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Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

Toronto, Canada
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Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

My husband wants to play a poker tournament or Sit N Go while in Vegas. He is by no means a professional but would like to try one out. Any advice for a lower buy in tournament or Sit N Go, either on the strip or near strip or downtown??

England
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1. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

Hi

Heres the link you need with all the info

http://www.allvegaspoker.com/

If you have any more info, ie budget, what kind of game he likes etc you can get some good suggestions from here.

Ie the the Venetian has one of the most popular daily tournies, but it depends on how long he wants to play for and how much he wants to buy in for etc.

Cheers

Canada
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2. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

Sit N Gos cost waayyyyy too much and pay first 2 only in addition to having very high admin fees, something like 10 per player which is outrageous considering the trny will take less than 1 hour from start to finish.

I like the daily afternoon trny at Caesar's. It's about 70$ fees incl. and starts at around 3:00pm. Lots of people, a great vibe and a great place to play since you don't hear the "cling cling cling" of the slots. Plus there are not a lot of "freaks" who go all-in at every hand.

Philadelphia...
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3. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

Yeah, I didn't know whether to make this a seperate thread or not. How DO you handle that situation with the freaks who go all-in every hand. 9 times out of 10 I'm sure they're bluffing, but not much you can do if you have an undefendable hand, eh?

I may be shifting away from blackjack to poker as the card game of choice. But both have their share of knuckleheads.

Minneapolis
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4. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

In response to the maniacs who go all in every hand there is really nothing you can do. Just bide your time until you or someone else gets a good enough hand to stand up to them. (By good I mean great). That is about the only stratagy to getting these palyers out. These player are not good they are just plain annoying. It happens at all levels of tounaments. But when you have the unfortunate luck of having a person like this at your table there is not a lot you can do. Hopefully they get bored of thier absurd behavior. As far as good tournaments I second the poster with Caesar's. My personal favorite is the 7 pm one at the Venetian. Buy in is $125 and it is a big stack. A ton of fun and the quality of players is good. A lot fewer morons than at the others. (Although sometimes morons are a good thing to have at your table). Just my 2 cents.

Spooner

Clara City, MN
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5. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

I think one of the lowest buy in tournaments on the strip in Las Vegas is at the Stratosphere. Their tournaments are $40 buy in with $20 re-buys. Most of the other casinos start at $60 buy ins and up. If you're looking for a cheap tournament I'd check out the Stratosphere poker room.

Rick

Canada
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6. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

Hi Breeze

I see my blinds as my cost to get 9 rounds of cards, until it's my time again to blind. So, with blinds at 50-100, it costs me 150 chips to get 9 rounds of hole cards.

As for the freaks, let the storms pass and play your percentages. Your AA may get beaten by any other hand and if so, you have played the odds correctly and that's all you could have done.

Poker is very much a game of chance but the role played by luck can be lessened by playing your position, playing the players and playing your cards, in that order.

And it happened to all players in fact to end-up the winner when odds were against them by a 20 to 1 margin. Sh*t happens!

England
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7. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

Start a new thread Breeze :)

But in regards to SNGs, obviously the advice given here is kind of wrong :)

Infact in alot of these all in fest small tournies around vegas, waiting for top premium hands is also not the best idea.

Vegas gives you a couple of options, play a resonable structure tournie that allows you play without having to make crazy plays. Venetian Ceasers Sahara Wynn etc all spring to mind

Rule of thumb though is if a tourie has under 20 minute blind level it will be an all in fest very very quickly. Starting stack matters of course

Ideally blinds should be 30 or 40 minute levels.

Of course some tourists dont like the idea of playing for upto 7 hours, so there has to be other games. Hence the 20 mins blinds etc

These just play different and as such people need to change how they normally play.

Toronto, Canada
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8. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

Thanks soo much for all of the info :)

Arizona
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9. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

cdnblonde, the luxor did have morning tourneys that were about 35-40 dollars to play. I played two of them last January and they keep it moving. I think we had a bout 4 tables and we were done in 2 hours.

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10. Re: Lower buy-in Poker Tournaments or Sit N Go

The wife and I meet up with her sister and brother-in-law on our last Vegas trip. He really wanted to get into a poker tournament, but did not have much $$$$. He ended up finding one he really liked at the El Cortez. I was busy at the BJ table, so I don't know the details, but I believe he bought in for $25 and it had low min's and blinds.