Live Trip Report: June 10th 2017: Las Vegas Trip
Trip report #4 while in Vegas.
Casino: Venetian, Las Vegas
Date: June 10th 2017
Stakes: 2/5NL $1000 max
I woke up early and again did some stable stuff. My sleep schedule has been incredibly FUBAR and my body is still trying to get up early, as I normally do when I am back home. I decided to try to go back to sleep around 11 a.m. and then play a session before hanging out with a buddy who was flying in.
I walked to the strip from my friend’s apartment (he lives right near the RIO) and got some In-N-Out burger. I really enjoy this chain and wish that there was one near me in Colorado.
It’s a madhouse there:
I decided to go back to the Venetian to play some more 2/5NL. The table looked pretty reasonable and there were a minimal amount of grinders.
The first hand of note is where I 3-bet T7 vs. a CO open and the BB cold called behind me/CO calls. The flop was A6J and I c-bet 1/3rd pot/everyone folds.
That’s pretty much the last significant hand that I win after that…
Old spewy player who has been involved in a lot of pots and has REALLY weird bet sizing (really big) who requested a seat change before I sat down opened from MP. I call with QJ from the BB after the SB calls (she’s a splashy older woman). I probably should just 3-bet this PF as this hand doesn’t play great multiway.
The flop is JT2 and I check/call a pot sized bet from the older guy, SB folds. The turn is the 7 and I check, he bets really large again, like $120.
This is a really tough spot vs. this type of opponent as I feel he’s going to barrel a lot of rivers generally, so I probably have to call most bricks here OTR. I could (and probably should) just fold the turn vs. this sizing. Anyways, I called.
The river was the K and I check/fold to another very big bet ($250, so maybe 3/4ths pot).
I go card dead for a while and then make a (probably) bad hero call. I open JJ UTG and a somewhat loose PF/passive postflop Asian guy calls/1 other calls behind. Asian guy limps a lot PF and makes odd bets/sizings at random times.
The flop is Q65 and I bet 1/2 pot, Asian guy calls, other player folds. I think this is probably a fine check/call as well, but I thought I was still getting plenty of value from worse hands. That being said, maybe something like 77-TT are better bets and JJ should be included in my checking range (along with stuff like QTo or whatever). Meh, I’m probably overthinking this and should just bet in most live games.
The turn is the 3 and I check/call a small bet from the Asian guy. He bets like 1/3rd pot fairly quickly.
The river is the 2, putting a 4 straight on the board. I check and he bets 1/2 pot. My thought process was that I didn’t think this player would generally bet many Qx on the river in general and that he was fairly polarized to nuts (sets, which he’ll raise some non 0 % of the time on the flop or a straight) or missed hearts. I should probably just fold this in most live games and not worry about it- it’s a high variance/high risk call when I have loads of better hands.
Anyways, I call and he sighed and said “I just have a pair” and he shows AQ and I muck.
I go card dead for a while and a new bad player sits down. He’s a loose spazzy guy who is opening a lot and playing very erratic. I saw him open 32 UTG and then bet the flop and turn on a AT9 6 board and gave up on a brick river, losing to the second worst player at the table, who had JJ.
Anyways, MP opens, bad player calls, I overcall 88 and we go 4-5 ways to the flop. The flop is 8 6 3 and we all check to the PFR, who bets 1/3rd pot. Bad player check/raises like $250 of his $375 stack and I am stuck in a bleh spot. I decide to just cram the rest in and the PFR folds pretty quickly, the bad player calls and asks me if I flopped it. After I said no, he shows 42 and I lose. The second set I’ve had this trip and the second time I lost a stack with it.
I didn’t have any hands after that and decided to pack it up an hour earlier than I planned and decided to meet up with another horse of mine instead. We had a good time chatting and it’s always nice to meet new guys that are a part of our poker community.
Off topic: The internet is a really interesting place to meet friends. I have met many 2+2ers and poker friends over the years and, after talking with a person for so many hours online, it’s very easy to transition to talking with them in real life. I met up with my buddy Neil for the first time in real life after being very close internet friends with him for 12 years!
I met up with Neil later on and we ate at Sugarcane at the Venetian. This is a small plates restaurant that I was not very impressed with- the execution and flavors were pretty typical of much cheaper/less upscale restaurants. We had some interesting dishes but overall, I was very underwhelmed. I’ve had an okay amount of medium/upscale places on the strip and this fell short of a lot of other restaurants in similar price categories.
We walked the strip and got some fancy desserts at the Aria and then ate some more food at Momofuku at the Cosmo. Their buns were excellent and the pork belly bao was one of the best I’ve had in a while (hoison/pork belly/pickled cucubmers). The meat to fat ratio is really important when eating pork belly in my experience and oftentimes it can go too much of one way or the other.
Overall, I had a fun time in Vegas and am about to fly home. I met some great people and played about 20ish hours over the 4 days I was here. I think I would have played a lot more had I ran better- I felt extremely card dead for this entire trip. I didn’t get Aces once, got Kings once (and lost almost a stack), had QQ 3x and was fairly profitable with those, flopped 2 sets and lost both times for stacks (or more), and had one flush. I don’t think I had one straight. It’s times like these where I realize that the mental game is arguably more important than the technical game for live poker professionals, where you need to stay very disciplined and focused when you are card dead. Live poker is very slow when you are card dead and it can be extremely boring.
I remember talking to one of my former horses (who now plays 25/50NL on PokerStars) that 1 or 2 big pots can have lasting effects for days in live poker due to the low hand count. He said that a few pots can have a HUGE difference on your bottom line for the entire YEAR when you are playing in big live games as well, and I agree (I think he used to take fairly high variance lines in big live games, which resulted in him winning or losing tens of thousands of dollars each session). Perhaps I should have erred on the side of caution for some of these spots, but I’m fairly happy with how I played. I wish I could have a few hands back but I felt pretty comfortable playing 2/5NL despite not playing that game for a few years.
I’ll be happy to play again when I go back to my hometown and will provide some TRs at that time. I’ll also likely post some of my trip reports from my recent trip to Thailand last month.
Thanks for reading!