Arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday May 13, with my mother who gets a free trip to Vegas every year on Mother's Day on me. My wife stays at home but she doesn't mind because she practically never sees me anyways and she doesn't like to gamble. My brother drives in from L.A. and picks us up at the airport and off we go to check in at the Flamingo.
Made it to the checkout desk using our Total Rewards player cards in no time flat (the other line was VERY long but there is a line for gold card members which nobody uses). We get the standard room but was offered an upgrade for like $20 more a nite (we were staying the week for free on comps anyways so why bother). Up to the room, change, and off we go to play. My mom and bro head off to play slots and its the poker room for me. I get seated at a 1-2NL and its off to the races. Played very tight till I could get a read on the players and finally finished up my session for 3 hours about $420.
I like the Flamingo Poker Room, it has been expanded, and the dealers are very knowledgeable except for 1 girl (no names please) who was more interested in chatting it up with every player at the table and forgetting to deal the turn and river until told to do so by someone at the table. The Poker Room was busy every day and at all times, and you guys were right when you said the cocktail service was fast, the bar is like right there!
Day 2 went over to Harrah's to play a little and find out about tourneys but the place was like a morgue and this was at 4pm. 3 tables going and no waiting so had to play short-handed at 1-2NL
with a guy who thought he was Mr. Poker analyzing every hand, telling everybody their mistakes, and just being a general pain in the ass. Played about 45 minutes and left down about $40 and went back to the Flamingo to play in the 6pm tourney ($65 buy-in). 4 tables got started and I finish in 27th I could not catch a card!
Oh well off to play some Pai-Gow. Great game if you just want to sit back, relax and get totally ripped. Played the fortune bonus and hit a straight flush that paid $250 during that session.
Day 3 played more poker at the Flamingo and my brother even took a stab at it playing a little 2-4 HE. I sat down at the 1-2NL and proceeded to donk off about $300 before I said enough is enough it's not getting any better; grabbed my brother and mom and walked across the street to the Mirage and ate dinner at Cravings (buffet).
Simply awesome! At the salad area all you do is point to what you want in your salad and they hand make it for you. Best buffet in Vegas as far as I'm concerned and I've had the m all. Finished dinner and went over to the Poker Room to play in the $230 NLHE Poker Showdown Event. Played only premium hands for the first couple of orbits when I finally caught jacks wired on the button. 2 players go all in short stacked and its up to me so I call. They turn over A-Q, both of them, and start joking about a split pot
when the flop comes 3-2-J rainbow and they both shake my hand when no improvement helps. Made it to the break and when I come back to take my seat I recognize the dealer from my home town. We make a little small talk and the very first hand he deals me is Kings in middle position. 2 limpers in front of me so I make it 2k to go and the button pushes all-in. He has me covered so I hope to double up so I call and he turns over A-7 non suit and jokes he just wants to steal. You know the story, the Ace hits on the flop and I'm done. Oh well, shake his hand and I'm off to
play at the Flamingo again. Mirage still has a great room and it is all business. The WPT Heads-up Tourney was going on at the time so I did hang around to watch some of the pros. Elizra, Jacobs, Scotty, Gavin Smith just to name a few.
Day 4 just played around at the Flamingo a little including an 8 hour stint at the Pai Gow table hitting alot of flushes and full houses for bonus pays. It was about 12:45am and my brother says he's kinda tired and wants to get some sleep so I said I'd play a little poker. Walked over to the Flamingo poker room and wanted to play 1-2NL but Jim (poker mgr) said I would be next on the list but 2-4 had a seat open. I said OK bought in for a rack (100) and sat down in the #4 seat. Very first hand I get is a J-9 hearts suited so I call. #8 seat raises to $4 and gets 2 callers plus me. Flop comes Qh-Qs-10h. Check to me and I check #8 bets $2, gets 3 callers including me. Turn card is the 8d so I hit the straight. Check-Check to me I bet out $4 and the #8 seat says raise all in with his last $4 dollars. Fold-Fold to me and of course I call. He turn over pocket Queens! He flopped Quads! I turn over my J-9 of hearts and everyone sees that this could be the bad beat hand. I look at Luis the dealer and said "no pressure here but a King or 8 of hearts would be really great at this time". We sat there for about minute before he finally took a deep breath and slapped the river card on the table. THE KING OF HEARTS! WE HIT THE BAD BEAT MEGA JACKPOT! The table exploded yelling and screaming, high fiving, but it was enough to bring over the floor. When they saw what had happened Harry (Mgr.) announced that play at all tables was to be stopped at the end of the hand and he got on the phone. #8 (Brian, I knew his name now) ordered champagne for the table and we were on a huge high. 40 minutes later they finally verified the win and announced the payouts $21,344 for the quad Queens, $14,229 for my hand and $312 each for everybody playing in 6 Harrah's properties. I also won the high hand bonus of $364 which I cashed in and handed it to Luis as his tip. Great guy, good dealer. What a night, got paid in yellow thousand dollar chips, and was escorted by security over to the cashiers cage. This was the first ever live action poker bad beat jackpot on the Strip awarded by the Flamingo. All I can say is what a trip, it's going to be tough to repeat this one!