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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2008, 22:34:36 PM »

Thanks Jim.  Mary has done a lot of work on this and there will be embroidered shirts available in plenty of time for Vegas - and you will be able to personalise them.


Sounds like there are a number of members at the Virgin Poker Festival in Newcastle aswell.  Not as glamorous, but as long as we don"t annoy the sponsors.


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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2008, 22:42:54 PM »
The Virgin Festival was created due to the success of APAT, so I don"t think Joe or team would mind any APAT references at the event.

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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2008, 08:50:14 AM »
I asked about this for the 1st festival but was shunned or ignored!!!   ;D..but then again my bankroll is proberly too low to be of concern to the APAT.... ;)..just messing!  :P
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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2008, 15:17:05 PM »

Thanks Jim.  Mary has done a lot of work on this and there will be embroidered shirts available in plenty of time for Vegas - and you will be able to personalise them.


That would be good to have, im planning to go back again this year & take part in the $1500 buy in event

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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2008, 00:38:37 AM »
Okay, only 10 days till I go to Las Vegas and I cannot wait. 

A few last things needed to be done, but apart from that I am all set.

Also I have just qualified for APAT Dublin on Sat 14 June.  So I get back Fri 13 about 10am then have a home game on the evening then an early flight to Dublin on the Saturday morning.  Will be a crazy weekend...

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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2008, 06:41:16 AM »

Thanks Jim.  Mary has done a lot of work on this and there will be embroidered shirts available in plenty of time for Vegas - and you will be able to personalise them.


Ahem....[taps foot]


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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2008, 12:58:26 PM »
The countdown continues...

3 days, 20 hours, 56 mins & 35 secs until take off...

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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2008, 16:33:37 PM »
Thinker will have arrived in Vegas by now, so hopefully we will be hearing his "no bad beats" mantra shortly.  I"m so jealous!

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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #23 on: May 30, 2008, 17:39:44 PM »
Ok we have arrived in Las Vegas and it is still the most amazing place in the world.

I have not really had a chance to get that excited about the trip this year, as I have had things to deal with back at home and as this is now my second visit.  So it has sort of crept up on my without me thinking about it too much.  A last minute underwear crisis on Tuesday was averted thanks to a 2 for 1 sale at Marks & Spencer and on Thursday morning at 5.15am Jon picked me up to travel to Manchester airport for the direct flight to LV.  This year I am not on my Jack Jones as fellow Solihull Home Game members Jon & Martyn have also made the trip out to the world series.  I am out here for 2 weeks, Martyn is here for 10 days & Jon is staying out for the entire WSOP, all 8 weeks in total (so sick).  APAT legend Simon "Mr Final Table" Auckland is also on his way out here in mid june so between us we hope for some good cashes and maybe more (beware of the bok). 

So we continue to Martyn"s then make the uneventful (ie no delays) journey to Manchester airport arriving at 7am.  We check in for the BMI flight to LV and proceed to departures.  A coffee and bacon buttie occupy half hour or so, but we still have 90 minutes till take off.  A load of ladies dressed as police officers descend to the bar area and proceed to get the beers in at 7.30am (my kind of women).  Jon & Martyn are not impressed but they got my attention.  Now after that brief distraction the only thing to do is to get the cards out and begin the 17 card chinese poker marathon that would continue until we land in LV.  Without getting too techinical the object is to make 2 five card poker hands, a 3 card poker hand & a 4 card badugi hand.  We tend to play a tournament format rather than a cash per point game.  So the winner is the player with the most points after 9 rounds, with 1 point for each winning hand against each player and a 1 point bonus if you scoop him.  This is such a sick game and I am not sure why we always end up playing it, as I hate it at times.  However on this occasion it provides me with my first holiday cash!!!  A sick last hand sees me scoop Martyn and overcome a 3 point deficit to win $5 (Jon points out that it is not a Vegas cash as we are still in Manchester), but I will take it all the same.

