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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Third Time's the Charm (Back to Vegas)

I love airline change-fees.  I mean, I must.  I can't get enough of them . . .  My first "vacation" of summer 2013 is a week away and, yes, for the third time, I've changed my plans.  USAIRWAYS doesn't like me . . . they LOVE me . . .
 
Turns out, I don't need two weeks at the pool in Hawaii to relax...  I just needed two weekends at the pool at my condo in Bethesda thinking about the pool in Hawaii to relax . . . and to realize how bored I'd prolly be after a day or two surrounded by families with kids and honeymooners in Maui and Kauai with absolutely nothing to do at night.
 
True enough, I was looking forward to doing some hiking on the Islands.  But, after some basic research, I came to realize that hiking in Kauai may not be the best idea for a shitty poker player with a fear of heights:



I mean, just look at these psychos on the Kalalau Trail.  Does this look like fun?
 
Or, maybe it was partly the email I got last week from the "butler service" at the St. Regis Princeville inquiring what "special occasion" I was celebrating and attempting to plan out my stay for me.  I don't need a "butler" on vacation . . . or things like "turn down service," which is just another excuse for a stranger to annoy me.  In short, I don't need, or want, 5-star service.  I just want a cold can of Miller Lite poolside, and I don't need to fly 13 hours and pay $700 a night to get that . . .
   
So, I'm back to where it all began - ten days in Vegas during WSOP.  I still have my initial reservation at Signature.  I plan on rededicating myself to my poker game.  I haven't played much cash at all this year and, when I have, it's gone badly.  I'm down about $1,200 over my last 15 hours of play, and nothing I do seems to be working.  Yes, it's a small sample size; and yes, I know I've taken some bad beats.  But, if I'm being honest with myself, I've also not been playing my best poker.  I've largely ignored position . . . gotten bored and played too many hands (e.g., weak aces and suited Kings) . . . made too many C-Bets in bad spots . . . and donated too much money on bad calls simply because I thought: "there's no way I can be beat again!!!"  I think I need to just "nit up" a bit and get back to basics (once I start winning some sessions, I can get a bit "fancier" with my play).  I figure Vegas, during the WSOP, with all the tourists in town, is prolly a good time to "get healthy" at the tables.
 
So, I'll be in town from July 4th to July 14th.  Holla if you are around and want to play some hands, bet some bases, or have a couple of Miller Lites.
 
-P3  



19 comments:

  1. Mark my words "DEGEN" in upper case!

    Well I would say whatever relaxes you or soothes you should be your choice.

    1. Play poker with a clear mind. Absolutely no memory of your old play/instances.
    2. Play well and leave the result to poker god's.
    3. Change tables/venues if you don't feel like you are playing your A game or there is no potential of winning any money.
    4. Stick to the rooms where you made a lot of money in the past and change like there is no tomorrow.
    5. Play at least one DS tournament and some sit-n-go's. See if you can get in a WSOP event for less.
    6. Last but not the lease, Have Fun and come back relaxed.

    Ask USAIRWAYS not to allow any more changes to your reservation.

    GolfPro

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    1. "Ask USAIRWAYS not to allow any more changes to your reservation."

      I wonder if they have a "no change" list.

      What's a "DS" tournament?

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  2. Daily Deep Stack at RIO, $235 BI (15K SS and 30 Min Levels) starts at 3PM.

    GolfPro

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  3. Ahh. Cool. Will definitely check that out.

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  4. It's amazing Hawaii doesn't lose MORE business, not having casinos and all.

    Hey, I'll be in town the entire time you're there. And since you're staying at the Signature you'll basically be in my backyard.

    Let's definitely get together.

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    1. Rob, absolutely. I was going to PM you before I left....

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    2. PM? Do you have my cel #? I don't have yours, I don't believe.

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    3. Just sent you an email to the account on your blog...

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  5. "I don't need a 'butler' on vacation . . . or things like 'turn down service,' which is just another excuse for a stranger to annoy me." Was this post drafted by TBC?

    Sounds like a good decision. Hawaii is not the place for an action junkie. That is why God made Las Vegas, or so I am told ...

    Wow - you nd Lucki Duck with your ten day Las vegas trips. I don't know if I could vacation there for that long.

    Have a great trip!

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    1. Thanks. I plan on spending much of the day at the pools . . . need to pace myself on a ten day trip!

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  6. Speaking of "turn down service"....what's the big deal. I get that for free every time I approach a girl in a bar.

    Well....not EVERY time. Sometimes she's a hooker and then she gets free turn down service from me.

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    1. Will you be charging a cover for your evening show at Brad Garrett's joint?

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  7. During extended trips to Vegas I always pick a poker session (and budget) where I can play like an absolute donkey to my heart's (and budget's)content. Drink like a fish, play every hand, raise straddles just because. I usually do this early on and at 2-4 limit. Gets all that action adrenaline, God I'm so happy to be in Vegas, stuff out of the way. Then I can get serious and focus on my game.

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  8. Hey man, Enjoy your Vegas trip and hopefully we can meet up this time around!

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    1. Sounds good. I'm sure I'll have time if you are around!

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  9. i will be in vegas this time too, instead of Jean

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  10. "I figure Vegas, during the WSOP, with all the tourists in town, is prolly a good time to "get healthy" at the tables".

    Just wondering... aren't you one of the "tourists"?

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  11. I spent a bit over 2 weeks in Vegas in June. The games are juicy to say the least. Play a bit more ABC, observe position and value bet, value bet, value bet and you will do well.

    GLGL

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