Just got home from 4 days in vegas. I stayed at Aria and I think that will be the last time I stay at Aria. The hotel itself is just beautiful. The issue is I think the vast majority of the local pros like playing there and that in combination that there is always a 20+ person list I think the casual players are just turned away. That said I did have one pretty good session there but only because I got really lucky in one hand and then was able to stack the only donkey at the table for a huge pot. This was all at 1-3 NL..
My next session was all about this uber loose table and my normal moves just didn't work as I kept getting called in +EV situation and didn't hit. a lot of the +EV comes from fold equity so when they didn't fold twice I was up against bigger pairs. After the loose players left all that was left were tables filled with uber nits. nits that fold to almost any raise even with trips.. can't get paid off if the villains in hands do call your value bets..
So today I went over to venetian and spent 30 min at a 1/2 nl table and had enough.. Uber nits there too. pots over 30bucks was unheard of .. so I jumped in a new 2-5 nl table and on my very first hand managed not to get stacked when I raise in the co with KQ suite flopped tp and a flush draw against a set and the guy NEVER raised me just called.. I lost 200 on that hand but he left me my other 300.. lol
I got must moved to the main game and although there were a couple decent players most were older tourists types that were more passive but a little call stationy...I worked my short stack all the way up to 1200 before tiredness really started sticking and I moved over to the 8/16 omaha 8 game to veg until I had to leave for my flight.
To sum it up unless the baby games are where the fish outnumber the regs there are just horrible games..cant squeeze and value out of them. better to even short stack a 2-5 game in vegas then play full stack in one of the baby games.
Venetian also provide more options as they had the limit o8 game, PLO and big o going when I left. NL games from 1-3 to 5-10 were going as well and the room was full. even with all the new tables they just put in.
So is it worth taking a trip say every month there? probably not. Morongo still has the absolute worst players I have ever seen and thats only 1.5 hrs a way.. THAT would be worth the trip once a month. I hear Agua Caliente is also good so may need to try that one soon rather than go to Vegas..
anyways my take. I have some hands to go over and will post them in the next day or two.
The funniest thing was being recognized twice for playing on LATB and having the players come up to me to ask my opinion on strategy. These guys even had coaches.. not sure what the coaches were doing but some of their plays were rather bad..maybe they should quit the coach and sign up for SOP?