The World Series of Poker (WSOP) just narrowed the field to 9 as we prepare for the final table in November. Until then ESPN‘s weekly coverage will tide us over until the live final table. Here’s the schedule.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) narrowed the field from over 7,000 to the final table of 9. The final table takes place and the 9 remaining players are called the “November Nine.” Witty, huh?
Following 13 days of intense competition at the 2010 World Series of Poker(1), two North American PokerStars players have advanced to join the elite ‘November Nine’ and will compete for the $8,944,138 first prize and the title of 2010 World Series of Poker champion. Canadian Jonathan Duhamel and American Jason Senti skillfully outplayed their competition to earn the coveted seats at the final table, and now await the November 6 final date for their next shot at the grand prize.
That’s quite a prize for the winner. It’s amazing how far the WSOP has come from it’s small beginnings. Here’s a look at the November Nine from the Atlantic City Weekly blog.
Seat 1: Jason Sentl
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN (USA)
Profession: Poker Pro
Note: This is Sentl’s first time to ever cash in a WSOP event
Chip Count: 7,625,000
Seat 2: Joseph Cheong
Hometown: La Mirada, CA (USA)
Profession: Poker Pro
Note: Cheong won a WSOP Circuit gold ring and earned a degree in psychology from UC-San Diego.
Chip Count: 23,525,000
Seat 3: John Dolan
Hometown: Bonita Springs, FL (USA)
Profession: Poker Pro
Note: Dolan has six WSOP cashes, including three at this year’s series.
Chip Count: 46,250,000
Seat4: Jonathan Duhamel
Hometown: Boucherville, Quebec (Canada)
Profession: Poker Pro
Note: This is Duhamel’s third time to cash at this year’s WSOP.
Chip Count: 65,975,000
Seat 5: Michael Mizrachi
Hometown: Miami, FL (USA)
Profession: Poker Pro
Note: He won his first WSOP gold bracelet and $1,559,046 in this year’s Poker Players Championship.
Chip Count: 14,450,000
Seat 6: Matthew Jarvis
Hometown: Surrey, BC (Canada)
Profession: Poker Pro/Student
Note: Jarvis is primarily an online player. This marks his first time to cash in a WSOP tournament.
Chip Count: 16,700,000
Seat 7: John Racener
Hometown: Port Richey, FL (USA)
Profession: Poker Pro
Note: Racener is one of the stars of the national WSOP Circuit, with more than $500,000 in earnings, including the 2007 Main Event championship victory at Harrah’s Atlantic City.
Chip Count: 19,050,000
Seat 8: Filippo Candio
Hometown: Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy)
Profession: Poker Pro
Note: Candio is the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event final table. He has a number of cashes at major tournaments held in Europe.
Chip Count: 16,400,000
Seat 9: Cuong “Soi” Nguyen
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA (USA)
Profession: Sales (Medical Supplies)
Note: Nguyen is the senior player at this final table, at the advanced age of 36. He is also the only amateur sitting among the final nine
Chip Count: 9,650,000
I don’t know any of these names, but I’ll probably take a look when ESPN TV coverage starts.
I’d never heard about the movie “Bookies” before. I saw that it was on IFC last month so I recorded it and held it for a rainy day. I figured a movie about bookies can’t be all that bad. Well, it rained today for about 3 minutes today so I decided to watch the movie.
“Bookies” is the story about college kids who enjoyed betting on sports who realize the money that can be made and turn to the other side and decide to be the book makers.
In brief, they start raking in the cash, the dude from Big Bang Theory starts doing cocaine and going a little crazy, and they get in trouble by the guys they used to make bets with.
The movie has just about every stereotype you could imagine with people involved in illegal gambling. In the end the problems are “taken care of” and the guys pay the consequences with their futures. Of course, they’re young and in college and life goes on.
“Bookies” wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t a great movie. Between my fondness for Rachael Leigh Cook and the subject matter, I’d watch it again if I saw it while flipping the channels. I give this 3 of 5 stars – right down the middle.
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Wynn and Encore are finally allowing you to access information for your Red Card online. Of course, there is no noticeable place to find this on the Wynn website. You will find your access point at the upper right corner of the reservations page.
Since you now know how to find the red card page, you’re about 1/3 of the way through the process.
Now you have to spend about 10 minutes registering for an account. The process is annoying, but once you register and confirm you now have access to Red Card info you once had to call Las Vegas to get.
You’re about 66% done now and the rest is fun. You can now see what the Red Card has for you. You can check the following:
“My Promotion” – Latest offers available to you. I have room offers and early booking offers. I’m sure this will be different for everyone.
“My Account and Profile” – Address, Email, Password updating. Access to all of your account info. This is good to check. The person at the Red Card desk entered a wrong letter in my email address and street address as well so I never got offers.
“Contact Wynn Las Vegas and Encore” – Find out more and contact Wynn. Easy access to all Wynn numbers
“My Casino Account” – Player Information. You can apply for credit or check your comp dollars.
“Reservations” – Room, Dining, Shows, Other. This is an excellent and easy way to plan out a trip. The restaurant reservations have enough detail to never have to go to the main website.
Overall Wynn’s online rewards system may not be the most robust and may be a pain to set up, but it’s once you are into the system everything is set up nicely.
I’ll be bookmarking this page so I never have to hear Steve Wynn talk to me again or the music in the background. Everything I could want for a trip to Wynn is located on the Red Card page.
Do yourself a favor – spend the 10 minutes or so setting yourself up. Bookmark the page. Never deal with the rest of the Wynn website. Or you can go to wynncore.com and enjoy that.
The Veer Towers at CityCenter opened this week. The towers are the kind of cool, crooked looking condo buildings at CityCenter. About 100 of the 600 units have been sold and closed with just 6 having moved in. The Las Vegas Sun looks at overall condo sales at CityCenter.
