Happy Days at the WSOP, Hanging with the Radio Station Guys, Playing Poker, and Scarfing Shrimp Cocktails by the Barrel

by Lou on July 3, 2009

I just got back from Las Vegas, the World Series of Poker, and a get together of some of my fellow show hosts at Rounder’s Radio and many listeners who showed up to meet one another and play in the station’s poker tournament.

Since the tournament was at the Golden Nugget, I arranged for anyone interested to meet in the poker room two hours before the tourney’s start so we could divert our attention from poker and think about a shrimp cocktail run to the Golden Gate, located a half-block away from the Nugget.
Anthony Curtis’ Las Vegas Advisor newsletter has listed the Golden Gate’s 99-cent shrimp cocktail among Las Vegas’ top deals for years. Actually, for 99 cents, you get those smallish, bay shrimp, but for a couple of bucks more, you can get jumbo shrimp cocktails instead of bay shrimp, and unless you’re really on a shoestring budget, it’s worth the upgrade.
I ate at the Golden Gate three times during the five days I was in Las Vegas. What can I say? I love the place and the shrimp is terrific. I had three shrimp cocktails prior to the start of the tournament, and I saw others doing the same. What about the other times I ate there? I had three shrimp cocktails on each of those occasions too.

The tournament was a lot of fun, even though I came up just a little bit short of making the money. It was terrific to meet so many listeners, and hang out with the guys from the station. The station is located in the Midwest; I’m in California, so we only seem to get together once a year at the WSOP.
I did not play in any of the WSOP events, but busied myself with cash games every time I headed up to the Rio. As usual, they were terrific. A lot of players seemed to be throwing money around, and that’s always a good thing.
I also played in one of Binion’s tournaments, a six-handed, no-limit hold’em event. I managed to come into the money in fifteenth place—not much to write home about after an entire day’s play, but the tourney was well run, and I enjoyed having room to spread out at a table that was always six-handed.

In between all of that, I got to take care of a lot of business, meet and schmooze with people I needed to catch up with, and was happy with the fact that other than the station’s tournament, where I failed to make the money, I did not have a single losing session during my stay.

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