Live Trip Report: June 7th 2017: Las Vegas Trip
I got into Vegas in the early evening at 5:00pm and went to the RIO quickly after. I put my name on 1/3, 2/3, and 2/5NL and then ate some food at the RIO grill.
I haven’t played much live poker in a few months and my overall online grinding has been low as well over the year, so I felt a bit rusty. That being said, it’s live poker so no big deal. My plan for this trip was to play anything (1/3-2/5) and then see how well I play/run and then play 5/10 if I do well. I’d say I’m playing more for fun on this trip (and the bigger goal is to meet our players from the stable/associates in meetings vs. playing lots of hours). Still, my goal was to play anywhere from 4-8 hours a day while I am here.
1/3NL- I got called on the 1/3NL first and the max buy in was $300, which sucked. The table was surprisingly pretty slow and I pretty much folded for the first 1.5 hours. The only interesting hand of note was I opened QJ in MP, CO called, and the flop was J T 2 and I bet 1/2 pot, he calls. The turn was the 9 and I probably should have just check/called from a range perspective. That being said, I recently saw this guy spaz get it in for 150bbs in a single raiesd pot with AK on a K 8 6 7 board and get there vs. K7 (the 8 paired the river).
I bet smallish on the 9 turn and he min raised me. I called, the river was the 2 and it went check/check and he had 99 (lol????).
I got called for the 2/3NL and moved to that table and it was much better- it was a $1000 max and my name was still on the 2/5NL list (however, this game was great so I eventually just stayed at this table). There was a nice mix of old rich ladies, super old nits, and poor playing fat Ken Jeong-looking Asian guys at this table.
I have a friendly relationship with the old rich lady across the table. She has a vpip of like 90 and always flats a ton of hands. She’s a big calling station and we started to get a bit short handed and I value bet KTo for 2 streets on K 3 9 A 3 and she complains that the table is getting short handed and she’s getting bored of playing vs. the same players.
I chip up and win some small pots as the game is winding down a bit. Somewhat solid player with a big stack opens $10 in MP and bad Ken Jeong calls. I overcall from the BB with AT (probably should have squeezed). The flop is T97, a super wet board. I bet 2/3rds pot and donk bet, PFR folds, Ken Jeong calls. The turn is the 2 and I bet large again, 2/3rds pot (probably a good spot to overbet the turn theory wise) and he calls. The river is the 2 and I check. He thinks for a second and jams the last of his stack in, like $130 or something and I call pretty quickly given some of the recent hands I’ve seen him play. He shows me 82 and I sigh.
I opened A2 and rich old lady 3-bets me the min PF (straddled pot to $6, I make it $20, she makes it $40) and she says she’s being nice to me and I call. The flop is KT2 and it goes check, check. The turn is the 5 and I bet 1/2 pot and she says “ARE YOU CRAZY? I’M TRYING TO BE NICE!” and calls. The river is the 4 and I bet somewhat largeish and she folds QQ. I personally thought she had AA or AK or something.
I go card dead for a while after that and just fold (and pretty much the rest of the night, this is how it goes). The table goes absolutely nuts and I couldn’t do anything with the cards I was dealt. I lose some pots with 65 on a 863 board vs. an old nit’s AA (I just folded the T turn) and I also lose another pot with AJ where I opened in EP, solid guy makes it 2.5x and 3-bets me, I call. The flop is J T 2 and it goes check/check. The turn is the 3 and I value bet and the river is the 5 and I value bet again, he shows me AA. Maybe a bit too thin but he recently saw me bluffing .
As stated, the table goes nuts. I see a $2000 pot with 35o (the solid player in the AT hand decided to just spaz out for some random reason) vs. 55 (old rich lady) on a 3 2 4 board and the old lady makes this big call all in on the flop.
I just hang around and am card dead as hell. I started to feel like a crack addict looking for his fix whenever I saw anything remotely playable. When people talk about the live grind, this was it- I pretty much folded for the majority of my 10 hours and didn’t flop a set once. I lost my patience and the worst part about all of this was seeing the chips fly around and being helpless to do anything about it.
The game died a little bit until this older Asian guy sat down (Asian Spaz). This dude was absolutely nuts and would do blind opens and play very spazzy. He built his stack up by getting AI PF with AQ and sucking out vs. the poor Japanese guy next to me (who had KK). Shortly after, the Japanese guy lost with KQ on a Q 3 5 board vs. the Asian spaz’s Q4 when they went all in on the flop for 100bbs in a 3-bet pot.
I look down at KK and I open, getting one call from the Japanese guy. The flop is Q54 and he check/calls my bet. I’ve seen him do some pretty loose stuff and feel really comfortable. The turn is the 6 and he checks, I bet, he check/min raises me, I puke. I call but I probably should have just folded. The river is the 8 and I fold to his all in, he shows 73
After that, chips went flying. I saw Asian spaz bet a T 8 4 board in a no-look straddled pot (the players all agreed to not look PF), BTN raised, Asian spaz 3-bet to $350, BTN shoves for like $1000 and Asian spaz folds, showing a T. The BTN flips over 84o and wins.
I’m completely card dead at this point and the only pots I can win are when I call a minraise from the BB with 95 and donk a T8T board and double barrel the Q turn (getting folds).
I see the Asian spaz lose with God knows what when he gets it all in on the flop vs. a new old guy for $700 with a board of 996K8 board and lose to TT. He later punts off his $2000 stack but crazily bluff raising people and people calling with ATC. Once he left, I left.
Anyways, after 10 hours and bleeding chips, I left at 3:30 a.m. I was extremely card dead the entire night and left down $350ish (in for $1000, out for $650ish). It was one of those nights where I had zero hands and couldn’t make anything happen. Oh well, what can you do? I still have a few more days to play and am excited to put in some more hours. I’ll probably go to the Venetian tonight after I take a nap. The 2/5NL 1k buy in used to be my favorite game in past Vegas trips, so we’ll see if the games are still as nice as they were!
Thanks for reading.