Thursday, June 5, 2008
Render unto Caesar
Caesars Palace that is. For that was the site of my greatest poker conquest. I bested about 150 other players in a tournament to take home $4,200 cash money. This on the eve of my departure for New York... It could not have come at a better time.
I had a strange feeling almost as soon as the tournament started that I was going to do very well. I lost the first couple hands I played, but I remember thinking to myself, "It's OK, no big deal... You are gonna go far in this thing." And I did.. I made it down to the final three, me and two dudes from the Netherlands. I knocked out the one that looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it was down to me and the other Nertherlandian. We agreed to split the money and stop playing... it was 4am, the tournament had started at 7pm.
Quickest long night of my life. It just felt destined, like someone was on my side. To the right is my final chip stack.. about 350,000 in chips.
To celebrate, I took my parents to lunch at the Wynn hotel buffet. If you are in Vegas, I highly recommend it.. and go at 3:20, pay the lunch price, and get dinner food starting at 3:30! Delicious.