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June 28, 2005

Aspartame and Splenda

by G-Rob

I tried the new Diet Coke with Splenda. It doesn't taste like the other Diet Coke and it sure as hell ain't the old syrup itself. I still liked it. It's funny how people start with a taste for a sugar sweetened caffiene, only to switch to somthing which tastes entirely different. Diet Coke is to the "real thing" as nails are to screws. So why would I try another "Diet Coke" that bears no resemblance to any Coke at all? Why would it carry the "Coke" brand?

The same reason we play poker.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

June 27, 2005

AMILV--Johnny F'n Chan

by Otis

It's 1:13am. From where I'm sitting I can see Scotty, Howard, Huck, Doyle, E-Dog, and Clonie. I don't use their first names because of any kind of familiarity. I use them because I never can remember how to spell Scotty's last name and I'm too lazy to look it up.

I'd planned on going to bed an hour ago. And I would if it weren't for the fact that the poker story of the year might be happening here and I'll be damned if I'm going to miss it because I went to sleep (or, like another unnamed blogger, went to the strip clubs).

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Permalink | Tournament Action

June 25, 2005

WSOP Exclusive!!!!!!

by Luckbox

Click here to listen to actual commentary from the two most famous blogger in Vegas, Dr. Pauly and Otis. (Courtesy the good Dr., with more to come.)

Plus, here's the picture of our hammer-dropping heroes before Event #2 (pics courtesy the other good Dr., Little Willie):

More pictures to come...

Permalink | Las Vegas

June 24, 2005

AMILV--Week two begins

by Otis

"Is that that movie girl?"

The guy looked like he was from Ohio. Ohio guys are easy to spot. Ninety percent of the natives look alike.

I was stuck an inordinate amount and I wanted to punch the chip runner.

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June 23, 2005

Blogger makes the big time

by Otis

I love good news.

Permalink | Poker Players

WPBT ACC Final Resutls

by Luckbox

I know these are a few weeks behind, but it wasn't the easiest list to compile. I think I've gotten things as close as possible. If you see any mistakes, please let me know.

Congratulations again, to our winner, Bill Rini. Thanks you all of you for making it a huge success. And thanks to the Aladdin for running such a successful event.

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Permalink | Tournament Action

June 21, 2005

G-Vegas vs. The LA Crew

by Luckbox

It will one day rank up there with the likes of Lakers vs. Celtics and Yankees vs. Red Sox and Jay Leno vs. David Letterman.

I don't mean to disparage the Michigan Boys or the Minnesota Trio, but Conan O'Brien and Craig Kilborn are late, late night for a reason.

G-Vegas was lead by Otis and the LA Crew lined up behind Hank. Two titans of the poker blogger community. And if by some creul twist of fate those two fell, Bad Blood and Joe Speaker were ready to step in. Even G-Rob and fhwrdh caused concern for their tablemates.

Oh, almost forgot to mention. The LA Crew also featured the last place finisher from the last live WPBT event and G-Vegas brought along the last place finisher from the last online WPBT event. Bill Rini and yours truly.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

June 18, 2005

AMILV--Day 2

by Otis

"First, you put the sour cream on it, and the kitty cat, it slurp, slurp, slurp."

The mad Russian who could've been Howard Stern's brother was sitting one table behind me talking about his #1 rated fetish porn site.

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by Luckbox

It's the hand every poker blogger dreams about. It comes when the poker gods look down upon you and reward you for your committment to the HAMMER.

I had just moved from the deadly $2-$6 game to this fresh $4/$8 1/2 Kill game. I was joined by the rest of the G-Vegas crew (Otis, G-Rob, and Bad Blood) and ScurvyDog. The tables was filled out by a few grizzled locals, including an older woman who wouldn't be there too much longer.

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June 17, 2005

AMILV--Day 1

by Otis

Something wasn't right. I'd been on the plane for too long, so I obviously wanted to get off. But I didn't need to get

That's what was different.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

June 16, 2005

Stargazing at the Rio... and I Mean OTIS!!!

by Luckbox

I wish I could imagine just how Otis, Bobby Bracelet, Wes, Joe Speaker, Easycure and others were feeling on Friday morning. In just hours that would be slinging chips with the most itimidating pros in the world and about 2000 examples of dead money. Our hope, as a blogging community, was that our heroes would not fall into that second group.

My heart was racing. Catching my breath was hard. My eyes didn't want to focus. And I was only there to watch.

Amazingly, I looked into the eyes of our blogger heroes, and I saw no fear. I saw awe. I saw amazement. But these bloggers did not fear the cards. They were poker players. They would not be afraid.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

June 15, 2005

CardPlayer article

by Otis

Read G-Rob's trip report below...this is just self-pimpage

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

Trigger the Blastoplast

by G-Rob

I'm not sure the woman was drunk, but we weren't, and I'm a good judge of another's buzz when I'm still clean. She wore tourist trousers, khaki bermuda shorts and a "Welcome to Vegas" T. In each hand was a filthy rack of Rio chips and on her puffy face a look of confusion. As she learned over the end of our table she asked a stupid question, "Is this table 135?"

I was to BadBloods left, which is like hitting cleanup behind Barry Bonds. Holy Steroids! Dr. Bicep is a better player than me, and with him to my left I'd at least have a good indication of when to fold.

