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 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!!!