Archive for August, 2006

My AK Nightmare at The Legends of Poker Main Event

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Just in case anyone is wondering how I did at this tournament I want to let you know what happened… Let me first start off by telling you that I played extremely well. I was confident. I read other player’s correctly. I caught cards and maximized my hands when I knew I was in the lead. I am not disappointed at all by the way I played in this tournament. And I must say that I started off this tournament right–I doubled up right away at Level 1 and stayed consistently at 50-60 thousand throughout the first night up until the last level of that night that is–during which I got involved in a hand against the small blind when I was the big blind.

The end result was that I made a Q high flush and my opponent made a K high flush–I ended up leaving with 35,900 in chips that night.

The next day, I built my chip count up to 155,000 thousand. I was one of the top 3 in chip lead until the worst thing happened…

I was the button at seat 7 with KK. The ante was 200 and the blinds were at 400/800. Seat 5 decides to raise to 10,000. When it came to me, I thought about it, and was certain that he couldn’t have AA”s because of the enormous raise he had made. I put him on AK, AQ, AJ, or small/medium pocket pairs so I made a raise to 35,000, everyone behind me mucks and the action is back to him… He pushes all in– for a total of 94,000. I called his all-in raise. The flop was a “rag flop”, the turn a “blank”, (he get’s up from his chair ready to leave) and the freakin river is the Ace of Diamonds!!! I could not believe it. I know these things happen but I still could not believe it. Let’s just say I wasn’t the only one at my table and watching that hand that couldn’t believe what had just happened. I had read him correctly–he had AK OFF-SUIT. How unlucky is that?

After that disaster, I had about 55000 in chips left. Five hands later I get dealt QQ. Small Blind raises to 15000. I move all in and he calls my all-in raise. Again I run into AK(off) The flop was A – 10 – 3. The turn a “blank”, and the river was a “K”. And out the door I go.

But like I said in the beginning, I played extremely well. I was in the “zone”. I myself am proud of the way I played. I am definitely disappointed by the outcome but I know I did not get busted out because of a bad play or move on my part. I just came across a player that had a lot more luck on his side and luck in situations like my KK hand is what AK off-suited needed.

So now you know (if you weren’t there witnessing it anyways), how the Main Event at the Bike went for me. But don’t worry, my time will come and I’m ready–I will make it to that final table. When I do….”You are all invited to cheer me on.” 🙂

Anyways, before I take off, I want to mention two other things…The first is that I am headed to the Bike in a bit for a charity poker event in honor of my friend Paul Hannun who passed away a few weeks ago. Again, he was a very Talented Photographer and Cameraman for the WPT and this $1000 buy in event is in honor of him and will benefit his fianc?e Sarah and their unborn child. It is being held at the Bicycle Club and if you are in the area or would like to support this–please stop by.

The second thing I want to mention is my store. Now that it is finally open, I want to let you all know that I am always open for suggestions, requests, and feedback. Let me know what you all think and what you all would like to see. It’s very important to me that I make my site and the products on my site things you will enjoy. I am looking into adding new products to the store and doing the research on that and your opinion matters to me. ~>

Well I gotto run… to you all soon.

Guess what I’m excited about?

Friday, August 25th, 2006

In two weeks I am going to be in Minneapolis and I am so EXCITED!!! I know what you are probably saying to yourself “What’s so exciting about Minneapolis?” Well it’s not the “where I’m going be” that’s got me smiling but it’s the reason I’m going to be there and the “WHO’S” I’m going to be hanging out with when I am.

