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Silent_K

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I’m headed to Vegas in a couple of weeks for work. I’ll have one night and one night only to play poker.

I’ve read most of the other threads on here so I don’t want to be redundant. But, the advice varies enough that I’m still not sure what to do. So here are some specific details and questions that might help narrow down the opinions to be most relevant to me.

1) I can only play one night. It can be Monday or Tuesday but I’m leaning towards Tuesday April 26th since I won’t have to work the next day, just catch a flight out. Does it matter?

2) I’m torn on whether to play a tourney or cash game. I have more experience with live tournaments, but play mostly cash games online. With a tourney I risk less money, but the buy-in is gone unless I place, whereas I can leave a cash table whenever I need to to manage losses.

3) I’d really like to limit myself to around $200. Most of the low stakes tables seem to be 1/3 instead of 1/2 like I’m used to. Does 1/3 play a lot bigger? Will I be terribly disadvantaged if I only buy in for $200?

4) There are a lot of opinions on who has the best room or best action, but the one I keep hearing the most is Aria. If I only get one night out this is where I’m leaning just to have the experience. But open to other suggestions based on the following information: I primarily play home tournaments and have only played at a casino cash table once. I’m just here as a recreational player, so a clean, fun atmosphere is more important than the action. However, a super tight table is not going to be any fun and at my skill level an overly aggressive game is probably not going to be much fun either. My main priorities are to have a great experience for my first time in Vegas, and not to leave feeling like a punching bag.

5) Smoke-free is a must. I’m asthmatic.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences!
 
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If the bankroll is 200 , you should play a tourney. I don't think it can really survive a cash 1/2 or 1/3 table unless you intent to just completely NIT it up for a big pair or something.
 

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If the bankroll is 200 , you should play a tourney.

I agree that a tourney would be best for him. Aria has a $160 tourney @ 1:00 PM Sunday-Thursday. From what I can tell, their is no hidden cost of an add on, either.

And I know their poker area (like most) is smoke free, but a little smoke would likely drift in from the casino floor.

I would imagine you’d get a better quality of player at those stakes, with less limping and less “maniac” / better quality play, but I’ve got no personal experience.

Hopefully someone here will give their 2¢ about their Aria Daily Tourney experience.

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@riotouslevity So I should always play for max buy-in? $300 is the limit at most tables, which I could do. I just wanted to be conservative. I think Wynn has a $500 limit for 1/3 so I’m guessing that one would play much bigger.
 

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I'm a little disappointed with how it turned out. I ended up having more coworkers on the trip so my plans got a little less flexible. I had planned on playing a tourney at SouthPoint but I couldn't use our rental car the night I needed it and the cost of an uber to go that far was more than the entry fee so I punted and just sat down at the 1/2 table at my hotel (Westgate). There was only one table going and it was mostly regs. Everyone was straddling so it played more like 2/5 and I just wasn't prepared psychologically. It wasn't uncommon for the pot to be over $60 pre-flop so it just got really expensive to play hands. I won a few decent pots but ultimately my stack just slowly dwindled until I was at a significant disadvantage.

On the plus side everyone at the table was very friendly, the conversation was lively and the dealer was engaging and helpful. So, it was a mostly pleasant experience, I just didn't win anything.
 

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