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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Day 8: Half Day Off 

Yesterday was one of the crazy days the veterans warned me about. Seven tournaments throughout the day with three final tables. The daily donkfest was killing baby bankrolls and the big guys were playing NL 2-7. That might be the craziest tournament I've witnessed to date and it was funny watching Hellmuth pull a Hellmuth even when the cameras weren't rolling. Somewhere along the line a decision was made and I have no idea exactly how it happened.

Cali Jenn was tilty all morning and I was sober, seemed to be a single solution to both problems so we took an early break at the sportsbook to watch some baseball. Next thing you know the USA/Costa Rica soccer match was getting ready to kickoff and our numbers grew at the bar. MeanGene and Michalski and LJ and CK and it just kept growing. Soon there would be chinese containers cluttered on the bar and it was suddenly an unofficial half day at the WSOP. I could never hang with the PokerNews.com crew, they seriously crush at their job and continue to get ripped by the morons in their comments. While we toiled, they worked.

A few of us are lucky that we're able to sneak off at times like that to keep our sanity and not burn out like others in the past. Now I'm good to stick my head down for a few more days before I have to release the pressure again. Til then I'll just stare at the bikini girls in the halls.

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I ran into a local guy from around my hometown before the WSOP kicked off, he said he was looking to play a few smaller events and definitely the $1k "Stimulus Special". He's from King of Prussia, played in some of the local bar freerolls (Riverchasers natch), and we saw him play in the Borgata Winter Open. A couple days in and he was still alive. Day 3 and I saw he was still.

Damn skippy if he didn't finish third in the biggest tournament field outside a WSOP Main Event for a cool $313,000 profit on his $1k investment. There's going to be some drinking when he gets home. Cheers to Jimmy Matz.

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The Daily Crutch

I've been admittedly weak in the hottie department from the WSOP but if the Wicked Chops boys are having a hard time finding them then I have no shot. I'll give you the few I've picked up so far and I there will be no Freddy Deeb shots.



Bikini girls began wandering the halls before the first tournament



Milwaukee Beast girls are back, wish I had a better pic



Cute dealer, bad camera work



She was riding high on her friend's shoulders during the $1k Lemur Lynching



Shauna, assistant to the stars and idiots (I'm the idiot part of the equation)


Blog reading during the WSoP:

Poker From the Rail
Dr. Pauly
Pokerati
Wicked Chops Poker
PokerNews.com
Pokerlistings.com
Poker Stars Blog
Ulimate Bet Blog

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Day 6: Snoozing and rocking 

Obviously I'll never be a top notch writer, journalist, hacky sack or else today I would be weaving you tales of debauchery around the streets of Vegas. Strippers and hookers and everything else. Instead I can take a good ten minutes to post pictures and tell you about my day that was long with not even a sniff of booze.

I ate a BBQ pork sandwich from the poker kitchen (not bad but not meant for eating and working) and a cardboard pizza from the hallway (cardboard pizza should be enough of a review). Spent some time with Mean Gene playing "spot the hot chick" and watching streams of over-confident fools throwing away their money on a long shot dream when their chances are about the same as hitting the Power Ball.

There was nothing to see from media row as games were being played in different areas. The lower deck of the our perch on high was completely empty while they were sitting in the Miranda Room/Brasilia Room/Feature table/etc. The few that stuck around to writing enjoyed the view as the cash games were stretched closer to us while the "smart money" heehawed their way into the NLHE ring games. All of it was spectacularly impressive, so much so that we bailed early without even blinking an eye at the hooker bar on the way through.

Such is the life on Day 7, or Day 8. I can't exactly tell these days. The best bet is to start counting empty cigarette packs.

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The Daily Crutch

Today's crutch is brought to you by the boys around the corner at Wicked Chops Poker (with sweet new site design), Mean Gene, and some random poker site. I realize my loyalty should be held strictly for the girls of Full Tilt Poker but I've never been that much of a corporate tool and I have Poker From the Rail to act all professional and shit. So I bring you my new favorite favorite. She's stunning, a Brit, and crushes it to some proper thrash. I bring you the lovely Liv Boeree. God have mercy on my soul.



