slyther
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July 15th, 2013 at 11:17:37 AM permalink
I say Semi-Detailed because it's been a couple weeks so some details have disappeared into the ether.

Every year Mrs. Slyther gives me the opportunity to spend a few days in Vegas to play a couple of the semi-major poker tournaments with a couple buddies. Usually there are about 6 of us or so (which would have made reading last year's trip more interesting probably, but alas I didn't write it up), but this year it was just me and 1 other guy.

Monday 6/24:
I drop off Slyther Jr. at summer camp for the day, meet my buddy, and head off to the airport. We have a drink or two at the airport and then board. Our seats are aisle-aisle in the back of a Alaska Airlines 737-800. Several minutes in to the flight a lady a row or two behind us gets my attention and hollers at me that I'm being too loud. She had an elderly gentleman with her and it appears that he had tried to catch my attention before that. She didn't ask me very tactfully to quiet down, but I wasn't interested in making a scene so we toned it down. I felt that we weren't too loud, just talking over the engines and such, but I had a couple drinks too so that might have had something to do with it. Oh well whatever. As we are coming in to Vegas, it's a bumpy ride as is usual on the hot days, but this time it's rougher than usual. My buddy, who is a flight test engineer at a 'major aerospace company' notes that we are taking a rather aggressive descent. We are landing to the West and it's getting bumpier the closer we get. It turns out it was pretty windy that day. Eventually we touch down but it was definitely not a smooth landing. I hate crosswind landings, not sure why they didn't hsve us land on the north-south runway. The plane applauds. As we are getting off the plane that same lady that was telling me to shut up is doing everything she can to cram her way off the plane. My buddy intentionally takes extra time getting his gear out of the overhead to slow her down as she is practically shoving into him. The new terminal is nice! No tram to take, just grab your gear and walk outside to the cab stand.
We grab our gear and cab it to Mirage. The cab drive takes the proper route without us having to say anything. We ask him how EDC was and he said it was the usual nonsense. We are a little early for checkin, I think it was about 1pm or so. The Mirage front desk runs a Wendy's style line and we didn't have to wait long. I had booked a standard 2-queen room via MLife for $40/nt + resort fee. I go for the $20 trick and am successful as the agent puts us in a 'Tower Deluxe' which is on one of the suite levels with full pool and partial strip view to the south.
We head down to the pool but it's pretty packed so we grab a couple rounds at the pool bar and hang out there for a bit. Eventually it's time to go back up stairs to change as we have 7:30pm reservations at Tender steakhouse at Luxor (courtesy of MyVegas). We decide to be lazy and cab it down there. It was a SLOW ride, traffic. We get there and pick up the MyVegas voucher. Had a really nice dinner at Tender. I had wine, Tomato Basil soup, 8oz Omaha Filet Mignon (medium) , Gratin Potatoes. All of it was excellent. The waiter asked if I wanted a sauce accompaniment for the steak. I asked if it needed it, he said no it stands alone just fine and he was right. The waitstaff were very attentive. We declined a professional photo. We were going to skip dessert but the Cherries Jubilee Shortcake caught my eye so I ordered that. It was amazing. The manager stopped by to see how we were doing and we had a discussion about how they aren't allowed to flame the cherries table-side anymore.
After dinner we walk over to MGM to give the Lion's Share a try. I couldn't find it and had to ask where it was. Perhaps that got us a quicker cash-out since the high-limit attendant knew we were playing it. We head back north on the monorail and dink around for awhile and eventually crash.
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July 16th, 2013 at 9:59:39 AM permalink
(sorry no pix in this)

Tue 6/25
Today we start our 'business' (poker) part of the trip. Our event for the day will be the $235 WSOP Daily deepstack which starts at 3pm. We hop over to the McD across the street from Mirage to grab a couple breakfast burritos (because we are cheap like that) and then head out to the Mirage pool for a bit. If I remember right it was about 105 degrees which is too hot for me but in the morning it was fine.

At 12:30 a friend of mine that lives in town picked us up and we head over to In N Out (Tropicana) for lunch. It was massively crowded there as usual so instead she took us to a different store further north. I had my usual Double Double, Mustard Fried, Fries well done. D-lish.

