February 22, 2013
Improving your poker life, blowing your poker mind
Our little low-stakes show continues to take shape. In this episode Andrew talks about making the shift to daytime play, Dave looks for Presidents Day booziness at his tables, and I learn too much about Planet Hollywood after not taking a proper piss break during the iGaming North America conference going on upstairs.
Also this week: Our favorite Vegas grinder poker apps, with a special look at the new addition of MGM Resorts to Bravo Poker Live; a preview of the upcoming Wynn Classic and its opening $250k guarantee; a $10k early morning freeroll at the Palms; and various jackpot promos and bonus offers that may or may not be floating your boat any particular casino’s way.
All this (more or less) for only some 30ish minutes of your time!
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September 7, 2012
@RandomPoker finds bigger, brighter Sands room open for expanded business
Let’s hope it’s an omen. I picked up pocket Aces on my first hand in the new-and-improved Venetian poker room. My good friend and fellow Pokeratier Andrew raised into me, then called my three-bet “just in case” before check-folding the flop.
$10 Million Rebuy: The Venetian poker room has expanded to add 50 percent more tables and hopefully 50 percent more donkey tourists.
The new digs reopened at 5 am Wednesday; I arrived around 4:30 pm, or what Vegas grinders call morning. I wanted to see what a month-long renovation and supposedly $10 million could do for a major poker room. And I can tell you, this is now the fanciest poker joint in Vegas — if only for the giant, shimmering chandeliers hanging under a Renaissance ceiling mural at the front of the room.
Here’s some of what I couldn’t help but notice upon re-entering this previously familiar poker space:
May 25, 2012
Choosing events, swapping percentages, and selling pieces: Cash game grinders look for value spots in Vegas tourneys
After spending the majority of the past 3 weeks in Detroit, Columbus, and Carlsbad attending weddings, I’m back in my one-bedroom apartment at the intersection of Flamingo and Maryland in Las Vegas. Maybe it’s just the annoyingly vast amounts of construction and “improvements” they’re doing on my building, but there seems to be higher than standard levels of particles and dust in the Vegas air. People are excited, poker players are selling pieces, and Phil Hellmuth moved into the Aria penthouse for 2 months. That electric feeling can mean only one thing… the World Series of Poker is almost here.
I’ve never sold on the open marketplace, so bear with me as I figure this process out. I’m not a high volume tournament player, but I agree with Phil Galfond when he says that strong cash game players can find success in tournaments if they take them seriously.
Poker rooms across town (well, those in Caesars-owned properties anyway) are ramping up their promotion efforts for the series, offering a plethora of ways to win a seat into various events. On top of that, you can step into one of many rooms to pick up a flier for their own mini-series which will run concurrently; events with smaller buy ins but still impressively sized fields and prizes can be found up and down the strip as well as downtown. WSOP time in Las Vegas is awesome. If you like poker, you simply need to see the sheer size of the production that takes place inside the Rio Convention Center. Rows and rows, hundreds of tables (in use, no less…). Strip poker rooms overflowing with players. So many hopefuls, so many fans of the game, all the superstars and several soon-to-be poker-famous players descending on one spot. And let’s not forget… so many fish!