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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vegas Days 5 & 6

It's friday night.  Actually, Saturday morning.  Nearly 4:00 am.  The club next door at Paris is pumping.  In addition to the noise, I can actually feel the base vibrating.  No chance of sleeping until this ends at 5:00.  So, I figured I'd update. 

Yesterday, Thursday, I moved to Bally's . . . which, for the reason above, now looks like a bad move.   The view is nice, which is good, because I may be staring at it until sunrise:


I spent the day mashing VP all over the strip, and watching football with Coach over at the Mirage book.  Then  dinner at Ruths' Chris.  While the food is not near the top of the chain in Vegas, the atmosphere and view is hard to beat:

  
After taking a tour of Ruths' Chris' Cabernet selections, sometime around 2:00 am, I texted Rob and suggested we get together once more for some poker before my trip ends.  Rob suggested playing at Venetian so that TBC could join us.  And, with that, the TBC Venetian Invitational was born.

Day 5 ended still $700 in the black.

Day 6 began with a trip to Bellagio to get some NFL futures in:  

  • Tampa OVER 7
  • Steelers OVER 9
  • Colts OVER 9.5
  • Eagles OVER 9.5
As much as I wanted to take the Jets, I just don't see 8 wins on the schedule.

After getting my action in, I mashed some more, and then headed over to Yardhouse at the Linq to meet TBC and Coach for lunch.  Tony was on time and waiting for me when I arrived; and Coach was already inside at the bar.  At Tony's request, we got quiet table upstairs, away from the action, so that no one could overhear our conversation.  I had a salad; Coach had soup and sandwich.  Tony inquired about chicken fried steak and/or meatloaf with mashed potatoes, but these items were not in the cards.  He settled for some sort of chicken-fried chicken (if thats really a thing) and mash potatoes, and washed it down with two glasses of whole milk.  Tony gave us the rundown on his recent adventures and a glimpse of his future plans.  Apparently, Tony seems determined to try to mash a dealers angel with his new roll.  He thinks he can make a living doing this.  Coach and I both let Tony know our thoughts on the subject, but it was apparent our opinions were falling on deaf ears.  In any event, it was actually nice to catch up with Tony.    


After lunch, Tony headed over to the Venetian to play cards; Coach went back to the sports book; and P3 went to mash for a few hours before the Invitational.

Finally, at 8:00, Coach, Rob and I met up at the Venetian Poker Room.  Unfortunately, the floor was slightly less than accommodating of our plans, and the 4 of us were placed at different tables.  Rob attempted to play the "AVP" card (literally . . . he dropped the floor a note on his AVP business card) to get us together; but to no avail.  Because of the situation, a few other folks who stopped by (e.g., Herbie) decided not to play.

Ultimately, after 30 minutes or so, my table started to break up, and Rob, Coach and TBC were able to get seated.   Sometime thereafter, Dave (a frequent poster on TBC's sweet, sweet blog, and a Vegas local), grabbed the seat directly to my left, and I had the pleasure of getting to know him over the next few hours.  A very nice guy.

As for the poker . . . once again, Rob proved to be my hex.  Prior to Rob being seated at my table, I had made a quick $150 in half an hour.  I was running great.  Then Rob sits next to me and I don't win another hand for 5 hours.  My stack dwindles back down to even. Then, around 1:00 am, Rob leaves, and I immediately start winning some hands.   I ended up the night +$40.  Very unfulfilling.

Rob, for his part, did very well,  He even stacked a fairly cute chick who had just sat down.  The hand -- KK versus QQ.  Yet, I'm sure we'll all hear Rob complain about his "dreaded pocket kings."  Give me a break, sir....

Coach did alright too and looked to have made some money on the night.  He was also involved in a fairly memorable hand with TBC.  Both all in pre flop.  Coach was the original shover and Hero called with his KK.  Coach's hand?  KK as well.  I was able to capture the aftermath:


Sadly, we did get to witness a minor TBC blow up.  He was involved in a big hand.  While I was not paying too much attention, apparently, he reached out and tried to re-arrange Villain's chips because he didn't like the way the dealer had stacked them.  This got him a reprimand.  Then, some other sh*t happened, and, before I knew it, TBC was starting to get heated with the dealer and another player.  Fortunately, it did not escalate too far.  But it was the first time I've caught a glimpse of the TBC rage that has caused him so many problems in the past.  

