The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette

World Series Ho!

May 28, 2012

Tags: WSOP, Poker, Las Vegas, NLH, No Limit Holdem, Tournament, World Series of Poker.

Yup, it's that time again! It's summer and the season for the World Series of Poker. I'm writing from Vegas, the summer mecca for poker players across the world...World Series Ho!

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Anyway, I've got a very busy summer planned. Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook already know that I put together a summer tournament package and sold it on 2+2, and so far I've already played the first of the six schedule events.

Yesterday was the first event of the 2012 WSOP, the Casino Employee's event. It's considered to be one of the softest fields of the Series so I gave it a go. I doubled up early with Kings vs. Sixes in what was a set over set all-in pot in the 2nd orbit of the event, then pretty much maintained a stack between 6K and 10K for the next 4 hours. I got moved around 3 times and, as so many of you know, it takes a while before you can get a feel for the game flow of a new table. Although I went into the 2nd break with 10K in chips, the 5th level had blinds at 150/300+25 ante, and in just two orbits I had lost 1K without ever playing a hand. I calculated that an average chip stack in the money (81 players get paid in Event #1) was 31K, so I knew I had a bit of work to do with 250 runners left out of the original 732.

Unfortunately, the first bracelet of the year was not to be mine... No

I sulked a bit after busting out, then played a $125 satellite. I chipped up here and there, but in a satellite, it's best to just let people bust and wait for spots short handed. When it finally got down to 3-handed play, I was the short stack with about T2,500 of the T10k in play. Of course, I never saw a button I didn't like and I raised every time in position. Finally, the small blind got feed up and shoved against one of my button raises. By that time I had moved up to 2nd in chips so it was an easy call with {a-Spades}{9-Spades}. My opponent turned over {j-}{8-} off-suit, and we were off to the flop...and oh what a flop it was: {j-}{9-}{9-} ! The turn and river offered him no relief and it was heads up. We played heads-up for about 15 minutes but, just before the blinds went to 300/600, my opponent proposed an equity chop. I had him T6,100 to T3,900 and WhoJedi (who had offered me a ride back to my condo) was ready to headed out, so I agreed. Even though it was a chop, the small win made me feel better.

After getting dropped off, I enjoyed a quite Thai dinner that involved conversations of Steve Martin, of all people, and then called it an early night. I'm probably going to play a few more satellites today, before heading home on Tuesday. Then I return to Vegas next weekend for the $600 NLH Venetian Deepstack.


Down Swings, Run Good and... Tebow?

November 22, 2011

Tags: Bicycle Casino, Commerce Casino, Donkey, LA, Los Angeles, Loser, Poker, Satellite, Tournament, Winner, Shenanigans.

My Satellite Chips
My Satellite Chips

Last Thursday I made my way up to Commerce Casino looking for a little run good of my own in a bid to get into the L.A. Poker Open Main Event after WhoJedi cashed in yet another event. I played four, count'em FOUR satellites and didn't make it to the 2nd break on any of them. I may have played bad, I definitely didn't run good, and at least a few people assured me that I was merely the victim of a series of unlucky bad-beats. As any poker player will tell you, there are just some hands that you can't win once you've decided to play them.

For example, I had {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} in the big blind with an average stack when my loose-aggressive neighbor with a short stack raised 3x under-the-gun, pre-flop. It was early, the blinds were 50-100 and we each started with 5K, but my neighbor managed to lose a few pots and was down to a little over 2K at the beginning of the hand. The flop came {a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{q-Clubs} and I checked to the raiser. He bet another 300 and I smooth called, hoping to induce an all-in on the turn (or maybe even fold if a 3rd club came). When the {2-Spades} hit the turn I checked again, and sure enough - he shoved all-in. I insta-called and he opened {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs} , then binked the {5-Spades} on the river. I asked him if I shoved all-in preflop (like I would ever want to do that with nearly 5K at the 50-100 blind level) would he have called, and he said, "Definitely - I was short-stacked."

Okay, I don't agree that 20 big blinds is "short-stacked," but if that was his pre-flop plan of attack - - then the only way I don't lose chips there is by deciding not to play and folding my hand pre-flop. It's unfortunate, but it happens. I don't know that there was any good or bad way to play that hand because the hand played itself. I could give you several other examples, but you get the gist. Thursday just wasn't my day as far as tournament poker was concerned.

