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May 31, 2005

WPBT Schedule Additions--UPDATED

by Otis


Here's a downloadable .doc file of the schedule to print out and take with you.

Yeah, I do this kind of stuff.

Download file

Breaking news

Hey folks. We've had a few late additions to the WPBT schedule. I've added Felicia's sushi dinner and a breakfast with the bloggers.

Also, Felicia has been cool enough to put together a blogger H.O.R.S.E. game for us on Thursday night at the MGM after sushi. PLEASE come to this. It will be a ball and a great chance to talk to each other before the weekend gets too crazy. You'll find the full schedule below. Please leave a comment to let me know if you're interested in the H.O.R.S.E. game.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

May 30, 2005

Rowdy juice--Updated

by Otis

Update: CJ has added all of our trip reports from the last run on Vegas.

Also, I've noticed our blogger representation in WSOP Event #2 is bigger than I thought. We'll have nine representatives out of the 2000-ish entrants (likely the same number as some of the smaller online sites...hell, I bet we have more reps that Choice Poker). Our luck, we'll all get seated at the same table with Sam Grizzle. At least the conversation would be good. Regardless, I think it's going to be a ball. Like Hank, I have no illusions about taking this thing down. I'll be happy to last through the first few levels.

Be sure to check out all of these guys and wish them luck, regardless of whether you're going to be in Vegas this weekend to cheer them on.

WPBT WSOP Satellite Winners

Bob Respert
Russ F.
The Big Pirate
Joe Speaker

Other satellite(s)

Poker Nerd

Direct buy-ins

Twenty-One Outs
Otis (yeah, I don't need a link cuz you're already here)

If you're stuck at work on the holiday or looking for a little rowdy juice, here's an a'la Dr. Pauly recap of past trip reports to pass the time.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

Bugged out on moonshine

by Otis

The only downside to my new gig is that I lose a lot of social interaction. And, if you know me, you know that a good part of my life-fuel comes from the people I call friends.

So, Friday night some old friends and I sat around on my back deck with a few beers, the guitars, and a lotta laughs.

Then G-Rob shows up with the moonshine and what I shudder to recognize as an omen.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

May 28, 2005

Value Bets

by G-Rob

G-Vegas is a crossroads. There are the tourist beaches 3 hours to the East, Atlanta 2 hours west, and 90 minutes north is pure heaven, it makes sense to look "up" at heaven.

Last night I spent a good 12 hours immeresed in the angels. They're the kind of people you'd picture if you closed your eyes and pictured the Appalachian Mountains.

Yes..that kind.


And, odd as it seems, they prepared me for Vegas.

Play Online Poker
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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

Warming Up For Vegas

by Luckbox

A gorgeous new casino opened in Louisiana this week. It's the largest riverboat casino in the United States. The L'Auberge du Lac is a Vegas style resort plunked down in Lake Charles. The casino was built by Pinnacle Entertainment, which has casinos in Nevada (not Vegas), Mississippi, Louisiana and Argentina. And pending approval from the Missouri gaming commission, there will be two Pinnacle casinos in St. Louis.

This was opening weekend, and, predictably, the place was packed. I decided to take the 1 1/2 hour drive to see what all the fuss was about. Besides, it gave me another opportunity to see the lovely Lindsay!! How could I pass that up! (Lindsay is the PR rep who helped made the introduction that made our Aladdin tourney possible.)

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Permalink | Other Gambling

May 26, 2005


by Luckbox

The spreadsheet has been sent. If you don't get it, email me at RSVP -at-

It's possible the email was filtered to your spam box.

Permalink | Las Vegas

WPBT ACC Itinerary Update

by Luckbox

Details are falling into place. There's a new addition to the list of events for Thursday night. Please continue to email me with questions. I will be sending out the spreadsheet with participant information tonight. If I haven't heard back from you and you're on the list, you risk losing your seat. I can't babysit anymore, we're running out of time!

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Permalink | Las Vegas

May 25, 2005

WPBT Desperate Housewives Club

by Otis

I'm not sure where I was at the time, but I was gone, daddy, gone when Mrs. Otis called.

"There's someone in front of our house doing yard work."

