Vegas redux 2021 - Unleash the Power of the Pyramid (3 Viewers)

k9dr

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Flying out tomorrow morning for a week in Las Vegas for my (semi) annual veterinary conference and poker extravaganza. The conference is at Mandalay Bay and I will be staying in the newly remodeled pyramid at Luxor. I will be solo most of the trip so no shows and more poker :) My son will be joining me for a few days from California so I will be showing him around the town. Get ready for lots of food pics and hopefully some big stacks. I will be playing mostly 1/3 NL at Aria & Bellagio, plus tournaments at Venetian but plan to take some stabs at 5/10 NL and PLO too. I am planning to harvest some racks at Sahara and hopefully Mandalay Bay, although I am not sure if their poker room has reopened. I am fully vaccinated, masked, and ready for action :ninja:

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Previous trip reports were posted on Chiptalk (no longer available) and AllVegasPoker (now Poker Atlas) and more recent ones on PCF:

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...t-venetian-tournaments-1-2-nl-lots-of-and-fun

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...er-coaster-poker-up-one-day-and-down-the-next

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...-discovering-the-secrets-of-the-humane-genome

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...uke-of-fremont-hal-lubarsky-and-the-handshake

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...as-vegas-trip-report-poker-hookers-food-oh-my

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...egas-trip-report-beer-and-losing-in-las-vegas

https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/vegas-poker-palooza-2015-a-song-of-vice-and-ire.5083/

https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/vegas-poker-episode-2016-the-farce-awakens.10632/

I am hoping to run more like 2015 than 2016 :bigbucks:
 

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Have a great time Mark, run good and enjoy lots of IPAs!!
 
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Last I checked, Mandalay Bay had permanently closed their poker room. Luxor's has been closed for a while, and New York New Yorks had also been closed (but hardly worth going to even when opened.

It leaves Mandalay Bay a drive to the nearest room, but at least you are in Vegas - and with a tax-write-off to boot! Free-rollin the first buy-in!
 

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Interested to hear what the renovated Pyramid rooms are like — do let us know! Think they have some of the old Bellagio furniture in their rooms?

Have a great trip — and run well!
 

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Flying out tomorrow morning for a week in Las Vegas for my (semi) annual veterinary conference and poker extravaganza. The conference is at Mandalay Bay and I will be staying in the newly remodeled pyramid at Luxor. I will be solo most of the trip so no shows and more poker :) My son will be joining me for a few days from California so I will be showing him around the town. Get ready for lots of food pics and hopefully some big stacks. I will be playing mostly 1/3 NL at Aria & Bellagio, plus tournaments at Venetian but plan to take some stabs at 5/10 NL and PLO too. I am planning to harvest some racks at Sahara and hopefully Mandalay Bay, although I am not sure if their poker room has reopened. I am fully vaccinated, masked, and ready for action :ninja:

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Previous trip reports were posted on Chiptalk (no longer available) and AllVegasPoker (now Poker Atlas) and more recent ones on PCF:

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...t-venetian-tournaments-1-2-nl-lots-of-and-fun

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...er-coaster-poker-up-one-day-and-down-the-next

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...-discovering-the-secrets-of-the-humane-genome

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...uke-of-fremont-hal-lubarsky-and-the-handshake

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...as-vegas-trip-report-poker-hookers-food-oh-my

https://www.pokeratlas.com/table-ta...egas-trip-report-beer-and-losing-in-las-vegas

https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/vegas-poker-palooza-2015-a-song-of-vice-and-ire.5083/

https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/vegas-poker-episode-2016-the-farce-awakens.10632/

I am hoping to run more like 2015 than 2016 :bigbucks:
Get ‘em, Mark.

“May all your cards be live and your pots be monsters.” — Mike Sexton
— Saoliver
 

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Last I checked, Mandalay Bay had permanently closed their poker room. Luxor's has been closed for a while, and New York New Yorks had also been closed (but hardly worth going to even when opened.

It leaves Mandalay Bay a drive to the nearest room, but at least you are in Vegas - and with a tax-write-off to boot! Free-rollin the first buy-in!
I just got back from a very similar trip - staying at Luxor for a work conference/trade show in Mandalay Bay.

