I’ve been in Vegas on business since Thursday, and haven’t stopped moving since. Thursday started with an early morning flight from the East Coast, a 6:00pm dinner meeting followed by a 9:30pm dinner meeting.

I finally had some time to play poker on Saturday, heading over to The Venetian for their noon tournament. I made a deep run, and was positioned well for the money. I was laying down hands at the right time (folded a straight on the river when I was 100% certain my opponent had me beat). I then had the following two hands:

I limp from middle position with KQ of spades after two players limp in front of me. Both were calling stations, so a raise didn’t seem appropriate here. We picked up 2 more players behind me, for a total of 5 seeing the flop. The flop was K92, with two diamonds. It was checked to me, and I bet 3/4 of the pot. The player next to me shoved all-in for roughly double my bet. Everyone folded back to me, and I called. He showed me JT, and rivered a Q.

The very next hand, I was dealt pocket 5s. 1 limper in front of me. I limp, a girl 3 to my left limps, and the blinds come along. The flop is 752 rainbow. I bet out a pot-sized bet when it gets to me. Girl calls, everyone else folds. Turn is a ten, suit doesn’t matter. I bet 3/4 of the pot, she calls again. River is a 4. I bet 3/4 of the pot again, which doesn’t leave me too much behind. She sets me all-in. I call and she shows me A3 offsuit.

And that, my friends, was the end of the ballgame.

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My goal in life is to fill my family’s passports with stamps, creating buckets of memories along the way. You’ll find me writing about realistic ways for normal people to travel the world, whether you’re on a budget or enjoy luxury. I also enjoy taking us on the occasional detour to explore the inner workings of the travel industry.

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