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I am headed out tomorrow to play in my first WSOP in Vegas....playing in the $1500 event....
I was wondering if anyone on the board has played and if they have any tips.....I play a lot of poker but this will be my biggest live event as there will probably be about 2700 plus people playing....
Also, staying at the Cosmopolitan and haven't been there before....any thoughts on the hotel as well??
I've never played a WSOP event but have several friends who have. My advice is just play your game. There will be a lot of donks in that event.
The Cosmo is awesome. Try to get a room facing the Bellagio fountains. Here's a pic from the balcony....
Apparently, I was doing a handstand on the railing when I took that picture.
(some guys just can't handle Vegas)
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by devidee 9 months ago
The 1500 is a good tourney from what all the guys I play with say. A few of them are going out for it. Like any tournament, just be patient and get a good night's sleep. If you can afford to, leave 5 minutes before any break...the men's room lines will be awful.
Never stayed at the Cosmo, but my wife does and she loves it. There will be tough cab lines in the AM for the tourney so leave early and/or rent a car or get a limo lined up.
I actually flew out there and played in 2, $1500 NL Hold 'em events a few years ago. It was an awesome (little overwhelming at first) experience. I stayed on the strip and took a cab as well. As tough as it is to do being in Vegas, turn in early and get plenty of sleep. Try to wake up early enough to take a shower, grab some food/coffee, just get your mind right. Getting up and heading straight there to sit down at the table an hour after you wake up, mind isn't nearly as sharp or focused. Get the cab plenty early before your reporting time. It is already stressful enough of a morning, you don't want to add un-neccessary stress to it by worrying if the traffic will make you late. As for being at the table. Play TAG (tight/aggressive) as you get a feel for the table. Personally, I like to let an orbit go around the table before playing too much. You can get a feel for the players at your table, plus calm the nerves a bit actually getting to see a few hands before jumping in. Unless of course you get killer starting hands, then of course you play them! I sit down and hope for 10/2 my first 10 hands so I don't get tempted to test the water!
Good luck!! Your going to need it.
I have played. I have also stayed at the Cosmo.
First, the Cosmo: excellent! If you want a little more peace and quiet, then stay in the West Tower. The East Tower is more clubby. On the third floor on the Cosmo at the top of the escalator, there is a NY style pizza place. GO THERE!!
Now the WSOP: Some find it overwhelming. I just found it coool. Play your game and don't worry that there are 2,500 people in the tournament. You have to play the people at your table. Register the night before at the Rio...the registration is open 24/7 and if you wait until that morning you will be in a looooong line. I did it the night before and it was in and out without a problem.
Focus on your game. It's just like any other table you have played at. There are agressors. There are tight players. And there are donkeys. You will be able to pick out who is who pretty quickly.
The blinds are an hour long so you are really in a grind session. Be ready (if you do well) for 12 hours of poker.
This post was edited by Heater 9 months ago
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I have played, as well. Agree with the above posters...play your game, have fun, take in the experience. You do need to make some headway the first day before the ante's kick in. Be patient and pick your spots. Since not staying at the Rio, you may want to pack some snacks...can be a long day. GOOD LUCK!!
There's also a "secret" bar at Cosmo. I believe it's on the 16th floor but I'll try and get you details. The drinks are free if you can find it.
The secret bar is on the 16th floor. I'm still trying to figure out the room number. It's basically a hotel room that was converted to a bar. Great place to relax and drink.
Ok....16th floor, room 1637.
My Godson is a pro and went deep into a $1000 event yesterday. He finished 66th a couple years ago and won $103,000.00
His biggest win was over $4000,000. He talks a different language.
Awesome, that is a good heads up!!!
Thanks for all the heads up guys!!! I feel I am a good player but luck plays such a huge part.....used to play a lot online when it was legal and won some good money......hopefully the poker gods are good to me
This is pretty much how I play.....am very patient which helps.....
AK is not a made hand. Don't act like it is preflop.
KJ is the hot chic at the club that wants to go home and do things to you that you only dreamed about... the next day you realize you have herpes.
If connectors aren't suited, why are you considering getting into the hand? If 7-5 off starts looking real good it's time to take a walk.
If you lose to a donkey move, be cool about it. You know damn well you have pulled that shit out of your ass before.
Finally, when you have rockets, look twice. Those damn fours can look a lot like an ace and nothing is more embarrassing than being in a $1,600 hand and flipping over your aces against kings only to have the table laugh out loud when you show A4. Sadly, I know this.
"Tonight, my butt's sore." - Mike Krzyzewski 11-29-11
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The old secret bar trick? Lol
Not a trick.
It's there. At least it was last August.
This post was edited by devidee 9 months ago
I'm not sure if you're going to go downtown (you should) but definitely hit up The Commonwealth. Cool place.
There's a tiny bar inside the Commonwealth called the Laundry Room. It's semi-private in that you have text to a certain number to make a reservation. It's easier than it sounds.
The best bartender in Vegas works at The Laundry Room. Her name is June and she'll make you the best drinks you've ever had.
Here's a pic of The Laundry Room and one of June...
It is amazing on many people over play AK....
I always enjoy the people that play Q4 suited or similar and they say "well, they were suited"....just don't get it at all...
I used to get mad at donkeys but then realized that if I am favored to win and have all my chips in, I can't play any better....all luck after that....
Your story isn't funny but it is.....I could only imagine your sinking feeling....at least you have a good rocket story out of it.....
I thought the same thing....is it the concierge lounge that most higher end Marriotts have??
Not sure yet....obviously everything is dependent upon how I do in the tournament......I'm hoping to tie up my Fri, Sat, and Sunday by winning.....will look into it though.......
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