Monday, December 12, 2005

Too Hungover to Blog

I wandered into the Mandalay Bay sportsbook, a little dazed from lack of sleep. A motley crew of bloggers (redundant) had taken up a row in the horse racing section, watching first quarter football and dropping the odd bet on the ponies.

"Joe," they said, collectively. "You've gotta bet on this horse."
"Why?" I asked.
"Look at the name."


Let the record show there was a mini-riot when he crossed in front. And I'll give you one guess which blogger also cashed the $190 exacta, an exacta he only bet after one of his horses was scratched at the gate. Think Luckbox.

It was, as expected, a fabulous weekend. More fun than anyone should be allowed. I was so happy to see everyone, to have them meet the dear and patient wife, to get to know and play with some new faces.

But there was plenty of the unexpected as well. Raking $200 on the ponies, prop bets with G-Rob and Phil Gordon, Otis not falling but TrumpJosh falling in such spectacular fashion as to keep us laughing about it for three days afterwards, my first live Final Table and dozens of other incidents, nearly all of them legal.

I'm a little too fuzzy to get much of it out now, but I'll give it an effort in the coming days. For now, I'll settle for this and a huge thanks to everyone for another unforgettable trip.


At 5:59 PM, Blogger Falstaff said...

This small blind brought to you by G-Rob! Good playing with you Joe!

At 6:31 PM, Blogger change100 said...

My hero...

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Donkeypuncher said...

Great meetin' ya. Good times...

At 11:13 PM, Blogger CJ said...

It was great, as always, Joe. And we have to play more big tournies together, we seem to get pretty far! Oh, and by the way, your wife is smokin'! Can I say that?

At 8:33 AM, Blogger StB said...


Great seeing you again.

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

Too bad Mr. Otis didn't come in since all 30 people betting on him were next to the poker room at Mandalay Bay.

Pleasure seeing you again man!!!

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Easycure said...

Many of you may not realize that during the first hour after I squeezed into that row of seats (thanks to Mike, Steve, CJ, Al and all for shifting down a chair) I knocked back three double SoCos in fine fashion. I don't know if I was screaming the loudest for that damn horse, but I beat the table so hard my hand hurt the rest of the day.

The Chief fans were loud, the Steeler fans were louder, but we were raucous! It was out-of-control, and it shouldn't have been anything else.

That was a shared experience that will never be forgotten.

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Ignatious said...

thanks for hanging out at da bar - that's what it's all about. :)


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