The frequency of high-stakes online cash games declined at beginning of the summer because many of the regulars focused on live action at the World Series of Poker. When they were not grinding away inside the Rio Casino in hot pursuit of a bracelet, most of them were scattered among brick and mortar rooms on the Las Vegas Strip, and Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio hosted the biggest live cash game in town.
Our story begins in Vermont, as I prepare for my assault on the Las Vegas poker tables. My friend Joe Verga, an astute businessman, told me I must follow my instincts: “Listening to your instincts means knowing how and when to play the player and knowing when to take your winnings and quit.”
Armed with this advice, and with my bankroll, I travel back to Las Vegas and hook up with another friend; let’s call him Mr. Clean.
Mike occasionally plays blackjack while on break between the WSOP events, and I enjoy observing his antics. As in poker, he never ceases to amaze me.