Notably Tony did a lot of table talk . . . showing cards, etc.  At one point, he even taunted me about how easy it was for him to bluff me.  All in all, it was interesting to see Tony in action.  Not sure if his table talk helps him or hurts him. But it was sort of fun to witness.

Sometime after midnight, semi-professional poker guru, ggrouchie, showed up and proceeded to simply abuse the table.  I'm not sure why he even has a day job.  I mean, look at all dem chips:


Anyway, it was another fun night of poker.

End of day six, and P3 remains $700 in the black.  Still two days left, however, for me to lose my shirt.  Now, if only this damn music would stop so I could get some sleep!

20 comments:

  1. Great post, loved the photos. Wish I could have been there.

    As much as I wanted to take the Jets, I just don't see 8 wins on the schedule.

    I would have been interested (being a degen) in the under for Oakland. Guessing it would be 5.5 or similar, and I'm not sure how they can win 6 games. Did you happen to notice their number?

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    1. Mojo, I believe the number is actually 6 . . . I just hope one of those wins does not happen next Sunday!

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    2. 4.5 O/U on sportsbook.com for the 2015 Super BOWL CHAMP Raiders

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  2. Wow - imagine loud music in Las Vegas on a holiday weekend night! Sorry old timer -- the young folks like me would still be playing poker at that time. Ha!

    To think that I missed the TBC luncheon while I was having a difficult day at work. Life is just not always fair.

    The night sure sounded like fun. You even got in references to "the dreaded pocket Kings." Well played.

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    1. Lunch was good - nice place, good food, got to put a face with the blog.

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  3. Nice playing with you guys last night. I know you probably think I'm a stalker what with the airplane reference and all, but remember that I was at the table before you guys got there! Enjoy the rest of your Vegas trip.

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    1. E . . . When you left, Rob did ask if a restraining order was necessary. And, I did make the point you made that you were at the table first. Just a crazy coincidence.

      And yes, it was great playing with you as well. Poker is always much more fun playing with people like you!

      Until next time (I'll be keeping my eye out for you now . . . in poker rooms and on planes!)

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  4. Wow, if you can actually hear and the feel the club music from your room, you should do something about it....like insist on another room. Or have them send a few choice club girls up to your room to keep your busy while the music prevents you from sleeping.

    I think I won in two of the three sessions I've played with you, and the third one I only dropped $20 after being down a bill nearly all nite. Clearly we should play together more often. In between your Video Poker sessions where you get your seed money.

    It was a fun time last nite. Should make an epic Rob-sized blog post (or two....or three....) when I get a chance to write it up.

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  5. Last night was fun - I'm still playing poker. After I left the Venetian I went to TI, and now I'm at the Mirage playing 3-6 and drinking mimosas. I love this city!

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    1. Mimosas . . . if I'm correct that's ggrouchie's favorite drink

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    2. mountian dew THE NECTAR OF THE GODS

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  6. Regarding your NFL win total bets:
    Something was told to me that I checked into and found interesting. There are 256 total NFL games each year. 16 games x 16 matchups(32 teams, 2 teams per match up, for 16).

    However, the sportsbooks total wins when adding up all the teams are usually in the 260-264 range, as they realized most fans will be the over on their teams. Therefore, it would make sense to find some unders with value and bet on those.

    Just a thought. When I'm out there next weekend, I'm gonna mix in some of each. Good luck!!

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    1. Keep Oakland in mind for an under. I'm guessing it won't be bet $55 to win $50, but more like bet $100 to win $50 with the o/u at 6. The bookies are not dumb.

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    2. actually the under pays +150 on sportsbook.com and over is -175.on the most awesomes team in the history of sports.there r some interesting odds on division winners like colts -150 to win the south. think the bears+320 in the north,falcons+500 in the south,niner +210 in west r intriguing myself.

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    3. I checked bovada just for grins, and they have the Oakland win total at 5. Big difference between 5 and 6.

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  7. Not enough detail about:

    1) The table talk
    2) The rage episode
    3) showing cards, bluffing and the results

    My hope was for some epic story about TBC showing a 5 on a 88335 board, overbetting the pot and getting called by 99

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    1. Bill....if you can hang on for a bit, my own inevitable blog post will feature all the items you are looking for. I won't get to it for a few days--or more--but my voice notes have been safely uploaded to the cloud so I should be able to write it as if it happened yesterday.

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  8. A day late (literally) and a few dollars short but at the V waiting for a table...looks like the invitational is over. I thought it was a 48 hour marathon deal?

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  9. I'm thinking of hosting the next TBC invitational in Macau.

    Who's in?

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