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    Default February 2020 Vegas trip

    So far, a stay at one resort in their wrap around balcony suite, 1200 square feet, has been arranged. This stay will commence riiiight at the end of February.

    Will probably go to another resort a week or so prior, and segue into the wrap around when the time is right.

    Ohhhhh yeah.

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    The trip itinerary is consolidating. Will be staying at a different casino before the wrap around suite stay, such that the total trip as planned at the moment is about ten days. Will probably extend the second stay and end up staying about two weeks, as usual!

    Can't be thinking about this too much right now, as real life and work are taking front row precedence. All is well!

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    Thinking of arriving at the first casino a little earlier, maybe more like mid-February, in that over all I need to be back in town by March 5th or so, and I don't want to be in any rush. When I go to Vegas, I stay indefinitely!

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    Okay, in that need to be back by March 5th or so, booked a third casino for arrival February 18th. The plan is to stay from February 18th through March 5th, split among three resorts.

    At the first one the only special event is a suite they have booked for us and other guests at the February 22nd VGK / Panthers hockey game. We're not the biggest hockey fans, but in a sky box suite, why not?

    At the third resort will be participating in another $100,000 Baccarat tournament. Winner takes all! (Well not really, there are 6 prizes.)

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    Will be at a spa resort most of next week. No gambling! Relax and get in the right state of mind...for Vegas!

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    'Rrived this afternoon. Unpacked, lounged with the wife, some room service
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    then hit the gym.

    Now back in the room, have some dinner probably in-suite again. Generally do not play on the first night. I was thinking I might since we arrived relatively early, but up early morning for the stock market, finishing packing then the drive here - feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed. Energetic enough for sex, not for gambling!

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    Trump in town, was just delivered to Trump tower.
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    The area around Trump Tower is closed off from most traffic. Earlier, as he was escorted in there were a couple dozen officers parked in the area, lights flashing.

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    Today was first day of play. Played four shoes. I was the only one at the table.

    Ahead first two shoes, trouble on the third. I had pulled an 8K marker actually ended up losing it all. I made a 3K call bet, lost that too. Then another 3K call bet, won that, let it ride, and now I had $6K and paid off the two call bets. Down 2K.

    Played my usual way next two shoes, stopped ahead about two grand, after having tipped out at least, I'd say four hunny over the course. One thing I did realize was that when I LOST a bet where I had twenty five or fifty alongside for the dealer, that at least psychologically seemed to eat into my stacks more than when I put money alongside for the dealer and we won together.

    However, I am goal oriented. If my goal is to win two grand, I am not going to have, say, the four hunny I tipped out extra in front of me to win 2400 when I stop. So, over all, my tipping does not affect my bottom line whatsoever.
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    Couple grand in the winner's envelope, stack of fives for tips (minus one left behind for the cashier), marker paid. What's the problem? No problem at all!

    Relaxed in the room with the wife, she had a Nicoise salad, I had lobster tacos.
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    She's at the spa now. I'm up here chilling.

    Until tomorrow!
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    The fat guy is headed back to his Tower again for the night.
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    Entire Strip north of Encore, and Koval were closed for a good hour, maybe longer.

    One funny thing that happened today, about 30 hands into the 4th shoe the dealer wiped the board clear by mistake. As I keep score by hand always, they then borrowed my score card to re-populate manually the scoreboard with the hand history. The pit boss spent about ten minutes typing in each hand via the keypad. I was in no hurry. I took a bathroom break during the pause in proceedings.
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    Allll righty then! Another win, pulled 8k marker, played four shoes, did get hectic at one point was down -4K plopped 4K on there got back to even and pretty smooth sailing afterwards to a little over 3K win for the day.
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    This brings the trip cash envelope to over five grand. I cashed the yellows 1K at Encore, 2K at Wynn, this way they don't look to see how much I have won which sometimes leads to a threat to temp close my line unless I deposit the chips against my line, or do not cash them.

    Temp closing your line is a tactic they use to try to coerce you into depositing all your winnings. Then with that deposited plus your line if you go on a really bad run you might draw against and lose it all. But cash stashed in your safe is far from the casino floor and harder to get to which they don’t like.
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    Not everyone won. At my table everyone else who played my shoes lost, either because they didn't get on and stay on the runs the way I did, or bet against them. One guy lost a sizable stack of $500. purples betting against a bank run, and this messed me up to because out of respect for his bet I stayed out of it until about the third bank and then I HAD to jump in but bet small, since he was betting huge "against" me.