With no casino and no gambling, I don’t see myself reading and sharing much about Veer Towers. Keep up with the towers at their website.
Of course you want to be on stage during “Peepshow.” E! & Planet Hollywood are giving away a pretty cool prize in conjunction with “Peepshow” and “Holly’s World.”
- 3 Day/2 night stay at Planet Hollywood
- Meet Holly Madison
- Appear on stage for part of “Peepshow” in a walk on role
For full details and to enter, click on the image below. If you win, do be weird. Good luck.
There have been rumors about an NBA team moving to Las Vegas for at least five years. Those rumors are fueled again with talks of a deal being in place if Las Vegas builds a new arena for a team.
“We have an NBA team under contract,” Milam (Chris Milam, CEO of International Development Management LLC) said, declining to name the franchise. But the deal will take effect only if “other pieces of the puzzle fall into place: One of those pieces will be that a building (arena) is approved,” he said.
SB Nation looks at which team may be on the move.
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons are mentioned specifically in the article because Karen Davidson, the widow of the long-time owner Bill Davidson, has said the team is for sale. Detroit’s economy, of course, is getting killed, and that, combined with the team’s increased struggles, has caused the Palace of Auburn Hills to be sparsely populated, even though it’s outside of the city. Odds: 3-1
New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets’ money problems are no secret, and they just fired the very competent Jeff Bower as their GM. Oh, and they might trade away their best asset in Chris Paul. Also, they’re probably for sale, though you never know with George Shinn. Odds: 3-1
My trip in April to Las Vegas was my first alone. I don’t vacation much alone, bu I decided that this trip was meant to be – friends or not. As it turned out, my buddy bailed on me.
It wasn’t until last year where I realized that solo travel was a “thing”. I met Gray from Solo Friendly and now vegassolo on twitter and have slowly learned about it. Gray and I even contributed our solo experiences to each others blog.
I learned a few things on this trip to Las Vegas alone. First and foremost, Las Vegas is a great place to travel alone. I figured that I wouldn’t have a shortage of things to do and i didn’t. I gambled, napped, ate, laptopped, drank and gambled whenever I wanted.
Sleeping, Gambling & Drinking
Since I don’t sleep much, I’m used to gambling alone to start the day. However, things got a little more sketchy as the day went on and as the drinks flowed. I had a pretty awful run at 3 card poker at Planet Hollywood one afternoon, but it didn’t bother me too much as I proceeded to have way too many Grey Goose & Soda’s. This lead to a “nap” from about 6-9pm. I wouldn’t normally have done this if I was with friends as we probably would have had dinner planned in that time frame. Traveling alone made this not a big deal. I didn’t have to be anywhere and had nobody waiting on me. That was kind of freeing.
On a related note, Earl of Sandwich is an excellent spot to get a quick bite to eat at Planet Hollywood. It reminded me of Quizno’s. Not bad, but not the best sandwiches on the earth. I’m a New Yorker and nothing beats a New York deli sandwich. I’m a bit of a snob about that.
I’ve mentioned in previous trip reports that I like to share excellent meals with friends, but when I’m alone I really don’t worry about what I eat and where I eat. This solo trip proved that as I ate at Grand Lux a lot since it was in the hotel I was staying. The only trip I made for food was to Burger Bar, where I ate at the bar. The other meals I had were overpriced fast food. Never again will I allow myself to fall prey to the $15 hot dog combo at Nathan’s at the Venetian. Which leads me to…
I was stoked to have nobody with me which lead to me not planning anything. I’m not an over planner, but I do like to make sure I maximize a trip. For example, my trip in December had a night planned at Wynn. My friends and I planned a night at the casino based around dinner at SW. Simple plans like this allowed me to get to specific casinos. I realize that without a plan it’s much easier to be lazy about leaving home base. For future solo trips I’ll make sure to plan things out a little. I’m not best left to my own devices. 🙂
If you follow me on twitter you know that I love to tweet. I found twitter to be an asset for traveling alone. I shared tales of where I was visiting or checked out special events at the casinos, stayed in touch with people I had met on twitter that lived in Las Vegas and more. It also provided me with a fun way to walk the strip. I stopped at every casino between Palazzo and Planet Hollywood and tweeted. It was a good excuse to stop and take in the sites.
Overall, I had a blast solo tripping to Las Vegas and it’s something I see myself doing again. I’ve learned a little on how to maximize my stay without adding stress. If you need some time away from the world Vegas is a great place to explore and have a good time alone – whether you gamble or don’t. Feel free to comment or email or tweet with any questions. I only grazed over the trip here.
…because this is a Chapter 11 filing backed by the key creditors, it’s likely the Riviera Las Vegas and the Riviera Black Hawk will operate normally through the bankrupty process.
This is backed by the bulk of the companies creditors, so don’t expect Riviera to go away too quickly. Hopefully this reorganization includes renovations and cleaning up of one of the last remaining casinos from the old strip. Sometimes I’m nostalgic.
Photo: Las Vegas Sun
Update: It seems as if Starwood will be taking over the Riviera. Vegas Tripping has the quick and dirty.
“At this time, given the unprecedented economic crisis and other challenges facing the state, the governor has determined that the state’s limited resources would be better utilized by focusing on other, more immediate issues facing the citizens of New Jersey,” (Jeff) Chiesa wrote.
A Christie spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said “there were just too many steep legal hurdles to clear, and it would at best be a legal long shot.”
I’ll never understand politics anywhere, let alone New Jersey. New Jersey is in dire need of income to keep balancing its budgets, so it seems strange that the state is turning away from a possible new income stream.
I expect this to be looked at by the state again in the near future.