Friday, July 30, 2010

Tract Housing

The Vegas Strip is one of a kind, but the suburbs are another story. Ugly tract housing stretches forever. With all this space, why do houses have to be 3 feet apart?

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Vegas Arts District

Vegas does have an Art District, but it's only there on First Friday. The rest of the time, it's a deserted warehouse district with a mural on every building.

Friday, July 23, 2010

WSOP 2010 Is Over

The 2010 World Series Of Poker is over - Michael Mizrachi contemplates the final table in November and everyone else is exhausted.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The November Nine

The final nine of the Main Event are all set for November - there's ten in the photo and one had to go. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi is the most recognizable name and Jonathan Duhamel is the chip leader. Eight of the finalists are in their twenties.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Mizrachi Brothers

All the poker playing Mizrachi brothers cashed in the main event - the most talented, Michael, made it to the November Nine final table - when he plays, the rest of the family is right behind him biting their nails. Michael is going for his second bracelet of 2010.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

WSOP Main Event Final Days

The cavernous Amazon Ballroom is empty, except for a few scattered tables, surrounded by crowds. A player is about to get bounced from the final 27 - they'll play on until there's 9 left and they'll reconvene in November.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Barely Out Of Diapers, Already Millionaires

At the age of 15, the Norwegian Annette Obrestad entered a free online tournament, which she won. Now having real cash, she won lots more online tournaments - hundreds of thousands, if not millions before turning 18. At 18, she won the European WSOP Main Event. Just turned 21 and finally was allowed to play in Vegas. Although she didn't do well in this year's WSOP, she has enough money to keep her in herring for the rest of her life. And she didn't invest a dime in her poker career.

Scrumptious little Italian Dario Minieri won a WSOP bracelet in 2008 at the age of 23. He also got a Porsche with his 3 million player points on PokerStars - he must have not left the house in years.

Joe Cada won last year's Main Event at age 21 - around $8 million. Although he had backers - had to give them half - still it's a lot more than his father, a laid-off Detroit car worker, ever made.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Main Event Mayhem

The World Series is a boon to poker dealers - 2 months of solid employment - and to former Playboy Playmates of the Year. Don't laugh, Sara Underwood lasted until day 2. And collectors can display their weird figurines. Monk?!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Famous Players 4

Huck Seed (won the Tournament Of Champions this year), Mike Caro, Allen Cunningham.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Main Event Day 1: Crowds And Excitement

All of humanity arrived at the Rio to play poker, some of them more sane than others. Phil Gordon, along with a band of players, dressed in white to put a Bad Beat On Cancer and raise awareness and money. Not all poker players will look good in tight fitting, white outfits - in fact, most of them won't.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ante Up For Africa

Annie Duke and Don Cheadle hold their annual charity tournament "Ante Up For Africa" and Matt Damon showed up.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Pot-Limit Omaha & 6 Handed NoLimit

Phil Helmuth has some tense moments in Pot Limit Omaha - never easy against Tom Dwan. Young Dan Kelly wins the 6-handed NL championship - all those freshly minted baby millionaires is why you gotta love poker.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bracelet Ceremony

Every day at 2:30 in the Pavilion Room bracelets are awarded to the champions: Gavin Smith for Mixed Holdem, Ian Gordon for the HORSE and Dean Hamrick for a 1500 NL buy-in.