Good morning everyone. I saw on the poker calendar a few weeks back that the $10,400 main event of the WPT's Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio was set to begin on Tuesday, so I notified my brother Pete, and we decided that it would be a good day to belatedly celebrate our birthdays. After getting out the calculator, I figured out that this is the 14th anniversary of Pete bringing me to my first Five Diamond Classic. I had never lived in Las Vegas or played poker in a casino at that point in time (heck, I had barely played or watched ANY poker up to that point). As we headed to the Mirage to play some poker ourselves, I remember asking Pete if a straight beats a flush, and after TORCHING $337.00 in about six hours in a 3-6 limit hold 'em game, I was HOOKED.... :) Tuesday cost me a little less, as we watched the professionals play for free (free for us) after we had lunch at the Planet Hollywood buffet. When Pete and I arrived at the Bellagio, there was a substantial line of players waiting to enter the tournament, and most of them would become alternates as the tables in the Bellagio's poker room were the only ones being used for this event.
Bigger poker tournaments are often held in areas outside of a casino's normal poker room. We arrived at 12:15 p.m., but instead of being 15 minutes late, we actually showed up a little early, and got to see Richard Seymour in his pregame routine. For you poker people, we recognized several well-known players on Tuesday, including defending champion James Romero (he cashed for 1.9 million last year), Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst, Ben Lamb, Noah Schwartz, Freddy Deeb, Allen Cunningham, Andrew Lichtenberger, David Williams, and an attractive female player that busted when she ran her flush into a bigger flush. No worries, she hopped right back into line to buy in again for another $10,400... Pictured below is former NFL player Richard Seymour...
And this picture is my first plate of food at Planet Hollywood... :D
After Pete left, I ventured over to the Flamingo to watch my friends Errol and Mike play a little bit of poker in cash games. I had planned on playing myself, but I suddenly remembered that I had been awake since 6:00 a.m. and was completely exhausted. After Mike completely blew by me without recognizing me, Errol won a nice pot when he turned a full house before his opponent rivered a flush (yes, fourteen years later, and I now know that a full house beats a flush)... ;) I returned to the Flamingo last night and won $29.00 in an hour in a 2-4 limit game when I flopped a set of 5's against an opponent's two-pair on a K 9 5 flop. I'm preparing to play a lot more 1/2 no-limit soon, but I'll gladly accept a wage of $29.00 an hour playing poker any day.
Things are going to change a bit for me at work now as the college football season ("regualr season") has ended, meaning that there won't be football from very early to closing now on Saturdays, and I'll also leave work an hour earlier on Friday nights, which naturally means more time for playing poker. :P I also anticipate having more time to write, so cross your fingers... For the second post in a row, I'm stealing a little something from my friend Ali, as she took a great shot of some desert Christmas trees... :)
Enjoy your holiday season until next time, and I'll see you soon!