Wednesday, July 12, 2006

WPBT 2006 Trip Report

12 JUL 06

Yet another incredible WPBT. Huge thanks to April for setting this up. I can’t imagine what you went through to pull this off. We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude. And kudos again for the speakers. One of my complaints last year was that the speakers were out of control and droned on too long. Not so this year. The stories and readings were brief, entertaining and appropriate. Howard Lederer was angry and topical, but what a great forum to talk about the politics of poker, especially given recent legislation. Roshambo with Phil Gordon was hysterical. Was anyone surprised that Veneno won heads up?

Random thoughts from Vegas:

I stayed downtown at the Golden Nugget. I was in their newly renovated North tower. It was… nice. I guess. I will forevermore stay on the strip, if for no other reason than it took almost an hour on the “Deuce” to get from the Nugget to Caesar’s Palace.

Random conversation heard on the Deuce. I was sitting in front of a father/son combo. The son (Timmy) sounded like he may be 5 or 6.

Timmy: Dad, what kind of birds do you like?

Dad: I don’t know, Timmy. I guess I like colorful ones like parrots or fast ones like falcons.

Timmy: No Dad. I meant do you like alive ones or dead ones.

Pause.

Dad: I guess I prefer the live ones, Timmy.

Timmy: I like the dead ones.

Dr. Chako gets off the bus.

Random cool occurrences:

I got a hug from Veneno. I belong, baby.

I played one table over from Shannon Elizabeth at the Venetian. Geeaahh.

I played a live game with Heather. As I said below, sorry I stormed off. Like I’ve said before, I’m prone to tilt. BTW – on that hand you said I had a huge tell, I was semi-bluffing with middle pair, weak kicker. Sorry.

My friend Dr. C won 10th place in the blogger tourney. She didn’t know until afterwards the quality of players she was up against.

Okay. I’m a geek. I admit it. Still, it meant a great deal to me that both Dr. Pauly and Otis remembered me (and even remembered my name)!

I got to shake hands with the thricely confirmed Bobby Bracelet. I called him over to my 2/5 NL table at MGM and we chatted briefly. It wasn’t until I saw him at the tournament that he noted that I was playing next to Laura Prepon from That 70’s Show. He laughed about it because he thought I was calling him over to introduce him to Laura, but in fact, I just wanted to shake the hand of the famous Playboy Mansion dweller. Who cares about some overly aggressive actress (she actually played decent poker), I met Bobby, dammit!

I shook hands, met or saw all my blogger heroes, including Speaker, Al, Iggy, Felicia, Grubby, Dawn Summers, Sir Waffles, Bill Rini, Pii (who started to my right in the tourney and placed 2nd), Joaquin (who started to my left), Michael Craig (seen here with Jennifer Harman courtesy of ccexplore, who is moving to Pokerworks, which is blocked on my hospital computer), DoubleA’s, Linda Geenen (also at Pokerworks and therefore blocked), and Amy Calistri.

Franklin (at least I think it was Franklin. His last post says he wasn’t planning on going to the WPBT Summer classic) got the stethoscope bounty, and F-Train won the thing. Well done to all the finishers.

I wish I spent more time playing donkey poker with bloggers as opposed to throwing my money at morons in the NL games. Only once did I get my money in with the worst hand, and now the BR is going to need some serious nursing before I’m ready to crash the tables again. Don’t worry; I’ll be back.

It just might not be until the next WPBT.

10 comments:

Felicia :) said...

Wait. We met??? OMG, I don't even remember! When, where?

Is there a cure for this? You're a doctor, when will my memory come back?

fhwrdh said...

indeed, it was me that busted you out - pic of the stethoscope bounty here (along with iggy's, ummmm, panties). sorry for the suckout - never got a chance to make up for it with a drink. i owe you one!

Maigrey said...

it's ok :) I only had AK :)

DrChako said...

Felicia - I believe you fall into the "saw" rather than "met" category. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I'm still in awe of poker players and bloggers, and while I stood next to you for a while, I never introduced myself.

I'm promise to correct that at the next WPBT.

Fhw - I'll take that drink at the next gathering. Great pic!

-DrC

Dawn Summers said...

I wish I spent more time playing donkey poker with bloggers as opposed to throwing my money at morons in the NL games. Only once did I get my money in with the worst hand, and now the BR is going to need some serious nursing before I’m ready to crash the tables again.
OMG. You and me both!!

Dawn

The sister said...

You actually rode the Duce?? With, dare I say it, the COMMONERS? Were all of the limo's and Ferarri's gone? You stayed at the Golden Nugget? Were the Belaggio and Wynn all booked up?

Dead-bird lovin' six year olds aside, I feel confident speaking on behalf of both your wife and myself, who are huge fans of the Duce, and we are proud of you!

Veneno said...

For once my HU experience paid off..lol

It was a great time!

Till next time...

whiskeytown said...

I'll try to make the next one -

I didn't even hear about this one till the week of - I'm so out of it lately with dreams of folk music stardom and $20 tourney riches - lol

if I'd been there it'd have been a profitable week for ya -

pax
rb

Felicia :) said...

" I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I'm still in awe of poker players and bloggers"

Something is so wrong with that statement.

Huge Junk said...

Nice meeting you. If Laura Prepon thought for even a moment, "who the hell is Bobby Bracelet?" then my work is done here.