I’m writing this post over breakfast on Tuesday morning at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City. Having a great trip so far and looking forward to having a profitable (hopefully!) stay.
It was raining the entire way from Charlottesville to Atlantic City, but other than that the drive was uneventful and I made good time. Timed it perfectly for avoiding traffic in DC and Baltimore.
I’ve had a good experience here at Harrah’s and will continue to stay here in the future. The only negative has been the crazy check-in line. It seems like no matter what time I arrive, the wait is always insanely long.
Last month I waited an hour and a half to check-in. This time it was only about 25 minutes, but it’s still frustrating when you just want to dump your stuff in the room and get to the tables.
As far as meeting my goals for the trip, so far so good. Especially in regards to keeping costs low. The promotions here at Harrah’s make it really easy. For playing five hours last night, I got a free room for tonight, a $15 food voucher, and the buck or two an hour I earn on my players card. Pretty awesome. So on a day like today when I’m going to play more than 10 hours total, I’ll get rooms comped for the next two nights plus $30 in food vouchers. They’ve also got a promotion going where they pay the high hand $200 every half hour. I’m even able to pay the resort fees out of players card comps. So I really think I might be able to get out of here without paying a single dollar out of pocket. Pretty damn cool.
Another way I’ve been saving a little money is to bring my own drinks to the table so I don’t have to keep doling tips all night (#nitcast). It doesn’t seem like much but this probably saves me $10 a day.
And all this while playing in one of the softest games I’ve played in a long while. This isn’t to say that I won, because I didn’t. Was down $50 after 5 hours of play. It was one of those frustrating nights where you just seem to be making second best over and over, and finding very few spots to make any moves. I’m sure you all know this horrible feeling of knowing you have a huge edge on the entire table and just can’t seem to make anything happen. Then again, maybe this is lack of experience. I can’t help but wonder if Christian Soto would just crush the game regardless of the cards he was getting. Hopefully I’ll get there someday. Just have to keep studying and practicing. It will come. The one thing I try to do in these situations is take comfort in the fact that I’m probably losing a ton less than my opponents would be in the same situation. I’m hovering around my original buy-in for hours while they’re taking $1000 swings over and over until they walk away busted. But I walk away with my bankroll intact and knowing this is only a tiny blip in a series of hundreds, if not thousands, of sessions. I live to play another day.
I’ll post again tomorrow morning and let you know how the day went. Hoping to crush them! If you like the blog, please subscribe! And as always, please leave a comment below.