The 2010 World Series Of Poker is in full swing in Las Vegas. Since 2006, I have made a yearly WSOP trip during the Main Event. The first couple years I was worked for CardRunners and handled reporting duties with a press pass, while the last couple years I went on behalf of Poker Curious. This year's trip will be the first 9 days of July. It is always a good time to arrange business meetings, network, see friends and take in some of the Main Event. I have a press pass again this year, and I will be doing some reporting or interviewing from a human interest standpoint.
For a poker player, it is the most exciting time of the year. All the best players gather in Las Vegas during part or all of the six week series. There are smaller tournaments all around town and lots of cash games going. In addition, there are lots of parties and get-togethers. Everything builds towards the the Main Event.
I thought it would be a fun to share some of my best memories from past visits. These top 10 memories aren't in any particular order and some reflect my innocence of being new to the scene at the time, of which I'm obviously less of a noob now.
1. Having ready access to every poker player I had ever watched on TV or online, whether utilizing my press pass reporting on players or just walking the Rio halls surrounded by all the players I had ever admired or watched.
2. Attending a small charity poker party where Devilfish, Cowboy Kenna James, Marcel Luske and numerous other well known poker regulars all sang karaoke.
3. Touring the '2 Months 2 Million' mansion with Jay 'Krantz' Rosenkrantz.
4. Catching a lift back to the Strip from a private poker party with Phil Galfond and Hac Dang.
5. Reporting and railing Lee Childs as he made it from obscurity to WSOP ME final table.
6. Enjoying the July 4th Everest Poker Party on Caesars rooftop as 4th of July fireworks went off above us.
7. Observing the first prize sweat session of a CardRunners member flown to Las Vegas to be individually tutored by Brian Townsend and Taylor Caby.
8. Eating wonderful meals at Vegas restaurants, many of which were cost free due to winning credit card roulette, and some where I lost.
9. Ruining my potential political career when Stinger snapped a shot of me with a dancer's derriere next to my face at the CR party at Saphire.
10. Attending a high stakes private poker party where 3 bracelet winners and 10 poker millionaires 'actively' railed one player playing 200/400 PLO online.