Tuesday, April 04, 2006


I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

If I haven't made it clear elsewhere, I have booked a flight to Vegas June 30th-July 13th. Happily this follows almost immediately from my last day at work which is scheduled for the 22nd. Even more happily, The Orleans Open, which I thought was going to go the same way as its parent city, has been announced running from July 1st-16th !

I played in this in 2001. Was it really 5 years ago ? Despite not knowing my arse from my elbow compared to what I know now, I trousered $4500 in a Stud Hi-Lo comp [1] and finished 9th in a 400 runner NL rebuy event. I absolutely guarantee that these tournaments will be better value than anything you'll find in the Rio, even the $500 second chance jobs. Also to their credit, they're happy to spread Limit Holdem, Omaha 8, Stud and Stud 8 events, 8 in total out of 15 day events (the evening second chance events cater exclusively for the NL junkies).

I'm inclined to support this, mainly by staying at the Orleans. It has a free shuttle to the Gold Coast (next to the Rio) and the Barbary Coast (next to the strip). If you're going to be out there at this time, consider playing a few events here, if only as a break. As I say, the buyins are small but I think these will be really soft.

[1] There was a deal in this one. A very favourable one because, if I remember correctly, I was the low stack, and I could have won more as we were "playing for the rest".

The Orelans Open is a great festival - a whole bunch of us played the main event last year. The field was soft - full of useless local yanks and about 12 brits. - out of the 80 runners there were 8 Brits in the final.

Good Luck
Cheers Greg,

It'll be interesting to see what effect the WSOP running in parallel has. Better players enticed to the Rio instead ? Or an overspill from the Rio making the Orleans slightly tougher ? We'll have to wait and see.

The main thing is it's great that the Orleans is an option if the WSOP turns out to be too busy and impersonal.

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