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Vegas Trip Report – Part II

You can find Part I of this Vegas Trip Report here.

I forgot to mention in the previous entry that one of the activities I got to do while at work functions was to take a tour of the Red Rock Canyon. I highly recommend doing that if you have an extra few hours to spend. Our tour guide looked just like that PBS painter Bob Ross, he was a bit more up beat about it and had lots to say about the vegetation and elevations and stuff. The views were just incredible. Being somewhat of a gin drinker, I was surprised to see juniper bushes. Some say the berries smell like Christmas, I disagree, I think they smell like gin.

My point for bringing this up is that at the TI tournament that I entered, I arrived a bit early and saw a different guy who also looked kind of like Bob Ross. Same hair and everything. He seemed like a nice enough guy who was local and was saying how very few of the local casinos have bounty tournaments these days. Based on our discussion, he seemed to be a profitable player who likes to play the occasional bounty tournament to mix it up. When the tournament started, it was two full tables, he happened to be at my table sitting just to my left. Being that he seemed pretty competent, I was hoping he’d be to my right. Oh well, at least I had somewhat of a read on him before even starting. The guy to my right looked like Leslie Nielsen, only a little bit older. For a while I was convinced it actually was, except that his voice was almost a spot on Paul Newman.

Structure for this tournament is pretty decent for a $125 tournament. There are 30 minute blind levels and 6000 starting chips. The first blind level is 25-50. As usual I started out pretty tight to see how everyone plays. The guy who looked like Bob Ross seemed like a pretty typical TAG player. When he hit, he would probably bet a bit too much, probably because in live poker everyone loves to chase. As for the guy who looked like Leslie Nielsen he basically just knew the rules, but had a tough time figuring out the value of his hand relative to what was on the board. So if he had a flush on a 4 to a flush board and he only had a 2 in his hand, he’d bet it hard. I was happy to have him to my right. It was kind of annoying when the antes kicked in though because he had to be constantly told to ante up. He did mention that he was more of a blackjack player anyway – it sounded like he was fairly proficient at counting, but didn’t make it a habit so he could continue playing.

At one point I was dealt QQ, raised it up, and got a couple of callers. The board was dry, I continuation-bet, got one caller, bet on the dry turn and it was folded, so I chipped up a bit. Not a whole lot happened after that. I drew to a flush at one point. The Bob Ross guy continued playing straight forward. The Leslie Nielsen guy kept playing very odd and calling light, occasionally sucking out to stay alive.

After the first hour, there was a break, I was up to around 9000 and it was still two tables with 18 players or so. The next couple of hours were really quite uneventful, I don’t even remember much of the hands, I did hit trips at one point which kept me going as the blinds crept up. The Bob Ross guy got moved to the other table (which seemed to be playing much more aggressively since more people were being knocked out there). The Leslie Nielsen guy eventually got knocked out after calling some dumb bets. I managed to chip up to around 10,000 when we finally combined into one table.

At the final table, the Bob Ross guy had by far the chip lead. I guess he is pretty competent or just super lucky. Blinds were really starting to creep up at this point. I was losing chips from blinds and the antes. Finally I looked down and see AK with a raise in front of me. I pushed all-in, and had one guy behind me hemming and hawing about what to do. Eventually he pushes too. We all flip over our cards. The original raiser shows KJ – excellent lets skip the jacks okay? The guy behind me flips over pocket sixes – crap, lets see an ace or a king. Flop gives me an Ace and I triple up knocking out the guy with KJ and get a bounty. At this point, I know have a stack where I can actually do some damage. One guy sitting across from me was somewhat annoying complaining about how much the blinds keep going up. He seemed like a competent player, just one of those stereotypical whiny players who always has a bad beat story to top somebody else’s.

Not too much happened after that other than blinds creeping up some more and an occasional short stack pushing and not getting any action. Eventually we got down to 4 players and everyone was essentially even except the Bob Ross guy who had almost twice what everyone else had. The annoying guy mentioned a 4 way chop. I was fine with that, so was everyone else. I was expecting to give the Bob Ross guy a bit extra since he had more, but surprisingly he was really cool about it and didn’t want any extra. He had about 6 bounties in addition to the chop, so he still came out with the most. We all tipped the dealers $15 and with the bounty I got plus my own bounty, I ended up with about $325, so a profit of about $200 or so. While we were getting paid, I shook Bob Ross’s hand and told him that he did not have to settle for a four way chop. He said that it was pretty much a crap shoot anyway and he didn’t want to be rude. Even still, if it were me, I would have wanted some more. Maybe I’m just a rude.

After the tournament, I played the 1-3 game and made another $100 or so and went to bed. One guy was drunk pretty bad and could barely play, I only got about $50 from him before he gave up. Other than that, not much else worthy of talking about.

The next day, I woke up pretty late and always wanted to try In N’ Out Burger. So I needed some fresh air and just some quiet time to myself not to mention some exercise, so I walked about three miles to the closest one to TI. When I got there, it was super crowded and there weren’t any seats. I got the double double (I didn’t get lucky like Homer Simpson when he was working for Mayor Quimby and ordered the double double, but got the “Double Double, Double Double” instead). It was pretty good. It’s no Five Guys good, but still better than average. I was feeling too lazy to walk all the way back, so I walked over to the Palace Station casino and hailed a cab back to TI.

Later that day, I sat back down at the 1-3 table at TI and played for a bit with not much happening. Then one of the more bizarre hands I’ve had came up. I was dealt AJs while UTG. I raised to 10, there was a call and a reraise to 25, I call and the other guy calls. Flop comes AQT. I lead out thinking I have AT and I flopped two pair. It gets raised, and I call and the third guy calls. The turn is a king. I check, still thinking I have AT. Guy to my left bets small, it gets raised again. I look back at my cards and think “Oh wait, I has a straight” I raise again, and both players call. River was a blank, and I push AI and the other two fold.

So I made about $300 or so that hand. I chip up some more and end up about $500. Then it goes down hill.

I’m dealt KK while in the big blind. A limper or two, dealer raises, I reraise, dealer calls. Flop is 247, I bet. Dealer puts in a big raise. I put him on a mid over pair, but not 7′s he seemed like the type to slow play that. I push him all in. He calls and flips over 24. Nice hand sir, wasn’t expecting that. Next two cards brick. I couldn’t even get the non 2,4 cards to pair. Then after that I just kept slowly bleeding from being card dead, suck outs and second best hands. One lady at the table was starting to get her drink on and was kind of boisterous and funny. She eventually leaves. I continue on for hours essentially back to even.

On one of the other tables was that same lady, only now she’s super drunk and was playing limit. She was fairly loud, which wasn’t too big of a deal, except apparently she would shove all in, despite it being a limit game. Eventually the other players got fed up with her and management kicked her out. She made a huge stink about it and lots of passers by stopped to see what was going on. She was swearing and swinging and security had to escort her out.

Anyway, I ended up leaving being up only five bucks for all that time. That damn 2,4 hand just changed my momentum. The next day I only had an hour or two to play before my flight home. I sat down just as the first table was starting, it was just 2-4 limit. My first five hands were all premium, AA AK AJ KK AQ. Crazy, being that it’s only limit, I didn’t make a whole lot. After a bit, the NL table opened and I was pretty much card dead and left with what I started with.

So overall for the trip, I ended up $570 and after the hotel portion I had to pay for, it was closer to $300. I was hoping for four figures, but hey, at least I was up!

- Darryl


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