Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My favorite city

Toronto is one of my favorite places. It's weather friendly in the summer, the people are insanely nice, the place offers lots to do, and they have a great transportation system. Have I missed anything? Oh yes, the US dollar matches up well against the Canadian dollar so it's not too expensive for a world-class city.

Toronto is the venue for the 2017 Summer North American Bridge Championship and I'll be there from July 20 through July 31. (See here for more information.)

I'm playing in the Truscott USPC Senior Swiss Teams (Monday and Tuesday) and the Freeman Mixed Board-a-match Teams (Wednesday and Thursday). My partner is Sandy McCay.

I'll be sight-seeing the first Saturday and Sunday. After that, we'll see. Wish me luck.

Photo taken from the ACBL web site.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

Above is a photo of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, my new poker home now that I no longer live close to the Horseshoe Tunica. (Taken with my phone.)

The masthead above is a shot of their gorgeous poker room that I took from their web site. The room is big and nice and feels good to play in.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

WSOP wrap-up

Above: The Rio is the venue for the WSOP.

I'm back home from the poker wars and have decompressed. Playing poker for 12 hours three straight days is grueling. There is always lots of walking and the heat saps energy, too (it was 118F one day). Or maybe I'm just getting old, huh? Nah, can't be.

I worked harder this year to get in shape to play. I reread books that I previously found helpful. I drove to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and played Friday night and Saturday (this involved staying overnight) for several weekends in April and May. That was invaluable, imo. And, of course, I discussed lots of poker with my cohort with whom I traveled to Las Vegas with.

Making a final table in the Super Seniors was exciting. There is something validating about doing it twice. Yes, it was older players, but I'm mot going to apologize for that -- you still have to beat them, and there were some good players there as well.

With four tables left, the actor James Woods came to my table. He raised from middle position on one hand. When I three-bet him from the big blind, he showed A-6 and folded (I had A-K, so hated to see that since I had chased him away when he was dominated). He has several WSOP cashes, see here.

My bust out hand looks crazy, but the guy had gone all in at least 10 times. Once a short stack called him and he turned over Q-J, so he had a wide range. This time, unfortunately, he had it.

What else? There was a tournament at the Golden Nugget where you had to qualify to play in the final on Sunday. I didn't make it, so played in a one-day thing with a minor cash (see here).

They always say "wait until next year," so that's my motto as well. There is still a bracelet to be won.

Thanks to all who followed me on Twitter.

Above: The dealers are lined up and ready for the masses.

Above: The Freemont Street Experience has a light show every hour on the hour during the evening.

Above: There are tons of bands that play each night on Freemont Street.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

And on the seventh day

On Wednesday, I took the day off -- even God rested on the seventh day. I also had to move from the time share where I was to the Golden Nugget downtown. My batteries still aren't recharged and I might take today off, too.

Last night I wandered Freemont Street (see pics below). When I went into the poker room, there was the famous Tony! I got some chips and joined his $1/2 no limit table. I've heard stories, but he was actually subdued and spent most of his time on his phone. He was dressed nicely and played tight poker. One hand, I opened for $10. There were three callers to Tony who shoved for about $115 or so and everybody folded. He showed his hand (jacks) and explained why he played it like that, something I would never do. These fish don't need educating -- keep them in the dark. Maybe he had an ulterior motive for showing, or maybe he just enjoys doing it.

I didn't introduce myself. Not sure if he knows who I am, and if he does, I didn't want him blabbing to the table about my WSOP cashes. Keep the fish in the dark, remember? Maybe I'll play tonight and get a photo of the two of us, why not?

If you go to Vegas, you must check out Freemont Street -- it's a federal law.

Even though I've heard him a hundred times, I still stop and listen to Carl "Safe sax" Ferris.

These guys (there were more than one) can take spray paint and make interesting art.

This lady really came on to me. I told her I'm focusing on poker this time, but catch me next trip. She was disappointed, but said she understood.