Thursday was, however, the day for Pacifico Beers, ubber-deadly Margaritas and Tebowing! After busting out of the final satellite for the evening, I was all set to go home when Matt "McMattoPoker" Affleck realized that the chances of a $280 single table satellite going before the end of the night was unlikely so he invited WhoJedi and I to have a beer with him. The sports bar was having Karaoke night so we elected to hang out at the Commerce's rendition of the "Hooker Bar." All the televisions screens were aglow with Tim Tebow interviews and game footage following the Denver Bronco's win against the New York Jets, and WhoJedi and McMatto were discussing the possibilities of having a Tebow trophy for the next Commerce poker series.

Gses was a redonkulous chipleader in the final mega satellite so he joined us for a Pacifico or two while the field whittled down, followed by DMoonGirl and Owen Crowe. Danny wanted a margarita so the bartender hooked her up with a double Patron margarita on the rocks (that was more of a 3x if anything). It was so incredibly knock-your-socks-off, it was instantly named "The Tebow," and everybody except WhoJedi and me ordered one. That did it. Within minutes everyone was thoroughly shit-faced and we all proceeded to launch a twitter campaign of #Tebow poses around the Commerce Casino.

It was a crazy, memorable night and I didn't get home until 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning!

Matt Affleck #Tebowing in front of the Commerce Casino fountain.
Matt Affleck #Tebowing in front of the Commerce Casino fountain.

I had meetings and Live at the Bike scheduled for Friday but I was too lethargic to focus on anything productive. The meetings ran long and I had just enough time for a 30 second Live at the Bike interview before show's end. Zac from had come to town so we both wondered over to Commerce so he could say his Hellos. We didn't stay long as he was headed right back to Vegas and I needed to go home to get some sleep.

I was feeling so dejected after such a bad run on Thursday that I didn't venture back to L.A. until Monday. I had to pickup a check at The Bike, so I figured I'd make a day of it and sweat the L.A. Poker Open final table and maybe put in some hours at the cash tables. I brought my friends at Commerce some pumpkin-spiced cupcakes and then played a little $3-5 NLH. I won a few small pots and lost big pots to a series of unfortunate Runner-Runner WTF!? hands and gave-up after 3 hours. I was only invested a single $200 bullet, but I just didn't see the point in continuing to play a game that I clearly could not beat. I said my goodbyes since everybody was headed out of L.A. after the series and headed over to The Bicycle Casino.

I picked up my check and realized that I had another hour to kill before traffic was cleared up enough to return home to Orange County. I put $300 down in the $2-3 NLH game. I played my usual game and can't say that I played great nor that I played horrible. I could have won some huge pots if my reads where a little better, but I made some pretty sick calls and well timed plays. The one thing I can say is that I worked hard on my table image and used it to make moves here and there that proved to be profitable. By the time I left The Bike at 11:30 p.m., I was up $600 for the day.

I'm really hoping that last night's win marks the end of my horrible 6-week run and is a sign of brighter things to come.

Source: ConfessionsofaPokerProWannabe. com

#CoronaRunGood Strikes Again...

November 16, 2011

Tags: Bicycle Casino, Commerce Casino, Jackpot, Live at the Bike, Los Angeles, Poker, Tournament, WhoJedi.

It's been a week since my last post (Back to Back Busto) and a few interesting things have happened since then.

Friday 11-11-11 was easily my most exciting day. Not only did the long anticipated Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim hit the stores, I had a great Live at the Bike evening planned. I had scheduled former reporter, Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum, and Mega Millions Series II runner up, Greg Sessler, to be a guests on the show... and if you've been following along on all my past blog posts - when I get to entertain guests it's always a party. W00t

Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum
Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum

You may remember that WhoJedi shipped a Commerce Casino event early last week so he was excited to play on Live at the Bike in the hopes that his #CoronaRunGood streak was still going strong. Well, guess what?? It was!!! For the first time in Live at the Bike history, the Bicycle Casino's Super $100K Bad-Beat Jackpot was hit at the table. How good does WhoJedi run? The $100K Bad-Beat Jackpot is only paid from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm every other hour. Live at the Bike only airs from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - literally a small window of opportunity to hit the Jackpot on the show.