    In blackjack, I used to think that other players misplaying basic strategy affect the outcome but I've realized for some time that they do not, it's just another card exposed to keep track of for purposes of the count and flow. Other players no longer affect me whatsoever at the BJ table. I just do my thing.

    At Baccarat, it's another story. I tend to be the only one in the room winning at Bacc. so it comes down to "Who do I trust? ME!" and not wanting to be influenced by other players. You have some big bet ready for the Bank and some punk comes along and tosses a hundred on the Player, or some player who hasn't won a hand in the last five puts an even bigger bet on the Bank before you place yours, and it's hard for such events, especially as they pile up, to not affect your play.

    So if possible I try to play earlier in the day before the high limit room fills with the drunks and other high rollers who seem to be there just to dump as much money as possible in as short a time as possible.

    After all, Who put this thing together?
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    Thursday got a little hectic at the tables. By the time I got back to the room I had energy and enthusiasm for sex, but not for firing up my laptop and posting anything on the 'net. So here goes:

    I started at about 11am, somewhat early because it was not a day when I go to the gym (I go every other day). I had already been up since 5am for the stock market, and it wasn't the greatest day in the market either (I'm holding a pretty large AMZN trade position at the moment in the red through the weekend - I hold a lot of long term AMZN and other tech company shares that are up an insane amount of money, but I also trade extra shares of certain stocks including AMZN on a regular basis). I had a sell order for these shares at 2123 and of course on that last leg up it hit only as high as 2122.7 or so, and then gradually wound down to below 2100. But, all will be well next week on this trade, not to worry.

    Anyway, back to gambling. Of the casino variety.

    By about halfway through the second Baccarat shoe I was up about 3K. For some reason I wanted to get to more like 5K to make it an even 10K won this week at this casino, but instead, I started losing. Next thing you know I had lost the entire 8K marker I had pulled. I did a 2K call bet on the Bank, won. I paid it back, did another 2K bet with these chips, won. I was thinking I should have just let the 4K ride, and then I would have been close to even again (minus the 2K owed on the call bet), but I didn't. Then I played that 4K on another hand a bit later, lost. Another 1K call bet, lost. I had them print it to ten. So now I had $9000. in front of me and owed the casino $9000. for this session.

    I played some more, but by the end of the second shoe or maybe at some point in the third shoe, don't quite recall, I had lost that second marker too. Now down $18,000. I asked the pit boss for another $10K and he said no. I did a double take - I have a fifty K line, so what was he getting at? Turned out, what he was getting at was a joke.

    "I just gave you one."

    True. But I lost it.

    "I'll tell you what. I'll give you another one, but you have to promise to give it back. And no crazy betting - this is a crazy shoe."

    He was right. This wasn't the best shoe - no discernible pattern, no runs to mention, no streaks. I should not have been betting big into such a shoe.

    But then my luck changed. I played a total of seven shoes, and honestly, I did not bet crazily any longer. My average bet was 500 for the rest of the day, and bit by bit I won back all of what I had lost, tipping out about 500. along the way, and paid off all the markers.

    I was getting a bit stuck at this point when I had about $25K in front of me:
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    (I had to sneak that picture because the day before when I tried to take a pic of the board to show what a great shoe I had played, this particular pit boss, the same one who had joked with me today about the markers, had quietly politely mentioned that "Aren't no photos allowed in a casino?) Most pit bosses don't care if you snap a picture of your own chips or the board as long as no humans are in the pic, but this one does. (By the way - that No Smoking sign - that is by my request. I hate having smokers at my table.)

    The end stack of chips when I reached the goal of EVEN - $28,000., was this:
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    and this pic was taken when a different pit boss, female one who said, "I'm proud of you. You won back all your money and you played relaxed." was present - one who doesn't care about pictures taken.

    All markers paid:
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    I hadn't won a nickel (well, I did win $500. but all of that was tipped out to the dealers by way of side bets for them alongside mine out of appreciation as I kept winning my markers back), but I was now HUNGRY. I had barely eaten breakfast and was getting more and more tired as the hours wore on - I had played 7 and a half hours straight, and been up since 5am. It's amazing how hungry one gets after a winning session (and how one may barely masticate a steak after losing due to LACK of appetite).

    The line at the buffet was long, but my Tower Suite star key (given to RFB (room food beverage comp'ed) guests, got me to the head of the line.

    At the buffet, I ate.
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    and ate
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