Sunday, November 27, 2011

Counting Down to the WPBT Weekend

I can feel the excitement beginning as the annual WPBT gathering in Las Vegas is less than a week away. I will be getting into town mid-afternoon on Thursday. My brother will be getting in two hours after me. I considered staying at Bally's, but with so many of the poker bloggers staying at the Imperial Palace and with the offer of a free room there ... well ... IP it is! Although I am not sure, I think I might rent a car for the length of the trip. I have not driven in Las Vegas since the days before I got married many, many moons ago. This trip might be a little different, though, in that I might spend less time playing poker than I usually do. With a return trip to Las Vegas already scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday and with the frequent trips I had been making to various Caesars Entertainment properties, I just might spend a little time outside the Bally's poker room. If so, I have a few side trips I might take:

Pinball Hall of Fame
South Point Casino
M Casino
Red Rock Casino
In-N-Out Burger
Palm Memorial Park (cemetery where Redd Foxx and Stu Unger are buried)

I have high hopes for my WPBT team (myself, PokahDave, and Yestbay1) this year as my last two teams (with Josie & Waffles and with OhCaptain & PokerPeaker) bailed out early. Two years ago I made it as far as about 19th place before busting. Last year was a disaster as I got crap cards and got felted when my short stack push with A-10 ran into A-J. A little more favor from the poker gods at the beginning of this this tournament would be appreciated.

My recent health issues will change things a bit. I might actually be utilizing a fitness center and modifying my usual bad Las Vegas late night eating habits (double Whoppers at Burger King and the breakfast special at the Victorian Room at Bill's Gamblin' Hall). Overall though, I feel great. I have lost over 20 pounds and have been enjoying exercising. Knowing that your life is on the line does help to motivate you! I am even contemplating shaving off my beard today for a look I have not experienced for many years.

So ... approximately four days from now I will be getting ready to board my flight. Tick ... tick ... tick ...


Blogger Josie said...

gl gl gl in the blogger donkament - damn, i'm jealous.

12:10 PM  
Blogger bastinptc said...

Wish I could have kept my plans to go. The fact that Josie can't go either somehow eases the pain.

12:17 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

I was really lookinh forward to meeting you, bastin. Maybe in the future.

Hopefully my team will do MUCH better than last year. Hard to do much worse than having one team member get coolered right at the start.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Wolfshead said...

Sure, rub it in

2:47 PM  
Blogger Lucki Duck said...

Definitely recommend renting a car. Pinball HOF is one stop I haven't made in Vegas, but would like to.

I would think the "Heart Healthy" menu at In-N-Out burger might be a quick read :-)

Have a good time. Good luck!

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Neophyte said...

Color me jealous. GL in Vegas Light and kick ass in the bloggerment. I wonder if Hash House a Go Go has a heart healthy menu?

5:11 PM  
Blogger PokahDave said...

I wonder if anybody wants to go to the Hoffbrau House this year...I'll see you on Friday prob. before noon. I wouldn't mind checking out the Pinball HOF. Team Imperial Phallus is going to go long and deep this year...LOL...

4:18 PM  
Blogger OhCaptain said...

Pinball HoF rocks. If it's still open, the Gamblers Book Store was right next door. Also a cool stop. Looking forward to seeing you again. I'm also at the IP. You got my cell.

11:31 AM  

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