Friday, April 29, 2022

Announcing: A Poker Blogger Meet Up Game in Las Vegas for Current/Former Poker Bloggers and Readers

If you have never been here before, welcome to the lightning36 poker and life blog: Lightning Strikes -- celebrating 16+ years of whining, crying, and bellyaching. 😀

Some things just begin and grow organically. Old Aussie poker buddy Koala Pete informed me that he would be visiting Las Vegas for about a month beginning in late May. I arranged a trip to coincide with Pete's visit. Another old blogger friend, VeryJosie, heard the news and made trip plans along with another old friend, Gary - the Crafty Southpaw. Once we had several people committed to being in Las Vegas, and thinking back to the recent "drunken poker" gathering that I had gone to, I decided to set up a game for poker bloggers, former poker bloggers and readers.

To go back more than a few years ... Shortly after online poker player Chris Moneymaker's WSOP Main Event victory in 2003, poker exploded across the country and, in fact, much of the world. The number of people who blogged about poker exploded as well. It was common for groups of bloggers to form their own social groups and play private online tournaments together. There were live gatherings in Las Vegas and a few other venues in the US and Canada. It was a great time to be playing online poker and blogging!

Black Friday, April 15, 2011, proved to offer substantial damage to poker as the US government went after some major poker sites and related businesses. Poker blogging declined as most online options were closed to United States residents.

As poker started an upswing several years later, blogging was no longer the in thing. Now, poker vloggers gained in numbers and popularity and podcasts were the way to go. Bloggers became like dinosaurs, disappearing off the cyberworld. Unlike dinosaurs, however, there are still a few poker bloggers around.

The idea of the meet up game is to have fun, share old stories, unite old friends, and talk with the people who wrote blogs, commented on them or just read them for enjoyment. So ... a few details ...

Poker Bloggers Game - for current/former poker bloggers, readers and friends

Monday, May 30, 2022 beginning at 6:00pm at the Sahara Las Vegas poker room

Games will be $1/2 NL. We might throw in a few wacky things like bomb pots or collecting a buck or two from other players at the table if you successfully "drop the hammer" (win a hand with 7-2os). The object is to HAVE FUN!

Players who are already scheduled to play (Twitter names) include:








So ... and this is REALLY IMPORTANT ... in order to make things run smoothly, there will be a list for playing that will be maintained by me. If you'd like to get on the list, please leave your name in a comment on this post or PM me on Twitter. It would be nice to fill up a few tables. We are already well on our way a month before the event.

If you have any questions about the meet up game, please leave a comment or PM me.

Thanks for reading! 😁


Blogger Josie said...

Come win my money!

5:13 AM  
Blogger Mr Subliminal said...

A tentative yes for me.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Josie said...


12:09 PM  
Blogger VegasDegen said...

why isnt my name already on the list?

11:54 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

The list is on my laptop computer, so you haven't seen it. I mentioned people who actually had or currently write blogs in this post so that other former bloggers might see who of their contemporaries will be playing. There are some people on the master list who never wrote blogs.

5:02 AM  

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