Elan took the bad beat with Quad 3s and received $50K. C.W. won the hand with Quad Qs and received $25K plus the $500 pot. The remaining 7 players at the table each received a table share in excess of $3.5K. Based on how incredibly good WhoJedi runs - my official Twitter hashtag is now #WhoJediWannabe. Hell, maybe I should just change the name of my blog to:

I mean really, who needs to be pro when you can run-good like the Jedi?

Elan describes the jackpot hand during my Live at the Bike interview.
Elan describes the jackpot hand during my Live at the Bike interview.

All of us involved in producing the Live at the Bike show agree that the 11-11-11 Jackpot show was the most exciting one to date. I was able to do several field interviews and Bart Hanson admittedly had a "Bartgasm." The only person who seemed at all disappointed by the jackpot was Greg Sessler who maintained a ho-hum attitude throughout the night, which I'm convinced was all part of his evil plot for max EV on camera time. If you missed it, the show is saved in the archives and I recommend watching it.

Harlequin of the Degens
Harlequin of the Degens

In other news, I have managed to continue my down swing. I played two flights of the Commerce Casino $125 Turbo $200 Guarantee on Saturday, November 12th and totally donked. No I just couldn't make anything happen. Disappointed with my performance, I chose to buy Skyrim and retreat into a world of dungeons and dragons on Sunday afternoon and have been there ever since.

I did crawl out of my hole for a few hours last night to attend a little shindig up at Beso Hollywood hosted by my friend Chad Brown, then I stopped by Commerce Casino on my way home to say hello to Danielle "DMoonGirl" Anderson who is back in town for a few days and sweat Maria Ho in the $1K L.A. Poker Open event. Tomorrow I will play a few satellites in a bid to get into the L.A. Poker Open main event and I'm probably going to beg WhoJedi to loan me his Micros shirt and Purdue sweatshirt in hopes of a little run good of my own.

Back to Back Busto

November 09, 2011 1 comments

Tags: Commerce Casino, Poker, Tournament, NLH.

Yesterday I played in a couple of Commerce Casino's L.A. Poker Open events. The first was Event No. 7, the $225 6-Max NLH event. I thought it might be a good day because I got some pretty good hands and was able to be aggressive, until became obvious that my hands weren't holding up. Of course, as so many superstitious tournament players will tell you, it is a bad sign when you get Aces early. Well guess what... I got Aces within the first orbit - on the button - and no action whatsoever. I was out midway through the second level with {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs} vs. {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}.

I then jumped into an $80 single table satellite. I stayed about average throughout most of the levels. When we got down to 4 players, the shortstack proposed a chop and the big stack objected. The very next hand, the big stack shoved on his small blind (which he had done 3 orbits in a row) into my big blind. I looked down and {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and snap called. He flipped over {a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. We both filled up, on the {4-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} {10-Spades}, {8-Diamonds}, {8-Clubs} board, my hand being best. Immediately after, he offered a chop. I offered to save the $80 and play for the rest and the other three players agreed. Once everybody was assured to get their money back, the play loosened up a bit and I managed to catch some great hands. I literally won the table in 6 consecutive hands. Poker Face

The 6pm L.A. Poker Open event was the $340 H.O.R.S.E. event. I'm not a great mixed game player, but I enjoy the challenge so I spent a hour trying to decide whether to play or not. Because of the current state of the economy, mixed games don't attract the donkeys the way they used to, so it was a very tough field. In the end I decided to play.

Again, I was cruising right along in the event, when who should sit down at my table? None other than Shirley Rosario, a friend, fellow poker blogger and top ranked mixed game player. Talk about drawing the nut low. But it got even better when Jay Newnum sat in Seat 4 after Ben Lamb busted out of the WSOP main event. To quote Danielle Anderson, "Doom switch officially on." The table was pretty nitty and we just kinda pushed the chips around. By the time the table broke, we all were just a little above starting stack, having only knocked out one player during the first 4 levels. The table broke around level 5 and I busted shortly thereafter. Booooo! Thumb Down

I can't complain though. I went to Commerce with $300 in my pocket. I played two events and a satellite and returned home with $100. Not a bad price for a full day of entertainment, playing poker and hanging with friends. It costs me just about about the same to take my kids to a sit-down dinner and a movie, with popcorn and stacks.

