Thanks to Maudie for the T-shirt design!
11 days until Vegas. How about an update? The Poker Prof mentioned that we now have both Ron Rose and Tom McEvoy coming to the breakfast at Sam's Town to hang out and talk shop with all of the bloggers, in addition to Charlie Shoten (who will be playing in the tournament with us). Being able to pick the minds of some great players will be an amazing opportunity to help improve all of our games and also a chance to ask questions about life as a professional gambler. I will be running a Hilton Sisters Challenge during the tournament and online at Party Poker on the same day. Stay tuned for details.
What: WPBT Holiday ClassicI hope I didn't miss anybody. We have a few names on the maybe list (Grubette!, HDouble, Glyphic, Iggy?) and a few on waiting list (Big Mike). Stay tuned for more updates. Unfortunately both Coach and The Poker Geek and Wil Wheaton will not be able to attend. Any questions? Shoot me an email. I'll be sending around a group email in the next few days. Check your inboxes.
When: Saturday, Dec. 11th at 1 pm PCT
Where: Sam's Town Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Buy in: $50 ($45 prize pool + $5 dealer toke)
The Game: No Limit Texas Hold'em
Prizes: TBD with a prize for last place and a Cowboy hat (Thanks Joaquin) for first; plus random bounties featuring some of Santos' artwork
Breakfast Meet & Greet: 10am PCT at Sam's Town (exact location TBA)
Shots with Al Cant Hang: As soon as you get busted
Bloggers & others expected to play at the Holiday Classic:
2. Derek from Poker in the Weeds
3. Poker Prof
4. Dick from Buy It In Vegas
5. Riding the F Train
6. Boy Genius
7. Bad Blood
8. Bill Rini
13. Al Cant Hang
14. Mrs. Cant Hang
16. Signor Ferrari
17. - EV
20. Mas from Genius of Poker
21. Charlie Shoten
22. Foiled Coup from Lasvegasvegas
23. Flip Chip from Lasvegasvegas
24. Martin from JMC Automatic
25. G-Rob from Up for Poker *** recently added
26. CJ from Up for Poker *** recently added
I'm arriving on Friday around Noon (with Derek) and checking into my hotel room. I expect to play poker straight until Midnight or 1am. That's when I'll have a dinner break and start drinking with bloggers at various bars in Vegas until the wee hours. I hope to get enough rest to sleep off my hangover and find some time to write before the breakfast meet & greet. Ah, but what's a Vegas trip without an upset stomach, pounding headache, and no sleep?
Getting Blogged in Badger Land
I got some ink on a Kenosha, Wisconsin poker blog! Here's what Ryan from Pokeratta recently wrote in an entry called Outclassed. Here's a bit:
I noticed that the Good Doctor was playing at a $25NL table with a healthy $90 stack. I'd not had the chance to play with him yet. I sat down after a 10 minute wait and posted my blind. I won a small pot early when I raised preflop with pocket 6's, and got another 6 on the turn.We're way overrated! But it's always a blast to play with people you know.
After a while a shitload of big-name bloggers came to the table, and I got my first taste of a blogger convention. We had myself, Pauly, Maudie, BadBlood, Otis, SirFWALGMan, and The BlogFather all at the same table, with AlCan'tHang and Pauly's brother Derek on the rail. It took Iggy about 30 seconds to go from $25 to $100. It was amazing. With all the talent at the table I was bound to learn something. I did. Here's what I learned:
I am NOT good enough to be sitting with these guys.