Heading to Las Vegas for Blog World Expo

Tomorrow afternoon I’m flying out to Las Vegas to work the WordPress / Woopra / Layered Tech booth at the Blog World Expo. It’ll be my first time traveling to an event as an Automattic employee, so I’m excited. It looks like a lot of great companies will be there to represent and there will be bloggers everywhere. Heather and Jane will also be working our booth. I’ve only met Matt and Marianne from the Automattic crew, so it’ll be nice to finally meet a couple of other people I work with everyday.

If you are out in Las Vegas this weekend, stop by our booth at the Convention Center. We’ll be there to answer all of your questions and talk WordPress. I’m sure we’ll also be looking for a good time once the doors close. Las Vegas is one of the great places to get away for a few days.

One Week Until Las Vegas

At this time next week I’ll be on a flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas, coming back from MacWorld. I have a 10 or 11 hour layover in Vegas for the night. How convenient hey? The plan is to hit up Caesar’s poker room this year. I think the last time I played poker was during last year’s Vegas layover, so my game is definitely going to be rusty.

Quick Las Vegas Visit Planned

Each year I attend the Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco, CA. On the flight home, we try and schedule a long layover in Las Vegas, NV. This year is no different. I’ll be landing in Vegas on Friday, January 18th at 10:16pm and flying out on Saturday, January 19th at 9:25am. The past two years we’ve played low limit hold’em at the MGM, but I think we are going to try Caesar’s this year. We’re looking for a card room that will stay relatively busy during the time we’ll be playing, so if you have other suggestions, let me know.

I think the last time I played poker was last year on the Vegas layover. My game is going to be a little rusty!

Ocean's 13

Ocean's 13I really enjoyed Ocean’s Eleven when it came out and thought Ocean’s Twelve was good too. So when I saw Ocean’s 13 was next in line I knew I’d have to see it.

Went last night with Tom because it was too damn hot to do anything else around the house or outside. We both enjoyed the movie and I’ll add it to my DVD collection when it comes out. The movie has the usual cast of characters played by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, and Al Pacino to name a few. I was surprised to see Julia Roberts missing from the 3rd film.

Ocean’s 13 shares the same kind of film-making as the first two movies and tries to keep you guessing what exactly is going on. This movie was quite a bit easier to figure out than the previous two and I actually saw quite a few things coming. If you enjoyed the first two, you’ll enjoy this one as well though. Very good for the 3rd movie in a series. I give it a solid B+.

What Is Poker?

Where have I been you ask? Shit…who am I asking? Does anyone even visit this “poker” blog anymore?

I haven’t written here in 5 or 6 months. I’ve played poker barely more than that. In mid-January on a flight back from San Francisco, I had a night long layover in Las Vegas. Hit up the MGM and about $180 playing $3/6 hold’em. It was fun and I wish I’d make time to do it a little more often. I made a few rookie mistakes, but that’s bound to happen when you haven’t played poker in months. I flopped a set of queens, turned a full house, and rivered quads all on the same hand. I was called all the way by two players, even after I check-raised the flop. They even called out my hand after the check-raise, but had to call me down. I was taking their money, so I was happy.

I don’t have money at any online poker sites and without checking my records, I’d bet I haven’t played a single hand of online poker in over 6 months. I still have a couple of hundred stuck in Neteller waiting for them to get their shit together and let US players withdraw. The online poker legislation or whatever you want to call it took away my interest in playing for the most part. I still like to play, but I’m making more productive use of the time I used to spend online playing poker.

I’ll still make posts here from time to time, but I doubt you’ll ever see the posting frequency of a year or two ago.

Until next time…head on over to Card Tricks and give me some suggestions!

Review: The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King

The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All TimeInside the Richest Poker Game of All Time

I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since Christmas, when I received it as a gift. A few weeks ago I finally got around to reading it and finished it last week. It ranks right up near the top with some of the other poker related books I’ve read.

Before starting on the book I knew the general idea of what the book was about, but I really had no idea the events discussed in the book happened so recently. The “Richest Poker Game” was just before and around the time of Chris Moneymaker’s famous World Series of Poker win.

For those not familiar with everything, “The Professor” in the title refers to poker pro Howard Lederer, “The Banker” refers to Andy Beal, and “The Suicide King” is the King of Hearts because of his sword stabbing his own head. The “Richest Poker Game” was a limit hold’em heads-up match between Andy Beal and a group of poker professionals. The game was played at limits up to $100,000/$200,000, so swings of millions of dollars were not unusual.

Michael Craig did a great job telling the story by piecing together information from many different sources about the game. It’s really an insightful read into the high stakes poker world. I’d easily give it an A.

2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Results

A list of the winners so far in the 2006 World Series of Poker.

  1. $500 No-Limit Hold’em Casino Employee – Chris Gros
  2. $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Brandon Cantu
  3. $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em – Rafe Furst
  4. $1,500 Limit Hold’em – Kianoush Abolfathi
  5. $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Short Handed 6/Table – Russ Boyd (Dutch Boyd)
  6. $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Mark Vos
  7. $3,000 Limit Hold’em – William Chen
  8. $2,000 Omaha High-Low 8/OB – Jack Zwerner
  9. $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Jeff Cabanillas
  10. $1,500 Seven Card Stud – David Williams
  11. $5,000 Omaha High-Low 8/OB – Sam Farha
  12. $1,500 Limit Hold’em – Bob Chalmers
  13. $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Max Pescatori
  14. $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em w/ Rebuys – Allen Cunningham
  15. $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em – Mary Jones
  16. $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Lee Watkinson
  17. $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Jon Friedberg
  18. $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em – Eric Kesselman
  19. $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors – Clare Miller
  20. $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. – David Reese (Chip Reese)
  21. $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Short Handed 6/Table – William Chen
  22. $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Jeff Madsen
  23. $3,000 Limit Hold’em – Ian Johns
  24. $3,000 Omaha High-Low 8/OB – Scott Clements
  25. $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout – David Pham
  26. $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys – Eric Froehlich
  27. $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha – Rafael Perry
  28. $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Mats Rahmn
  29. $5,000 Seven Card Stud – Benjamin Lin
  30. $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em – John Gale
  31. $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Short Handed 6/Table – Jeff Madsen
  32. $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Justin Scott
  33. $1,500 Seven Card Razz – James Richburg
  34. $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em – Jason Lester
  35. $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Phil Hellmuth Jr.
  36. $1,000 Seven Card Stud High-Low 8/OB – Patrick Poels
  37. $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball – Daniel Alaei

The $10,000 No-Limit Main Event starts tomorrow and it’s scheduled to run through August 10, 2006 when we’ll have another world champion crowned.

The WSOP Player of the Year race is still wide open. Jeff Madsen, a 21-year-old college student, is currently in the lead with 4 final table appearances, 2 bracelets, and over $1.4 million in winnings. After winning his record tying 10th golf bracelet the other night at his 3rd final table, Phil Hellmuth sits in 2nd, and has won over $1.1 million. Hellmuth also ranks #1 in career cashes at the WSOP with 55.

List compiled from results at CardPlayer.