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Thursday, March 30, 2006

2006 WSOP Plans

Here it is, a SECOND post in one day, how could my readers get so lucky?

I've decided to make my 2006 WSOP Plans public, since I get asked a lot about what I plan on doing, playing, etc.

I have marked the events that I'm interested in playing in. I do this every year, where I print out the schedule and "in a perfect world" highlight all the events that I would play if I could. It's a pretty extensive list, because again, if I could, I would.

They are:
Event #2, $1500 NLHE
Event #4, $1500 LHE
Event #5, $2500 Shorthanded NLHE
Event #6, $2000 NLHE
Event #11, $1500 LHE
Event #13, $2500 NLHE
Event #25, $2000 NLHE Shootout
Event #31, $2000 NLHE
Event #33, $1500 7 Card Razz
Event #35, $1000 7 Card H/L
Event #37, $1500 NLHE

TOTAL BUY INS: $19,500.00

I did book a cruise with my sister, PJ, for a "Thelma and Louise" trip from 7/10-7/14, so I will skip Events #17 through #24 and head back to Vegas for Event #25 on 7/16.

I have also decided on my plan of action:

I had a lot of success in the satellites last year, and the years before. I believe myself to be a good satellite player. So the goal is to win 2 satellites for every one WSOP event that I want to enter. This way, I can bring home the winnings of the satellite and still play the event, and not come home completely empty handed if I don't cash.

I have also made it my goal to play only televised events, as I am a true believer that I only need to win ONE major tournament, that's televised, to hit it "big". I've been told before how marketable I would be if I were to become "well known" and I have to believe it if I have any hopes of achieving this goal.

Once I play the televised events, and if I do that well in the satellites, then I'll play the other non-televised events for the sole purpose of simply trying to win a damn bracelet, and playing "for fun" for myself, such as Razz. I am not missing that event!!

I have also decided that even though I never really plan on playing in the Main Event, I must win a Main Event package on PokerStars.

Not JUST for the purpose of being able to play the Main Event, but because I have to get the first win out of the way so that I can then try to win multiple Main Event packages, which would be $12,000 cash. I thought about it, and I would basically be playing in events with 200-400 players, and all I have to do is get in the top 6-10 (I'm thinking of the $650 Sunday Satellites) and I would win $12,000 CASH. (only after I win the first one, of course) That's prize money that's equal to a MTT with over 3000+ entries. Seems pretty smart to me to go this route, now I just have to try to play good poker and hopefully, get lucky enough to win not only one but two or three, hell I'll take as many as I can get!!

I have also made the decision to make it a "sober" year at the WSOP and will not be drinking and/or partying it up while in Vegas for the WSOP to the extent that I did last year. I will not party the night before an event, or the morning of, but will certainly party the night of an event, as long as I'm not playing and there isn't one the next day. I will also seriously party if I happen to cash well or (cross your fingers) win an event. (LOL).

Last year, while though it was my 3rd year at the WSOP, was the first year I actually played events. I played 9 of them and never made it past dinner break in any of them. That changes this year. Now I know how it feels to play in the events, I know how it feels to win enough satellites to cover my events, and I know how it feels to drop out of events so quickly and I decided that I just don't like that feeling. LOL.

I have also decided to not offer shares of myself, or ask for backers as I feel that if anyone knows me well enough to want to back me and/or respects me well enough to back me, then they would approach me. I will not be approaching anyone for backing this year. Well, except for Russ, because he announced that he'll back 5 players in the Main Event, and if he were to choose me, I'd let him. ; )

Of course, my blog readers will be kept up to date of anything interesting that happens in my quest to the WSOP.


I find myself going longer and longer without posting on my blog, wonder why that is? Sometimes I feel like I just have nothing interesting or "new" to talk about, so I don't bother at all. I'm starting to feel like I'm in a rut though, what with my not having gone anywhere for the past 4-6 weeks. Yep, I've been home for about 5 weekends in a row, and I don't know how to act anymore! It's time to go somewhere, so enter April 6th.

Yep, next Thursday, 4/6, is my birthday and so I'm going on a 3 day cruise with my mother. We're going to fly from Vegas to LA and then hop on a quick cruise for the weekend. Looking forward to it!

