So I'm in Las Vegas.
It's been a curious trip so far. Sadly, I
don't have any good poker results to report. I ended up playing 6 events with
my Party Poker patch on and bricked them all DESPITE having a copy of the
luckiest lucky poker charm around - BJ Nemeth's WSOP Pocket Guide. This guide
is made in very small numbers every year by BJ 'poker photographer
extraordinaire' Nemeth himself. They're not only reputed to be exceptionally
lucky but they're a really handy little book full of good information for the
WSOP - start times, break times etc. This was the first year that I was able to
get my hands on one and as there had been reports of them showing up in the
pockets of many a final table-ist all summer, I was hopeful for a little extra
run good. They're the 2012 equivalent of wearing a Micro's tee-shirt.
Sadly, it wasn't to be. Like I said, I
bricked all 6 events and have been preparing for work ever since. I can't
really complain though. I have some incredible life run-good.
I'm still thinking about digging out my
Micro's tee though.
I've been in Las Vegas for 3 weeks now and
you'd think that I'd have some great stories of strippers, parties, clubs and
random encounters to tell. I promise, I'm not just holding them back! I
actually spent a solid week hiding in my hotel room trying not to die from the
flu. Bleurgh. I'm a lot better now thankfully as the rest of my time in Vegas
is going to be busy with the ESPN broadcast of the WSOP.
We started with the Million Dollar buy in
event, the Big One for One Drop and wow... the Cirque du Soleil drummers really
amped up the atmosphere at the final table. We were doing the show nearly live
(on a 15 minute delay) on ESPN and I was really stoked to get a chance to work
like that again. I love live TV. I love ESPN. There's just a buzz there that I
don't get anywhere else.
So now, we're heading towards the Main
Event. It's been a pretty full summer so I'm looking forward to relaxing a bit
at the WPT National Series in Venice, Italy right afterwards (July 21-25). I
frakking love Venice so I jump at any chance to go there and playing a smaller
National Series buy in event in Italy sounds like the perfect antidote to
busting a bunch of WSOP events.