Three Days of Poker: An Example of Variance

October 03, 2011 5 comments

Tags: Poker, No Limit Holdem, Tournament, Bicycle Casino, The Bike.

With the Mega Million Dollar Guaranteed poker tournament starting on September 30th, I figured my weekend would be booked with nothing but tournament poker, so I had to assume Thursday might be the only day that I could cushion the blow that the re-entry event might have on my wallet. I drove down to the Bicycle Casino around 5:00 p.m. There were a few tables running, most with 1 to 2 seats open...a slow night. I set my loss limit at $500 and my profit goal at $600 and put $200 into the $2-3 No Limit Hold'em game ($100-$300 spread buy-in). I was quickly up to $550 and only needed another $50 to meet my goal, but the $2-3 NLH is a fishy game. Too often players sit with just $100, and wait for an all-in moment. Sure enough, I picked up Jacks on the button a the same time the short-stacked Big Blind picked up Kings. All-in pre-flop and $100 gone just like that.

A few hands later, I picked up Kings in early position, with a ubber-tight limper under-the-gun. I raised to $16 (a pretty standard raise with a $3 blind) and got 2 callers behind. Ubber-tight raised to $50. Shit. Aces obv. But the Bicycle Casino offers a bad-beat jackpot and Ubber-tight and I had been playing pretty friendly so I flatted figuring that it wouldn't hurt to see a flop. Who knows, maybe we'd hit a jack pot...I knew where I was in the hand and $50 was just the right price to see a flop with Kings, in my opinion. One player folded, but I was a little surprised that Luckbox in Seat 7 (who was clueless Confused in most hands he played) called behind. The flop was 9♣, 6♣, 3♠ jackpot, Aces win. Ubber-tight bet $120 and I insta-mucked Kings face-up. Luck box then shoved all-in. Ubber-tight made the call with his last $50 and showed his Aces. Shocked, Seat 7 showed him the bad news - pocket 6s. I asked Luckbox if he regularly makes $50 calls with 6s and he proclaimed that he didn't realized Ubber-tight had Aces there, then told me he was amazed Oh My! that I had Kings and I folded them on the 9-high board. I chuckled and said, "easy laydown." I bought Ubber-tight a Corona and wished him better luck next time.

It wasn't long before I was back up to $550...just shy of my $600 goal, mostly because of a super loose "genius" with over-sized Rayban sunglasses that sat down to gamble. I should have just accepted that $550 was a enough for my $200 investment. Rayban went on a heater and rivered back to back to back wins against me. An example: He limped with 9♣2♣ UTG, I raised in mid-position to $20 and because there were 2 callers behind, he called. I flopped and Ace, he flopped a 9 and filled-up by the river. Really, what pot-odds was he hoping to get open limping with nine-deuce under-the-gun? I know, I know... it was suited. I allowed him to frustrate me and ended up down $400 for the night. I gave-up at midnight and went home.

I returned to The Bike on Friday at around 1pm for the tournament. I didn't even make it to the first break. I was definitely feeling a little off my game. I had mentally scolded myself for not picking up with a profit the night before and for letting that horrible player put me off my game. Needless to say, I didn't get a good night sleep and was not as focused as I need to be. I took a short half hour break, then decided to play a little $5-5 NLH ($300-500 spread buy-in) determined to bring myself back-up to even. I was feeling a little gun shy, but I set my mind to remaining focused on my $600 goal. I caught some good hands and turned some mediocre hands into nut-crackers for some big pots. (But, I will never play nine-deuce or any naked deuce under-the-gun...there's a difference between playing range and position... and just plain bad play.) At one point, a player outright said that he didn't know what hands he could call my raises with because I have such a wide range. I've heard that before...I LIKEIT! Poker Face I hit my goal just as the clock struck 6pm - time for me to register for the 2nd flight of the day.

The first 6 levels of Flight 1B were frustrating. I'd play preflop with the best hand and lose the pot, then have to take risks to win big pots with drawing hands. I worked for each and every chip. I stayed at double average for the majority of the day. Unfortunately, as the blinds went up and the shorties began to shove, I went card-dead. I made it to the top 10% with average chips but got blinded down. At around 2am, I finally picked-up 7s in high-jack position with just 45K (5K-10K+1K ante) and got it all in pre-flop. The Big Blind called with Queen-Jack off suit and flopped trip-Queens. Game over. I placed 16th for $500.