Last night I held another MissT74 WSOP Qualifier, and again, I ended up in 2nd. This time against Fellknight, which was kind of ironic due to the fact that he was the one who taught me the game we were playing, 7 Card Stud H/L, at last year's WSOP. We started HU action with me 2:1 in chips, but that game can be frustrating and the cards fickle. However, congratulations to Fellknight for winning the latest MissT74 WSOP Seat, and there WILL be a rematch set for St. Maarten's at the World Poker Showdown.

Speaking of which, yep, it's been confirmed, I am officially going to the WPS held in St. Maarten's from 4/28-5/10. Fellknight is also going and I've been trying to get some other RGP'rs to go as well. Some have expressed interest, but still waiting to hear on their official "booking" as of right now. All information can be found at www.WorldPokerShowdown.com and if you have any questions about it, ask away. I will be there representing WPS and helping out with tournament registration again, and also playing as many events as my bankroll allows. I better start winning a few MTT SNG's on PS to have a nice chunk to take with me!!!

The next MissT74 WSOP qualifier is set for this Sunday, it will be for a $2,000 WSOP seat and the cost is $100. 10 players minimum for a $1,000 WSOP seat, 15 players for a $1,500 WSOP seat, and then if it sells out at 20 players, the winner will get a $2,000 WSOP seat. Anything in between will just be extra cash for the winner, or the winner can add funds to the prize pool in order to move up one level of WSOP seat. (Hope that makes sense.)

I would also like to help spread the word in regards to the WPBT WSOP #2 satellite. It will be held on PokerStars on Monday, April 3rd, and the cost is $30/$3. They need 50 entrants in order to give the winner a $1,500 WSOP seat. All information can be found at Pauly's blog www.taopoker.blogspot.com and elsewhere too, I'm sure, but that's where I found it and I am already registered! Good luck fellow bloggers!!!

This weekend I will be heading to Flagstaff on Saturday for a last minute pageant for my daughter, Cherissa. The director emailed me on Monday and apparantly they are a little short of girls in the Teen division, so since Cherissa already has her talent (singing) and formal gown, we will head out there for the day to see what glorious prizes she can win. ; )

I just read over my last posts and need to let you know what happened with that Sunday $1000/$50 tourney. I ducked out and took the T$, then wasted it ALL trying to win another damn $1000/$50 satellite. How stupid is that? The only thing I can say that it did for me was allow me to play poker all last week, as I had no funds on PS and didn't want to deposit anymore. Sigh. I did bubble once, getting 7th place, when only 6 seats were being awarded. This was AFTER I had folded A,A preflop due to 2 other players being shorter in chips then I, and I was going to FOLD my way to a winner! Too bad it didn't work out the way I planned. However, I can now say that I have folded Aces preflop. That comment will go right along with my being able to say that I've folded K,K preflop once too. Whoopee.

That's pretty much it for now, I will try to update the blog more frequently, I swear!!!

Monday, March 20, 2006

A New Week

Nothing much to report but sometimes I feel obligated to post an entry for all my die hard fans. LMAO.

The MissT74 2006 WSOP Satellites are going OK, just OK, because although the first 3 went off without a hitch, I had to cancel #4 3 times before I finally got it to go with only 15 people when it started out as a 40 player event. Sigh. Where is everyone?? I get over 160 email addresses for people wanting satellites, then they don't play. I've heard they are kind of expensive, but I try the cheaper ones and I can't get enough players, so I'm sticking with the 20 player events.

The next event is this Wednesday, $1,000 WSOP seat up for grabs, $50. Email me if you're interested in getting on the master email list or if you want to play.

I did just finish winning a $80(R) satellite for this Sunday's $1000/$50 $1 million guaranteed tourney. The estimate, from what I've heard, is that they expect less then 2000 entrants. So, I bought into the satellite and didn't do much until about 15 mins before the rebuy period was over, then I was simply on FIRE.

I knocked out 2 players (they didn't rebuy) right before break, and from break until the end I was pretty much chipleader the whole time.

