Above: Harrah's St. Louis is the venue for the current WSOP Circuit Event.
I settled into my seat #1 Monday in the $355 buyin NL tournament in St. Louis. A guy arrived late and sat next to me in the 2 seat. He looked familiar. I try to remember players so when I meet them another time, I have a clue how they play. Are they loose? Are they sneaky? Are they a complete fish?
The dealer called him Bernard, and them I remembered him. It was this guy. He came in 13th in the WSOP Main Event in 2005. I had seen him on TV, and I remember that he kept a picture of his two kids on the table and used it as a card protector. He's also a columnist for Card Player magazine. Too bad he couldn't be on my right instead of directly behind me.
It turns out it didn't matter -- he and I didn't tangle. Twice I flopped a set, bet strongly and had one of the players hit a straight on the river to lose big pots. You don't lose money on bad hands -- it's the strong ones that do you in.
I'm not going to complain
Above: The Poker Room at Harrah's St. Louis.
Photos taken with my P&S.