Please be sure to check out CJ's write up on the Bradoween Open below the entry and BadBlood's write-up over at his site.
I think I may refuse to write about the actual tourney since I didn't spend much time actually playing (see BadBlood's account of the carnage on his write up).
So, while I was out directing the mess outside, I got word that the final table had finally sat down (and thanks to Greenwood Phil for his organizational help). Thirty-three players had been reduced to eight, all vying to make it to the top five and win a little money. Asses had turned to diamonds. I'm sure somebody was cursing me for renting cheap fiberglass chairs. The beer had begun to disappear. I started snapping pictures. Somewhere, there is videotape. Hopefully we can bring you that soon.
I was very happy to see two of the three poker bloggers in attendance make the cut into the money. You never know what to expect when you invite someone you've never met before. You're not sure if you'll get a raving lunatic or a crying drunk.
I got lucky this time. After meeting Badblood in Iggy's Blog Invitational, we discovered we lived in the same city. Turns out Badblood is a solid player and a helluva nice guy to boot. I hope to play with him again when I'm playing a little better and don't have 80 people waiting on their party host to tap the keg.
Long-time friend and webhost for Up For Poker, CJ, played his A-game, proving once again to be one of the top players among us. He flew a long way and sat in some serious traffic to play in the tourney. He deserved his money win. That's not to mention the other money winners, David M. and Team Scott Smith (for a picture of Team Scott Smith, scroll through the archive until you find a guy holding up four kings...he's been winning a lot recently).
Still, not to be outdone, Boston J. Reilly outlasted the crowd, paying for his plane ticket and most of his wife's plane ticket down to the Palmetto State. I miss those folks a lot and was damned happy to have them back in my home. Not a bad evening, eh?