There were only 18 players, but most of them were fools, rebuying for $73 a pop, like crazy!! Enough to produce 3 seats into the event, and $500 for 4th place. Summary of my stats:

203 hands played and saw flop:
- 16 times out of 35 while in small blind (45%)
- 18 times out of 36 while in big blind (50%)
- 20 times out of 132 in other positions (15%)
- a total of 54 times out of 203 (26%)

Pots won at showdown - 15 out of 28 (53%)
Pots won without showdown - 45

Due to only 18 players, the tables were short handed for most of the event, after we lost the first 3-4 players, so I was able to play agressively and steal a lot of pots uncontested. I busted out a player by beating him TWICE with ARLO!!! (4,6), the 2nd time he even had A,A. I felt sorry for him, LMAO.

I only bought in once, and then added on, so for $153 I won a $1050 seat!!! Let's see if we can turn that into something SPECTACULAR!!! Wish me LUCK this Sunday!!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

And They're OFF!!!

This weekend saw the first two MissT74 2006 WSOP Qualifiers go off without a hitch.

The first event was for a $1,500 WSOP seat and was won by brewcam (aka brewmaster on RGP) ALTHOUGH it should have been MINE but the DAMN river gave him a straight, when I had him beat with a higher pair!!! Not that I'm BITTER or anything. ; )

There was talk by the railbirds though that if I had won the first MissT74 WSOP event, then the talk of the site being "rigged" due to my "connections" would ensue and I would never get another player for another event. So I threw the match, um yeah, that's what I did, really! Honest!!

The second event was for a $1,000 WSOP seat and was won by bubbleboy31 from RGP.

Congratulations to the first two winners of WSOP seats through the MissT74 2006 WSOP Qualifiers.

If you want in, it's never too late. Send me your email address to be added to the master mailing list at tanya at pecks medical billing dot com.

I still have openings for the following:

Tuesday March 14 @ 10:00pm EST
NLHE for a $2,000 WSOP event
20 players MAX
Cost: $100.00
Transfer $90.00 to MissT74 (Kingman) on PokerStars and the tournament cost will be $10/$1 when you register. Password will be given out once payment is received. Receiving the password guarantees your seat in the event.

I have also ADDED this event due to popular demand (lower buy in/slightly larger field:)

Wednesday, March 15 @ 9:00pm EST
NLHE for a $1,500 WSOP event
40 players MAX
Cost: $37.50.
Transfer $27.50 to MissT74 (Kingman) on PokerStars and the tournament cost will be $10/$1 when you register.
Password will be given out once payment is received. Receiving the password guarantees your seat in the event.

Make sure you email me ASAP if you want in any of these two events.

Also, if not checking this blog you can always go to www.LetsBuyPokerStars.com which shows the scheduled events and the winners of past events.

Friday, March 10, 2006

A Sonnet For Tanya

As one of my favorite ITH'rs (Bullajami) reached his 4,000th post, he put up a poll to see how he should celebrate it. "A Sonnet To Tanya" won hands down and so here it is:

From whence came this radiant red vision?
That leaves my heart and stacks alike, empty.
Mind like Curie, body like mortal sin
Dauntless beauty for all the world to see.
Like that Eye of Heaven shining so bright,
So does her brilliance run its timeless course.
And though my M.T.T. game is weak-tight
I'd let her steal my blinds without remorse.
Her scent is like to fill my head with fog
This summer in Vegas should be a blast
'Til then, satisfied I'll be with her blog
And Bull's ensign must remain at half-mast.
When we two meet, the times will not be dull
Especially if found by Mrs Bull!

sniff, brought a little tear to my eye and everything, sniff.

Thank you Bull!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


To ALL concerned with the MissT74 2006 WSOP Qualifiers:

There has been a change in plans on HOW the MissT74 2006 WSOP Qualifiers are going to be organized, as the way they are currently set up is simply too confusing to a lot of players and too time consuming on my part, not too mention WAY too many emails being sent out and bothering you all.

Since I have a list of over 150 interested players, I will simply arrange a date and time for an event, with the number of people allowed and the cost. I will then send that email to all players and IF you want to play in THAT particular event, then you will need to email me immediately to be in that tournament and to get the password.

Each event will be on a first come basis and first pay basis. The moment you send me your email stating that you want to be in the event, you will need to transfer the funds within 24 hours or you will be REMOVED from that tournament, once I receive the funds, you receive one final email with the password. The first 20, 40 or 50 players to transfer the funds are the players that are considered guaranteed for the event.

Due to the number of interested players, I do NOT anticipate ANY event being cancelled due to lack of players. HOWEVER, if this was to happen, it would be cancelled ONE HOUR prior to the event and all monies would be refunded.

