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.