Saturday, February 25, 2006

Experience - LAPC

At LAPC, I played with all the following:

Jim "KrazyKanuck" Worth
Gus Hansen
Paul Darden
Joe Awada
David Plastik
Francois Safieddine
Scotty Nguyen
Shawn Sheikhan
Gabe Kaplan
Gabe Thaler
Bill Gazes
Billy Duarte
Jason Lester

Of this group, by far the most hilarious and intimidating was Gus Hansen. That guy is just a force of nature. He raised approximately 60% of hands that were folded to him preflop. He manuevered his way around pots, and while he was at our table, everything centered around him and what he would or would not do. One thing he did was hit on this amazingly hot candy and cigarettes girl. What makes her special is that four years ago when I first started coming to the Commerce, she was doing that job. She's seen it all and heard every line. She's incredibly hot and knows how to handle herself. In the weirdest way, she's a star of the poker world too. Consider - every poker pro who's anyone has spent time playing in the high limit room at the Commerce and has seen this chick. Well before the poker boom, she was known. The weird thing is you pretty much would have to be a millionaire pro to have a shot at the freaking candy and cigarettes girl.

In fairness, she is one of the sexiest things I've ever seen. Legitimately very good looking. And I am sure she has honed her call: "Caaandee... cigawrettes!" to achieve maximum appeal over time. The funny thing is she knows all the top pros like they're old friends, she stops and hugs them and flirts with them. Anyway, Gus was relentless. Every time she came by, Gus shamelessly hit on her, getting up to whisper in her ear, shoot flirty looks, make suggestive silent body movements... the experience of simultanously playing with this terror and watching him work on this chick was a transcendent experience. And the weirdest part was knowing you almost had to be Gus Hansen, handsome brilliant millionaire, to have a shot with her. So surreal.

Anyway, playing 3 days and getting 3 tables from the money (77 tables started, I made it to the final 8, 5 got paid) was a critical experience in my poker development. I was short stacked the whole time, it felt. I had 3 defining hands. (1) Day 1 - AK v. Joe Awada's KK where I flopped trip As; (2) Day 2 - AA v. 66 where a 6 flopped and an A hit the river (unbeknownst to me until the hand was over, the preflop action drove AK and QQ out); and (3) Day 3 - JJ v. AK where a K flopped and knocked me out of the tourney.

It was intense to play that long. I win that final coin flip, I probably make the money as I'd have been almost average stacked with 73 left. You need to win coin flips and take a few chances to make the money in these things. If you lose them you can't feel bad. So I felt disappointed to get close and miss out on a good-to-miraculous payday, but thems the breaks.

My goal is to keep playing these events via satellites. I'd like to get into 10 this year, give or take. And 1 final table. Right now it's 2 events, 0 moneys. Each has taught me plenty. They are ultra intense. Nothing in poker is close that I've experienced. I could barely sleep each night despite being exhausted. After getting knocked out and making it home to Vegas thanks to my brother driving the final half from Barstow (every single - I mean every single - hotel room between LA and Vegas was booked solid), I was wasted in exhaustion in a way I've rarely experienced. But I'd do it every chance I could.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooooo...... Did Gus get the girl?

12:59 AM  

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