Tuesday, July 10, 2007

World Series of Poker

I took a couple of days off to be a spectator at the World Series of Poker. This is the fourth year I have attended. The first two years, were by accident. Last year and this year were planned. I got a free flight via Southwest and stayed at the Casino Royale where my friend is the GM. It really is a great little casino hotel. It is the only independently owned casino left on the strip.

In case you are wondering, I did not play in the World Series of Poker. I did play in a small tournament. It got down to two of use and we agreed to split the pot. That means that I have now placed in the money 6 out of eleven tournaments. Not bad, but they are all very small tournaments.

The great thing about the World Series of Poker, as produced by Harrahs at the Rio, is that they have a huge trade-show as part of the whole thing and it doesn't cost anything. I came back with three bags of stuff, including 11 t-shirts, a sweatshirt with a hood, Nice glass mug, water bottles, key chains, too many decks of cards to count and even chapstick.

This time instead of getting autographs for myself, I got a bunch on a shirt for Lila as a surprise. I will be adding a poker web page to my portion (oso) of bearfamily.com.

I naturally managed to spend all the money I won. Part of that was to see Jim Belushi perform with his band at the Orleans. I had a fantastic time. The next evening I went to see the Fab Four at Planet Hollywood, formerly the Aladdin.

The final evening I got to have dinner with my friend Chuck Wood and his wife Joan. We dined at Fish Bone and saw that new movie with Robin Williams as a reverend.

When it was all over, I was so very gland to be home.

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