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Tuesday, August 01, 2006My New Renter and the World Series of Poker
So Useless Men (all 97 Trillion of them) have left the building. It was really great having them here this week, and I hope you were able to take a moment to reflect on their Uselessness as much as they do. In their place, I have my founding partner of the Center for Princess Pottymouth Research, Luin staying with me this week.
Now I've been reading Luin for quite sometime. She has the aptitude of a college professor with the fuck you all attitude of a true bitch (and I mean that nicely btw). She used to have her blog hosted on one of these free blog hosting services... but after a few moves... she now has her own domain! Isn't that great? She's all grown up now... but it's good for her to stick around so if she goes all blog snobbish I can smack her upside the head with a paw. Maybe... one day... I'll be an all grown up blogger too. Until then... go see Luin over at Faerytale Dreams... and check out her hot new look (don't let the thumbnail fool you)!!!
So for those of you unaware, the World Series of Poker 2006 has been underway since June 26. The actual Main Event, the $10,000 buy-in Texas No Limit Hold'Em event, is completing its fourth day. A few years ago, in mere hours, we would have our newest WSOP Main Event Bracelet Holder. That however is not to be. See, although this is the fourth day, the event is still in its first heat. The final table of the event is not scheduled to be played until August 10. When all is said and done the Main Event will have seen 13 days of play.
That is an incredible amount of time consumed by one event. One of the reasons for the huge field of players is the large number of buy-ins sponsored by online poker sites. Every site has a team of players in the Main Event. PokerStars (you can find them at www.pokerstars.net if you must) alone has injected over 1,000 players... and with 2 previous Main Event Winners coming from their team the chances of a PokerStar player winning is very good.
The online poker craze that has coincided with the Texas No Limit Hold'Em craze is a prime example of how the Internet is impacting all aspects of our lives. Not only does it give us a platform to communicate, to compete, and to express ideas... but it is acting as a catalyst for recreational events in real life. It truly amazes me.
As for my pick for the WSOP, well of course I would love to see Greg "Fossilman" Raymer win again. I would also be more than happy if Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu or Phil "The Unabomber" Laak took the bracelet home. But I have to be honest. I think it will go to another 'Net player... an unknown who will dazzle the masses and for the next year be the WSOP Champion.
Maybe next year... it'll be me.