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Low Returns and Vegas Ideas

Poker has been a +/- $20 affair the last couple of nights, but its fine by me. I'm finding that after playing for 45 minutes, if I'm near even, I'll just call it a night, poker-wise. The joy of a new laptop means I can play stupid videogames once again, so I've found a new way to waste my time. Poker is still my favorite videogame, but since my live success vastly outweighs my online success, I'm still transitioning myself to a mostly live game player. With that in mind, I best be playing more live, so I'll be returning to the mixed game at SIF's home on Saturday from 1 to 6, but not a moment later. Jordan has plans, including a birthday party at a random bar and an off-broadway production of a play version of Saved by the Bell, a tongue-in-cheek idea that originated from college-pal Jefe.

Mmmm...mixed games. I likee!

On that subject, I've noticed a lot of success in the blogosphere lately. I don't want to list people because I'll surely leave more than a few out, but I will point out DADI-partner TripJax's Mansion Poker win for over $1K! I'll also mention that cracknaces, aka the SNG Machine, may actually be a fucking Machine, the guy kicks so much ass so damn consistently. What about me, what about Jordan! Kudos to both of them.

Onto another subject. Roose's Vegas Bachelor Party is going to happen, even if we have to wait till April to book our May flights. I've asked about this before and got little responses, but since a bevy of bloggers are heading out to Vegas soon, perhaps some people's Vegas-mindsets have initiated. My question is this: What should we do and where should we go in Vegas? There's a wide assortment of attendees, including Roose's father and older brother-in-law, some non-poker players, and a bunch of fellow degenerates. I'm very much for the idea of every man for himself, largely because of the size and variety of people coming. So, I'm really only interested in a few things that really apply to me and my fellow degenerates:

(a) Where and when can I get some great cheap meals, aside from Ellis Island, home of the $4.99 Steak dinner?

(b) Where are the best places for 1/2 NLHE poker?

(c) Where are the best places for non-hold'em limit poker, like Omaha, Razz, etc. in the 3/6 to 5/10 range?

(d) Where should I play tournaments with a $100 or less buy-in (counting rebuys)?

(e) Is there anywhere else we should go to of any variety, including recommended sites, restaurants or theatre (naked variety preferred)?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated, and when you are in Vegas for the WPBT gathering, now you have an excuse to explain to your wife why you spent so much time at the Nudie Bar. "But honey, I'm doing research for Jordan!" She'll understand. Sure she will.

Until then, make mine poker!

posted by Jordan @ 12:38 PM,


At 1:48 PM, Blogger BadBlood said...

Jordan, for 1/2 NL poker, please go to the MGM. Shufflemasters + horrible poker players = profit.

Trust me.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

MGM is definitely at the top of the list now. Thanks badblood.

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you'll need to go to Old Vegas for a really cheap meal.

Most casinos have morning tournaments for under $100 so I don't think there's any one place to go. Just hit all the card rooms and ask if they have a tournament schedule. Most are within walking distance of each other as it is.

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a) Barbary Coast, steak and eggs baby (last time I checked $3.99)!

b) Harrah's was extremely soft and the room is enclosed, Aladdin would be high on the list as well, and MGM is a dream plus you'll see some "name" players there to satisfy any fanboism

c) For low limit mixed games, I heard Aladdin is spreading them but the regular games are usually 10/20 or 20/40 at the Wynn or Belliago

d) Stay away from the Luxor's tourney. Sahara's tourney is very good especially for the value.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger TripJax said...

I can't help you with your list of questions, but thanks for the props yo. That $20 tourney that you and I played a while back and I won last night is gold, dude. Low turnout and they add $1000. Like you said, its as if 1/3 to 1/2 of the field is knocked out on the first hand.

Mansion is actually adding a total of $250,000 to their tourneys through the rest of the year. Some are added at amounts of $1000, $5000, $10,000, $20,000, and $30,000.

"Gold, Jerry, Gold!"

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pizza at NYNY is to die for, but seeing that you are from NY you probably won't be too impressed. 1/2NL at Gold Coast and Bally's was very juicy during the WSOP atleast. Do not play in the Gold Coast Tourny, it was limit for the first hour, then turned NL. Cheap eats, I have no idea, I barely ate my schedule was so messed up from drinking so much.

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best $1/2 NLHE I've found is at Bally's. Lots of fishy play and a bar right next to the poker room.

Best tournaments under $100 are at the Sahara. There are three a day - 11am, 7pm, and 11pm.You will find inexpensive tournaments at other casinos, but most have bad blind structures and few starting chips.

If you can go a little over $100, you need to enter the Caesars Palace noon tournament. At $130, decent starting chips and a good blind structure, it is the best value tournament in Las Vegas.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger TwoDiamondPhillips said...

Two words. Spearmint Rhino. There may be no better time. The glitter that you see on your clothes the next morning will remind you of the many good times you had the night before that really never happened. Right?

At 4:26 AM, Blogger AnguilA said...

I enjoyed a lot the 1-2NL in The Venetian. Thay also had a tournament with good structures, but the afternoon one was 115+50+5. Maybe you should try the morning one.

I also went to Seamless and the S.Rhino. I thik both of them are worth a try...

At 7:02 AM, Blogger jremotigue said...

a. send grubby an email.
b. 1/2 at Bally. What a wonderful place. Even with my pathetic game, I was able to quad my buy-in.
d. The Orleans has some good cheap tournaments, including O/8.


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