Going to Vegas this summer
Posted 08 February 2012 - 08:16 PM
So are there any decent casino's off of the strip, or is it shady/dangerous to play there? 2/5 would definitely be out of my comfort zone (easy to understand because it's kind of a college graduation - start working after it kind of trip), 0.5/1 would be perfect.
Posted 08 February 2012 - 08:54 PM
Posted 08 February 2012 - 08:49 PM
Posted 08 February 2012 - 06:33 PM
I'm visiting the American west-coast this summer and will be in Vegas at the start of july, probably for a few days. Was wondering about a couple of things though, since I've never been there:
- Where would be the best place to play lower stakes poker (blinds $2/$2'ish or lower)? What's the lever of play at those stakes?
- How do you pay for playing poker? Are pots raked or do you just have to pay a certain amount per hour?
- Since it's mid-WSOP I'd definitely like to go rail a little and experience the atmosphere. Can you just walk into the Rio for free and rail? Same for Bobby's room and other big live games.
Yea, I know I must sound like an uber vegasnoob now... which I am.
Posted 08 February 2012 - 06:57 PM
Im not sure where there are lower stakes games BUT some of the lesser casinos, like MGM, or Ballys might be your best bet. How is the quality of play at these stakes? Not terrible but not great but the thing is this. There are now professionals at every level of play. There are people who are more then content to grind out a couple of hundred a day at the 1/2 game and there are people at the 10/25 happy to grind out 5-20K a day. Just depends.
Posted 08 February 2012 - 07:02 PM
Posted 08 February 2012 - 09:14 PM
the cash games are extreeemly soft at 1/2, especially at the time the WSOP is running, 1/2 games will be running everywhere, MGM is good for the lower stakes, 2/5 was the biggest game that ran while i was there, Aria playes a really good 1/3 game, again plenty of action. Ceasers also plays a soft game, and the Venetian.....
expect tables full of old men at the MGM and frenchys who buy in for 60$, my fave was young guys with there gf siting behind railing, was funny 2 bust them....pity they cudnt put the gf in the pot also lol!
anyways you should have no problems beating 1/2 live, it plays very straight forward....
Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:47 PM
First of all, never buy anything from a ticket seller on the street. They will sell you out-of-date, worthless junk and they are not to be trusted.
Second, same as in any city, be wary of your possessions. The walk between Circus Circus and the Stratosphere is not recommended, especially at night.
Third, make sure you visit Downtown and Fremont Street as it's a unique experience. Take a taxi there and back though and be extra careful of your belongings whilst watching the street performers.
On the poker side of things, my favourite casino by far to play in is the Venetian . The $1/$2 is usually pretty soft and if you're on a tough table (or the drinks holders contains bottles of water all round!) you can request a table change. Again, if you notice a fish on the table, don't be scared to ask for a seat change to move to the left of the fish. This alone has earnt me a lot of money in Vegas! The best things about the Venetian are the space and quality of the dealers.
With the quick service in all casinos, you can easily get drunk for next to nothing, receiving several free drinks per hour. Just remember to tip a $1 and they will come back to you. Other casinos offer decent cash games also. At the other end of the strip is the Mandalay Bay which often has a pretty soft game with the value coming from rich players floating in and out of the games. The same is said for Caesar's and though their games are $1/$3 the difference isn't great between that and $1/$2.
As for the standard, expect multi-way limped pots at all times and not a lot of aggression. People will put their money in liberally but general by calling rather than raising or applying pressure. If your table is tough or you've seen a few 3bets then you might be able to find better luck elsewhere. Personally, I prefer to play in nicer establishments such as Venetian, Bellag, Mandalay Bay, ARIA and the Wynn as they run better games and often attract a nicer group of players. However, if you want slightly lower stakes and standards (of poker and of people!) then try Imperial Palace or Flamingo which have soft games running (though only a few at a time). If you want the lowest of the low play at O'Shea's where you'll basically be sitting outdoors but everybody will be drinking and the game will be loose (though probably slow!).
Make sure you try the Bellagio buffet and enjoy! Let me know if you've any other questions. I LOVE VEGAS!!
Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:21 PM
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