Nearly every year I attend CES – the Consumer Electronics Show – in Las Vegas and nearly every year I start off with a big gambling loss. I’ve written about this before, too many drinks, too many days, too many sessions with co-workers at bad tables, and too many dumb losses.
This year I went into the show with a different mindset. I decided to spend more time working and not fall into the typical gambling traps that come with playing with cheap co-workers after open bar parties. Unfortunately, my willpower was tested immediately. My hometown Georgia Bulldogs were playing for the National Championship and after drinking all game then watching a crushing defeat in OT I stumbled down to the $100 tables at Planet Hollywood. This was exactly what I wanted to avoid, and sure enough, I ‘hate gambled’ away 16 yards in about an hour.
After this poor start, I regrouped and didn’t drink for the next 48 hours. The lack of alcohol and focused play at my favorite tables in Bally’s high-limit room over day 2 & 3 got me back slightly ahead going into the final day.
I was feeling much better about my week heading into the final day and had only one meeting before making a last run at profitability. I started my day at The Cromwell where I played at an 8-deck table (never a good choice) while waiting to say hello to my favorite host. This cost me several yards, but it is always good to see a friendly face and that fun interaction started my day off on the right path.
After leaving The Cromwell I was drawn back to the Bally’s HLR and their $50 table. I made a nice run, nothing spectacular, but it did put me solidly in the black for the week. At this point, I had a choice to make so I grabbed a slice of pizza, walked past the $100 tables at Paris and then u-turned back to Ballys. I decided to make my last stand at my favorite table. This turned out to be a good choice. After a few solid shoes I hit a major hot run and started putting black chips in my pocket while growing my working stack. Once I hit 4X my buy-in I chipped up and headed to the Diamond lounge for a snack before bed.
As a nice little post-script, I put $100 in the Wheel of Fortune slot at the airport and won $50 before catching my flight.
This was by far my most profitable CES and now that I’m off to a winning start to the year I’m going to focus my efforts on making 2018 my most successful gambling year ever.