While golfing 45 holes over the course of Saturday and Sunday, I came to one conclusion. Over 90 degrees with over 50% humidity is very hot on the golf course. I managed to get through it without too much of a problem, but I’d much rather have temperatures in the low 70s. Looks like Michelle Wie had a bit of a problem with the heat, dropping out of the John Deere Classic after 9 holes of the 2nd round. I just couldn’t resist getting her into a post title somehow.
The 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been going on since June 26, 2006. A lot of new poker players are making names for themselves and a lot of professionals are adding to their poker resumes. Following is a list of those players who have taken home bracelets so far.
- $500 No-Limit Hold’em Casino Employee – Chris Gros
- $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Brandon Cantu
- $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em – Rafe Furst
- $1,500 Limit Hold’em – Kianoush Abolfathi
- $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Short Handed 6/Table – Russ Boyd (Dutch Boyd)
- $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Mark Vos
- $3,000 Limit Hold’em – William Chen
- $2,000 Omaha High-Low 8/OB – Jack Zwerner
- $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Jeff Cabanillas
- $1,500 Seven Card Stud – David Williams
- $5,000 Omaha High-Low 8/OB – Sam Farha
- $1,500 Limit Hold’em – Bob Chalmers
- $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Max Pescatori
- $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em w/ Rebuys – Allen Cunningham
- $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em – Mary Jones
- $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Lee Watkinson
- $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Jon Friedberg
- $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em – Eric Kesselman
- $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors – Clare Miller
- $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. – David Reese (Chip Reese)
- $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Short Handed 6/Table – William Chen
- $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Jeff Madsen
There are many more events to go before the $10,000 No-Limit Main Event even gets started on July 28, 2006. It’s scheduled to run through August 10, 2006 when we’ll have another world champion crowned.
List compiled from results at CardPlayer.
Monday, July 3, 2006
I think I woke up around 9:30 or 10am. Grabbed some overpriced drugs from the hotel and headed to the pool. Start off with a large Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee. After about 2 hours I head back to the room, shower, and nap for over an hour. I’m definitely coming down with something and coughing up a storm. Off to the poker room. Open seat at $4/8 so I take it. Juicy game but as has been the case the entire trip, I can’t get any cards. Plan was to meet the girls at 5:30 and head over to the Rio, but I can’t leave this game. They go, I stay.
I call pots I know I’ve lost. Donk away chips. Table turns to a full kill. I pick up Big Slick UTG on the first kill pot and raise. One caller in late position. On the Ace-high flop she says she wants to check it down, but I’m not having any part of that. I bet the entire way and she calls me down with Ace-Ten. Wow, I finally won a big pot!
Talk to Jere at some point and plan is to meet him downtown at 8. I catch a cab and he’s waiting for the bus somewhere. Forgot to warn him the bus sucks. I grab the 99 cent shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate again. Sit at a nickle video poker machine and I get dealt a King-high straight flush. Jere arrives and I cash out. A full bucket of nickles spit out. Old school machine. $27 and change for a $7 profit.
We putz around since they’ve never been to Fremont Street and end up eating at a buffet somewhere for about $13. I’m the least hungry, but eat the most. I’m sick and need some energy. Five of us jump in a cab back to Excalibur and they all head off to bed by midnight since they have a wedding the next day. I head back to the poker room and play more $4/8. Lose more and head back to the room around 2:30 sick as a dog.
Sunday, July 2, 2006
Crawled out of bed around 11:30 after 4 hours of sleep and made my way to the pool for an hour or two. Showered and grabbed some lunch from the Pizza Hut inside Excalibur. Sat at a video poker machine as I waited for the girls to leave the pool. After not hearing back on the voice mails I left and not having any calls answered I decided to go sit in the poker room. Played $1/3 no-limit until 5:30. Lost $50 or so?