"Don't stop him," I said. You know, it's like what you do when a pit bull takes an affection to your leg. "Let him finish."

Now, in this day and age of "Desperate Housewives," a husband might have reason to worry. I mean, if the old lady isn't popping Ritalin like Pez or poisoning her husband, she's probably getting the high hard one from the lawn boy.

Now, if a neighbor had been watching, she might've been a bit intrigued. See, Mrs. Otis eventually let this yard guy in the house, offered him a beer, and he didn't leave for more than an hour.

Scandal, I'm sure the neighbors could surmise, was brewing like hot cider on a Carolina autumn night.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

May 24, 2005

A clarification

by G-Rob


Now, I appreciate the great BG providing a sensible over/under on the OTIS fall.
But before we gamble on one of the oldest prop bets known to man, its important to understand the ground rules.

To WIT :

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

May 23, 2005

WPBT Aladdin Casino Classic URGENT!!!

by Luckbox

First, if you are signed up for the event, see this post after finishing the one you're reading.

I just finished sending 70 emails. That's right, 70. Our confirmation list has grown to close to 75. If you did NOT receive an email from me and you think you're on the list, that means two things. 1) You're not on the list. 2) You gave me a bad email address. Email me at RSVP -at- immediately if that is the case.

If you did receive the email, please respond immediately, or you may be removed from the RSVP list.

Once I receive as many responses as I think I'm getting, I'll send out a spreadsheet with information on every blogger attending the event. It's kinda scary, actually, but we'll get over that part.

The other question everyone is asking is, "What about the pros?" I wish I had better news on that front. Unfortunately, it sounds like the WSOP PLHE event starts at Noon Saturday, and we simply don't hold the same appeal as fish willing to plaly a game well above their head. Dammit. If anyone has any other leads, let me know, or just convince them to show. We'll have a seat for them. If you know any celebrity poker players, we'll gladly take them as well.

In the extended entry, you'll find a rough timeline of events for everyone who will be there. Any questions, leave them in the comments or email me ASAP. Thanks!

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Permalink | Las Vegas

Here's a test...

by Otis

So...I've been planning social gatherings for a long time. I put about every ounce of effort into making sure it turns out as perfect as it can. And it never fails. When I get within a week or so of the actual event, I start to panic that nobody will show up. And then, of course, more people than I ever expected show up.

When it comes to this Vegas trip, I've had little organizational influence. With the exception of suggesting we Storm the Castle at 10pm on Friday night (still something I think we should do by the way) and helping Iggy along with some of the WSOP satellites, I've left it all to the greater minds.

Still, I'm wondering who is really coming. That is..who has actually booked their flights and hotel rooms? I challenge you. Drop a comment here with the following (this might actually help CJ out as well):

Plane arrival date
Who will be with you on the trip (extras like wives, friends, etc)

Please number your entry. I'll start.

Permalink | Las Vegas

Poker talk and Vegas dreams

by Otis

I was in a television control room again. Producers, directors, graphics gurus and their ilk zoomed back and forth and kept muttering "bloody this and blood that."

I hate TV, I thought.

And it's not that I hate TV. I just hate the memories of it. I'm only three months removed from that sinking feeling that I'm going to be standing in the rain at 6pm talking about some poor slob who got himself shot earlier that day.

That's the kind of TV I hate.

But this was poker TV, and, my, but if that doesn't make all the difference.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

May 21, 2005

Can you tell I'm excited? and A QUIZ!

by G-Rob

It's 7:00 in the great G-Vegas. The Preakness was superb, the teddy grahams are delicious, and the lovely bride is at a bridal shower in Kentucky. The ponies are an NBC event so the early news is cancelled and G-Rob is living easy.

That said, I've already posted about Vegas today and now I'm fixin' to go it again. The last trip was superb but signifigantly smaller. I can't wait to meet some new bloggers and I've missed the ones I know.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

The plan..

by G-Rob

I've been to Vegas, oh YES, I have gazed upon the neon heaven. I know its foolish to forge a complex plan, but a basic outline never hurts. That said, if you should need a moment of G-Rob glory, here's my agenda.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

May 16, 2005

VVP I am not...or am I?

by Otis

UPDATE: First hammer reference dropped 1:15pm London time.

