Headed to Vegas in a few weeks and will be playing 6-10 hours of poker/day.
One thing I have never really understood is how to casino/table select without having much background with the player pool; I only play poker 3-4x a year. .
If you want to play 2/5 games as an example, your options are pretty limited to Aria, Bellagio, and Encore...sometimes Caesars will have multiple tables running.
I know Bart had mentioned to look for a place where 2/5 is the second biggest game. That eliminates Caesars (no 5/10 that I am aware of) and leaves Aria (usually at least 1 or 2 5/10), Bellagio (usually 3 to 5 5/10 running at peak hours), and Encore (I've never seen more than 1 running). Other than the max buy-in, which varies across these 3, what else are you looking for? Most games running (which means most options)? If this is true, wouldn't most pros be at the casino with the most games, therefore leaving the place with only 1 2/5 running as more optimal?
Let's say you want to play super deep and decide on Encore's 2/5 1500 cap game. How do you determine what the best table to be sitting in is? Yes, I can spot the younger back-pack/hoodie/headphone guys who are pros or wannabe pros, the old man coffees/war veterans, and surprisingly because I have played quite a bit at Wynn/Encore in my life, I can spot the recreational regs who are not great players but still play quite a bit...but, not sure which of these I want sitting in my game (besides the good pros who I should avoid). I have heard/read the following suggestions:
-Table with the most alcohol being consumed
-Table with the most chips on it as a whole
-Table with the least short stacks
-Table with an obvious non-pro who has a big stack
-Table with the fewest obvious pros (even though I've never understood this one because aren't the pros more likely to be table selecting themselves and therefore always at a "good" table)
Any advice is appreciated.