First trip to Vegas in 10 years w/o kids so I was very excited. Wife and I both went but rented two cars! (We stayed in Green Valley with familiy)
I flew into Vegas on Tues am. Upgraded to 1st (only 17k miles+$75!) which was so worth it for the 5 hr flight. We were there Tues-Sat am of superbowl weekend so the entire city was hopping by Thurs afternoon.
From airport to Mandalay Bay for their small 3pm tourney, turned out real small.. noone showed up. So I played 1-2nl, table was super weak, readable. Won $215 in just 2 hours before dinner.
Went to bed Tues eve early (8pm!) and slept till 6am the next day.
Went to Planet Hollywood for their $50 10am (6k chips, 20 mins). 2 tables + 4 alternates. My best hand, AA in 3rd posn, raise to 1200 and two callers. Flop was 49A rbw, I bet 1k, 1 caller. Turn 7s. I bet 2500 and he shoves. I called and table Aces. He never showed and left before river was dealt.
After that I had 14k and struggled to maintain it till the final 7 (paid 5). There was suckout after suckout to keep people in it. Myself I shoved with 6k with A5. Called by 99 and board ran 510JQK, lol. Still I went out in 6th and then plan 1-2nl on the next table for an hour and broke even.
won $20 on the slots so I was +$185 total on the trip.
I went to the Venetian to play Omaha 8/b (8/16 half kill). I played monsterously loose and missed all my draws. Below through $560 in 3 hours. It was horrendous.
Wed eve I didn't play, late dinner.
Thursday I played the Orleans noon $80 NLH event (7500 chips). I thought it was 10am so I got there at 9am! Played 2 hours of NLH (lost $70). In the tourney I got AA early in 50/100 level, raise to 650 after 2 limpers. Two callers. Flop of 810J and I get 1500 and a guy shoves.
I felt he had to have a 9 with a pair but didn't want to go out early. I folded and he showed 8,Q! oy.. But just 10 hands later I got AA again and raised to 1500, got two callers. Shoved the flop and too it down, getting my stack back up.
Few misses and in level 3, 100/200 down to 6k already, a guy shoves for 3k, another calls. I shove for 6k with A9 and the same guy calls. The main pot is about 9k, my A-9 vs A-Q vs KK. The side pot was 7000, my A-9 vs KK. Flop brought an Ace but the river was a King!
Ugh, so I went to th Aria, hearing it's a good place to go. Wow what a nice room, nice chairs, GREAT waitress service and nice tables. I play 1-3nl and was about to change tables from 2 super aggro betters when theu both left. I went on a really nice run and ran $300 to $700.
I wanted to stay but I wanted to play the 7pm Orleans Omaha 8/b tourney ($75/7500 chips). that tourney was a lot of fun. I usually finish on the top 20 (of 100 or so). This time they only had 7 tables (and ~70 runners). Payed top 8. 8th was $20, 7th $250... 1st $1410.
My first table (table #2 so we didnt break up till the end) had 5 ladies at it. People were hitting it all and by the end of level 3 I had just 3900.
They added a 150/300 level which was nice (and later also a 3000/6000 level).
I wasn't hitting much and getting 1/4'd or counterfeitted. I folded every bad hand and played only premium hands. There were sooo many times I would have flopped a big hand, but would have lost. It was very interesting to see how smart play kept me in it.
This is how my stack faired at the start of each level, playing smart/tight.
I made it to final two tables, was low stacked and lated till we broke to the final table at 6k/12k level just as I was utg! nice!
One player had a single 1k chip but he drew the button! Fortunately I had no cards and folded the 3k and 6k blinds and two short stacks (1k guy too) went out and I was secured for 8th. With 9k everyone else had 50k+ so I went all in with QQ109 double suited but missed.
On Friday I met my cousin and played just an hour at Mirage (terrible service, dirty chips and bad chairs). I then went to Green Valley Ranch since I was having dinner there early and lost a few tough hands at 1,2nl (6 outered of a $200 pot, missed straight and flush draws on all in $480 pot...).
All in all a great trip, played cash Omaha too loose, and had good tourney experiences.
I def recommend the Aria for the chairs, service, chips, and decor.