I arrived at 10:40 and by 11:05 was in my seat in the TI tournament where I joined M who had bought both of us in. Lasted a couple hours before busting out nowhere near the money.
After a quick bite of lunch, it was time for 1/3 cash game. I flopped sets twice and got paid, but neither opponent had a deep stack. After I couple of hours, we started a 3/6 mix game heads up with Bagudi, Chinese Poker, Double Flop Omaha, and Crazy Pineapple. Eventually we got up to five players when LasVegasMichael himself joined us. I lost my shirt making stupid plays in double flop Omaha and Bagudi (tip: don’t fold a pat 7) but had fun doing it. I highly recommend trying the mix game and at 3/6 you can afford to drink and play at the same time.
At 9:30 we switched back to no limit where I won a very interesting hand in a splash pot (details in the forum) in an otherwise uninteresting session. Crashed about 3 AM.
Got up early to play Mandalay Bay’s 11 AM Crazy Pineapple tournament. It was horribly run and thus sucked; see my comments in the tournament forum and my room review. Then I got felted twice in the cash game – once with QQ vs. KK (see the strategy discussion) and another with a monster draw that missed. So much for yesterday’s winnings.
Went back to TI and played for a while at a tough table where I never could hit a flop. After dinner M and I walked next door to Mirage for 1/2 NL. While waiting for a seat, we sat in a 3/6 game. After literally one hand they called us for a new 1/2 table; making that was my best session of the day only down $6. We played for just an hour as we weren’t too crazy about the room, but boy was there lots of action. There were some bad players at the table, including the guy next to me who said he’d never played no limit live before, but I couldn’t get in a pot against them.
Crossed the street to Venetian which is the nicest room in Vegas. Finally hit some flops and made some money until the game broke about 3 AM. Headed for bed but not before a brief nightcap in the TI poker room.
Slept in. Went downstairs to play TI’s NL game for a few hours before we headed to Planet Hollywood for the Grinder tournament. I’d heard good things about PH’s tournaments but however “the Grinder” was in Europe and that tournament lacks the same good structure as their $60 buy-in. M donked out early and when the antes kicked it became an all in fest and I took a big hit when my all-in pre-flop AQ lost to AJ. Busted out just short of the final table. Room was pretty dead other than the tournament.
Went back to TI for quick bite and Canter’s before joining Yappy Dave in a mix game which was a blast. About 1:55 we started talking about joining the 2 AM tournament but there was only one spot left. By the time we jumped in at 2:45, it was double up or go home – I went home and Yappy doubled up on the same hand and went on to win the tournament.
M and I played a brief four-handed session at TI before checking out the action and view at Wynn. Cashed out a nice profit though much of it on a three-outer. Wound up back at TI for my final four hours, playing next to LVM. Just as I started running good and plugging the holes in my game, it was time to head to the airport.
Could have stayed another four days and not been bored. I can’t wait until next time though don't know when that will be. I'm glad to see TI is finally a happening place with the mix game running on a regular basis.