Then it's off to Rio. We get signed up for the new WSOP.COM online poker site because even though we are not Nevada residents, they were giving away a buyin to each day's WSOP event to a random draw of people that signed up. Alas we didn't get picked for any of those. We take our seats in the 3pm event and are under way. We both get full double ups in the first level and are off to a great start. Unfortunately that didn't last long and we are both out by the second break.

We plan to take the shuttle back to Harrah's and just hang out until the 10pm nightly $55 TI tournament. Then we recall that I had a MyVegas award for a $50 food/beverage credit at Monte Carlo. So instead we hop the shuttle to Bally's, cross over to Bellagio, and take the City Center monorail to Monte Carlo. We decide to redeem the $50 at Diablo's Cantina. This turns out to be a great choice. My buddy is able to get us a couple spots at the bar while I get the voucher. They even had the Mariners/Pirates game on so we were able to watch the M's lose again. My buddy had steak fajitas and I had some variation of street tacos with chicken in them. The food and margaritas were great. It's kind of annoying that they charge for Chips and Salsa however.

We decide that there's just enough time to get back to TI in time for the 10pm tournament if we hustle. We are too cheap to cab in strip traffic of course so we bolt over to MGM to take the monorail back. We get to TI's new poker room and register. Unfortunately the tourney is under way with 2 full tables and a few alternates. They said we would get in. Of course in these nightly turbo style tourneys you don't really want to start late but we didn't have much of an option.

It looked like they were ready to start a 3rd table, however the earlier tournament's final table was still going. There were 2 players left and a total of under 10 Big Blinds on the table and they weren't chopping. Eventually it ended and they seated us. By now it was the 3rd level and it's pretty much shove or fold. Needless to say that didn't go well. We head back to Mirage and play some VPoker at the Sports Bar (10 credit .25 7/5 JoB but only 5 credits required to get drinks) and throw a few back while observing the hookers do their thing and eventually call it a night.
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July 16th, 2013 at 5:58:54 PM permalink
Tender is great! I have been twice and both times the service and food have been outstanding. I'm on a mission to try all the steakhouses on the strip. I started about a year and half ago (visiting vegas about 4 times a year) and have been to 5 different ones. So far, Tender is my #1. Unfortunately I didn't get to one on my last trip in late June and I'm itching to get back.
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July 16th, 2013 at 7:39:46 PM permalink
Since we're talking about steak houses on the strip...

If you go to the steak house at the Bellagio, the most expensive bottle of wine there is $58,370 (or at least it was last year). Assuming it comes in a standard 750mL bottle, that works out to about $383.60 per teaspoon. For that price, I would hope it is 199 proof and tastes like Kool-Aid.

The tax alone (6.85%) is $3,998. I can't help but wonder if you would be expected to tip 20% of its price if you ordered it. Realistically, the waiter will be doing the same amount of work as if it were a $50 bottle of wine. On the other hand, if you can afford to spend over $62,000 on a bottle of wine, you can probably also afford an $11,000 to $12,000 tip.
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July 16th, 2013 at 8:28:06 PM permalink
I don't think I'll be hitting up the Bellagio steakhouse anytime soon! I can't imagine a reasonable waiter would expect the tip amount to include that particular bottle wine....but you're right, if you can afford the wine you can most certainly afford the tip. I wouldn't mind being the waiter for that table!
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July 17th, 2013 at 8:01:21 AM permalink
The Wizard has a story (which I'm sure he's told before here) about going to a comped dinner with a host and being stuck with the tip on an $X,XXX bottle of wine.
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July 17th, 2013 at 8:14:53 AM permalink
Quote: teddys

The Wizard has a story (which I'm sure he's told before here) about going to a comped dinner with a host and being stuck with the tip on an $X,XXX bottle of wine.


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July 17th, 2013 at 9:48:44 AM permalink
Quote: JB

Since we're talking about steak houses on the strip...

If you go to the steak house at the Bellagio, the most expensive bottle of wine there is $58,370 (or at least it was last year). Assuming it comes in a standard 750mL bottle, that works out to about $383.60 per teaspoon. For that price, I would hope it is 199 proof and tastes like Kool-Aid.


750ml bottle of Everclear 190-proof, about $20.
Box of Grape Kool-Aid packets, about $5.
Therefore, for roughly $0.16 per teaspoon, you can have a Screaming Purple Jesus.