On Saturday, I woke up around 10am. I rolled out of bed, took a quick shower and returned to The Bike to try again. I had hoped to play a satellite before the 1pm Flight, but the Event Center had not opened yet. There was no $5-5 NLH game going so I sat in a $2-3 NLH game. It was a slow limpy table and after an hour I was down $75. Disappointed, I left the game to play the tourney.

I had a great starting table! I had doubled early and maintained triple average for the first 12 levels. Then came the dreaded broken table move. There were 6 shortstacks to my left, all with 10 big blinds or less. I lost every race but still above average. Finally, I picked up Queens under-the-gun. I 3-bet raised and got 3 callers. The board was all low, with a diamond draw so I C-bet 2/3 the pot. One caller folded and the Button shoved. I called and he opened up Jacks. YES! The turn was a Jack... NOOOOO! Cursing And the Jack on the river was just plain overkill. I had just 5 big blinds left. I shoved with Q/Jo on the button and the Big Blind called with 6s. Did I mention that I had not won a single coin flip at that table? I was out at 5:30 pm. I registered for the 6pm flight and didn't even make it to the antes. I was out in record time when my Jacks were cracked by a set of deuces...yup, he limped under-the-gun and then flat called after a raise and my button re-raise, then a few hands later rivered a gutshot straight against my two pair, all-in on the turn. Thumb Down

Where did I go next? You guessed it...straight to the cash tables. I chose to buy-in for $300 into the $5-5 NLH game. There were some really deep stacks along with some shortys. The conversations was good but the action was even better! By 9:00 pm I had turned an $800 profit. I thought of staying until midnight, but my daughter sent me a text message asking me if I'd be home soon and I had to consider that my son had an 11:45 am soccer game scheduled on Sunday morning. It was time to leave.

Three straight days of poker, poker, and more poker - averaging 12 hours per day. Lots of Sneaky bad losses, lots of Thumbs Up good wins, and a whole lot of variance.

I Got Tilted and Sessler Had a Snookie

September 18, 2011 1 comments

Tags: Commerce Casino, Fun, Poker, Shenanigans, Tournament, Divita.

Yesterday started with my son's first soccer game of the club soccer league season, followed by the Commerce Casino Eternament. It was a pretty sick structure where the players start with just 1K in chips but the levels start at 25/25 and last 2 hours each. I was looking forward to playing it because Chris @Chris_J_Swan Swan, Greg @Gses75 Sessler, Jay @WhoJedi Newnum and I had a last longer side bet, and I planned on shipping it! I'm was a smidgen bit concerned that $225 was a bit of a pricey buy-in for a gimmicky tournament and small guarantee (especially given the $225 re-entry that could bolster one's investment), but the $13K overlay was too good to pass up. Easy money, right?!? Not so much.

Michael DiVita ended up seated to my direct right, TILT. People were raising 4x the big blind (1K starting chips remember?), TILT. There were at least three 4-way all-ins pre-flop, TILT. I ended up getting it all in with Jacks and ran into Kings, TILT. And, last but not least, WhoJedi won the last longer, TILT, TILT, TILT.

WhoJedi and Joe Tehan discuss a hand while Sam Quinto keeps watch over the tables.
WhoJedi and Joe Tehan discuss a hand while Sam Quinto keeps watch over the tables.

Okay, it really wasn't that bad. The big winners of the day were Danielle @DMoonGirl Andersen, who finished her visit to LA profitable; Joe @JoeTehan Tehan, who made it to the Commerce Casino Hold'em Series final table 2nd in chips and Lisa (Tehan's wife) announced that they are pregnant; and Michael @MikeNoori Noori, who min-cashed in the main on his birthday. Amazingly enough, it all wrapped up before midnight...plenty of time to celebrate, no? Well, to be honest we were all pretty exhausted, but since DMoonGirl was scheduled to leave early in the morning today (Sunday) we all wanted to get together for a quick drink to bid her farewell.

