Gunning for a good time: blogging and poker in Las Vegas

by Lou on December 7, 2006

I’m heading up to las Vegas tomorrow for what I hope turns out to be a dandy event. It’s a gathering of poker bloggers for a weekend of fun, frivolity, partying, and a poker tournament. And yes, a chance to meet in person many of the bloggers I read regularly.

So far, 89 poker wordsmiths have promised to be in attendance, from well-known authors such as Michael Craig and blogging legends like Iggy and Paul “Dr. Pauly” McGuire, to those known only to their core group of readers.

I’m the newbie. At least I’m one of them. My radio broadcast partner Amy Calistri, whose “Aimlessly Chasing Amy” blog is always worth reading, has been hanging out with the bloggers for a couple of years now. She convinced me to go, and just to give you readers a bit more information about this event, we’ll chat about it during our radio show tonight.

In case you’ve never listened, our show is called Keep Flopping Aces, and you can listen online at Thursday evening at 9:00 EST. Previous shows are available for listening in the station’s archives as well as in a podcast through i-Tunes.

I’m thinking this get-together will be a lot like BARGE (the annual summer gathering of poker newsgroup fanatics and techies), where about 120 folks cavort madly at a series of tournaments and parties.

BARGE has a large techie quotient, but writers are interspersed within the group too. BARGE and the bloggers have a lot of similarity in style, fun-factor, love of poker, and both really enjoy hanging around with other very bright, very talented people.

The bloggers could be a subset of BARGE, and I’d love to see more bloggers attend BARGE each year. Those BARGERS with a literary bent should really enjoy this get-together too.

More words to come from me about this event, and more words to come, I suppose, from a whole lot of other poker bloggers over the next few days.

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