Damaged my bank roll in 8 day poker run!
Tried the $20 trick at check-in at the Golden Nugget and it worked. They moved us to the "gold tower" which I assume is an upgrade.
Just a couple of key experiences...
Tried some .50/$1 nlhe at Bill's. I am normally TAG but used this game to experiment with a LAG style for a $90 profit in a couple of hours. I thought it funny that a burnt out looking dude bought in for $20 and put on sunglasses. I guess he didn't want to burn through a Jackson by offering up some tells...
Played a few sessions at Aria. Always a good room and I made $700 over a couple of sessions there. On Friday night, I got in the 1/3 nlhe list that had 45 names on it. The staff was great, they started cash games on tables as tourny tables broke. I was seated at a table right next to a table where Shaun Deeb, Phil Hellmuth, one of the Mizrachi brothers and a couple more guys were playing Chinese Poker.
I played the WSOP Daily Deepstack $235 tourney but only got a couple of hands and busted when I jammed AJ into AQ.
I played one of the Golden Nugget Grand Series $125 (+$10 add on) events. This is absolutely the best structure I've seen for a low limit tourny. I was doing well for over 10 hours keeping about an average stack most of the time. We had just consolidated to 2 tables, 20 remaining, 18 to get paid, when I got TT. Lady in front of me jams preflop. I figured this was my spot to try to get chipped up so I called all in. She turns over the other two tens. This was somewhat of a relief until the board ran out with four diamonds, giving her a flush. What are the odds, I mean seriously, what are the odds?
Ran into some bad luck at Bellagio while playing 2/5 nlhe. There were some LAGs there that I was hoping to trap. In one hand I check shoved with AK and ran into QQ which held up, leaving me stacked. Then in another hand I saw a flop and hit a set with 22 on a dry 10 high board. I bet, he raised, I 4 bet shoved my stack which was insta-called by TT. Let's all say it together, "awwww, set over set". Theses two hands made the difference between a break even trip and a losing trip.
Played the $100 no rake AVP tourney. I nearly doubled up by hitting a set of fours but then ran my KK into AA. Then I realized how tired I was and that I needed to pack for my flight the next day so I spewed off the rest of it and rolled on the crowded Deuce back to the G-Nugg.
In other threads, I've recommended using the Deuce to get around the strip. I still recommend it but this time the crowds and slow traffic made it unenjoyable. I do recommend using the city bus to go to and from the airport, about 30 minutes and $2 each way..
Great trip... Next time I'll stay on the strip and play the aria more often...