Monday, January 09, 2006

Why does Southwest make it so easy to get to Vegas?


Somehow in the midst of Rose Bowl celebration in Pasadena, I decided that it would be a good idea to spend a couple more days celebrating in Vegas before returning to Dallas. Less than six hours later I was watching Gus Hansen, Johnny Chan, Sam Farha, Chip Reese and David Benyamine eat breakfast in the Bellagio Poker Room. I played little poker on Thursday as I caught up on sleep and sobriety. Despite the distractions that Vegas provides, I planned on Friday being a day of solid, if not spectacular Tiny B poker. Caesars' new poker room was the setting for a noon $130 tourney that Freeze and I entered. I ran over my table for the first two levels (40 minute levels) running my starting stack of 4,500 to over 15K until I lost consecutive hands with QQ, the second time all-in pre-flop against KK. Back around par, I was unable to make anything happen and finished 16th or so in the 40 person field. Acording to Freeze, the story of this tournament was Freeze, who finished in an even four-way chop that resulted in a $1000+ pay day. Later that night/the next morning while I was giving away money at the blackjack table, Freeze asked no less than a dozen times if I was going to blog about his victory. He played very well, a game with which I didn't think he was familiar. He only got lucky once and made two huge laydowns that kept him alive. It must have been his week, because I even witnessed him have a winning blackjack session later that evening.
Shane, who was rumored to be in Vegas working, finally left his clients long enough to appear Friday night in time to join me at Caesars for the evening $230 tourney. Once again, four spots were being paid from the 35ish entry field. I have no doubts that eventually we'll see a People You Meet column from Shane regarding a couple of the idiots at our first table. Shane was knocked out in 14th by a three-outer on the river. He handled it graciously by screaming Fuck Me! very loudly after being away from the table for 30 seconds or so. I finished in 7th after being crippled with AQ against QQ. We also watched the Mavs win by 2 at Denver while giving up 2.5, which sucked.
The big side game at Caesars was a $400/$800 limit game of Badugi. An interesting group, including Eskimo Clark, Billy Baxter, David Grey, Allen Cunningham and WSOP bad boy Shawn Sheikhan spent all day at the Badgui table. Can't wait to get Rogers in a game of Badugi after watching his head almost explode the first time he played Omaha.

6 comments:

Tulsa said...

Uh. Oh. Tiny B. Dead while blogging. RIP Tiny B.

Tulsa said...

Ignore that comment. My browser freaked out and it looked like Tiny B stopped in mid-post. GO BIG TODD!

Thum said...

Congrats to the Freeze. Get him to the home game quick.

Tiny B said...

Thum - Freeze stayed in Vegas another 36 hours longer than me, so the odds any of his winnings made it back to Dallas are remarkably slim.

Tulsa said...

That seems like the greatest insane gambling game ever. Even better than Chinese Poker, which I just learned to play.

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