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Tommy Angelo
05-10-2004, 01:12 PM
Vegas day one / drive and arrive

I escaped from Ohio in 1997. Before the move to San Bruno, I looked at my map of California about a million times. It had Vegas on it, on the edge. After I moved, would I fly to the WSOP each year, or drive? Looked kinda far. But not any further than Columbus to Atlantic City, which I had road warriored a dozen times, but never much enjoyed the drive. I figured I had to drive to Vegas at least once from my new home, even if only to do the central valley and the Mohave Dessert from the ground.

Now I look forward to the drive every year as a meditative earth-bonding revival. Or something. Itís so awesome. With the San Luis reservoir that looks like a miniturized (but nonetheless huge) version of Lake Tahoe with grass on the mountains instead of snow. The Mexican music on every dial with the DJís all pumped up from Cinco de Mayo. The passage into the real desert, at the town of Mohave, where endless windmills line ridges near and far, whirling triads in concert, hypnotic. Then the land and sky open up and the horizen moves back all at once in every direction, to the next mountain range, however far away it happens to be.

I checked in at the Nugget, got settled, and picked up my Ohio brother at the airport. He came out for two days of touring with me. We did downtown -- the canopy show was particularly rocking -- and crashed.

Poker score: even.


Day two / the dam and blue man

Up early and off to Hoover Dam with my brother who is an engineer who had never seen the dam. We did the full tour. His worry going in was that the real dam would not be as big as the pictured dam in his mind. Turns out the real dam was the bigger one. We did a walk through of a couple of casinos on the strip and we finished the tour at the Luxor as planned, in the second row center at the 10:00 PM Blue Man Group show. My sixth time, his first. Iím afraid that before I can say anything else new about the Blue Man Group show using adjectives, Iíll have to learn another language, because Iíve used up all the appropriate English ones.

Before the show, my brother wanted to watch me play poker, so I got in the $2-4 game at the Luxor poker room. I played for an hour, I turned over one hand, and I wound up plus $14.

Poker score: +$14


Day three / some quality windbagging

I packed my brother onto a plane and I hooked up with Clarkmeister in the afternoon. We talked for two hours, then we went to the Nugget poker room and played $10-20 for half an hour. I did not turn over any cards and I won $17. We quit and went to the Mirage where we met up with Ed Miller and J.A.Sucker. Two more hours of gabbing in the comfy lounge chairs. Then we took Sucker to the airport, and the three of us found some chairs.

Poker score: +$31.

Iíve got an idea for a new unit to keep score with. Cards shown. So far this trip I am ahead $15.50 per card.

luv and viva,

Tommy

Joe Tall
05-10-2004, 02:16 PM
Nice report, Tommy.

You are the only person I know that has seen Blue Man as much as I have. Once in Vegas, five times in Boston for the total of six. The Vegas show is slightly different than the original due to the larger stage. Each show is simply prodigious.

Peace,
Joe Tall

JoeU
05-10-2004, 03:44 PM
Great report Tommy.

Glad to see you were "slumming" it in the 2-4 at the Luxor. It makes people like me aspire to the 6-12 at the Mirage next time around. "If Tommy can move down, then surely I can move up!?" /images/graemlins/crazy.gif

Joe

PS: JTG and I are still waiting for your next east coast trip to stop in the home game!

Ulysses
05-10-2004, 03:48 PM
You owe it to yourself to go to NYC and see them there.

BottlesOf
05-10-2004, 04:32 PM
Yes Joe, and then you should visit THE stadium.

Clarkmeister
05-12-2004, 01:20 PM
Basically, I've decided that you aren't allowed to go home.

M2d
05-12-2004, 02:20 PM
Oh, no you don't. we expect our Tommy back safe and sound before long.

SinCityGuy
05-13-2004, 04:18 AM
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Poker score: +$31.

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That's 3 BB/hr. Sounds about right.