My prior experiences there were the play was very gambly, leading to a higher variance game. As a result, coming into the session, I found my graph to be a marginal loser; close to break even but still on the losing end. Just one good session and I'll be in the black... easier said than done, of course; you can't plan winning sessions, unfortunately.
A few consistent observations I've noticed at MGM, which is not necessarily true at the 'Shoe:
- There's usually at least one "good" player at the table
- Play is far more aggressive
- On the aggressive play, there seems to be an unusually high number of floats and preflop raises.
- The players don't give up on hands as easily as other places.
- 3bets are not necessarily respected; players will pay incorrect PF odds to see flops.
I get my opportunity when he opens from UTG and gets no less than 2 callers. I look down at KQo, a great candidate for 3betting. I bump it to $55 and take down the $~45. Easy game. A bit later, one of the better players (sitting immediately to my right) who'd been raising fairly often, but not showing down, raises to $15. I look down at AA and 3bet to $45. Only he calls. Flop comes 5 6 8, two spades and he checks to me. Not wanting to slow play, I lead for $60. He calls again. The turn is a 5 or 6 and he checks once again. I look down at my stack remaining: $137, with $210 in the pot. One move: all in. He thinks for a bit and folds. I'm finally in the black for the session.
A few orbits later, the UTG player, one of the weaker players, opens to $7. Mind you this is a 1/3 table, so this open is basically a non-event for a live game. Needless, there are 7 or so players who call, including me with 75o. We see a 7 5 8 ss flop and he leads for $25. It folds to me and I raise to $55 (accidentally; I meant to raise to $65 but counted out 2 red chips too few). It folds around to him and he thinks before calling. The turn is a beautiful 7 and he leads for $90, which makes no sense to me. I raise to $225 ($65-70 behind), wanting to make sure we get most of it in while/if he's drawing to the flush and he opts to just call. The river is an off suit 2. He checks and I put out the rest of my stack. He snap calls and is mystified that I have 75o. That's what you get for signalling a strong hand with a weak PF raise! I'm left assuming he had KK or AA.
A few more hands transpired that I have forgotten about by now, and I end the session up nicely. Finally in the black at MGM!