It is a really beautiful day in L.A. The plan was to attend Big Cap Day at Santa Anita for my free cap. However, I watched the Man City v Wigan game on T.V. and I was hungry. Where better to score a free lunch than the Bike when the Team Pokerstars are footing the bill?
Surely, all the other media would be attending the NBC Heads Up at Caesars? So as service to my friend Scott Diamond, who has left for a weekend in the hills here I am.
Media row is surprisingly busy. The lovely Kristy Arnett is here for Pokernews and Ryan L is representing Card Player.
Today is Day1a. Former WSOP champ Tom McEvoy is playing and I have been informed Joe Hachem and Daniel Negreanu are signed up. Other notables Shannon Shorr, Chris McCormack,Joseph Cheong,Adam Levy, Brett Richey,Yellowsub, Chino Rheem, Ted Lawson and Dan Heimiller.266 in total. First place will pay $500k.
Those with the longest to travel home are Masaki Kagawa and Alex Kravchenko from Japan and Russia.
Aussie Mel Judah talked to me about his “cash out poker” which is to have a trial at the Bike in the next few weeks.This allows tournament players to cash out during a tournament either in full or partial.It might be a little complicated for the locals but the online pros with maths degrees will love it.
I expect the road from Vegas will be busier than usual overnight with the HeadsUp bustouts heading over.The locals are priced out of this one but have plenty of opportunities as the NAPT runs all month.
Next week Spotlight 29 has the biggest poker tournament in Coachella when the Indian casino has a $500 buy in $100k guarantee tournament. No accomodation available so bring your RV!!!
The High Heels poker tour stops at the classy Agua Caliente (www.hotwatercasino.com) on April 2nd. An enclosed non smoking room just off the 10 freeway in Rancho Mirage.The casino will not disappoint you, it is very similar to Red Rock in Las Vegas.
The WSOP Circuit is in full swing and Nolan Dalla,Jimmy Somerfield and the crew will be in SoCal at Harrahs Rincon.The event starts today, Thursday 10th and the ME will be televised this year.