Whilst I didn't play as much cash games as previous years due to the many tournaments suiting me and deep runs I still clocked in plenty of hours. Out of 19 days I played on 15 different days. 7 losing days and 8 winning days.
U could actually split it into 2 parts as there was a 3 day period in the middle (due to deep tournament runs) where I didn't play at all. Interestingly the the first 9 days 6 of my 7 losing days. The last 6 obviously only included 1 losing day.
There are obviously many factors to this and the main one was definitely just running a lot better. I did feel confident and more settled later in the trip but I think the same applied to the first week as well but it was just more a matter of limiting the losses. I also got drunk a lot less than other trips, the fact I now have an ipod was just brilliant as it kept me entertained when ever I felt bored or just needed to take a mental break from watching the action.
My worst day 7 days in I lost $775. I had won $200 at the Rio on 1/2 big O but moved over to the Venetian to play 1/2 plo8 instead. I lost $975 there in my worst session but I still think it could have been more if I had played bad or tilted.
I got quartered on a strange pot where on the turn I had bet pot with 2nd nut low draw, 2 pair and nut flush draw. All 3 players called and the river came a 2 to show QJ562. Holding A3J6 it was an obvious pot bet to get value out of worse/same lows. Unfortunately sb repotted for a few hundred more to show A34x. The same guy was a fish maniac and also stacked me when a $75 pot on a 2,3,10 4 way flop when we got $600 in each. My AK45 no match for his JJ56.
My best day came late in the trip for $1,230 profit on 1/2plo8. Was funny as I was trying to get drunk but it was the one time the waitresses were few and far between so I remained sober until 1 or 2am ! There was a mad drunk Asian at the table that was always going to get stacked and I was lucky enough to finally catch him on a K66 flop with KK vs his 6xxx. That was my only significant pot for $600ish profit. The rest was just general play over many hours.
My final cash game profit was $2,050 for the trip. Maybe next year I will note down how many hours ive played to get an hourly rate, almost wish I had this trip. Somewhere in the 80-150 hours region is all I can guess at, so similar but probably a bit less than my online rate. Previous trip I made $3,220 from cash games but played more hours and definitely was luckier, whilst getting no luck in tournaments that trip.
1/2 big O: -$30
1/2 plo8: +$895
1/2 plo: +$995
15/30 O8: +$325
1/2 nlh: -$135