|Las Vegas Trip Report|
What was supposed to be a trip with my wife to party (and most likely little poker) turned into a poker trip for me when she tore her calf muscle a few days prior to leaving, and she was unable to walk. As we were already on the hook for ½ of our MGM Signature condo, and I was able to get her flight back (used Southwest points, love Southwest) for the first win of the trip, a poker trip for me was in order. I flew into Vegas Saturday morning, arriving at about 9 am. Decided some 3/6 at the Mirage sounded good (I’ve always liked the Mirage room), so I headed directly there after dropping my bag at Signature. Had to wait just a bit, then they started a new table. I’ve always liked the Mirage early morning crowd, as it’s a fairly tight bunch of players and I’ve always found it easy to control the action. After a few hours, I had yet to show a losing hand, and played until about 3:30, cashing out +270. I did get to play the video poker promotion once when my aces were cracked, but made out with the minimum of $50. New promotion with aces cracked or high hand of the hour, players seemed to like it even though I only saw/heard of one spin winning more than the minimum. Went back, checked in, quick rest and dinner, and headed back to Venetian for some 4/8. About 1/3 of the table was some regulars that I recognized – I actually like seeing regulars as I have a very good memory of how they play. Unfortunately, the poker gods were not in my favor – first hand, bb I have 9/10s, raise and reraise, with one unknown guy calling, so pot was right for a call. Flop was jackpot – 678 rainbow. I check, bet/raise, unknown guy calls the 2 bets, I raise, one folder, 2 callers. Next card – 9: I bet, fold, unknown guy raises. I just call, thinking chop, river is a blank, he bets, I call – he shows j/10 off for the win. That summed up how the night went – nothing missed against me, to the tune of -$315. About midnight, I head over to Mirage – nothing happening for the first 3 hours in 3/6, then I start mashing, and leave about 6:30 up $170.