Live Trip Report: June 9th 2017: Las Vegas Trip
Trip Report #3 in Vegas
Casino: The Rio, Las Vegas
Date: June 9th 2017
Stakes: 2/5NL $1500 max
I did stable work for most of the day and ate some delicious lunch at Tacos El Gordo, right north of the strip (past the Wynn). I really enjoy this place and it’s decent value for good authentic Mexican.
After trying to take a quick nap, I set dinner reservations at 8:00 p.m. and decided to kill some time at the RIO and play for an hour before heading to dinner to meet up with some stable guys. I get to a 2/5NL table and forgot there were no chip runners at the table, so I bought $700 off a guy waiting in line (all he had and I didn’t want to keep waiting in line) and sat.
The game was fairly tame overall and a bit nitty. There weren’t any tough players but there weren’t any spots just dumping money around. There was one player who was a bit of a calling station who I played with in previous sessions and a few tighter guys who had big chip stacks who didn’t play many hands. There was one really bad Japanese guy who kept limp/calling everything and would call multiple streets with Q7 (after open limping) on a 7AJ2Q board and then gets there on the river.
I lose my first pot by overcalling an open/call with KT on the button and we go 5 ways to the flop. The flop was 862. I haven’t hit a flush yet this trip in a huge pot and I started to get excited, thinking- maybe this is the first time I’ll hit it. PFR checks, caller checks, I bet 1/2 pot, I get 3 callers. The turn is the 8 and it checks around. The river is the 5 and it checks around again (not sure if I should bet here?) and the PFR’s 77 wins.
I won my second pot when I opened AQ UTG and get 4 callers, the flop is KT2 and I c-bet and everyone folds. Not sure if this is a normal c-bet but I was planning on betting a fair amount of turns to hopefully fold out Tx.
Not too many interesting hands followed. I only played for a little over an hour due to me having to catch a cab to dinner. I opened QT on the BTN and got called by the calling station. The flop was KK6 and the player checked. I didn’t see his action and asked the dealer if the player checked and the dealer heard me say “check” and went to the turn. The turn was the beautiful T and the player checked, I bet, he called. The river was the 2 and he check/called my bet and I am good.
the last orbit, I 3-bet QQ and got called by the button. The flop was K32 and I c-bet a bit less than 1/2 pot and get a fold. It’s interesting thinking about the c-betting strategies that have evolved over time- in the past, this was probably a spot where you generally just check. These days, many people will just range bet for 1/3rd pot with nearly their entire range.
All in all, I won about $250ish in the hour I was there. I hopped in a cab and realized how much better/cheaper UBER really is than cabs. I met up with a few old and current horses at dinner and it was a great time with great food. These pictures suck due to bad lighting, but here are two food pics:
The restaurant was called ‘Firefly’ and is right off the strip and is a mid range Tapas place.
It was great meeting up with the famous GazzyB123 (a guy we’ve worked a ton with in the past) and my other former horse, zxjaexz, bbissick (who is actually friends with another NJ horse of ours), and Gary’s house mate Adam. We ate like pigs, made some good friends, and shared poker stories. Very fun night!