Note that 190 proof, 95% alcohol, is about as high as ethanol can get when exposed to air. 100% ethanol is hygroscopic and actually sucks water out of the air to dilute itself, so it has to be distilled and stored in a sealed environment. You can buy it from scientific supply companies but, without a permit, you have to pay federal alcohol taxes well in excess of 100%:
https://us.vwr.com/store/catalog/product.jsp?product_id=7756057
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slyther
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July 17th, 2013 at 10:13:27 AM permalink
I noticed that the Harrah's steakhouse where you take the elevator up a couple floors is now a Ruth's Chris.
On last year's trip we (8 guys) went to a Brazilian style steakhouse a little east of the strip called Fogo De Chao and I dont think any of us were able to move afterwords.

On to day 3:

Wednesday June 26.

This was the day I was waiting for, as we would be playing the $500 NL Hold 'Em Deepstack Extravaganza event at Palazzo. I love playing there and I had cashed in the previous 2 DSE events I played there.

We get up early and my buddy heads to the pool just for a bit and I drop by the $10 dice table that is open at Mirage. I buyin for $200 and 15 minutes later that has disappeared without a point being made. Eventually we grab lunch at McD on the way to Palazzo and sit for the tournament. I chip up in the early levels but then go card dead. Luckily the DSE structure is very friendly and I can sit back and wait, which is my game anyway. After the 2nd break I'm nursing a short stack with targeted shoves, etc. I caught a pair with 10-9 to run down a big Ace to stay alive at one point.

My table eventually broke just before the 3rd break. At the new table I was down to under 10 big blinds and I woke up with some cards. I double up and chip up a bit and am getting back into the mix. (WARNING: Bad Beat story follows - skip the next 2 paragraphs if you don't want to hear about it)

With the blinds at 600/1200/100 it is folded to the hijack (with about 60,000 chips or so), who raises to something like 2600, which was pretty standard at this table. It's folded to me on the button (with about 35,000 chips or so) and I have A-Q. I call and the blinds fold (I probably should 3-bet here, something I don't do nearly enough of). The flop is 6-6-3. The raiser leads out for probably something like 4500 and I decide that the flop didn't change anything so I will float it and see what happens on the turn. I call. The turn is another 3 and he checks. I bet something like 6000. He thinks for a moment and then shoves. I went into the tank on this one, usually i can make my decisions pretty quickly but I struggled with this.
A cardinal rule that I learned online is to not call when you think you are chopping because half the time you will be wrong and the other guy had you beat the whole way. That could easily be the case here as he could have been sitting on an overpair the whole time. But for some reason i just didn't buy it. If he's on the overpair he's gonna walk the dog, especially now that I've all but announced I have an Ace. I decide he's on an Ace and trying to push me out so he doesn't have to chop it. I drop my head and reluctantly call and flip over my cards. He sheepishly turns over K-10 for a bluff. I was starting to perk up until the dealer peeled off a King on the river to knock me out. So it turns out my call was right, but kind of for the wrong reason. Nonetheless a couple players at the table gave me props for making the call. I bust out about 120th out of 570 just before the dinner break. I'm pretty proud of my hero call there however.

My buddy had busted earlier and was already back at Mirage playing their nightly $60 tourney, so I used my $10 food comp from the DSE event over at the Venetian food court then caught up with him. He busted the Mirage tourney and we decide it's time to slum it and get our drink on so over to Casino Royale we go. My buddy saddles up to the Roulette table and for me it's Blackjack Switch and cocktails. As usual the cocktail service is great. We picked up the player's club coupon sheet which included a double pay on your first blackjack which was a nice little bonus. 4 hours later my buddy is down a couple hundo at the Roulette table and I am down $40 at Switch (varying my bet from $5-$15 per hand) and we are both fairly blasted. Eventually we stumble home to Mirage.
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July 17th, 2013 at 10:40:03 AM permalink
Quote: miplet

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thx for the link.

and the wiz wasnt 'stuck' w/the tip. he volunteered to pay the tip (b4 he saw the bill) since the other person was paying for the meal.

and what did th wiz do? the linked thread didnt have a conclusion
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