And We’re Off!

    And We’re Off! And We’re Off! And We’re Off! And We’re Off! And We’re Off! And We’re Off!

And We’re Off!

So the new year is in full effect and I’ve hit the ground runnin’.

The California Swing started over at Thunder Valley and I tried their Action 8. It was a $100,000 guarantee with 8 people max on each table. I was able to grind down to the last 3 tables in the first flight.

Chip Stack First Shot at Action 8 in the California Swing Thunder Valley Lincoln California

I made a few hands and got paid off on them. I flopped a full house with pocket 8’s on a 8-4-4 flop and was able to induce pocket aces to shove on the turn for a full double. After the bubble broke, I was really short stacked and found pocket 6’s which ran into pocket jacks. No help, and I busted for a min cash. It was a good experience but you really have to be ready to be grinding for 8+ hours.

I drove back home with a little more than my buy-in and figured I’d take another shot at it in another flight the next day. So I came back and jumped right back in.

Second Bullet in Action 8 in the California Swing Thunder Valley Lincoln California

It’s weird because I played the second bullet much different than my first one. I played a lot more aggressive and had bigger swings in my stack. I got coolered and flopped a set of 8’s (three of a kind) and the villain turned a straight. That cost me half my stack but I was optimistic. I eventually picked up pocket queens and raised, only to get a bunch of callers. The flop was A-4-J and the players in early position check to me. I bet out and get one caller in later position from me. The turn is another A which I figure is a great card for me and I jam. The last player tanks for a while and calls with KJ. And wouldn’t you know it, the river is a K, giving him a bigger two pair than mine. Bust.

I fired two bullets and figured I’d take a couple days off and watch the rain. It’s been raining a lot up in Northern California. I decided to get outta the rain and hop on down to Las Vegas. Before I knew it…

Planet Hollywood on Las Vegas Strip Nevada

A few free nights over at Flamingo and hittin’ the games during CES convention. The games were juicy and there was definitely money on the tables to be had.

The next day I made my way downtown for a few in-flight offers I saw and took advantage of those.

Fremont Street Experience Downtown Las Vegas Nevada

That Fremont Street always takes me back to those Vegas glory days. There is just so much history down there. The Downtown Grand was giving me some free food and a little freeplay, so I made my way over there for some food at Freedom Beat.

Jambalaya from Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand in Las Vegas Nevada

For some reason, the cold and rain was making me want some jambalaya. Perfect amount of spice with succulent shrimp and sausage. The texture was a little drier than I’d like but you can’t have it all. If you get a chance to get downtown, definitely hit up the Downtown Grand.

Downtown Grand in Las Vegas Nevada

Always nice to find the smaller places around town and see what else Vegas has to offer.

On the way back, I took a short little break at one of Vegas’s new spots, the Lucky Dragon. This is a Chinese casino that has just opened and I didn’t want to call it Chinese themed because they were going for an authentic Chinese experience here. Most of the staff speak Cantonese and Mandarin and the signage is all Chinese with English as secondary. The interior was beautiful but the casino floor seemed a little small.

Glass Dragon at The Lucky Dragon Las Vegas Nevada

They have a giant glass dragon hanging from the ceiling as their centerpiece. I only played a little keno at the bar to get a Baileys and coffee.

Bailey's and Coffee at the Lucky Dragon Las Vegas Nevada

Nothing like a hot drink on a chilly Vegas night. The casino was quite a trek and I wouldn’t recommend checking it out unless you’re native Chinese or really into Asian casinos. Most of the offerings are pretty standard.

Then it was back to the strip for some more poker action. I played for a while at the MGM Grand and the games were pretty good. I got hit with two pair over two pair early on and was short stacked. It was pretty crazy though because I was down to $18 at this table. I know most people just rebuy in case they get a big hand so they can get paid but I always like to nurse the little stack and see what I can do. I ran it up with a few hands.

Poker Chips at MGM Grand Las Vegas Nevada

I had a suited ace that I shoved with preflop and hit a flush. Then I had aces that turned a set against a lady’s two pair. Finally I flopped a boat with pocket tens against a lady’s AQ on a A-A-T flop. Always need some run good to make that money. I ended the session up and heard the floor managers talking about this thing called the Cupcake ATM. I didn’t know this was a thing. It was connected to the Linq which is right next door to Flamingo. On my way back I had to see it.

Cupcake ATM at Sprinkles at the Linq Las Vegas Nevada

There it was in all of it’s glory. You can get cupcakes anytime you please. It’s at a place called Sprinkles in the alley. It was a good cupcake too. Moist and rich without being unbearably sweet.

This was a great little trip out the Vegas and I’m sure it will be the first of many for this year. I hope all of you are having some run good in 2017 and have the best of luck. Good luck and until next time!


-Eager Wolf

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