One of the greatest things I've ever seen on these boards.
Golden Tiki was actually closed the day we were in Chinatown. Word is, they opened, then closed because of a case/outbreak of the 'Rona. They did a deep cleaning (there are now companies that specialize in CORONA disinfection), and should reopen soon (if not already by the time of this post).Always love these trip report from one of my favorite destinations. Thanks @Poker Zombie and @Mrs Poker Zombie By any chance when you were/are in Chinatown, did you notice if the Golden Tiki was open and operating? That is one of the coolest places I have ever been, but it's typically wall to wall people. Curious how they're handling the social distancing thing, if they're even open.
I have hated touching bathroom doors ever since I learned how poorly the average person washed their hands - or how frequently they don't. So this move is well honed, and I slip in like a germaphobic ninja...
Sorry about the 7/4 donk! At least the pool was gorgeous and the wine was flowing! Sounds like a perfectly enjoyable day to me! Keep the updates coming, I loved this one in particular! Makes me imagine I'm somewhere sunny and 7....105 lol
One day Ben and I will make it out to Vegas! (I've never been)
Ben tells me all the time, they cant all be winners lolDrunk donks are a dime a dozen in Vegas. I've easily lifted more off them over the years than I've lost, so it's easier to digest in the big picture. This guy was just unstoppable today with any 2 suited cards. He bought in for $80, and was well over $400 when we were felted (Mrs Zombie and I were felted in back-to-back hands).
Sometimes you gotta feed the fish.
Pool and Poker
...except for Mrs Zombie's foot. If you spot anybody else in the photo, I am completely unaware.
Unfortunately, none left with us as the god of 7-4 suited would call everything and flush every time. Every F*cking Time. Money was always in good though, so no complaints. It's just the way poker works.
Tremendous write-up. Sounds like you. It’s are having a great time!The Classics respond to COVID
We start by heading to breakfast at a place that has been around since 1972, the Peppermill. We tried to hit this place on our last Vegas trip, but with a line out the door, electronics in the car, triple digit temperatures, we had to bail. This time the electronics were safely in the room, and we called ahead.
When we got there around 11, there was no line, no waiting. Most of the tables were being used, with some really janky plexiglas screwed to the backs of the booths. A million dollar property with a $3.75 solution for COVID.
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The food portions at the Peppermill are enormous. Hash-House big. If we known, we would have split a plate. Mrs Zombie got something that was at least a half dozen eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, potatoes, and a muffin. She finished the muffin. I ordered french toast with a side of sausage. The 4 sausages were the size of a bratwurst.
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Thoroughly stuffed, we waddled to the Venetian. The Venetian has been around since 1999, so it does not count as a classic. It does however, have poker. We joined a $230, 5 player sit-n-go ($1000 to the winner). The Venetian does not have plexiglass so their games are limited to 5 players. The Tournament director required every player to use hand sanitizer before the first hand was dealt. I think it was a nice touch, even though Mrs Zombie and I did just than only moments before the TD ordered it. Still we did it a second time. We wanted our hands to be good. Clean too.
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Remember that little bottle of Tabasco from Ellis Island? Yeah, that happened.
The blind structure was more BGinGA than any structure @BGinGA has ever posted. I'm sure he dreams of structures like this, but doesn't post them because in his mind it's pure porn.
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Mrs Zombie ran deep. She identified a leak in her game last night at the Sahara, and we discussed it on the walk back. When it popped up again in this tournament, she quickly identified it, and found herself head-up for all the marbles. Well, all the dollars. Payouts in marbles would be heavy, and we'd have to join MarbleForum.com.
Her opponent (We will call him The Opponent) chipped away at her stack, 6000 to 19000, but Mrs Zombie is the Patrick Roy of short stack defence. Sure enough, she powered back and soon stacks were too close to estimate who was the leader.
Then it happened. Blinds at 300/500 Mrs Zombie held . The Opponent limped in the dark from the button. MZ raised to 1500, The Opponent called. Flop comes over . MZ raised 2000, The Opponent reraised. He did that a lot when they first went heads-up, and that is how she got chipped down. MZ shoved, only to see the opponent turn up . Aces held.
Don't feel too bad though. Mrs Zombie was very happy with the improvement in her game.
...and I was The Opponent
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We headed out for a celebratory martini, then back to the room to... well you know... some 100/300, 200/300 blinds action.
When we first arrived back in Vegas, we drove up the strip. As we did we pointed out each property, and mentioned something we did in each one. As it turns out, we have stayed, played, ate, or seen a show in every single property, except one - and it has been around longer than Mrs Zombie has been alive.
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I'm not sure what I would be afraid of here. COVID, or some supergerm that would kill COVID and everything else.
This is the first property we've entered that did not enforce mask wearing. If the NGC found out, Circus Circus would face steep fines, or be closed outright. Not surprisingly, the hand sanitizer stations were completely full. I think we may have been the first to ever use them. The second floor was filled with carny games - and they were packed. No social distancing here. Moreover, people were throwing money away on those largely unwinnable games trying to win 3 slide whistles so they could trade them for a small prize, one size higher.
Circus Circus must be the mecca for all carnival barkers. I'm pretty sure the hotel tower is just a massive meth production center.
I stuck my head under the sanitizer to clean the memory from my brain.
However, the hole that is the Circus Circus holds within it a 30 year old steakhouse. This is the first place in this casino that even seemed to understand social distancing.
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The Steakhouse was very good. Not perfect, but it can see perfect from where they are.
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Success in a tournament, and checking off the last property on the strip... at least until Resorts World is complete.
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It's getting close.
Sometimes, when a villain bluffs on the river, it doesn't match the rest of the "story" each successive street was telling. She just looked at the last street, often a oversized bet, and folded 3rd nut. Midway in a tournament, or anytime in a cash game, players are usually looking for value, not the home run. Check, check, shove requires looking at the whole story, the villain's range and their history with the big river bets.What was the corrected leak?
Cool, good to know, and thanks for rememberingSometimes, when a villain bluffs on the river, it doesn't match the rest of the "story" each successive street was telling. She just looked at the last street, often a oversized bet, and folded 3rd nut. Midway in a tournament, or anytime in a cash game, players are usually looking for value, not the home run. Check, check, shove requires looking at the whole story, the villain's range and their history with the big river bets.
..By the way @FordPickup92 , after binking the tournament I tossed the dealer a hundo chip and said "for you". She just took the chip quietly and added it to the pile. Just like in Casino Royale, they did not award the final pot. There was a chip count, but once my T500s and were counted, it became apparent that I had Mrs Zombie covered, so we just went into the payout stage. I then explained the Casino Royale scene, which she was unfamiliar with.
Then I slid her a $20. That made her happy.
Wynn's poker room has remained closed. The concern about another closure has been at the forefront of our thoughts throughout, and it is clearly in the minds of the dealers we spoke to on the topic.Whispers are that Vegas is close to being shut down again. Either run away or run into the casino you have left to visit fast, depending on how you feel about that.
Wynn is now one of my favourite poker rooms but I think they did not reopen it after the shutdown?