Chipping Up Tour 2013.
10 days July 3 - 13, stayed at Monte Carlo, good location on the strip if you like to play Aria and Bellagio while being close to more touristy rooms
Played mainly 1/2 or 1/3 cash games with two sessions of 2/5. Also played a couple of tournaments.
Final tabled (of about 140) the final Binions Classic $125 tourney for a min cash of $265. Chopped the Excalibur $40 five ways for $120 each. Played one Aria tourney and busted out of the money after flopping bottom set 7s against top set of jacks and then getting finished off by same guy with QQ vs his AJ and the board ran out giving him quad jacks. Played the WSOP $235 daily deepstack and busted both times. In the second one I played, I was in the zone, making good plays, getting good value, and sitting on a two times average stack with blinds and antes at 300/800/1600. Got JJ UTG and raised, late position player 3-bet, I 4-bet, he shoved. I knew I was up against AA and figured I'd go big or go home and called. Board improved my outs by giving me a gutshot, but it was not meant to be. I them had 10 BB and shoved them into the pot when I got 44, but didn't improve and I hit the rail. I started avoiding tournies last year and focused mainly on cash games but played these tournies due to my cash games paying for the tournies.
For cash games, I played at Monte Carlo, Aria, WSOP side games at the Rio, Bellagio, Venetian, Orleans (4/8 Omaha), Hooters, Wynn, Planet Hollywood, Ballys, Mandalay Bay, MGM, and Caesars Palace.
Couple of notable hands.
At Wynn, I flopped bottom set (66) on a straightening and flushing board and got it in with about $400 and got stacked when opponent hit his flush draw.
Stacked a guy for $400 at Ballys when a board had QQQ on it and I had a Q in the hole for quads and he paired a K for a boat.
At MGM, I had KK and 4-bet preflop. The opponent moved all in. He was older and I hadn't seen him get out of line. I knew he had AA and mucked the cowboys face up. He didn't show, but I still am sure he had AA. Before this hand, he mentioned he works for AVP and I saw his name on the Bravo display to be Robert S. I tweeted to AVP to see if I could flush out some info on whether I read his hand right but they are not giving up the info (it's OK, I know).
Stopped by the Amazon Room at WSOP to see the bubble bust in the main event, pretty cool as the did the hand for hand.
Good trip with a net profit of $555.
Chipping Up Tour 2013.