Las Vegas, NV
Benjo told me a hilarious story about how Bellagio hookers were trying to cash tournament chips at the cage.
Apparently, a couple of horny and angle-shooting poker players removed $1,000 denomination tournament chips out of play. They used those chips to pay off hookers, who were not very bright and accepted the chips in return for sexual favors. Of course they did not read the fine print on the chips where it said it's not legal tender and only a tournament chip.
Horny Poker Players 1, Dumb Hookers 0.
"Well, playing in the World Series of Poker is on my list of things to do before I die," said Ray.
Ray was in his seventies. The former sales rep from Oregon flew to Las Vegas to play in the Seniors Event. He had just busted out and sat in an empty seat next to me at the All American Bar & Grill.
Ray told me that he had seen the film The Bucket List which inspired him to play in his first ever WSOP event. CHange100 read the original script many years ago when it was titled Things to Do Before I Die...
"The movie wasn't very good. However, when I got home I made a list," said Ray.
"So what else is on your list?"
"Visit New York City and Mt. Rushmore. I also want to try surfing."
The 2008 Seniors event has the largest turnout since the WSOP began Senior events. The majority of players were under 65, but a large amount of the players in their late 60s and above played in the WSOP because they were also inspired by the Bucket List. That's sort of sad and invigorating at the same time. It takes a lot of courage and balls to recognize that you are in the winter of your life and then take the steps to do the things you never did. I applaud the hundred or more souls who made the trek to Vegas.
The WSOP is like Mecca. If you are a poker player, you have to make at least one trip to play in the WSOP before you die.
Tao of Poker reader Lonnie Boeding from Kansas went deep in the Seniors event. He cashed and finished in 43rd place, just a few spots ahead of Men the Master. Congrats to Lonnie for a job well done.
The WSOP crowned their first multiple-bracelet winner in John Phan. The Razor took down the Triple Draw event. FTrain covered the event and mentioned there was a specific incident with Gioi Luong that lit a fire under Phan's ass. Gioi Luong and Phan had been jawing all day. Phan had a massive lead but blew it and found himself the shortstack. He obviously battled back and took it down. Chalk up another bracelets for the Asians.
Tao of Pokerati is back with a new episode. Yeah, I know, we released Episode 14 before Episode 13. Don't forget that Michalski is from Texas and can't add.
Anyway, here's how he described the latest episode:
All In Energy buys the shirts off the WSOP waitstaff's backs... and fuels a large-ass playing field with All In "energy water" — meaning it's powered by" PokerNews proprietary water molecules that have been personally purified by Johnny Chan!And yes, you can visit the Tao of Pokerati archives to listen to older episodes.
This time, your Tao of Pokerati hosts discuss the Nascar-ization of Poker, one poker-medio's addiction to a liquid Chan enterprise, and what the success (or failure) of a pseudo-freeroll bounty tourney just before the main event means for the future of poker. Damn, that's a lot to swallow in three(ish) minutes... hence the need for a chaser....
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