We had tickets for the Tournament of Kings at 6, so I figured I would have heard from the girls by now. I start calling their cell phones again, leaving messages. Walk over to the ToK entrance and walk back to poker room. Leave more VMs, which are getting nastier as time goes by. I call the hotel room and leave messages there. At ten to six I decide to go up and check the hotel room. No luck. Where the fuck are they? I’m pissed now. Go back to ToK and ask the lady at the entrance if she has seen two chicks asking for a guy with tickets. She hasn’t. More nasty VMs and walks back to the poker room. I finally decide I’m not missing the dinner and show, so I go in.
At 6:10 here come two drunks with big grins on their faces. I’m still pissed off. Turns out they spent 8 hours at the pool and conveniently the cell phone died during the day. The food was good and the show wasn’t too bad. You could definitely tell everything was planned out and rehearsed. After the show we head back to the room so they can shower and clean up.
Off to downtown to check out the Fremont Street Experience. Julie was pissed for an hour because the cab ride was $17. Cheap asses! I was immediately impressed and really liked the atmosphere. Had the 99 cent shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate as well as a great sandwich called the Cable Car (I think). Had a Tom Collins at some casino I don’t remember the name of as suggested by a coworker. I’ll never drink one again. It was neat to see Binion’s and it’s no wonder the WSOP is no longer held there. The poker room is pretty small.
After checking out the sites we head back to the strip. Girls decide we are taking the bus, which only runs $2 per person. We wait 30 minutes for the bus to come and then it takes nearly an hour and a half to get back to Excalibur. I’m convinced the bus is the worst $2 you can spend in Las Vegas.
Girls say they are actually going to stay up for a bit this night so we sit at the bar inside Excalibur and watch the band play. They weren’t too bad. We end up splitting around 2am. I head to the poker room and they head to bed. I sit at $3/6 limit. Jere calls me sometime after 2. He’s back in Detroit and on his way to the airport to fly out. I’m actually winning at the tables and send him the picture you see from my phone. I was up about $30 at the time, but ended up losing. I start to get sick, but keep playing. I switch to drinking water or orange juice. Finally leave the table around 6 and head up to the room to crash at 6am.
The dusty window of a Mini Cooper was used to create a temporary copy of the Dogs Playing Poker art “A Friend in Need.”
I enjoyed the original The Fast and the Furious, but thought 2 Fast 2 Furious was a bit far-fetched, especially the end scene with the boat landing on the yacht. So going into the third movie, Tokyo Drift, I wasn’t sure what to expect, which is exactly the reason I waited until the movie hit the cheap seats and I could see it for $2.25.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Walking into the theater I figured I was getting some cheap entertainment for 2 hours, but instead I saw a decent movie. As I sat back in my seat I felt the same enjoyment I did going to the very first movie in the F&F series. Tricked out cars and hot girls are two great ingredients to use for a good movie because they get your attention right away.
I really enjoyed all of the drifting which is a completely different type of racing than we saw in either of the previous two films. I wish I could drive like some of the stunt men who did the scenes for this movie. The end of the movie was a bit of a surprise and a nice touch to leave the door open for a fourth film.
I saw Superman Returns on opening night and am finally getting around to a review. The movie was up to my expectations going in. There was a good story and a lot of action. The length of the movie was a bit long and I thought a few parts could have been cut out to make it shorter without losing any of the plot.
The big secret that gets revealed towards the end didn’t come as much of a secret if you ask me. As soon as the character involved in the secret was revealed I knew what would end up happening.
The ending of the movie left it wide open for more to come in the future which seems to be the Hollywood thing to do lately. I enjoyed the movie and would watch any others to follow.
After taking 2 weeks off because of my trip to Las Vegas (Day 1 and Day 2 summaries), I sure made up for the lost golf this weekend. On Saturday I played 27 holes and 18 more on Sunday. My friend Jere was up for the weekend and our plan was to golf, golf, golf. It was over 90 degrees both days here in Michigan and the humidity was high, especially on Sunday. Last night I was exhausted and I’m still feeling a bit tired today to go with a sore back.