Today is one of my favorite days on the World Series of Poker schedule. The Seniors Championship is played today, which is open to any poker player aged 50 and up.
The Seniors Championship brings a lot of old faces together. However, the emphasis here isn’t on “old.” Frankly, I’m always surprised to see who’s turned 50. I suppose no matter what our age is, we all hope to be able to play in this tournament at some point. It sure beats the alternative.
Would you buy a cruise from this man?
This is the story of Craig DiSalvo and the cruise he sold to me.
Except — there was no cruise. Oh, there was a cruise one might say. But it was a shit cruise to nowhere.
Here’s the story of how I docked the boat that never sailed at the 2010 World Series of Poker.
Is having a “poker face” overrated?
Maybe so. Perhaps it’s better throwing caution to the wind.
How about this? Just play your entire hand face up, from start to finish. That’s right, FACE UP! In other words, let your opponents see your cards.
Sounds crazy, right?
Well, consider the incredible hand that took place a few months ago (I just heard about) at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
First, let’s meet our hero.
Upside down and inside out
Covering poker, I’ve made a few mistakes over the years.
Just a few.
Okay, more like quite a few.
I’ve spelled gold bracelet champions’ names wrong. I’ve butchered their names in award ceremonies (you try pronouncing Athanasios Polychronopoulos‘ without notes in front of 2,000 people). I’ve insulted players without intention. I’ve listed people were much older than they actually were. I’ve thrown chip leaders off the stage during breaks and threatened to have them arrested. One time, I even sent out a photo of my pet cat to the global gaming press, instead of the real champion’s picture (the jpeg file was marked “Alex,” coincidentally both the name of my cat and the event winner). I even made a horrific typo once, using what’s sometimes referred to as the “N-Word.” The word “bigger” has an ugly cousin on the lower row of the keyboard, if you look at the layout of letters.
READ MORE HERE: MY MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS
Starting today, WSOP.com will feature a new daily show called “What’s the Deal?”
So, here’s the deal.
Jessica Welman, editor-in-chief at WSOP.com (a.k.a. “the Tina Fey of poker) joins me on the ESPN Main Stage where we look at what happened yesterday, what’s ahead for today, and what’s going on here at the 2014 World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas.
The show will air daily just prior to the start of each live-streaming final table. Look for today’s program to start sometime between 2:00 and 2:15 pm PST.
Check out the show here at WSOP.com LIVE STREAMING VIDEO.
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