"I dunno," offered Blood, "but you have to wonder why they hung that sign." He then pointed to the numbers, a foot in diameter, hanging above our table. BadBlood is a smartass. He and I were of similar mind.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

June 14, 2005

Pauly's Favorite Player

by Luckbox

Marcel Luske is The Man.

Permalink | Poker Players

June 13, 2005

Dealer, Do You Know How to Spell?

by Luckbox

I know you're wondering... I never got anything to eat. I'm sure you never saw that coming! That means my first full day in Vegas was being sustained by a tiny turkey sandwich... and a Twix... a mini-Twix.

So, on an empty stomach, I made the brilliant decision to get up from the highly profitable $4/$8 table in favor of a blogger table. I picked up my chips (up $350!!!) in search of an empty seat at the H.O.R.S.E. table. I found one, beside Maudie. Who wouldn't want to sit there???

So I sat down, ready to lose money. Because, as we all know, blogger tables are ____ (fill in the blank).

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Permalink | Las Vegas

June 12, 2005

Reportus Interuptus

by Otis

In the little town of Willits, CA, the waitressess have eyes like sea creatures and serve your food with a smile you know really isn't a smile. It's the same as Davenport, Iowa, where the entire collection of townfolk are sizing you up to make sure you'll fit on their grill come sundown. You eat quickly and ignore the tatse of bitter almonds in your food. As long as you make it out alive, you know you'll be able to forget Willits before sundown.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

June 11, 2005

It's a transitional tale

by G-Rob

I always have the strangest dreams in Vegas. It was about 9AM on Friday morning and my wife was screaming my name while pounding the walls. That had to be a dream. It was, most likely, a mental device used to conceal the pounding in my head. I had been asleep for less than 2 hours and I was still wearing socks.


At 11:30 the blushing bride burst into the room with what turned out to be a brand new room key. The old one stopped working at 9:00 and she needed another. Go figure! I was dreaming about her at exactly that same time.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

June 10, 2005

Day 1: The $1200 Legend

by Luckbox

I touched down in Vegas and I was hungry. The airplane meal consisted of a tiny turkey sandwich, a bag of chips and a mini Twix bar. It's certainly better than the snack mix or the peanuts, but all it did is make me even more hungry. I vowed to eat as soon as I got the chance.

On the shuttle to the Excalibur, I talked with a woman who was in Vegas for the very first time. She wasn't a gambler but I told her there were plenty of ways to occupy her time. I warned her that two things often get overlooked during vacations to Sin City: food and sleep. I vowed to eat something very soon.

I hit the door of the castle and felt right at home. I like the Excalibur. I've spent a lot of time there. I made my way to the poker room in search of my fellow bloggers, the madness that would follow and food.

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June 8, 2005

With a little help from my Friends

by G-Rob

I kept things in check, played it close to the vest, because I was sure the bride would be checking. I met her in 1994 when she lived across the street in a house with air conditioning and a vacuum. To my roomates and I, Hoover was just a man in a dress and he probably came to a few of our parties.

In the first few years of our romantic entanglement, she and I were like a hobo with a pet. I had longer hair than she and, at the time, I only owned one pair of shorts. They were khaki at first but had taken on a luminecent grey veneer from months of dirt and grime. No party was too wild for us and nobody partied harder.

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June 7, 2005

The Smell of Lose

by G-Rob

I felt like a rum and coke. I'm a beer man really, but the mood was perfect for a sweet-tart syrup. The wife had the weary look, eyes extra wide, hair frazzled, and her attempts to smile made it seem like an extended frown had snapped backward from strain. The travel is usually the worst part.

It was about 11:00 when the 757 touched down in Vegas. There's a tram ride to the main terminal and an long escalator to the baggage claim. I called Otis from there.

"Don't tell me you're already here!" he screamed.

"I'm there in an hour," I belched. But in Vegas, time has no meaning.

We took the airport shuttle to The PLAZA, which means we took it to 5 other hotels first. It was midnight when we strode through the automatic double doors. They slid open easily and revealed the long line inside. That was the last part of our stay there when anything went as planned.

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June 6, 2005


by Luckbox

I'm home from one of the most enjoyable weekends I've ever had. Sure, finishing second in the Main Event was great... but it paled in comparison to the experience of meeting 70+ of the coolest people in the world. I hope you all had as good of a time as I did. And we'll have to do this again... soon!

Permalink | Las Vegas

June 2, 2005

I'm Ready

by Luckbox

This is my final word before I see so many of you at the World Poker Blogger Tour's second live event. To say, "I can't wait!" would be an understatement. It was an amazing group of people the first time around, and I hardly got to spend much time with any of you. It happened so fast.

I fully intend on savoring it all this time around. It will be a lot of poker, a little craps, and some great times spent with good friends. Could you really ask for anything more?

Tonight I prepared myself by playing a little live poker at the weekly double-wide game (although this time, we were in a garage). It was 12 players at $10 a piece. We played two rounds and I finished 1st... twice. That's a total profit of $160. I was playing to make money tonight. I wanted it for Vegas. The cards were good, but my play was very good.

I feel like I'm in a very good place with my game right now. Why do I seem to play so much better live? Why do I have more patience in a game where I see so many fewer hands? Maybe when I figure out how to answer those questions, I'll begin succeeding online again.

I said I'd begin my tally for gambling wins and losses starting on June 1st. And I get to start with a cool profit. I imagine even bigger and better things starting tomorrow. I can't wait!!!

Permalink | Las Vegas