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WSOP 2003 Trip Report

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  • WSOP 2003 Trip Report

    Some of these pics I am posting are both HUGE and blurry, so I apologize in advance.

    Here's my WSOP trip report. I stayed at The Venetian from May 18 -21st. Perhaps I should have stayed at the Horseshoe, but the rooms there are a little spartan to me, and last time I went, there was no air conditioning so I didn't mind taking a taxi back and forth for a few days.

    Arrived at the Horseshoe two hours before the Main Event start time, enjoyed watching dozens of furious supersatellites going on ($1,000 entry) with players vying for last minute Big One seats. One winner I saw tipped the dealer $100.00 when he won, so for future reference when I hopefully win a seat in a supersatellite to the Big Game, the dealer gets a hundred bucks. Good to know. :wink:

    As the start time grew closer, I went upstairs to find my version of heaven -- poker celebrities as far as the eye could see. 8O

    Mike Sexton (really, really nice guy- and he gave me a hat!)
    Mark Seif (I always thought he might be kinda unfriendly, but is a really super cool guy and talked to me for awhile about this and that. Very gracious guy - I couldn't keep my hands off him, he must work out, his pecs are like iron, my oh my :P and he knows Dan R. from here.)
    Amarillo Slim Preston (what an honor it was to meet him, I bought his book and I recommend it highly)
    Our own Daniel Negreanu (very, very friendly guy and very soft hands)
    Harley Hall (the dapperest man in poker, I love to watch him play -- and he's wearing his lucky blue shirt, no less, but I understood it did no good for him this year)
    Humberto Brenes (I realized he speaks almost no english when I told him how much I admired his play and wished him the best of luck and he just nodded at me and smiled. )
    Annie Duke and Chris Ferguson (my two favorite players in the whole world! I am so very glad I got to meet them!)
    Phil Ivey (my pick for ths years winner -- very nice guy and a little nervous (who wouldn't be) - I wish him all the luck this year)

    After the game begun, I went back to the hotel to relax and unwind from all the eye candy. I defintely had tournament fever, so I signed up for the 7:00 p.m. Limit Hold Em at The Mirage. ($6.00 buy in + $40 rebuy/add-on) Came in 24th of 93 folks. Went out on trip 10's, but I had a BLAST! The next day was a no-limit tourney, but Buffy was on, so that was not gonna happen. More to come after the final table!

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