I have been back from Vegas for a few days now, and I am still trying to get used to having roughly the same temperature outside as inside. In Vegas the difference is about 20 degrees minimum.
I feel great about the trip, despite miserable results. It was an interesting experience, and very inspiring from a poker stand point. I think I saw every famous poker player I know, except two. I also felt I realized some things about the live tourney game which will hopefully help me in the future. For now, getting back to the cash game has the highest priority, but I will attempt to write a post or two about what I think I learned playing so much live poker. Hopefully I will get to that soon.
In the mean time I had an absolutely excellent session tonight, winning $5k in about 3k hands of 600NL. A nice welcome back from the party fish to me. Some time during the session I put a bad beat on someone so bad it tilted two tables at once!!! Someone was at both and couldn't help telling the story. Pretty funny actually. Basically I shoved with a pair of 4's when I didn't believe the preflop aggressor had an overpair. He did, and I rivered a set. That should teach him... something.
Also, you know you've played too much live poker when you do something like this:
Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $6 BB (6 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: HTML)
Preflop: Hero is MP with 5d, 5c.
UTG raises to $12, Hero calls $12, CO calls $12, Button raises to $55, 2 folds, UTG calls $43, Hero calls $43, CO folds.
Flop: ($186) 2c, Ac, Qh (3 players)
UTG checks, Hero checks, Button bets $92, UTG folds, Hero raises to $250, Button folds.
Final Pot: $528
I obviously flashed my junk hand and tilted that table too. When you play live, you must let your reads adjust your game considerably more than you do online in my opinion, and I guess my read here was that he didn't like that ace on the table at all. I certainly would never have made this play before Vegas, we will see if it was a case of momentary insanity, or if I am actually going to put more faith in my reads from now on. Of course playing 6 tables will prevent me from going overboard with this concept (hopefully).