Vegas -- On the Bubble
It's part of a promotion the new poker room has. Sign-up starts at 8 a.m. and it's 40 people max. Winner gets $150, 2nd $100 and 3rd gets $50.
Tourney is at 10 a.m. You get 1,000 chips and for $10, get 500 extra. Blinds go up every 20 minutes, which is decent for that kind of tournament and the field was pretty weak.
Of course, I bounced out in 4th. On the Bubble.
The tournament started out fine. Drew and I were at the same table in the beginning. I got transferred to another table and lost some chips.
When the blinds were $100/200 I only had $600 left. After the bb (who had $600) went all-in, I called with T7s. This old timer who was the big stack called.
I flopped a flush!
Later, when it was 2 tables, I was moved to the right of Drew. I had AA on the button and made it $1,200 to go (bb was $400). It looked like a classic steal raise.
Drew thought about it -- he had much more chips than me at that point and pushed all-in. The bb also called.
The AA held up and I had about $6,000 in chips, what I pretty much had the rest of the way. Drew later busted on a hand in the bb with T7. Flop was T22. This guy who was the chip leader at the table limped with JJ and called Drew's all-in. I folded my ATo. Drew went out.
When I got to the final table, I made a mental note to steer clear of the two big stacks and worked to aggressively punish the short stacks and rob them of the blinds, which were $500 and $1,000.
When it got down to 4, I was in the bb when the chip leader raised me to $2,000 with A3o. I had JTs, so I pushed.
Flop was nothing after he called. Turn was a J!
River was an A.
I was out just like that.
Later, we had lunch at Mr. Lucky's 24/7 at the Hard Rock Casino. Excellent wings (second to Binion's Coffee Shop) and probably the best club sandwich and best veggie burgers in Vegas. It was a great people-watching spot, as there were lots of hotties walking around, some in swimsuits to and from the pool.
The trip continued to be great -- they gave me an upgrade for my Delta flight and I didn't even have to request it! Cha-ching!
It was a great trip, a little long, perhaps, but I'm itching to go back soon...