UPDATE 4/20: We hit it.
Rock and roll. Al Can't Hang signed up as the 50th player (he plans to play from the Keys...heheheh). So, we've made the nut and got the cash now to guarantee the first seat in Event #2 of the WSOP, where you'll play with the likes of many well-known pros and the rowdy folks like Otis, Greenwood Phil, and a host other possible malcontents.
Now, go surprise me and see if we can make two seats.
If you're a blogger, plan to play, and haven't signed up, go get your spot now.
Okay, I usually try to come up with some halfway interesting anecdote to hook you into reading to the point of my posts. However, the inherent risk is burying the lead. This possibe enormity of this, however, leads me to just come right out with it.
There is no need to be a sweater at the WSOP this year. The WPBT has your antiperspirant.
If you are an established blogger and write about poker, you have a chance to turn $33 into a World Series of Poker bracelet.
Okay, with that said, you'll have to wade through my drivel or scroll to the bottom for details.
Sitting on my coffee table is an envelope addressed to the accounting department of the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino in Vegas. Inside is my registration form and entry fee into Event #2 of the the WSOP.
Now, I'm not the best tournament player around. Not even close. However, my new employment has cut into my chances to win online satellites into big events. For the past year or so, I've been wanting to test my mettle against some of the better tournament players. Not because I think I can win, but just for the experience.
When CJ announced the Aladdin Classic was going to be on June 4, the first thing I did after RSVPing for the WPBT event was check to see what WSOP events were going on that weekend. I was pleased to see there was a NL Hold'em event.
I've been having a pretty good year, so far. And, so, I decided I was going to play. I knew I'd have a couple of poker buddies or new poker buddies playing with me. Greenwood Phil and his crew is heading out for the event. I think Easycure friend Mr. Bush will be out there playing as well.
I'll admit, while I think I have little chance of making it far in the tournament, I occasionally fantasize about the possiblity of making the final table and having a drunken, screaming posse of WPBT members on the rail.
So, when Iggy came up with the idea of running a WSOP satellite, I hoped he would choose Event #2. And he did. Bless the Blogfather.
So, the fantasy grows.
On April 24th, the World Poker Blogger Tour will host the first ever WSOP Event #2 satellite. Just $33 dollars will buy you into the event.
We need 50 entries. I'm confident we'll make it. In fact, I'd love to get 100 entries and give away two seats.
There is the possibility that there will be more than one of these events, but I have a warning.
I've recently learned the WSOP will cap this event at 2200 participants. I think there is a very good chance the event will sell out very early. There are some other things I know that lead me to believe this even more strongly. So, if you want this seat, now is your time to get it.
Now, I have a request.
All along, the point of this is two-fold.
First, it gives bloggers who don't necessarily want to raid their bankroll a chance to play in a big event when all their poker blogging brethren will be in town.
Second, on the chance that a blogger does well, it offers our little community a chance to get some exposure.
So, if you want to play in this, keep those things in mind.
I won't be playing in the satellite for two reasons. First, I'd planned on buying in anyway. Second, the event is being hosted on Stars where I am contractually prohibited from playing. Iggy asked if I'd prefer if it were somewhere else (again, bless the Blogfather), but I said 'no.'
When it comes down to it (and this isn't just me talking) Stars has the best support in the online poker world. And I can tell you, a few folks went out of their way to make sure the event is set up correctly.
So...you'll need to go to Iggy for all the details and private password. You'll need to give him your blog URL and such.
Once you do that, the tournament is up on the Stars site under private tournaments.
DO NOT WAIT to sign up.
And just think, you could be THAT blogger, sitting at the final table, playing for the bracelet, while a drunken Otis, Iggy, Al Can't Hang, G-Rob, Badblood, a sober BG and CJ, and 50 other bloggers crow from the rail.
Hit Iggy and sign up today.