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Joker161
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« on: June 22, 2013, 15:00:47 PM »

As some of you know, I"m off to Vegas on the Wednesday 3rd July and then playing in the Main Event. I thought I ought to start up a blog to keep everyone posted. I"ll probably try and do the Twitter thing too, so long as the WiFi works in the poker rooms. The plan is to play Day 2 of the $1,111 charity event on the Thursday and then Day 1B of the Main Event on Sunday. If things go well (touch a massive bit of wood!), then Day 2A is Tuesday and Day 3 is Thursday, giving me a day off between each of the Days (is that a good idea?).

If you"re wondering why I"m Joker161, the Joker bit is the nickname coined for me by my brother (the reason escapes me) and the 161 is where I used to teach before Brighton College started to build new buildings (it was 161 Eastern Road). That was quite dull. Back to the poker...

I have sold 20% of the action via the "Staker Exchange" and it is sold out, but there might be a spare 2% available for those who fancy a stake. Gup9y hasn"t paid up yet and has until tomorrow night, then I"ll offer it out.

Anyway, I"ll see lots of you at Coventry next week, but I thought I"d get this blog thing going as I had a spare moment.
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2013, 15:04:11 PM »

Hope to see you in Coventry, Joe

Good luck.

PS. Twitter Name?
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2013, 16:34:19 PM »

@JokinJoe161
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2013, 17:34:09 PM »

Best of luck with this Joe, hope you win the lot.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2013, 18:01:18 PM »


Best of luck with this Joe, hope you win the lot.


+1

Enjoy Joe have a blast
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2013, 20:36:31 PM »

Have a great time joe
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2013, 00:01:16 AM »

Will be rooting for you mate Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2013, 12:03:59 PM »

GL Joe. Might take another 0.5% if its going spare. Most of all enjoy the trip and the experience. Hope you have a ball x
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2013, 22:28:51 PM »

Smash it!

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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2013, 23:06:19 PM »

Good luck & hope you bink big, above all have a great time & a safe trip. See you in Coventry.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013, 15:52:47 PM »

Day 1 - Wednesday 3rd July

Standard flight. Watched three films and read half a book. Food was OK. Definitely worth going Premium. I owned up to Customs about my $14,044 that I was carrying. They took me to a back office and made we wait while two of them were in earnest discussion pointing at a computer screen. A worrying 5 minutes, but it was all fine in the end!

Stepped out to the taxi rank in 110F heat, but was in a taxi within five minutes who somehow managed to make the trip last for ever and cost $30. I think Las Vegas has a new terminal, so the trip is a bit longer, but I"m still now convinced.

The room at the Rio is massive ("all-suite") and the air conditioning is reasonably quiet, which is the key thing. I managed to sleep OK last night. So the first thing I do is go down to the WSOP area to buy-in for the two tournaments so that I can off load all the cash before I get mugged. The queue is the longest I"ve seen at the WSOP, and it takes me 30 minutes to get to the front. When I leave the queue it"s longer than when I arrived!

Back to the room to unpack, and then something to eat (quite a good burger from somewhere in the Rio) and then off to play cash for as long as I can stay awake! I play in the official poker room it the main casino rather than in the WSOP area. They have $1/$3 tables rather than the $1/$2 that I prefer, but it is quite a passive table (raises to $8) so that"s OK. First hand I get 62 in the BB and get to see the A62 flop! A nice small pot to start, and then in my second hand, in the SB, I get 77. There is a raise and three callers, so I call. Flop has a seven on it! I win quite a big pot (although I think I could have bet more on the end) and am $100 up in 5 minutes! After that its up and down, but then I lose $100 when I make a big call (and a poor one). I raise with AQ and get a caller. The flop is JJ5. I c-bet and he calls. Hmm. The turn is a queen, so I reckon I"m ahead here (he"s shown poor hands in the past), so I bet again and he calls. The river is a blank, and I decide to check call, but then he bets $100. I decide to call, think there is a chance he has the jack, but he has 55! Poor call.

I am nodding off towards the end and finally hand myself in at about 10pm (6am UK time). Actually manage to get some sleep, but wake up at 2.30am, read a bit, then manage to sleep from 4am to about 7am. That"s a record for me on the first night in Vegas! The quieter/more efficient air conditioning certainly helped.
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2013, 16:13:52 PM »

Very best of luck mate. Don"t forget, if you win more than $5,000,000 we are free-rolling the one drop next year!!!!! Grin Grin
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2013, 16:15:44 PM »

Best of luck Joe!!


Hoping you get chance to keep your blog updated - looking forward to following your progress.
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2013, 16:16:14 PM »

$30 (assuming it"s inc. tip ) to the Rio is a little above the odds but nothing to get too excited about.

If you win more than $5m....I want mine...in cash.

Looking forward to more...
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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2013, 16:22:49 PM »

Didn"t try the $50 in the passport trick then Joe?
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