Unfortunately, they were not as helpful as I thought they might be. I ended up mostly playing at the Golden Nugget mainly due to the fact that I was staying downtown. I did play some events at Binions as well as they were hosting the Binions 6th Annual Poker Classic.
I think the one of the mistakes was my choice to stay downtown. Being a "casual" poker player, I attempted to do this trip on the "cheap" which was my downfall. In staying downtown, I now didn't want to pay the $25-$30 cab ride out to the Rio.
Don't get me wrong, I actually prefer downtown to the strip for many different reasons. Probably the main one is just the ambience of the place. To me, you can feel the history, not too mention the entertainment.
So with $2,000.00 in my pocket, I flew down on a sunny Sunday afternoon with a million dreams and great anticipation.
I stayed at "The D" hotel as I was able to snag a room for around $18 a night. Of course, I had to run the gauntlet of girls dancing on the tables each night to get to my hotel room, but $18 a night right??? LOL
I immediately headed over to the Nugget and played in two tournaments. Nothing memorable at all. The next morning, I got my breakfast at McDonald's which happened to be a "The D" as well. Good for me . . . well not too good.
While at The Nugget, I noticed that they were going to do a training session with Tom McEvoy and David Chitocsky. It was $400 dollars and included a free roll to a satellite tournament for the PokerPlayerNews Championship tournament.
They were also holding a satellite qualifier on Monday to the same tournament. I decided to enter the satellite and won a seat to the championship. I also won a "bankroll builder" tournament for a little over $1,000.00 padding my bankroll by $800 or so.
I went to sleep Monday night feeling like I could conquer Vegas. I also was still thinking about taking that training session.
I woke up Tuesday morning with 10 minutes to get to that training. I thought about it for a brief moment, threw on some clothes and headed down to the Golden Nugget to plunk down my money for the training.
This was by FAR my BIGGEST mistake of the entire week. For a reason that you might not think about. You see, anytime I read a book on poker or take training or coaching lessons, I usually need a couple of weeks to digest what I have read in order to add it to my game.
While the topics covered in the training were not completely new to me, they did affect how I played the rest of the week therein lies the issue. I immediately attempted to put them into play without my normal gestation period and WHAM! I was busting galore.
I botched the championship tournament on Wed, and was so pissed I took a cab to the Rio to take a look around the WSOP. At that point, I decide to enter a WSOP deepstack as my bankroll couldn't support the 1k tournament that started that afternoon.
The worst thing in Vegas is to have no money to do anything with. I decided not to play the 1k as that would have left me with less then $500.00 and still 4 days left to live in Vegas.
I actually played pretty well in the $235.00 deep stack. I think I finished in the top 30 percent or so which, for me, at the time was pretty good, but of course, that is not good enough to cash.
I wandered around the Rio for a while, saw my hero Tommy Angelo, then headed back downtown.
The rest of the week was pretty much forgettable. I had a couple of min cashes but nothing significant. I spent most of the time playing those bankroll builders at the Golden Nugget.
Instead of builders they could be labeled as bankroll killers. The tournament only has 20min blinds with no antes at all which encourages nice tight, slow play and for some reason, I could not adjust to it.
All in all, while it was a fun trip, it was extremely disappointing. So much so that it took me 10 months to even write about it.