Tired. Spent. Jet-lagged.

I had no intention of blogging here while in London, but today's events, I think, required an ever-so-brief cut-and-paste from the official blog of the week.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

May 15, 2005

Blogger Pride!!!

by Luckbox



That's about all we could get out of Joe Speaker from Obituarium when he won his seat in the WSOP. When it got down to the end, there was a real risk that a couple of readers were going to steal the blogger thunder, but Joe held strong and won his seat. Head on over to The Obituarium and congratulate him.

Permalink | Tournament Action

Scared of Me Again, I See

by Luckbox

We've got a WPBT WSOP Satellite tonight on PokerStars at 9:00pm ET, and there are just 19 people signed up. 19 people!?!?!? That's the best you can do!?!?!?

This is your chance to join Otis, Bobby Bracelet, Russel Fox and Wes the Big Pirate in the WSOP. This is your chance to break the record for most railbirds at a WSOP event. And it costs you just $30!!!

Get in the game! Password is tequila. Anyone who doesn't show will have their blog syndicated on my new banner farm. So get in the game!!!!

Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

May 14, 2005

Is it still a "Mistake"

by G-Rob

...if I knew it was a mistake before I did it? Freud would have a field day with this one, some sort of self-sabotage mumbo jumbo BS. But the devil in the NL game is the split second of mental weakness. Umpteen hours of wise and patient grinding will unravel in one ill-fated and unwise second. The itchy mouse finger of G-Rob triggers a Kent State massacre on my bankroll, which is only moments away from a real folk classic.

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Permalink | Poker Theory

Worth Mentioning

by G-Rob

I am...

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

May 13, 2005

Gone, daddy, gone

by Otis

Well, I'm headed back out across the pond. My posts will be few and far between for the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, the WPBT is hosting one more blogger/reader WSOP Event #2 Satellite on PokerStars. Late notice this time. It's Sunday. Get there and make it happen, cap'n. Bobby Bracelet is playing in Event #2. Russell is playing. Wes (we hope) is playing. I'm playing. Make it five.

Chances are, I will not be able to be on the rail for this satellite, so good luck to all.

Lastly, although I don't have the power to do so, I hereby declare the end to all ill-will, silliness, and snarkiness. Just three weeks to Vegas (sorry, Gene). Get rowdy. If you need help, remember this:

Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

May 12, 2005

South Cackalacky representin'

by Otis

I met The Big Pirate a few weeks back and was not surprised to find he's a player. As such, I was not surprised to find him winning the third (and final?) WPBT WSOP Satellite.

Frankly, when it got down to me and five other players at the final table, I didn't really care who won and who lost. I knew I wasn't going to win and I would've been happy with anyone else winning. When it got down to three, two South Carolina boys and a Texan, I felt even better. Sure, I have a closer association with BadBlood, but The Fat Guy is one of my personal heroes, and the Pirate is a new member of the burgeoning Palmetto Posse wing of the WPBT.

Now, the Big Pirate is our next entry. And he asks...whatta I do now?

Go tell him.

Permalink | Tournament Action

May 10, 2005

Big WPBT Aladdin Classic News!!!!!!

by Luckbox

A couple of announcements for you, but the first one probably isn't directed at you, so go ahead and ignore it.

Christine, you low-life, bottom-feeding whore... this website is copyrighted. All rights reserved. Kiss my ass.

Okay, you can start reading again. Now on to the bigger and better news!!! Just head on to the WPBT official blog for details!

AlCantHang is my hero.

Permalink | Las Vegas

The Stripper Story

by G-Rob

I believe in unity. I belive in the great coming together of minds and bodies. So let's tell the one story that brought my humble community together, the one time everyone I know was of like mind and spirit. The one time we almost fell apart over a stripper who almost died.


I was having a Diet Coke at a pleasant sidwalk bistro when this typewritten story blew past. All of the names herein are pure fiction. Otis is ignorant. He also doesn't know anything about this story. Neither do I. It is, however, reproduced with permission.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

Guess how big it is?

by Otis

It was back in the good ol' days. The salad years. It was a time before any real life seriousness. It was the time of Melrose Gulfman.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

May 9, 2005

Money and thieves

by Otis

Some conversations last forever.

