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Monday, September 1, 2014

Vegas - Post Mortem

Sitting at McCarran awaiting the flight back east.  Feeling banged up; but should survive.   It was a fun eight days (... for the most part).   Endured a couple of work-related aggravations, including yesterday, when I spent a good part of my last evening in Vegas in my room working.  Coach and I were actually hanging out at the sports book at the Quad when an email came in, to the effect of: "this cannot wait until Tuesday . . ."  Fun times.  And I'll be billing hours on the flight this afternoon.  I guess that's what you get when you take a week off to gambol.    

Anyway, the four days at Bally's was not quite as profitable as the stay at MGM.  However, with some decent poker sessions and some winning sports bets, I managed to rack up 3,000 tier points and maintain the $800 profit I left the south end of the strip with.  The sweet, sweet VP was not quite as sweet at the Caesars shops.  But I did have a couple of prime hands:




And built a few notable stacks off my $200 buy-ins:



And had some great meals, including Craftsteak, Ruths' Chris, Nobu and BLT Steak:



But most of all, this trip was about the people.  Frankly, I generally enjoy Vegas alone.  P3 can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.  And, this trip did have a lot of that.  But, this week, I also spent time with my fellow bloggers and readers.  It was great to meet Alysia at the MGM  . . . and Dave and "stalker" Eric at Venetian.  And it was nice to see Tony Bigcharles as well.  I wish Tony the best, but I'm less than confident that he will ultimately overcome the various issues that perpetually impede his success.  Tony, please believe that there is no magical gambling utopia where a man can consistently sit at a machine and grind profit.  And, if such place did exist, it would not for long. This is the reality.  You have had great success playing poker in Reno.  You should return.  Accept that it is work, and keep up the grind.  And remember - you will never be liked by everybody.  Accept this and ignore the haters.  In other words, don't feed the trolls!     

And finally, special thanks to both Rob and Coach for making this week special.  Rob, keep doing what you do.  I think I speak for many when I say I enjoy the frequent blog posts, the hand histories and the stories.  I'm jealous of the time you are able to spend out here in Paradise.  And Coach, best of luck with the poker and the plays.  I'll be looking forward to following your adventure in the desert.  Rest up - NFL is less than a week away!

As for P3 . . . you can expect much more poker content from him in the upcoming months.  I can hardly wait to start grinding hours at the Horseshoe.  I'm hoping to check it out this weekend for the first time.

And now, zoom . . . back to reality. 

-P3

  




17 comments:

  1. We work in such different environments that it is difficult for me to understand what yours is like. You seem to have much more freedom than I would have imagined. However, it appears that it can be yanked away at any time based upon a whim.

    Sounds like an excellent trip to Las Vegas. Keep playing dem good machines!

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    1. Had to spring for the on-board wifi so I could send out some work-related emails. My roll is now $8.95 less. FML.

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    2. mayb i wont get my lawyer on. i am thinking TV/VCR repair with a minor in shoe repair

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  2. Congratulations on the winning trip Mr. Bond! Hopefully your expectation of wanting to live vicariously through me on this adventure of mine will keep me from moving to Jean or Pahrump for a while... Hope that your short work week flies by, and I'll be looking for ya at the Raiders/Jets game like Sportsbook Barbie was surveying the Dodgers/Padres screen... ;)

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    1. look 4 the guy with a David Wright jersey responding to emails on his iPhone. Raiders 24 Just End The Season 14.

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    2. oh David Carr is starting so Raiders 28 Just End The Season 17. rUN DMC 100 yards 2 TDs or 1TD and MJD gets 1TD. Carr will thrown a pick or 3, so lot of carries 4 my injury prone RBs.

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  3. Thanks for the updates and photos.

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  4. It's not easy to make it out of this town with a profit. Congrats on a successful trip!

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  5. Glad you had a good time despite the taint of work shadowing you! I think I'm going to have to exchange #'s with you the next time you come to town so I can blow up your phone re: going to Nobu. Enjoyed meeting everyone and although I did NOT see TBC because I kind of want to work the "mysterious Alysia Chang" angle. I really do hope that he does what he needs to do what he needs to do to be happy. Happy trails til next time.

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  6. WTF is that ,in thepicture above the sushi???? bueller?? bueller??

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  7. Thanks for the kind words, PPP, I look forward to return to Vegas, it was a blast.

    And yes, I guess I will have to schedule a road trip to the Tea House I was at Sunday nite where hot Asian gals serve Boba Tea in their underwear.

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  8. Sounds like a good trip. It was nice stalking, er playing poker, with you as well. And good to see that like all good bloggers you paid for airplane wifi.

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    1. Yeah; the wifi worked out well. Not only was I able to get work done on the flight; but I also did the first 9 rounds of a fantasy draft . . .

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  9. Nice trip P Cube.

    Horseshoe is good. 1/3 makes the game a little bigger.

    Their tourny offerings are good and will start on October 1st. I guess less drive to AC as you can earn sweet credits right here near home.

    GolfPro

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    1. GP - I'm looking to get out there Friday night . . . check the place out . . . donk some VP and play some cards. May days of heading to AC look to be over, especially since Harrah's is charging me $300+ on a Saturday night.

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  10. You should have TBC move in with you and you guys can commute to the card room together. In your off time, you can review hand histories together. Would you play the hand differently if your opponent was black or was wearing hooker shoes? When is the right time to reveal a card to your opponents? That type of thing.

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    1. Based on the pictures recently posted of Tony's place in Reno, TBC will have to learn how to take the trash out first.

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