Hey guys, with summer vacation having started and having gotten blessings from the wife, I decided to plan this trip to Vegas from 6/24-6/28 for some WSOP action. I've never been out here when the WSOP has been in full swing, so I'm pretty excited!
I've got a 3k poker bankroll and will mostly be grinding the cheaper STTs and daily deepstack tournies at the Rio, possibly with some treks out to the strip to check out some of the other tourney series taking place - Aria is always a favorite. Even though I don't like them as much, I've had much better results in cash games than tournies on recent trips, so that'll probably work its way into my schedule as well.
If things go well, I'm contemplating a shot at the $1500 event on Thursday, just for the experience of playing in a bracelet event. I'm also looking forward to sweating the One Drop event; I don't come out here very often and I've never been at the peak of the WSOP, so I'm not above pro-gawking!
I'm staying at the Rio, which should be pretty convenient for my plans. The less often I have to set foot outside in the vegas summertime, the better.
I plan on doing live updates as the week progresses, so feel free to follow along....
After going on super-epic-monkeytilt from the Bruins' collapse in the Stanley Cup finals I decide to head downstairs to donk around for a little while. Curiously, for the third time since I've been here in barely as many hours, I saw someone exit the elevator on my floor, then do the quick 'omg this isnt the lobby!' dance before sheepishly lurking back in.....especially remarkable since I'm up on the 14th floor. I guess Vegas does weird things to people's observation abilities!
I'm instantly taken by the size and scope of the pavilion room, as it is operating in full force. As a big Red Sox fan, I can (almost) compare it to the feeling of entering Fenway Park; it's this big place you read about/see on TV where a lot of monumental things have occurred, yet seeing it in person gives it a whole new meaning. Of course the best part is that in the pavilion, you can actually get out there on 'the field' and take batting practice with the superstars
I wander around for a little bit, sweating some of the events going, then check out the action in the high limit cash area. Among the active players I observe are Vanessa Selbst and Men 'the Master'. I also see Chris Moneymaker wandering around, looking as though he hasn't slept since his main event victory.
STT #1 ($125)
Finally I decide to splash around a little and head over to the single table satty podium just as cards are being dispersed for a $125. I grab one and go to pay, grabbing six 20s and a 5 from my wallet. The cashier gives me a weird look, before I realize that two of those 20s were actually 100s and quickly correct my mistake (annnnnnnnnd we're off!). I find my table and the cards are soon in the air. A player opens with a raise to 75 ahead of me at 25-25 blind levels and I make the easy fold with 54 offsuit in middle position for the first hand of the trip. The raise is called in 3 spots, after which the dealer spreads an A-3-2 rainbow flop (annnnnnnd we're off!). I fold a few more hands before waking up to AA utg. I bump it up to 75 and am delighted when the player to my direct left re-pops it to 225. It folds back to me and I smooth-call, planning to check-shove most safe flops. The dealer obliges me with a 10d-8s-3s, to which I follow through and shove over my opponent's 250 bet. He paused for a minute and then makes the call, flipping over AsKd. The dealer peels a 10 on the turn and I begin to pat myself on the back over my early double-up, before hearing a chorus of gasps and then realizing that the turn & river were both spades and that I had been runner runner flushed. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd we're off!
STT #2 ($175)
Not to be deterred, I grab a seat card for an upcoming 175 and take my seat. A couple hands in, I pick up QQ and 3bet an early raiser to 225. The big blind then takes a deep breath and cold 4-bets to 500, veins a-throbbing. The initial raiser folds and I just dont see him as capable of making a move with worse, so I lay it down. He shows KK and I feel a bit better. A few hands later, I pick up AK and raise to 100 over a limper. The limper leads out into the 10-9-7 heart flop, I don't have a heart so I sigh and fold. Down to 625 and having just achieved the grand milestone of surviving the first level of one of these, i wake up to KK in the cutoff and shove over an early position limper. It folds back to the limper, who snapcalls and of course shows AA. But I went from 9th place in the previous one to 8th place in this one, so I'm moving in the right direction!
I decide that I'm tired from the drive and residual lack of sleep from the previous weekend (did an overnight relay race up in utah) so I linger around the high-stakes area before retreating back to the room to say goodnight to the wife and write this up. I really cant be too upset over any of the hands played, as they were all pretty straightforward spots. If anything I'm quite proud of my amazing feat of variance! It takes a great deal of talent to be dealt AA, KK, QQ, and AK in under a half hour of playing time and lose every bloody one of them! Lots more to come tomorrow, so here's hoping it's all out of my system.