Please email me with ANY questions regarding this change.

Now, with the above statements in mind, here are the first 3 events announced for the following week (I will be setting up 2-3 events each week):

Saturday, March 11 @ 2:00pm EST
NLHE for a $1,500 WSOP event
20 players MAX
Cost: $75.00.
Transfer $65.00 to MissT74 (Kingman) on PokerStars and the tournament cost will be $10/$1 when you register.
Password will be given out once payment is received. Receiving the password guarantees your seat in the event.

Sunday, March 12 @ 2:00pm EST
NLHE for a $1,000 WSOP event
20 players MAX
Cost: $50.00.
Transfer $40.00 to MissT74 (Kingman) on PokerStars and the tournament cost will be $10/$1 when you register.
Password will be given out once payment is received. Receiving the password guarantees your seat in the event.

Tuesday March 14 @ 10:00pm EST
NLHE for a $2,000 WSOP event
20 players MAX
Cost: $100.00
Transfer $90.00 to MissT74 (Kingman) on PokerStars and the tournament cost will be $10/$1 when you register.
Password will be given out once payment is received. Receiving the password guarantees your seat in the event.

PLEASE email me at tanya@pecksmedicalbilling.com with any questions OR to register, HURRY! Seats are going FAST!!

Act NOW and receive...well, um, nothing. However, you will get a seat into the event!!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

ATLARGE Trip Report (LONG!)

First of all, allow me to apologize for not blogging a farewell message last week before leaving for Atlantic City, I was busy getting ready for the trip and I forgot. NOW, onto the TR!!


I left my house around 7pm, stopping first at the gas station to buy some Kingman, Arizona shot glasses as my bounty prizes. I was paying for them when I saw some little pug dog keychains with a "Push Me" sticker on their stomachs, so I picked one up, pushed it's stomach and was serenaded by Kenny Roger's "The Gambler", how perfect was that?? I added 3 of those to my bounty prize and bill and headed out.

I was hoping to arrive in Vegas 30-45 mins late for the 8:00pm Binion's tourney. However, the Arizona Highway Patrol had different plans for me and decided to pull me over PLUS two other cars (we had a caravan thingy going) at the same time and ticketed me for going 96 mph in a 65 mph zone, apparently if you go over 20 mph, it's considered a felony and therefore I shall be going to court in April. : )

I arrived at Binion's with 420T left (I called ahead and the TD bought in for me so that I could play) and just enough to go all in with AJ, I doubled up and then moved all in with A8 and lost to AK, so 2 hands and I'm gone. I then head over to Golden Nugget to play a little 4 Card Poker, then head to Plaza for the midnight event.

The event was short handed with only 12 players and I was at a table with 4 others and a few dead stacks. My labels for my opponents: Seat 2: Newbie; Seat 4: Gambler; Seat 5: Drunk guy; Seat 7: BRILLIANT Player, BEAUTIFUL as well; Seat 8: Tight-Passive young WPT'r.

So, adapting to the short handedness, I'm raising and stealing all the dead stacks blinds and no one is really fighting back at all. I thought if anyone was to fight back, it would be Seat 8, he was the only one who seemed to know what he was doing, but he was so passive. He should have been raising as soon as I folded the few hands that I did.

Anyway, the Gambler (Seat 4) started making it a habit of raising UTG, blind. The first time, I let it go and folded. The 2nd time, I moved all in over the top with K,9; he folds. The third time, he warns the dealer that I'll be going all in and I do with K, Q (da Miss T!) I got the Gambler and the Drunk to call me for all their chips with 4, 8 s and 10, Q os respectively. I busted both of them out and we're at the final table now with 9 players left. I have about 2,467,000 chips and the 2nd largest stack has 750.

I proceed to knock out the next 4 players, and when we get to 3 people left, I was awarded 1st ($415 woo hoo!) and the other two chopped 2nd and 3rd. Totally feeling like the female version of Johnny Chan, I go over to Binions and play the 2am. Well looky here, turns out not only is VeeRob in the 8 seat (I'm in the 10 seat) but good old Leet, is in Seat #1. Nice to have met you Leet, even if you do hate me now.

