Arrived in Vegas on the afternoon of 4/12 and headed over to Mandalay Bay for their 6 pm tourney. Last year I played in their 30 10 am tourney and won it so I thought I'd try again. First off the management there was excellant, much nicer yet still extremely professional than what I remebered (last time in Vegas i didn't even play there.) I'm glad I want back.
Arrived at about 4 and asked Mardi about comps she said $5 from the Turf Deli after four hours of play, cool. After about two hours and down $39.00 the Tourney starts. Very low chip stack, 500 but 10-10 blinds at every twenty minutes. Almost like my home game that we play tourney style so I am very comfortable. There are thirty players, with $675.00 going to first. The competition is pretty weak and all the aggresiver players start throwing around chips while I wait patiently which the blind levels allowed me to do. I get to the final table with the chip lead and play pretty aggressively and lay off when i have to and win the tourney after about two hours.
After that i was kinda Hungry and asked if I could get the comp even thought I knew the tourney was not included in the comp time. Richard gave it to me with a smile as he knew I gave a pretty good tip $60.00 to the dealers for winning the tourney. Nice touch, I'll be back.
I played four other sessions there over friday and saturday winning over $200.00 each time. I had other things to do and decided this time that after doubling my money I would get out (unless it looked really good) reather than giving the money back. This made for a very profitable trip, making about $1,400 playing no lime and that one tourney.
Mandalay has some really soft players who are pretty easy to spot and with good timing you can do pretty well. Good luck all!