I've just returned from a weekend trip to Las Vegas, where I was out to play some tournaments and to meet some of the holdemradio people. A very fun trip, overall.
I arrived Thursday afternoon, about 20 minutes before I checked in to the El Cortez in downtown Vegas. So lunch while I waited. I met up with Goober from holdemradio (who beat me in the October points, damn him), who I was splitting costs with for the room. The El Cortez was for the most part very nice. It has been recently renovated and the rooms were clean and neat (though housekeeping was still in progress when we got to our room). They have wireless, but it costs $12 per day. :( The downtown area of Vegas is not the place to go for free wireless in general, as neither the Starbucks or McDonalds in the downtown area had it. But it only cost me $270 for 4 nights, which I split in half with Goober.
On to poker. I played the 8pm tourney at Binions and ended up 3rd, a $400 win for a $110 buyin. The big hand was when I had J9os in the SB against the BB. Normally I would raise to steal, but I wanted to find out if he would steal against me, so I limped, and he merely checked. The flop was T64 rainbow. I bet to steal and he reraised me, but only the minimum. Because of that, I called. The turn was a J. I checked, he bet, and I reraised him all in. He thought about it for a long time and finally called and showed a T8os. He got no help and I doubled up.
I also had a lucky misplay. The button raises about 3.5x and the small blind calls all in for less than that. I look down in the BB with JJ. I should have reraised big here to push out the button (who later said he would have called anyway), but instead I merely call since the button to that point had been pretty tight. The flop is 2Q7 rainbow. I would normally bet here as well, but didn't. The button bets the pot and I have to think and finally lay down. The button shows 22 for a set of 2s and takes it down. No J came, so I would have lost. Even thought I only lost the minimum, this hand annoyed me since I played it wrong, even if it would have knocked me out.
That same button is the one who took me out. I made the final table in decent shape, but when we were down to 5 players I was short stacked and just looking for a spot to push. I end up getting two lucky suckouts to get a respectable stack again when we're 3 handed. I then get JJ. The button player (who is now to my right and not playing tight at all) raised preflop and I push. He thinks a moment and calls with K3s. Both a K and a 3 flop and I get knocked out in 3rd. Still, I've won enough to pay for the rest of the tourneys I plan to play.
Friday, I played in the 2pm Binions tourney. I played tight and ended up running my QQ into aces and got knocked out shortly before the second break. Friday night, I played in the holdemradio Cake tourney which had $2500 added, making it a big payday. Unfortunately, every time I could double up, I immediately donked the money right back. I did get quad aces though, but also called an all in with 99 only to find myself against AA.
Saturday, the 2pm 10k gtd at Binions. This tourney was going normally until... I'm in the small blind with K3s and raise to steal. Only... the UTG had limped in. Oops. The BB folds and the UTG calls. A flop of QJ6 and I bet to see if the UTG hit. The UTG reraises me and I have to fold. This tilted me a bit since I didn't realize that the UTG was in the hand (which I'm normally very good about). I get 78s on the button and merely limp in. I catch a flush draw, but have to fold on the turn when the BB bets big. I then get JJ, raise a limper, but the flop is Axx and when the limper checks, I go all in, and the limper calls with AQ and knocks me out. I was doing well in the tourney, but suddenly collapsed. Oops. I also had a last longer bet going with 6 others, but there were two ahead of me when I got knocked out.
Saturday night, many of the holdemradio people played in the Fitzgeralds 9pm tourney which was a $50+$20+$20 with rebuy and addon. Joe Rose (Bundas) who organized this event and a similar one in May (where he was first out) ended up chopping the win. Most of the holdemradio pirates were at different tables (there were 3 tables total), but I ended up with Wade at my table. Early on, my good hands missed the flop, but aggressive play let me take down pots. Later on, I started hitting flops and very good hands and knocked out a few people to get myself in very good position for when the blinds suddenly accelerated. At the final table, I played tight til I was short stacked, but managed to sneak into the money in 4th place.
Sunday, I played a $40 sit and go at the Plaza and ended up chopping with win. Not really any hands to report, except the 88 that I folded which would have flopped a set and become a boat. There had been 3 limpers and I folded instead of limping as well. Oh well.
I also played the 2pm 10 gtd at Binions on Sunday. I start with a gift from the poker gods. One of the most passive tournaments tables I've ever seen. Nobody besides me ever raised preflop. Most of my bets made people fold. But I screwed up and ended up calling some reraises, that cost me most of the profit I won. I was even after the first break. After that, we got a more aggressive player at the table, which allowed me to play my more normal game. I flop two sets and pull in a lot of chips.
The first set, I limp in with several others with 22. The flop is A2x with two spades. I limp, get a bettor and call and get another caller, but...
I acted too soon. There was someone ahead of me who had not acted. The dealer had burned a card, but then we sorted out the missed action (he folded) and everyone else's call stood. Then the dealer burned a card and put out a third spade. But then everyone realized that he had burned two cards. So the floor was called and the 2nd burn card became the new turn card. It was an off suit J. I bet 2k and everyone folded. One player had said that the third spade had made her flush. So a dodged bullet there.
I get up to about 25k in chips after the 3rd break and then go completely card dead. The 25k slowly dwindles away, but I manage to sneak into the money at 14th, to basically recover my buyin.
I also played another $40 SnG at the Plaza, but my AA got cracked by AK when two Ks flopped.
Overall, my tournament play was pretty good with 4 cashes in 7 events. I need to learn to read people's hands better and to discipline myself better.
My cash game results were less good, but not unexpected since I was playing mostly 2/4 and 3/6 limit, with on 2/4 Omaha8 session.
One of the wildest live 2/4 limit hands I've ever seen... On a flop of QQ2, two players bet at it. A 7 on the turn, and they bet and call. A 2 on the river. One bets, the other reraises, they keep reraising each other, till they ask about all in. The dealer says it's allowed heads up, so they end up all in. The allin shows Q7 for the best possible boat, but the other player then shows quad 2s and takes down a pot over $100 (at 2/4 limit!)
I got to meet up with a few friends that I met in May and meet a few new pirates, including Khayless who is very Scot and a great guy. I also met Frank, who is my cohost on the Monday tourneys that I broadcast.
The return shuttle to the airport never showed up and I ended up having to take a taxi to the airport. I would not recommend taking the shuttle to the airport (though from the airport is good). But all in all a great trip and a bit profitable. Now hopefully the usual trend will continue and my online game will improve after live poker.
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