The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette
Please make no mistake, I'm not picking on @Maegan_Q in any way, shape or form. Believe me, I'm always getting names mixed up and forgetting who's who!
I just really ♥ the way she phrased the question; I think that were it me, I would have asked exactly this same way:
And because I absolutely believe that @Maegan_Q isn't the only one in the world with an inquiring mind, here is the answer:
I had a great time at The Challenged Athletes Foundation Charity Poker Tournament (thanks to Chris Butcher for the invitation and accommodation) and am very humbled after meeting some of the most amazing athletes people I have ever had the privilege of spending time with, including a blind golfer, a one-legged marathon runner, and an incomplete paraplegic tri-athlete who just conquered the Great Wall of China.
At the age of seven months, Ralph contracted Polio, loosing the use of his legs at an unimaginable early age. Believing he would sooner see pigs fly before ever competing in sports, Ralph went on to a successful creative career with Disney. Having seen an elephant fly, Ralph eventually found that nothing is impossible. He now is a competitive athlete and an outspoken advocate and mentor for disabled athletes.
After two months, several redesigns, and a tweak here and there, I finally feel comfortable enough to announce the launch of my latest endeavor: outonthebubble.com. This site has been a labor of love for me, so I hope that between me and my partner, Mel Sieboldt, we can make magic happen.
If you would like to show your support, please "Like" our Facebook Fan Page at Facebook.com/outonthebubble and follow us on Twitter at @outonthebubble. Of course, there is no better way to show your support that to subscribe.
I must admit that my trip to Vegas for pre-WSOP shenanigans has given me hope that the poker industry is ripe for hard working people to become successful on either side of the rail.
First off, hanging around with all my poker media peeps is always the brightest part of any day (especially with my bestie KevMath). With the Rio serving as the Mecca for poker and the trauma of Black Friday still burning in everybody's wounds, the who's who of poker press are all on hand for the 2011 World Series of Poker. Compounded by the fact that I've joined forces with Dan Michalski as Associate Editor for Pokerati.com, had discussions with Jon Friedberg regarding his anticipated re-launch of AllVegasPoker.com, and my return to Examiner.com as the Los Angeles Poker Examiner, I was able to enjoy feeling like a colleague on a level playing field rather than a squirrel trying to get a nut.
Wow! I actually won... no chop and a tough heads-up opponent. I played my unique game and it paid dividends. Even the dealers were sweating me and complimented me on my play. Two of them said they knew from early on that I would be taking it down, and knowing how many poker players these Vegas dealers see come through their doors, that meant a lot to me...and meant extra tips for the Till. (I'm such a donkey!)
I had one hell of an impressive rail. KevMath, MerchDawg and WhoJedi were watching almost every move I made at the final table. Hey, who knows, maybe I might get to be a celebrity like WhoJedi (see, Pg. 27 of the May 2011 Edition of Bluff Magazine) and get featured in the next Bluff, HaHaHa!!!