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Loving The Linq!

August 27, 2011

Tags: Las Vegas, The Linq, Travel.

After reading Elissa Harwood's article about Caesar's Entertainment's plans to move forward on The Linq - a $550 million outoor entertainment/dining/shopping complex in Las Vegas - my initial thought was "Vegas needs another venue/casino/entertainment complex like a hole in the head"... Until I saw the renditions of the plans. Wow!

Town Square is one of my favourite places in Las Vegas, so the whole outdoor concept has won me over, but the main highlight is the gigantic ferris wheel known as the Las Vegas High Roller (love that play on words). It's got a huge LED screen in the middle of the size of a football field, and each capsule is like a small room big enough to have an intimate party in. IMO the capsules look like the perfect size to fit a poker table for a private game rotating in the Las Vegas sky with the stunning view of the lit up strip, don't you think?? Who know's if that's a possibilty, it's just my suggestion, but a pretty sweet one! I believe the proposed date is just in time for our annual WSOP visit in 2013.

Anyway, it was tilting me that there are so many stunning pictures available of the plans but I couldn't find them all in one place. So, allow me to do the honours...

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

The Linq, Las Vegas
The Linq, Las Vegas

Sweet As, Queenstown!

August 23, 2011

Tags: APPT, Tourism, Travel, New Zealand, Queenstown.

What a place! Think Lake Tahoe... But even better. Ten times better! Queenstown, New Zealand is the Southern Hemisphere's best kept secret. OK, it may not be a secret, but is definitely the most underrated holiday destination in the world. Many of my friends had told me in the past that it's awesome but they were all snowboarding junkies so I assumed it wouldn't have been as awesome for me being the sun-chaser that I am: I've never picked up a ski or snowboard in my life. Boy, oh boy, was I wrong! I've never seen such a stunning view. Ever. This is my view as I write this very blog enjoying a coffee at a little cafe Patagonia (with free, unrestricted wifi - rare here) before work. Jealous??

My view as I write this blog :)
My view as I write this blog :)

All the reasons why I love this place have been jam-packed into the following four minutes. If you've never been here before, do yourself a favour...

LAPT Punta del Este

August 23, 2011

Tags: Buenos Aires, Angel Guillen, Jose Igancio Barbero, LAPT, Latin American Poker Tour, Punta del Este, Uruguay, Argentina, Travel, Tourism, Christian de Leon, Alex .

I just had a nice and relaxing week at home in Melbourne, Australia after a whirlwind trip to Uruguay for the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour in the awesome beachside party town of Punta del Este earlier this month. The LAPT’s are notorious for having fast-paced final tables, but I rarely see one over in less than five hours! That’s what happened when Alex Komolomi entered the final table of eight with 35% of the chips in play. He dominated his way to heads-up in just over three hours, and after a couple of unscheduled breaks and one chip-lead swap that only lasted a few minutes, we had a winner in lightning speed. The great part was that Komolomi was a local, not only being the first Uruguayan LAPT champion, but also winning it on his home turf. He was so nervous after his win that he politely requested he do his interviews after calming down for half an hour! What a sweetheart. As the event was drawing to a close with just the eight players returning for the fourth day of play, we put together a little string of highlights, taking out the hardwork for you if you failed to follow along at the time, rolling all the fun into one video.

The Mantra Resort, where the LAPT was held, was amazing. It is the middle of winter right now and freezing cold in Uruguay, but the sun came out to say hello on one of the days while Christian de Leon was drowning his sorrows after an unsuccessful LAPT. This was my favorite interview of the entire week simply because of the setting. You’ll notice that it’s not a PokerNews video, but actually a PokerStars.tv video, which the team here at PokerNews also produce.

Once the tournament ended it would have been a waste to come all this way and then just go straight home, so I added a couple of days to relax before the long journey back to Australia. Angel Guillen and I headed over to Buenos Aires for two days. I had no idea how amazing that place is. Leo Fernandez said to us one morning when convincing us to go "it's like Paris" at which Angel laughed, but now I understand why he said that. Argentinians are like the French, the walk with so much confidence and are so well dressed - and I didn't see a single overweight person there! Jose Ignacio Barbero took us to his "favourite restaurant in the whole world" - Osaka. It's in the heart of the stunning Palermo area and is a combination of Japanese and Peruvian food. It was incredible! He also recommended Guido's - a little Italian restaurant right by our hotel (across from the zoo so it was a bit of a stinky walk). You don't get given a menu here, you just get fed anything and everything the owner feels like feeding you! As you're sitting down the appetisers are already coming, and all the meals are like home-cooked Nona's specialties. It was so cosy inside, I loved it!

Literally Around the World...

August 05, 2011 2 comments

Tags: Travel.

I just filled out my travel map and I'm so shocked to see over 100 pins! I feel like the luckiest girl having such an amazing opportunities to see so much of the world! I travelled a lot as a kid back and forth from Australia and Ireland (where I was born), and did a huge trip throughout Europe a few years ago with friends, but since starting with PokerNews the travel has blown up to such an amazing amount! I seriously have the best job ever!!

There's still so much I want to see! Especially around Australia, and I have to visit Africa at least once! Is there anywhere you suggest I should go for my next holiday?

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