So, I'm on the button, and I raise the normal 3X the blind, I'm-on-the-button-steal. Leet decides to bump it another 1000, and I feel like calling, so I do. My cards? 2c 3c. The flop? Ac, 4c, x. So not only do I have a flush draw, a straight flush draw, I also have a straight draw. I have 13 outs. Leet checks the flop, I move all in, he calls and shows AQ. My club comes on the river and I "suck out" with my 13 outs on his beautiful hand.

2 hands later I call his all in with 10,Q; He has A,K and I proceed to bust him out when the 10 flops. Like it was MY fault the 10 came. Needless to say, both VeeRob and Leet were astounded by my play and I'm surprised they didn't ask for an autograph, but they must have just been shy. Either that, or they were too busy cursing me and calling me a bad player behind my back...oh no wait, that was in front of my back. Anyways, the tension was getting a little thick so I had to hurry and bust out so that I could leave the negative vibes (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

I head to the airport and proceed to drink my breakfast and board my 8:40am flight to Philadelphia.


I arrive at the Philly airport right on time, even after circling the airport for 20 mins. I've never circled before and I must admit, I got dizzy, so I slept the last 15 mins. I headed down to baggage claim area and waited for Lisa, my friend from WPC, who was going to be my roomie for the weekend.

Her plane ended up late, so Douglas Dunn (or whatever he feels like calling himself TODAY) arrived before she did with his girlfriend/fiancee/wife (WTF was she??) Heather in tow. Heather was gorgeous and reminded me immediently of Julianne Moore (although it took us all about 45 mins to remember her name). So once Lisa arrived, we headed off for Atlantic City, along with the GPS Lady.

Now, at first, I must admit, I thought the GPS thingy was pretty damn cool. She's this lady that lives in Doug's dashboard and proceeds to tell him where to go. (No, Hell was not mentioned.) I first realized that GPS Lady might be out to sabotage Doug when he proceeded to exit the freeway because she told him too, but I could clearly see a very large green sign that said "Atlantic City/New Jersey Exit 2 Miles". Turns out with the GPS lady in the computer, Doug does not read nor see signs. We traveled through a quaint little town called Who-Knows-Who-Cares and then got back on the freeway where the off ramp sign was still standing and waiting for us to drive underneath.

Doug's account of the gas station was dead on and I found it amusing. What I didn't find amusing was the actual gas prices. $2.15 a gallon...WTF? I'm here in Arizona paying $2.65 and New Jersans get to pay $2.15? I'm so jealous.

We arrive at the Taj and after checking in and changing clothes, we head for the Smoker's Dinner. As we entered, I recognized no one but was approached by Steven Phillips aka FlowerMan and then proceeded to make my socializing rounds, after making sure that Lisa, Heather and Doug (and myself, DUH) all had drinks in hand. Turns out there is only one check and everyone splits the total cost of the dinner with drinks, but since we were all newbies, we had no idea, so I took care of the $60 bar bill when I won Roshambo vs. Doug.

Dinner was very entertaining, I was able to chat it up with quite a few people. I met the BARGE organizer, not Peter but the other one, crap, I'm so bad with names, it's ridiculous. Anywho, it was announced there that I had been announced as the BARGE Virgin Queen and we drank a toast to that, or maybe I drank one to myself, who knows. I will say that when we left, I had NO CLUE that Doug was tipsy so his driving was excellent despite the Showroom parking lot mishap.

After getting back to the Taj, I had agreed to meet Steven at the poker room and we were going to go dancing. Turns out no one likes to dance in AC on a Thursday, so he headed to bed and I headed to the pit. I ended up getting caught up with a group of guys that had been to the dinner, and all 10-13 (?) of us headed to play craps with my role being the "Blower" as I do NOT play craps. Taj wouldn't open a table for us, so we walked over to the Showboat where we found an empty table. I blew on a couple of dice, watched them 7 out and left them to play some Texas Bonus Hold Em. They started dropping like flies and we headed up to the poker room, only about 6 of us now, and proceeded to alienate the entire poker room with rounds of shots, loud voices, and in the dark cap raising on every street play. Good times, good times. I left them around 4:00am when I decided I was hungry, drunk, and tired. Went back to Taj, had some spaghetti and meatballs, and crashed into bed around 5am.


