My Poker Stimulus Package...
My WSOP winnings just continue to grow and grow all the time without me so much as returning to play poker. In 2007 while my wife was pregnant I left Kauai and flew to Las Vegas for the WSOP. In the first and only WSOP event I played that year I got my aces cracked twice in one round and ended up extreme short-stacking for six hours my way to the minimum cash.
When I got back to my hotel room I saw the 2003 KLR 650 on Honolulu Craigslist that I had been looking for, cancelled my trip, returned, and put that newly won money down buying the bike. A few days ago after riding it for two years I sold that bike for $400 more than I originally bought it. So my official stats just donít tell the whole storyóthatís all Iím saying.
My whole family is looking forward to our stay at The Grand Sierra Resort(GSR) in Reno for their series of tournaments. Iím bringing my 74 year old father and my soon-to-be 15 month old son. My wife has a history of crushing the fields at the old Reno Hilton which the GSR bought, spruced up, expanded and remodeled, so sheís probably the most excited of all of us.
A few readers wrote in to me about the small turnout their last event drew but I seriously believe they are doing much to improve the tournaments and thus the turnout will be extremely better. Iím going to wait a few days until my head clears the cold we all picked up on the airplane to write about in depth the changes they made but they are extreme and very player friendly. If youíve played the national tournament circuit or attended the former Reno Hilton tournaments then you are familiar with Charles Williams and luckily for all of us players he is back at The Grand Sierra and the momentum behind much of these positive changes.
Iíll talk about the strictly positive poker stuff in a few days after I fully digest the structure sheets etc I was just recently sent but these days in order to get me to want to spend long periods of time at an event I need breaks and other distractions.
The GSR has all of these beginning with a $30 room rate which you received if you booked early like I did. Another cool thing I like which has been changed is that the rate only jumps to $35 for players if you did not book by Feb.5th. I stay at The Red Lion when I play the Wildhorse events in Pendleton and the room rate has been inching up to now around $60 a night. Thatís more than I want to pay.
The other thing is that Iím too interested in other things in life to want to sit and play poker for a week or two in a row. My son has lived his entire life without seeing snow and so we are excited to take a day off a few days in and take him up to a condo in Alpine Meadows at the base of a ski mountain for some sledding and lift riding. Now hereís where that $30 room rate comes in again. If I was paying $60 a night for three rooms it would be a whole lot more annoying to me to take off from the casino a night and I might be crazy enough to tell everyone to pack up that one night and save me $200. I can easily eat the $30 a room and feel happy not to have to pack up a thing.
There is also a golf simulator in the huge downstairs of the resort and Iím looking forward to beating my old man in a simulated round at Pebble Beach and I want to see him try to land it on the fake TPC 17th island green that he always berates the pros on t.v. for hitting it in the water. They even have a ďwind optionĒ and Iím going to make it 30mph right to left since my father tends to hit a hooky draw even with short irons.
Iím also excited to take my son into the huge kids playroom, also in the downstairs, and see what happens to excite him. We are all flying in the night of Feb. 25th so we can play the first 12pm tournament. Shoot me an email if you are planning on coming.
Iíll answer the stretching questions later this week also. Iíve just fallen a bit behind and Iím the most able of our sickly lot at the moment.
Thanks for reading.
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