Mandalay Bay just reopened their poker room a week or so before I got there. IIRC they run 3pm-11pm Thursday-Monday and are closed the other days. When they do run, they only get about 2-3 tables of 1/3NL going. They haven't fully restaffed yet.

I played there once. One table was deep and somewhat grindy. The table I sat at was great, but one LAG was crushing it, seeing about 80% of flops and seemingly hitting all of them. I played for two hours (9pm to 11pm) and by the time they ran us out, he had run it up from about 500 to 1200.

I also played at Venetian a couple times (also 1/3NL). First session was amazing, I couldn't have asked for a better table. Second session (Monday night), my first table was grindy and horrible, and I table changed after 30 minutes. The second table was much better, but the poker gods weren't with me and I was playing like crap after an exhausting week of work. It didn't go well. :confused

I even tried a short session at Bally's, and that was surprisingly grindy too (Tuesday evening).
 

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I just got back from a very similar trip - staying at Luxor for a work conference/trade show in Mandalay Bay.

Mandalay Bay just reopened their poker room a week or so before I got there. IIRC they run 3pm-11pm Thursday-Monday and are closed the other days. When they do run, they only get about 2-3 tables of 1/3NL going. They haven't fully restaffed yet.

I played there once. One table was deep and somewhat grindy. The table I sat at was great, but one LAG was crushing it, seeing about 80% of flops and seemingly hitting all of them. I played for two hours (9pm to 11pm) and by the time they ran us out, he had run it up from about 500 to 1200.

I also played at Venetian a couple times (also 1/3NL). First session was amazing, I couldn't have asked for a better table. Second session (Monday night), my first table was grindy and horrible, and I table changed after 30 minutes. The second table was much better, but the poker gods weren't with me and I was playing like crap after an exhausting week of work. It didn't go well. :confused

I even tried a short session at Bally's, and that was surprisingly grindy too (Tuesday evening).

I’m really happy to hear that the Mandalay Bay poker room reopened - it was not showing up on Bravo.

It is great during the vet conference to get some poker time between sessions.

Did you stay in the pyramid or tower ??
 

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I’m really happy to hear that the Mandalay Bay poker room reopened - it was not showing up on Bravo.

It is great during the vet conference to get some poker time between sessions.

Did you stay in the pyramid or tower ??
I stayed in the pyramid, 7th floor. I was happy with the room, though my view of the Strip was mostly blocked by a giant butt:

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Luxor was pretty quiet during the week, but got much busier over the weekend (par for the course in LV). The Friday I was there was insanely crowded because of a Guns-n-Roses concert at Mandalay Bay that night.
 

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I stayed in the pyramid, 7th floor. I was happy with the room, though my view of the Strip was mostly blocked by a giant butt:

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Luxor was pretty quiet during the week, but got much busier over the weekend (par for the course in LV). The Friday I was there was insanely crowded because of a Guns-n-Roses concert at Mandalay Bay that night.

The pyramid rooms are supposed to be recently remodeled with hand me down furniture from the Bellagio. I have heard to ask for a NW facing room on a high floor.
 

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The pyramid rooms are supposed to be recently remodeled with hand me down furniture from the Bellagio. I have heard to ask for a NW facing room on a high floor.
The room was clean, the bed was comfortable, and the shower was hot. Those are the main things I care about. Internet was decent too, I did have to do some work from the room.

Also FYI, I had dinner at the Luxor steakhouse (Tender). It was quite good but pricey. Luckily my company paid for it. :tup:
 

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The pyramid rooms are supposed to be recently remodeled with hand me down furniture from the Bellagio. I have heard to ask for a NW facing room on a high floor.
Most interesting thing about the Luxor is the diagonal moving elevators. It's a weird feeling to move sideways in an elevator.
 

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Most interesting thing about the Luxor is the diagonal moving elevators. It's a weird feeling to move sideways in an elevator.
Yeah, after being on my feet all day for the show, I sometimes had to put my hand on the wall to steady myself when the elevator started moving.
 

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One more thing @k9dr. They just refreshed the key system at Luxor, and they were having some problems.

I was never able to get the digital key (via MGM app) to work, but I was able to use the app for check-in and to get a physical key made at the self-service kiosk. That saved me a bunch of time compared to waiting in line for check-in, FYI.
 
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