I woke up and headed downstairs in time to register for ATLARGE, get my awesome name tag and free Polo Shirt, then sat down and waited for HOE to start. Started getting tired and grumpy when no waitress came until the 2nd hour, so I started double fisting my drinks to get me in a better mood and to get rid of the dark circles under the eyes. Nothing much to report about HOE, although I did end up in about 87th place, if memory serves.

I then played the 3:15pm NLHE event that the Taj holds and was awarded a Polo Shirt by the 8-2 gang and was announced an honorary member. I was so moved and touched that I proceeded to change my shirt right there in the poker room. Apparently, when a female changes her shirt in a poker room, she's suppose to announce it because if she doesn't, then no one sees it as they are all concentrating on their cards and then they will proceed to ask for an encore all weekend long since they missed it the first time.

It was getting close to the 6:15 NLHE event, so I bought in for $200 and then went to get something to eat before it started, since I busted out around 5pm in the 3:15 event. I ate some more spaghetti and meatballs and then started to feel a little sick from the all day drinking with spaghetti on top of it and went upstairs to my room to try and throw up so that I would feel better. I ended up laying down for a quick moment and woke up around 8:30pm. Oops. I rush to the poker room where I am told that I just busted out 2 minutes earlier. My bad.

I run into Steven Phillips and he escorts me over to the Casbah, the Taj's version of a night club. I must say I was impressed, it was very colorful, very loud, and good music was playing, what more could I ask for?. Steven was a great dance partner for being an "older" man (Mental image: The man looks JUST like Albert Einstein) and was asked a few times by these HOT, YOUNG, ladies if they could have a picture with "My Man". Turns out I had a sugar daddy for the night, and didn't even know it, but everyone else knew it, interesting. Steven called it quits after a few hours, I stayed with a few new friends I made and then left when the capacity got to around 2,000 people. WAY too crowded.

I head to the pit, play some house carnival games and end up ahead $900 and the proud owner of a purple chip. Not TOO proud though as I proceeded to lose the chip, and I don't mean gamble or spend or cash in the purple chip. I mean LOSE. I, Tanya, being an idiot, dropped a $500 chip somewhere on the floors of the Taj Mahal. Congratulations to the new owner of my chip! I played a little bit in the Pink Game, as how could I NOT being at ATLARGE and then headed to bed around 5am, after stopping for some more spaghetti and meatballs first.


I head downstairs to the NLHE ATLARGE event, and after whining about my purple chip loss to everyone within earshot, I head over to the video poker machine where Karma paid me back my purple chip plus $275 more when I hit 4 aces with no kicker. Whew! I start to feel better and walk around the poker room bragging about how much Karma loves me. I also go around showing off my bounties to all that were interested in hearing the dog sing "You got to know when to hold em....."

I, again, bust out early, something like 160th place (?? who knows??) and play the 3:15 tourney and the 6:15 tourney with no positive reports from these events at all. Can't really remember much of what I did that night, but I know it involved the pit and drinking, and I know it involved my owning (for a few hours at least) my first pumpkin chip ever, that was pretty cool.

At this point I've been continuously drinking since Wednesday night and I was starting to burn out, so after eating some spaghetti and meatballs (anyone noticing a trend here?) I headed to bed.


I wake up to go play some Stud, find out it's not 8/better and am bummed. HOW can a player get rolled up TWICE in the first two levels, get Quads in the 2nd level and STILL be the 2nd player out?? That was me, I guess I play too many hands, eh? I wandered around the casino and poker room a bit, played in the 6:15pm tourney where I was determined to cash or win as it was my last chance.

I was seated at a table with 4 other females, how odd was that? I make a bluff with 4,4 and have to lay down to an all in. Then this hand: I have J,8s and limp along with 6 other players in late position. The flop comes 3d, Jc, 8d and after everyone checks to me, I bet pretty big, 600, and get called by the blinds. The turn is 7c and the SB checks, but the BB flings in her chips like OMG, I HAVE THE NUTS. I go in the tank for about 1 min and there is NO way I can NOT put her on a bluff. If she had the J, she would have bet the flop, I've been watching her play. So, I bite the bullet and I call. The SB folds and she tosses her cards up saying "You got me" I see Kc, 9c and know that I now have to dodge a club and a K. I get comments from a few players on my hand about what a good call I made but lose it anyway when that damn K comes on the river. She then tells me that she did that because she wanted to go to dinner with her husband. RIIIIIGHT. Sigh, GG me as I'm out 2 hands later with K,9 no good against A,J.