At the farewell to Danielle party at Commerce Casino's Arena Bar,
Sessler sips on a Snookie... #FMS
At the farewell to Danielle party at Commerce Casino's Arena Bar, Sessler sips on a Snookie... #FMS

Sam @SamQuino Quinto joined Sessler, Swan, Noori, Andersen, Newnum and I for a what was supposed to be a quick drink at the Arena Bar before calling it a night. As I said above, going in we were all feeling the affects of a what has been long week but, you'd have put your money in good if you bet that we would close the bar down. We laughed, told stories and, after two hours of blow-off-steam-shenanigans to end the day, I gave Danielle and the gang hugs goodbye and headed home.

I look forward to seeing Danielle again soon and thanks to everybody for the drinks and giggles. I'll probably be headed up to Commerce Casino later tonight to sweat Joe Tehan in the main. #ShipIt Joe!

A Not-Quite-Epic but Definitely Mega Final Table

August 11, 2011 3 comments

Tags: Bicycle Casino, Dollar, Fausto Saucedo, Greg Sessler, Legends of Poker, Live at the Bike, Mega, Million, Poker, Tournament.

It was set to start at 2:00 p.m. on August 9th, 2011, but it wasn't the inaugural Epic Poker League event. No, it was the Bicycle Casino's 2011 ]Legends of Poker Mega Million Dollar Event Final Table. (Wow...say THAT five times fast!)

The Big Game - Last Hand Since the first Live at the Bike tournament final table was webcast back in March of this year for the fake-NAPT "Big Event" main event, The Bike has webcast several of it's key event final tables. However, although I covered the fake-NAPT final table, I was a member of a reporting team. Matt Snoddgrass did all of the hand recordation and was in charge of the final table report and I was the social media consultant and photographer. Back then, we used the overhead camera to show the cards on the television behind the dealer for the audience to follow along, so there was no need for an announcer. Moreover, had a full team of reporters do to live up-dates and interviews. The entire final table was carefully documented and would be available on the web for years to come.

Setting up the final table.
Setting up the final table.

This time was different. For the Mega Million Dollar final table, I arrived at The Bike around 1:00 p.m. to start setting up. There's always red-tape that needs to be addressed when doing a live broadcast, so I had to make sure all the paperwork was in order before the Live at the Bike webcast began. We had our full camera crew and, as required by the gaming commission, a Bicycle Casino Floorman was on the stage, but I was the only "reporter" on scene. Also, due to some feng shui designer's advice, the television behind the dealer needed to be left off for whatever reason. Accordingly, it fell upon me to document each and every hand, call out the action to the casino audience (and the commentators in the booth), take pictures, update the Twitter and Facebook networks (on a 1 hour delay), conduct player interviews and publish the final table report summary. No biggy, right? Well, it shouldn't have been, it was just one table - buuuuut, I had never, ever, ever done tournament reporting before. Doh! Oooops.

I used 1.5 steno pads to document all 176 hands.
I used 1.5 steno pads to document all 176 hands.

Taking pictures, well that was the easy part (kinda). My camera is out-of-commission at the moment so I had to use a small quickshot camera for the majority of the photos. It takes a while to get comfortable with a camera and learn all its little nuances, so needless to say I have very little to add to my catalog from the final table. It took about an orbit before I found a tablet to write on and develop a system for annotating the action, of course by then we had already lost a player. Yeah, I know, it was live-streamed so the video will be available on, why take notes? Because if there is a glitch in the system, we will have to take the larger files off the server and a 10+ hour video is a very large file. It is such a large file and take up so much data, that we had to reset all the servers mid-way through taping; so needless to say, it would have been fool-hearty and unprofessional to solely depend on being able to go to the tape for the report summary later on.

My interview with Greg Sessler (its at 3:11 on the playback)
My interview with Greg Sessler (its at 3:11 on the playback)

Then there was the whole interview issue. Up until the Mega Million Dollar final table, I had only done one pre-recorded interview in my life and it kinda got away from me. I've been tasked to have done several interviews by now, but find myself backing out at every opportunity I get. But, the Legends of Poker is the Bicycle Casino's signature tournament series, and when nobody else did - - The Bike believed in me. With Black-Friday having shut down much of the internet gaming in the U.S., all of the brick and mortar casinos are competing for internet players. SEO is king in this industry and one of the best ways to go viral is with video. They want player interviews to promote on their website and YouTube networks, so I finally jumped in, feet first, and did my inaugural live interview with Greg Sessler. I think given that I've casually known Greg for a while, it was a bit easier for me - but I was soooo nervous and I flubbed so much. I was able to do a total of four interviews (at 3:11, 5:19, 7:38 and 7:47) that day and got a little more comfortable with each subsequent interview, but I have a long way to go before I can add "Interviewer" to my resume.

