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Lot's to talk about so I'll likely break this into several posts.

After a wonderful road trip into town (including a sleep over at a funky "resort" in western Death Valley), I rolled into smoggy, traffic congested Vegas at about 10:00 am, managing to survive almost being run over several times. The traffic is crazy. I'm obviously way too early to check in, so I decided to run over to the Rio to check out the WSOP circus, with the intention of looking into a satelite for the 1,000 event that was scheduled for Tuesday.

After parking in the casino garage (yay shade!), I headed into the casino looking for clues as to which way to start wandering. After about 15 minute of this I finally get directions from a security guard and headed down to the convention center. 20 minutes later I finally get there and find the registration desk. I inquire about the satelite and she tells me to check with someone, somewhere in the event room. I finally flag down someone who was busy trying to get prepared for Monday's activities and she said to come back at 1:30. There wasn't anything WSOP related going on, and I had 2- 2 1/2 hours to kill, so trekked back from where I came looking for something quick to eat. Found a pretzal dog and chowed it down and decided to just head back over.

It was nearing noon when I got there and they were trying to get the players seated for the main event and the $1,500 event that was starting that day. Naturally, I was keeping my eye peeled for some of the poker "celebs" who I expected to be in the room. IN the main event area I saw (in no particular order) Lederer's back ( he was on ESPN's feature table), Juanda, Boyd, Ramer, and a couple others that I can't remeber their names right now or recognized from WSOP telecasts. Figuring they would be starting soon, I tried to find a rail spot so I could watch some of the action, but it was pretty crazy crowded and I finally gave up on that.

I wandered over to watch some of the $1500 event which had just started. I was a little surprised to see several of the "bigger" names participating in that as I would have expected them to still be active in the main event. I saw Varkoni, Master Men and Fergeson and watched Fergeson play for a couple of orbits. He sat down after the tourney had been going for 45 mins or so and did a pre flop raise right off the bat. He was called by this chick sitting to his right and they were heads up. The flop came Qxx she bet into him and he raised. She called and checked the turn. Jesus checked it through. THe chick bet out on the river and Jesus folded. I don't know if he had something like AK or was just trying to push the table around right out of the gates, but the chick seemed genuinely disapointed that he didn't call so he may have just made a great read.

It started geting on to 1:30 so I began milling about the area where I believed (I really didn't know) where we were supposed to register for the satelilte. I finally hooked onto one of the tourney guys and he said it would be at least 2:30 before they started; they didn't have enough tables. Fine, I know when I'm not welcome. Scrrew you guys and your $25 vig on a $100 satelite. I can't tell you how disapointed I was with the general chaos regarding the tourney in general. There was no where to get valid information, no signs no nothing. Considering the magnitude of the event, you would think they would have it figured out, but they clearly didn't.

I left and headed back over to check into my room at the beautilful (cough, cough) New Frontier which is across the street from the Wynn. This place seemed out of place on the strip, kind of like parking a moblie home in a Serrano hills neghborhood. I didn't care; I was there because it was cheap and near the Wynn. Got checked in, took a shower, put on my best "Vegas clothes" and headed across the street.

Coming up: Poker at the Wynn
 

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I owe a couple of Vegas reports as well.
While hagar headed down, I went home, only to learn that I was needed back down here. So, I'm back again. Went from the airport to the Horseshoe last night and played a $65 SnG and took 1st in that and then rolled over to a $125 SnG and chopped with the dude I went heads up with.

So, thus far, this is a better start to my last trip.
 

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Shiz and the rest of you who were in town: Sorry I didn't hook up with anyone. I called Quads when it got in only to discover that he was sitting at home. HE told me that Kid and SJ were still in town, but indicated that they had been hanging out on Fremont street, so I decided to leave them be.

Vegas kind of overwhelmed me a bit and the thought of trying to manage with a hookup was a bit more than I wanted to deal with. I was on foot after I got settled (didn't want to deal with riding in that traffic anymore than I had to.)

I got a call from Shiz at about 9:00 pm on Tuesday. I somehow missed the call, but returned it at 9:30 to get his voice mail. I told him I had had enough for this trip and was planning on getting to bed for an early start on my trip home. Hopefully we'll hook up next time.
 
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