For me, there are many, most of which are much too personal to me or the other party to ever divulge in the Wild, Wild West of the World Wide Web. But there are some. There was one with Iggy as we clung the Sherwood Forest Bar at 6am last December. There was one with my prospective employer a few weeks later. There were many with old college friends.

And then there was one with Gary when I was a young, idealistic, high school longhair.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

May 8, 2005

Bad Poker

by G-Rob

So you've climbed the mountain, scraped and bruised, in search of the ultimate answer. You've searched 10,000 blogs in search of the ONE. Where is the mighty mind of poker Utopia? Where is the Oracle of the Blessed Flop? Where is the one person who has a clear unbiased mind?

Here it is baybee....and Otis can't give you what you want. In fact, I believe he's on the next mountain over, screaming something about a deposit bonus on another site.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

May 7, 2005

WPBT Aladdin Casino Classic UPDATE!!!

by Luckbox

We're less than a month away now, and it appears as though we will be able to accomodate every player who signs up. That's right. Edna, the lovely poker room manager at the Aladdin, says she believes we'll be able to get as many tables as we need. Of course, things are always subject to change, so I don't want to guarantee anything, but this is great news!

Plus, Edna is right now working on a list of pros for us. I should know soon what success she's had. There are a couple other outlets for signing up some familiar faces, so I'll reach out to them after I hear back from Edna.

Less than a month! Can you believe it??

Permalink | Las Vegas

May 6, 2005


by Staff

Howdy folks.

It's been a while since I've blogged. [ED NOTE: Lefty last blogged Jan. 12, 2004.] I've seen my fair share of bad beats and suckouts over the last few weeks, only finding success in my weekly poker night at home [ED NOTE: I think he only plays against his new wife and their cats.]

Online poker was growing VERY frustrating, to a point that I considered throwing in the towel. The great thing about poker is... one night can change everything.

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Permalink | Lefty's Thoughts

Bloggers featured in CardPlayer (sort of)

by Otis

After a bit of a wait, my CardPlayer article about the Bahamas has come out.

Special note to a few of the bloggers who joined me in the Bahamas...there's smallish nod to your adventures buried in the copy.

It relates to one of my favorites Boy Genius tales:

I really believe the difference was in the ounce of water Al left in the bottle as ballast. Well, that and he doesn’t throw like he’s afraid of being laughed at like a little girl. Thunk! The bottle was dead-on, and was thrown with enough heat to rock the can on its heels just a little bit in the process.

“You got action on this?” Some dude and his buddies wandered into the fray as they watched G-Rob toss Al his bones. “What’s the game?”

That's BG's writing, if the blockquote didn't give it away. He writes better than I do.

Oh yeah, Vegas is a mere 27 days away.

Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

May 5, 2005

Despoit bonus

by Otis I gotta be a pimp every once in a while.

Deposit bonus over at Stars starting now.

Permalink | Playing For Money

May 3, 2005

Now hear this

by G-Rob

Mini Blood Schools Father in Home Game


Here it is

There's a "video" box on the left side. Click there to watch.

Things to watch for :

Note the brand of beer next to the Computer.
Note the site in use ( you're welcome fellow blogger )
Note the use of the storied home "table" manufactured by BadBlood Inc.
Note the non-appearance by fellow blogger Otis. He never looked good on TV


Permalink | Poker on TV

May 2, 2005

Have fun storming the castle!

by Otis

One of the great things about the World Poker Blogger Tour Vegas conventions is that there is rarely an agenda. The bloggers strap themselves to virtual surfboards and ride waves of Southern Comfort, Irish Car Bombs, cards, chips, and revelry through several days of silliness.

But, I have an idea.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

May 1, 2005


by Otis

The World Poker Blogger Tour is putting another great writer into Event #2 of the World Seris of Poker. Congrats to Russell Fox, tax and poker expert, who won tonight's event.

The only question is...will he wear a WPBT t-shirt?

Now, who is next?

Permalink | Tournament Action