With Fausto Saucedo (5:19)
With Fausto Saucedo (5:19)

By the end of the 10+ hour event, I was exhausted; completely spend in every way. I learned a lot though, knowledge that can never be taken away from me. I am actually looking forward to doing the next final table. I will be doing each of the Live at the Bike final tables for the Legends of Poker series, although I'm hoping to get a microphone so I don't have to project my voice across the Plaza Floor. Who knows, maybe someday I'll be promoted from young grasshopper to panda master. What?!?!? Yes It could happen...

Took Down the Caesar's Palace Nooner...Yippee!

June 04, 2011

Tags: Caesars Palace, KevMath, MerchDawg, NLH, Poker, Rail, Tournament, WhoJedi, Winner.

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!!!

1736 Family Crisis Center's Fifth Annual Poker Tournament/Casino Night to Benefit Domestic Violence Victims and Homeless Youth

April 30, 2011

Tags: Annie Duke, Celebrity, Charity, Poker, Tournament.

Annie Duke, Commissioner of Federated Poker League and Poker Celebrity, will the 5th Annual 1736 Family Crisis Center Poker Charity Tournament. Join Annie and Celebrity Tournament Director Dianna Donofrio-Tirgatzi, along with sponsors Toyota Financial Services, Poker Player's Alliance and ProVisionMedia for a fun-filled evening of poker, laughter, dinner and celebration on Saturday, May 14th at 3:00 pm at the L.A. Center Studios.

Each poker hand played that evening will be a strong step forward in ending domestic violence. All proceeds from this tournament will benefit 1736 Family Crisis Center in their work to end domestic violence.


Edgemar Center for The Arts Will Host Its 3rd Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament

April 28, 2011

Tags: Annie Duke, Brad Garrett, Charity, Edgemar, Fundraiser, Joe Reitman, No Limit Holdem, Poker, Tournament.

The Edgemar Center for the Arts (“ECA”) is were theater, dance, music, film, and visual arts come together in one place.

Founded by Michelle Danner and Larry Moss, ECA serves as collaborative rehearsal and performance space open to artists of all disciplines and experience levels. It encourages and nurtures the collaboration between writers, directors, actors, musicians, dancers, and visual artists of all ages and levels of experience to come together in an environment of learning. They invite the community to observe, engage, and interact, to add its voice to the creative process through classes and productions that include ticketed performances and educational outreach courses for children and senior citizens. As part of its outreach program, the ECA works with elementary through high school students, presenting a variety of artistic disciplines. Programs based on California's curriculum will teach students to harness their creativity and improve their reading, writing, critical thinking, and social skills.

In the time since ECA first opened, many wonderful and exciting events and programs have graced their stages and art gallery. The ECA credits its success is to the generosity of dedicated friends of the center; however, to continue its mission and fulfill its promise to nurture the next generation of artists while continuing to provide a beautiful home for established performers and visionaries, they need continuing support. The ECA is dependant on the dedication of its volunteers and mentors as well as the gifts and donations from its supporters.

The 3rd Annual Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament will be co-hosted by Annie Duke and Joe Reitman and surprise guests!

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. the ECA is hosting a fundraiser poker tournament in the hopes of raising additional funds so that it can continue with its mission of providing a constant and reliable place to observe, engage, and interact with the artistic community.

The initial buy-in for the No Limit Hold'em multiple re-buy tournament is $100.00, which includes includes all you can eat and drink. First Prize is a Seat at Brad Garrett's Poker Tournament September 17th at the Tropicana in Las Vegas!

Tickets are available for [URL""]on-line[/URL] purchase and you can call (310) 392-7327 for more event details. All proceeds are 100% tax-deductible and support Edgemar Center for the Arts a not for profit 501 (c)3 theatre. Availability is limited and poker tournament participation is on a first-reserved basis.

Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405



I want to run a special game on @liveatthebike on Feb 14. Either a $5K heads-up cash game -or- $1K turbo 6-max S&G #WinnerTakesAll