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2 Days In and Haven't Stopped Yet!!!

July 26, 2008

Tags: Poker Road, Eric Ramsey, Tony Marquis, Anthony Molinaro, Planet Hollywood, Michael Guzzardi, James Burgoine.

So its been 2 busy days so far of non-stop action for me (as well as the other Aussies here). It all started on Thursday when I awoke around 6am. Not being able to sleep I lied on the floor listening to Poker Road on my iPod. Half way through one of their shows it came to my attention that they broadcast live from the Rio at 11am.

So there I am walking the 3km's from the hotel to the free shuttle service (yep I won't even pay 8 bucks for a cab, but will walk in the hot Nevada desert for half an hour to catch a free bus!!) to get to the Rio before their show begins. Once there I load up my laptop, chat to some mates, reply to emails, jump on PokerNetwork, while all the time listening to Gavin Smith, Joe Sebok and Ali Nejad chatting away for an hour or so.

With no more Poker Road to listen to I head inside and find a spare bloggers table to continue on my laptop. As the clock ticks close to 2pm, Garry decides to put me to work early and help out with the $2,000 NLHE day 2 event. I meet two pretty cool blokes in Eric Ramsey and Tony Marquis. We all get along like a house on fire and finish the event late into the night. With the clock about to hit 2am, me, Slippers and Dane head to play the 2am Planet Hollywood tourney. However being an alternate I decide to play $1-2 instead.

7 hands. Yep, thats how long I last. I make a play on the turn with {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} and fold to a river bet on hand 1. Take a nice pot down with {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} on hand 3, and on hand 7 I get stacked. Ok, so I make it $10 with {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} and get called by a player in mp and from the bb. The flop comes down {K-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and I lead for $30, fold, raise all-in. I'm like whatever I only have $90 left, lets do it and chuck my remaining chips in. The bb roles {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} for a set and I'm drawing dead on the turn.

Wow, so I last 7 hands and am already down $150 - and to rub it in Slippers finished up $250, Christian up $200 and Dane up $360 odd. As we finish with some Pai Gow we all eventually make it back to the Excalibur by 7am with Dane starting in 5 hours and me starting in around 9 hours.

As I awake for work, I'm running a little late, so instead of being the tight ass I am I decide to catch a cab to the Rio to cover the $1,500 Limit Holdem event. Working with Garry for the first time, I really want to work not only well, but hard and efficiently. With the event running pretty smoothly and finishing late I head to the MGM to see the boys for a while. I enjoy a Starbucks (first time since leaving Las Vegas last year) while listening to their bad beats and then eventually head home for an early 4am bed time.

Today I also caught up with Michael Guzzardi, Jimmy Burgoine and Celina who arrived from Melbourne; who are trying hard to get their money from the T6 promotions they won. Also bumped into Kirk Morrison; we got to catch up, chat about how things have been since we last were in contact and organised to met up once his WSOP campaign got running.