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Saturday, December 10, 2005

2005 WPBT Winter Classic

It’s Showtime!!!

Today we are here in Vegas to play in the 2005 WPBT Winter Classic, hosted at the Imperial Palace poker room. Just over 100 bloggers from all across North America will converge to play in this event.

The event was kicked off by our host Bill Rini, who had arranged for several professional poker players and poker book authors to address the players. Barry Greenstein gave a great talk about his 2005 WSOP bracelet win and how Charlie Tuttle had inspired him. Author Michael Craig talked about his new book The Banker, The Professor, and the Suicide King, which is about the biggest game in town.

Just before the tournament began we drew tables, I was seated at Wil Wheaton’s table. He played pretty tight, as did I. I tried to trap Laurie from Full Tilt Poker with AQ when she had AK when I hit two pair on the flop. She felt something was fishy and folded, she told me she never does that.

My table was near the rail, and I figured it would be the final table once we got down far enough. Other tables would break-up and we received a constant flow of new players, hour after hour. Amazingly the 5 players on my end of the table remained….even though the other end of the table turned over several times.

I was nearly eliminated by Boy Genius on the last hand before a break. Players were anxious to get away for a smoke or break and were leaving the table even before it was their turn to fold. There were 3 or 4 players after me so I pushed all-in with J-8 of clubs hoping to steal the blinds and then go on break. I was behind when BG called with A-3 off-suit. The flop was 3 clubs and BG was out the door before I even got to say a word.

After that I went on a pretty good run until we got to the final table. Except for Studio Glyphic, we were all about even in chips. I went all in with pocket tens, but got no callers. The second time around I’m under the gun with 7-2 off-suit. Huge crowd of people watching, it seemed like the timing was right, I pushed all-in with the hammer. When Cujo called…I figured I was behind…..since any 2 cards he might have are better than 7-2 off-suit. When I flipped over my cards, the crowd roared, but I was right, he had pocket 10’s and they held up. I was eliminated in 6th place….again.

I won about $370, but probably cost myself about $1000 with the hammer, oh well it was a Grande Bloggers Tournament. Studio Glyph hung on to win against SheVerb heads up.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Another Gay Friday Night in Vegas

Friday, I played in the 11:00 AM tournament at the Sahara. I really like the Sahara tournaments because they have no antes and lots of starting chips with 20 minute rounds. Not to mention all the fish. I finished in eighth place, in the money for a nice $120.

My friends Kevin & Amy arrived in Vegas around 2 PM, and I had set them up with a suite at the Venetian. I headed over to meet up with them to play some Craps and possibly see a show.

We saw Zumanity last year which I really liked, but Kevin thought was gay. There were some gay parts….and I mean gay like men kissing and rubbing each other, not gay like blogs. But, overall it was very artful and entertaining.

Well, this year we got tickets to the most un-gay show on the strip, Rodney Carrington from the ABC sitcom Rodney. Rodney is a cowboy, and a comedian, and he sings and plays guitar. He was pretty funny and catered to the cowboy rodeo audience at the Luxor.

After the show, Kevin & Amy retired and I headed over to the MGM Grand poker room with the other bloggers. They had several mixed tables running, thanks to Joaquin. I bounced around a bit and got to watch the famous Roshambo match between Phil Gordon and Mrs. Head. Hung out at the MGM sports book bar with Bill and Grubby, and Iggy, and others the rest of the evening. Called it a night around 4AM….had to get some sleep before the big WPBT Winter Classic on Saturday.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bloggers Arrive in Las Vegas

I arrived in Las Vegas Thursday evening and headed over to the MGM Grand......where all the bloggers were coagulating. I bought in to the $3-$6 NL Game and sat next to Iggy. I told him that he has probably cost the Government about $60,000 worth of workplace productivity this year as I have spent half my time reading his blog. The ManBeast and Spaulding stories are outragous. I played for an hour or so, catching several hands and found myslef up about $80.

Iggy had to leave to pick up Dr Pauly & Derek at the airport, and I cashed out soon after he left and headed for the Excalibur for Storming of the Castle. I bought in to the $1/$2 NL Hold Em table for $200. Joe Speaker, Bad Blood, Mark, and several other bloggers were at this table. Bad Blood and Mark were playing super aggressive. A local was getting wiped out by them and had to re-buy at least once.

Pauly arrived like a rock star with his entourage and the buzz around the table from the non-bloggers was....Is he a movie star? Seriously, someone asked that. Lost my buy-in when I pushed on the turn with a king high diamond flush, only to have another diamond hit on the river giving him the Ace high flush.

Bought in to the $2/$6 Blogger table with Pauly, Derek, Gracie, and others. Donked off my $100 buy in after playing only 3 hands, TPTK loses to Gracie's set of 5's, then 99 loses to Derek's AA, then my QQ loses to KK. I was down about $265 at this point.....but it would be the last time I would loose any money the rest of the weekend.