind and since I was winning much more than I was losing I could build my stack. I got my stack up over $225K and we got down to the final 2 tables. I lost a pot worth almost $50K when my KJ lost to AQ. I now had about $175K. On this next hand I will discuss I look down at AQ on the button, and the blinds were 4K-8K, and two limpers call the $8K, and I raise on the button to $39K. This has been my other popular move after a couple of limpers to maker he raise in position and get the small stacks to fold their limping hands. The guy in the small blind commented that I had been doing this and knew I was doing it with nothing at some points and big hands at others, he pushes for $113K, everyone else folds, and I call. He flips over AQ. All right we can chop the $32K in blinds and antes. Flop coms two spades, he has the ace of spades, turn is another spade. Wait a minute, no, not like this, yep a SPADE ON THE RIVER. I got knocked out about 12 hands later when my A9 lost to a 34 when a 3 came on the river. I played a perfect tournament less the AK-AA hand early, and missing one value bet later.One of the other players commented on how well I played, and as I collected my winnings for finishing 14th, the tournament director was shocked I got knocked out as he said I was his horse for the tournament. I have since found out they chopped at the top 8. UGH.
Anyway I took a cab back to the strip, and walked from the Wynn to Bellagio. I couldn't sleep, and it was 2am. I played some 2-5NL at Bellagio for 2.5 hrs. I made over $300 at Bellagio. Friday was a good day. I went to bed about 5:30am.
The rest of the report will be posted later. Included a Mix Game table including Yappy Dave and Tony