Saturday, June 02, 2007

WSOP Day One


That's the only way I can think to describe Day 1 at the WSOP. Two hour lines to play in SnG satellites, five to six hour lines for tournament registration, delayed starts in both Event 1 and Event 2.

Event 2 which was the casino employees event started 90 minutes late and many players got shut out because the registration lines were so long. No bullshit five to six hour waits and at some points the lines stretched from the tournament room, down the long hallway and out the door, to almost the valet parking area. As you can imagine lost of players were pissed.

I'm sure you've all heard by now about the playing card controversy. Players were threathening to stop playing and management had to get new cards into play. It was impossible to tell between a six or a nine unless you actually counted the pips. I was playing cash and they finally gave our table new regular decks at around 5pm.

They do have new plasma big screens for the cash games with the electronic waiting list, exactly the same as what they use at the Venetian. The only problem was it took management about 15 minutes to fill empty seats at the cash tables so really what good it the list. I would suggest to anybody wanting to play cash games to find the limit game you want to play and just take an open seat. If anyone asks, and I doubt they will, just say they sent you over. At first there was an absence of chip runners but they got that problem solved early so it was easy enough to get chips. Just sit your ass at the table of your choice and start playing.

Cocktail service was outstanding in the cash area, but I have no idea how it was elsewhere. The had servers walking around with trays full of bottle water and cans of Red Bull so all you had to do was stop one and you got that beverage. If you ordered drinks or coffees they were there within minutes. That I'd have to rate as excellent.

They have a grill where you can get burgers, pizza, and salads just outside the main room but the only problem is they're cooking right in that room, which is really a conference room so there are no vents and the smoke was thick when I went in to get a bite. I can only imagine the fire marshalls stop that shit real quick. How the fuck can you cook burgers and chicken sandwiches inside but not in a kitchen but a conference room.

Oh well, it's Day One and what will either happen is that Harrah's management will get things figured out or it will get much worse. Regardless the room will be packed and the world series will go on.

I have about five interesting cash hands from today that I'll post on Monday. I'm already curious to here some comments on how those were played. I'll get something else posted this weekend to see if things get any better tomorrow.


At 5:01 AM, Blogger Chad Carpenter (Yahoo IM: carchd) said...

I just read the title "clusterfuck" and I assumed this was going to be an entry about blogger tournaments haha!

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Gadzooks64 said...


You had me at "Clusterfuck"!

It is definitely on my favorite word list.

I'm hoping to buy me some of those much maligned cards as a souvenier. Wish me luck.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger smokkee said...


funny as hell

a couple yrs ago they didn't run a list for the cash games. u just picked an open seat, sat down and got to work dodging donkey land mines.


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