October 2006
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T minus 286

There was never really any doubt that Claire and I would be heading to Vegas for the summer again next year.  I just didn’t expect that we’d book it this soon.  Last year the flight prices were hideous this time of year before a promotion kicked in on Christmas Eve and we snapped up the seats in a flash.

So when the diamond club reservations system showed availability for the first four weeks of the school holidays – the first time I’ve ever seen it show dates to Vegas that would be vaguely useful to us – we snapped them up even quicker.  Best deal ever – two flights in the summer for just £240 (just the cost of the taxes, plus 90,000 miles).

Between us we actually had enough miles for two free business class flights.  This was a tough decision, but not being able to combine the miles using online booking, and really not wanting to wait until we can speak to someone to nail down those flights (I’m completely paranoid about losing them once we find a good deal) we made the booking on economy.  I’m going to call in the morning and see if there’s any way we can use Claire’s miles now to upgrade, but even if not … what a bargain!

So that’s virtually my entire diamond club balance gone, but the countdown to Summer O’ Poker III can officially begin.  Two hundred and eighty six long and probably wet days.

I don’t think this will be our next Vegas trip though.  If for no other reason (and let’s face it, any excuse is a good excuse) we need to go at least once more before the summer to maintain silver status with BMI.  Possibly twice 🙂  With the current promotion of 3x miles on all flights before the end of the year, and 50% extra on all Las Vegas flights until the end of October, if we can fit in a trip in half term then it’s virtually a free flight.  There’s a £500 premium economy ticket that almost has my name on it.  Just need to find out if Claire’s "training day" on the Monday is an actual training day or a teachers bonus day.

With 50% extra miles on premium, plus the promotions, we’re looking at somewhere between 50,000 and 75,000 miles depending on just how the offers combine.  45,000 miles gets you an economy flight to the USA.  Can we say +EV!

The Powerhouse!

Some would say I was ahead the whole time.

I played The Powerhouse rather loosely from the small blind with a bunch of limpers, picked up middle pair, then free turn card brought me a straight flush draw. I foolishly ended up paying two bets on the turn, only having one out to the absolute nuts (although the bottom end of the straight flush isn’t too shabby).  Very poor.  Another 5 (2 outs) or completing my straight (6 outs) would have got me into a whole pile of trouble with this garbage.

And then, magic.

The other guy had Jc Kc, and the river Ac had turned his second best flush into the best flush, but the second best hand.  Darn that four bet cap…


And then say hello to Mr Tilt.  Two hands later, this guy cracked aces with T7o after calling three bets cold preflop and getting involved with whole bunch of action when he flopped middle pair.

I have never been so popular.