Seriously, she fucking rocks









Blog reading during the WSoP:

Poker From the Rail
Dr. Pauly
Pokerati
Wicked Chops Poker
PokerNews.com
Pokerlistings.com
Poker Stars Blog
Ulimate Bet Blog

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Day 5: The one where I don't get rolled by a hooker 

God damn what a crazy few days here in Vegas, so much so that I completely whiffed on posting here at mine own private little webspace. A sick sick donkey infested WSOP $1k buyin tournament that played like a $25 online freeroll. Someone apparently did the math and they were losing players at 4 per minute. That's just god damn insane. Massive overbets, crazy draws, and every bad beat story on the planet. The only thing really missed that we all expected, I didn't see a single fight around the tables. With this kind of craziness it would have just seem natural.

I headed off to the WSOP/Bluff launch party hosted by Lacey Jones Saturday night instead of sticking around the watch lemur suicide. It was in a club at the Rio called ND's or some such thing. We were in the establishment before it was open to the public, hanging out with Cali Jenn, MeanGene, CK, friend-of-Pokerati Cliff and most of the PokerNews crew (that likes to drink). As usual the drinks were overpriced but it's pretty damned tough to water down my drink when it consists solely of SoCo. And they gave a nice long pour which I'll use as an excuse for how the rest of the evening went down.

We hung out in the Bluff reserved early, relaxing while the rest of the crowd danced to some psuedo Latin rubbish that had Cali Jenn on edge. Somehow someone found out that the good folks at PokerListings.com had an even better setup down below with a view that my little mini-camera just do justice with. I didn't partake of their free booze but I certainly appreciated the view.



I thought putting together the Run Good Challenge was worth of their admiration. I thanked Matt for the RGC then enjoyed the view for awhile. Unfortunately this picture didn't come out too well either. That's our host with an amazingly attractive waitress. Maybe good ol BJ Nemeth got a better shot. We stuck around long enough for a little dancing (no confirmation of whether I shook my money maker) but eventually it was time to call it a night/morning at the club and hit the hooker bar. Again.

I relaxed with Cliff at the bar for awhile, killing a bottle of SoCo in the process, then started playing the popular drunken game Find the Hooker. It did not end well because I was well looped and she was sitting right next to Cliff. Next thing you know she's latched on. It took some cunning and gile to rid of ourselves of her as she followed us over to the Gold Coast. If I wasn't messed up it would have been a piece of cake, as it was I almost had to complete a transaction just to rid myself of her.

But I did not get rolled. Be very clear about that.

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Battle of the Blogger Tournaments 4 ended while I was sitting media row and the maths are done. The final tables are linked over there on the right. 1Queens Up1 just barely edged Tuscaloosa Johnny for the top spot. Jordan crushed and won Player of the Month for May, another $2k Bracelet Package won. Some have noticed that the ToC is listed under the private tab and just about ready to go. I need to get the last 3 players entered and the prize pool corrected as it only show the 2 Main Event seats. I've also submitted the Leaderboard and PoM winners to FTP. For those eligible for the jerseys, you will get the 25,000 FTP points to purchase your choice in the store.

It's great to think I won't have to ever sit here and crunch numbers every morning for 3 months. As some have heard or I've told, this was the last BBT that you'll be seeing. It was a fun run with four great challenges but I think it's hit the wall. I'm sure I'll come up with something crazy to do again next time the WSOP rolls around but the free-for-all 56 tournament challenges have gone the way of the dodo. Thanks to Full Tilt Poker for putting 14 seats plus all the cash and prizes over the years, no one else does that for bloggers. Thanks to the guys who run each private tournament for allowing me to influx them with surly lemurs. Most importantly, thanks to all the players who came out and made them a success. Players drive these kinds of things and I wouldn't have been able to pull these kinds of things together if no one showed up or supported.

Cheers.

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The Daily Crutch

I was sitting next to MeanGene here on the top level of media row when word started spreading around that some strip club was having a bikini carwash in the parking lot. It took Gene about half a second to grab his nifty camera (1000000 time better than mine) and made his way out the door. I was a good boy and sat here writing words that most won't read but he was on the job. So MeanGene is the sponsor of today's Daily Crutch, I also included his shot of the newly made up Beast girls. We also have some girls walking around in bikinis but they have been tough to get on camera, I still have no idea what they are hawking.










Blog reading during the WSoP:

Poker From the Rail
Dr. Pauly
Pokerati
Wicked Chops Poker
PokerNews.com
Pokerlistings.com
Poker Stars Blog
Ulimate Bet Blog

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