We then board the plane and there is a slight issue in that Martyn is seated 15 rows behind myself & Jon, however we are hoping someone will switch, but it seems unlikely as the plane is full.  We take off and I discover that Jon is a little uncomfortable with flying (well only the take off & landing part, he is fine once we are in the air).  This really surprises me as Jon is the most logical and rational person I know, so I do what any other friend woud do in the circumstances, take the mick and humiliate him for his silly fear.  I don"t have a problem with flying, if it is time to go then so be it.  Once in the air Martyn informs us that there are 2 empty seat next to him.  This is a right result and is also slightly bizzare as there are not that many empty seats on the entire plane, so for 2 to be free next to him was weird.  We continue to play chinese poker for the whole of the 10 hour flight and Martyn was probably wishing those seats had been occupied as he ended down $35, I was up $10 and Jon up $25.  The flight itself was okay, not much leg room and BMI are not in the same league as Virgin.  Food was pants, but then that is a given and you have to pay for beer (it was free with Virgin).  The air stewardess don"t smile and seem miserable all the time then as we were leaving the plane one of then bokked us by asking if we were going to win lots of money.

We got a taxi to Circus Circus and checked in.  A quick freshen up and we decide to take a wander down the strip.  The plan is not to play any poker today but to register for the 2 day $1,500 event at the Rio.  It is really hot now as it is mid afternoon and looking around I notice that alot has changed since last year.  The Frontier has been knocked down (but the sign is still there for some reason), the Wynn Encore has appeared aswell as Donald Trump"s tower.  I am really feeling good now and the tiredness has gone as we take in the sights of the strip.  This is Jon"s first visit so myself & Martyn are acting as sort of tour guides, pointing out all the main casinos and attractions.  We head to Ceasar"s to get a beer, and I am delighted to see that the pu$$ycat casino is still situated next to the poker room.  They only work on the weekends so may have to check them out tonight.

Next we move on to the Rio to register for the WSOP event.  Jon & Martyn get sorted out with reward cards and then we all drop $1,500 at the registartion desk to play in the WSOP no limit hold em event.  We have all chosen to play on the Sunday and it starts at 12noon so an early night will be in order to be on the top of our games.  The Rio is not that busy as the WSOP doesn"t officially start until today with the $10k Omaha World Championship.  However star spotting sees David Gray (not the babylon guy, the poker player), Kristy Gazes (looking mighty foxy) & Chris Ferguson (minus the trademark stetson).  This may become a regular thing as the three of us turn into complete marks and list any famous poker pros we see or encounter across the felt.  We have to draw the line and have agreed to admire from afar and under no circumstances will we be asking for photos or autographs (way too geeky).

Pretty tired by now so head back to Circus for a bit to eat.  It is now around 7.30pm local time and we decide to crash in order to be fresh for the poker on Friday.  I don"t plan to sleep right away but as soon as I sit down I am dead to the world.

So it is now 9.30am and we have arranged to meet for breakfast around 11am.  Plan for today is to play some poker.  We are taking a trip to downtime to play the $150 NLHE at Binion"s.  We felt this would be a good introduction to Vegas poker and a chance to play at the legendary Binion"s Horseshoe.  I played alot of these event last year and was really impressed so I am really looking forward to it.

Will post details of how we get on later this evening.

I hope you all enjoy this blog and any comments are appreciated.

As always I will sign off with my catchphase, so till the next time;

NO BAD BEATS - even if you are playing 17 card chinese poker...

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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2008, 17:55:19 PM »
Excellent! More please ... (just when you get a chance) ;)

Best of luck out there!
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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2008, 18:10:22 PM »
Great debut post for trip two.  Best of luck James and pass on our good wishes to Jon and Martyn also.  

There has to be a couple of good results on the cards (no pun intended) given the ability in this trio (with Simon to follow)!

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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2008, 19:21:41 PM »
awesome read.....cant wait for more...
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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2008, 19:38:41 PM »
Here we go again. Looking forward to reading about your exploits, best of luck!
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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #28 on: May 30, 2008, 21:14:11 PM »
Great read J good luck to you all may the poker gods be with you :D
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Re: ThinkerJE makes a return trip to Vegas
« Reply #29 on: May 31, 2008, 09:03:31 AM »
Great read, just as good as last year. Good luck

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