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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Oddly enough, I have been playing a ton of poker lately, as I've fallen back in love with Party Poker. Re-fallen? Whatever. I don't have much to say on how I've been playing, because I've just been grinding along, trying to build a bankroll for Vegas. I will give you a few snippets on certain poker related subjects, though.

Would it kill the Tournament Director to color-the-fuck-up? You can hardly see poor Young and the Restless' Eddie Cibrian's pretty little dimples behind that mountain of chips. What? I had a girlfriend in college that forced me to watch the show. Yes, sex was with withheld until I understood the difference between Victor and Victoria. What would you do?

Shut up.

WPBT H.O.R.S.E Tourney:
I, uh, didn't play. I tried to withdraw money from Doyle's last Thursday into Neteller, but it wasn't in there until yesterday afternoon. Needless to say(but I said it!), my Full Tilt account was fund-less. Without funds. I still joined the chat and sweated many of the tables, and I still had a good time.

Near the end of the tournament, I brought my laptop to my favorite swill joint, and proceeded to double-up on a $100 NL table at Doyle's in a little under 2 hours. It's too bad that I can't make $50/hr. each time I log in.

That would be hella sweet.

Random Thoughts:
Last night, I was drifting in and out of consciousness while watching Seinfeld, and the following commercial came on:

Running guy:"I'm waiting!"

Sporty looking girl:"I'm waiting!"

Group of five 12 year old girls[in unison]:"We're waiting, too!"

Announcer:"That's right, we're all waiting for Dick's. Dick's Sporting Goods is having it's Grand Opening..."

I have never, in my whole life, been witness to a commerical so inadvertantly funny. Yes, girls, hopefully you will be waiting a long time for dicks.

WPBT Vegas:
It seems like everybody is staying in or near downtown, which sucks a little hard because my buddy and I are staying at the Imperial Palace. I think I may have to look into switching to The Plaza or some other crap-hole like that. After all, this trip is about hanging out with other bloggers, is it not? I'd rather be able to stumble back to my room in the early morn, rather than have to catch a cab back to it on the Strip. We'll see.

I'm about the write something that may sound a little stupid, but it's an issue I've been thinking about lately. Just hear me out, though.

This installment of the WPBT Vegas will have a completely different feel to it. Not a "bad" feel, per se, just different. With more people planning on making the trip, it can't help being different.The people that attended the first gathering are, for a lack of a more apt word, a family. Granted, a dysfunctional and grossly degenerate family, but a family nonetheless. They already know that they get along, and interact pretty damn well.

When you throw a bunch of newcomers into the mix, though, things change. The feel to the group is just different. It's tough to spread time between the extra people. I'm not saying that I already feel like I'm not going to be accepted, or that I'll be an outcast. That's not it at all. Quite the opposite, actually. All I need to do is drink past the point of good reason, and throw chips around all willynilly to fit in. All I'm saying is that it will be tough for the gathering in June to live up to the gathering this past December.

I suspect that those that attended that boozefest feel the same way.


At 10:34 AM, Blogger BG said...

You know, you covered a couple of things that I've been wanting to say for a little while now...

First off, on the Dick's commercials. I abhor those stupid dumbass ads. They insinuate that FINALLY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD we won't have to be laid over a barrel for sporting goods ever again. So, we'll wait. Because with Dick's comes "choice."

Except that the Dick's store that's opening for which they're running these bullshit commercials is replacing a Galyan's store that's closing. By my math, that's not MORE choice, that's PRECISELY THE SAME AMOUNT of choice as before.

Secondly, on the topic of WPBT Vegas II... Yeah, you're right. This is going to be a different trip. There's just more people, everyone's going to be spread out, and it'll be surprising if we're ever sixty strong in a poker room outside of the few hours surrounding the actual tournament (as we were on Friday afternoon at the Excalibur).

But frankly, I don't think that's a bad thing. Look, December 04 was big enough to be impressive, but still small enough to allow everyone to hang together and play together. For better or for worse, this trip is going to feature so many people that it's just not going to end up where everyone has the same collective conscious memories of the whole thing. So really, there'll be no pressure at all to hang with the group the whole damn time. Feel like getting out and hitting the craps tables? Think it's about time you paid a visit to the sports book? Have you always wanted to see the Star Trek exhibit at the LV Hilton? I'm sure you'll find a wingman.

Trust me, I think what's going to be cool about this trip is that you'll end up with the Vegas trip you wanted to have along with either a whole bunch or a select few real good friends at the end. And you won't feel bad that you missed seeing Otis playing Pai Gow in a stupor at 3AM. There's going to be PLENTY of good stuff going on.

You're right, it'll be different, but it'll most certainly be a great time.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger BG said...

Oh yeah... book downtown. If there's one man's party you want to orbit all weekend long, it really is Al Can't Hang's. I'm here to tell the world that NOTHING ever written in regards to Al has been an exaggeration. Book downtown, the Plaza and the Las Vegas Club are two good options.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

They need to bring back the drill sarge for the Dick's commericals.

As for WPBT II, the place to be is downtown. Even though I go to Vegas every year, I've yet to spend more then 3-4 hours downtown where all the casinos are close enough together to stumble into. Perfect setup to get hammered, play cards (in either order), and still be able to get to your room before passing out.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Huge Junk said...

Downtown! Downtown!

BG's right about the Can'tHang crew. You absolutely have to see it to believe it, then when you tell your buddies back home about it they still won't believe you.

One of the best things about being in the same casino/area as everyone else, is the fact that you can randomly walk around and you'll stumble upon such gems as Otis playing pai gow at 3am, Al walking around alone with only a box of krispy kremes and no idea where he just was, and others doing equally random things.

Those things alone are worth the price of the trip!

At 11:07 AM, Blogger BadBlood said...

Drinking and throwing chips around?

You'll fit right in. Welcome to the family.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger helixx said...

for what its worth, i'll be staying at Caesar's. Its shaping up to be a busy weekend with a friend from texas meeting up with me as well as my buddy who lives in vegas. time will be made for tournaments, drinking binges with poker-tablemates and, i surmise, a fair amount of stumbling around incoherent.

if you want to split the cab fare to the drunken revelry downtown, shoot me an email at helixx at drow dot org & I can give you my cel and IM info.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger StB said...

I am staying at the Imperial as well mainly because I will be in Vegas for 5 days. The cab ride isn't bad and who is going to sleep?

At 10:45 PM, Blogger CJ said...

Dude... I'm just going to ignore any blogger I don't know already ;-)


It's gonna be a blast, don't worry!


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