I head back to my video poker and get lucky when I hit 4 aces with a kicker and win back almost all the money I've lost so far for the weekend, I'm feeling pretty good now as at least I can say I'm leaving even and just finish the night playing in the pit, gambling, etc. I didn't drink on Sunday at all until after the jackpot win, then decided to start drinking and have some last minute fun as we were leaving on Monday.

One thing I noticed about Atlantic City/New Jersey men. What PERVERTS. OMG, the men from that area (for the MOST part guys, and you KNOW who you are!!) are SO crass and BOLD, and the OLDER they are, the MORE sexually obnoxious they are. Men will flirt with me, I will flirt back, and it's all in good fun, however, I have never, ever had so many offers to "go back to my room" then in AC. 1 was 23, but the others were, oh I'd say about 60, 65. I laugh it off and tell them, "I'm married!" and one guy had the audacity to say, "Well, do you think oral sex (OK, ok, he said something other then "oral sex" but you get the point) is cheating?" Um, YEAH??? Good grief, the men out there (again, for the most part) are PIGS. I don't know HOW the women out there put up with it, but different strokes for different areas, I guess. It was totally disgusting to me, and there is no way that that kind of talk would actually get me to hook up with someone even if I was single.


Lisa and I sleep in and check out around noon, then head over to eat some breakfast/lunch. We gamble for a few hours, then head out on the boardwalk to get some salt water taffy and AC sweatshirt for me, and fudge for Cherissa and Bill.

We headed back to the lobby to wait for our driver as we hired a Town Car to take us to the airport instead of trying to mess with the trains. (Another 60+ year old pervert by the way) My flight was scheduled to leave at 7:40pm and after having a few drinks in the airport and on the flight, I laid across my row (only 21 passengers on the flight, how cool is that?) and slept for most of the 5 hour flight. I arrived in Vegas around midnight and got home around 2am. Didn't get much sleep though, due to my coughing fits, and here I am back at work, back to the grind and trying to get through yet another months end reports and meetings.

So that's my trip in a nutshell, I cannot stress enough how good the ATLARGE people were and how much I thank Goldie for setting it up. I can see myself in Atlantic City ONE time a year, and it would be for ATLARGE. GREAT people. If you've never gone to an ARGE event, you must, you simply must.

Some special, but few, shout outs.

Omaholic: As most RGP'rs may know, there are actually two of these guys running around. One that posts on RGP and plays with us on Full Tilt and one who plays on PokerStars but is not an RGP'r. I met the non-RGP'r this weekend by chance in a Taj tourney, that was kind of cool.

AlwaysAware: It was an honor to meet her in person, only because I view her as a legend of RGP and I told her as much, but I don't think she thinks I meant it. We didn't talk for too long and I could sense that we wouldn't be hanging out or doing anything crazy together, but it was still very cool meeting her.

Douglas Dunn: Very cool cat, has a cool car that has a lady in the dashboard but don't let his posts fool you, he seemed shy to me. Maybe it's just because anyone who isn't as loud and obnoxious as me just seems shy. Great guy with a hot girlfriend/fiance/wife.

Steven Phillips: Any guy over 45 who will go dancing with me is cool in my book. Plus with his hair, his style, and his personality, I knew instantly when I saw him that we would be buds.

Aardvark: It was cool to put a face to the name. Didn't really seem to interested in having fun though, a very serious player in my opinion.

8-2 Gang: If I live in Maryland, there is NO WAY I would NOT be a part of this group, what a great bunch of people!!

Big Syd: Even if I did only see you for a few hours, at least I got to meet you, I knew you would be cool, but where the hell did you disappear too? I couldn't find you after I paid you the last longer bet. It's like you left, next time, you better hang a little bit longer.

John Harkness: Awesome to finally meet him in person and I never knew he was an art lover. Quite a traveler as well, great game on Sunday John!!

Lisa: Not a regular RGP'r, but a good friend and I could NOT have had a better roomie.

SOOOO many people I'm leaving out, but these were the ones that stuck out in my mind first as I was typing this. Don't feel left out if I didn't mention you, just remember I was drunk almost the entire weekend. : )