I recently got invited to a wonderful charity event and I am so pleased to say that I will be attending the “8th Annual Trent Tucker Celebrity Golf Tournament” on September 8 & 9. …

His yearly event is to raise funds for the Trent Tucker Non Profit Organization—which gives aid to local charities and to the Trent Tucker Youth Program. So, can anyone give me any golf lessons in the next two weeks??? Lol The closest I’ve ever been to a golf course is when I was laying out in my backyard in Vegas and looking at the view of one. But I think it will be okay though…. I’m hoping I can get away with just sitting pretty in the Golf Cart with my “driver”. Oh, did I forget to mention who that is going to be? Uh huh… Oh yeah *wink* TRENT TUCKER!! The man responsible for throwing this amazing event. Well, he may not be the one driving us in the golf cart but he is the one I’m being told I will be sharing the golf cart with. And to top things off, there is going to be so many NBA & NFL athletes there. Let me just name one guy for you just in case you are still wondering why this is so exciting…. “MICHAEL JORDAN” will be there!!! Yeah, I thought that name might ring a bell for ALL of you. Hehehe So, now can you see why I’m so excited? I thought so. Just so you know a little bit about what’s going on…. On Friday, September 8th I will be at the “Celebrity Dinner/Poker Tournament” at Canterbury Park. And on Saturday, I will be at the “Celebrity Golf Tournament” which will be held at the Rush Creek Golf Course. Aside from the fact that this event is for a WONDERFUL CAUSE, there is going to be many celebrities and professional poker players there also. I really can’t wait to meet them all! Before I go, I just want to add that I am so honored that I got an invitation to this event. Those of you that know me know that I love doing what I can for charity and will always do so. Being able to be a part of what this event will do for the various causes is beyond words for me. I also want to give a very special thanks to Chuck Chastain, Wendy Meadley, and The World Poker Store for getting me involved with this prestigious event. To find out more about this special event go to . Below I wrote a list of the “Celebs” that is supposed to be there….

Michael Jordan – NBA Top 50 Scottie Pippen – NBA Top 50 Patrick Ewing – NBA Top 50 Sugar Ray Leonard – Boxer Charles Oakley – NBA All Star Ahmad Rashad – NFL, Sports Broadcaster Byron Scott – Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornets Head Coach Pete Myers – NBA Chris Doleman – NFL Darrell Walker – Hornets Assistant Coach Andy Thompson – NBA Entertainment Jimmy Jam Harris – Record Producer Ed McDaniel – NFL Jim Petersen – NBA Brad Sellers – NBA Greg Coleman – NFL Ron Harper – NBA Truck Robinson – NBA John Randle – NFL Arjay Smith – Actor Flex Alexander – Actor Bobby Jackson – Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornets JB Smoove – Actor/comedian John Starks – NBA Dwane Casey – Timberwolves Head Coach Alan Anderson – Charlotte Bobcats BJ Armstrong – NBA Elliot Perry – NBA Lou Nanne – Minnesota North Stars.


Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Yes I know….FINALLY! I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding. I did come across a few unexpected delays but my store is now OPEN. Come check it out and I hope you all like the posters I picked for the store–those pictures were the ones I got the best feedback on.

Now onto my thoughts and ramblings…

Like I have said, “Things have been so CRAZY for me!” I have been trying to accomplish so much in such little time and all of it seems never ending. Do you ever feel this way?

I mean, it’s like as soon as I take care of one task, another new task comes up to take its place. I’m trying my best to accommodate everyone while taking care of business deals and focusing on poker but the truth is, it is so overwhelming. From the time I wake up in the morning to the time I go to bed at night, I have been constantly working on a project or playing in a tournament. This may sound childish, but many times I wish I could stop time so I could just lay in bed and think about nothing work or stress related…no business, no poker, no phone calls to make, no answers to give, no projects to complete, no deals to contemplate. That way, I would be able to take as long as I needed to rest my mind–yea, that would be nice. I know my “wish” is unrealistic to say the least…. but man, lately that is my most desired “fantasy”.

A good friend of mine says that I’m a “workaholic” and that is the problem. She says I’m one of those people that wish for a calm life but probably would go CRAZIER if my “wish” ever did come true. Maybe she’s right….

Maybe the hectic and sometimes chaotic days I have are my driving force to succeed. Maybe I’ve become so used to being constantly busy that I do not know how to relax completely. Afterall, I did just get back from vacation and if I am honest with myself, the truth is, even while I was on vacation I did focus on work a lot. “AHHHHH!! What do I do????” lol


Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Hi Everyone, I wrote in my last blog that you probably wouldn’t be hearing from me until I got back from vacation but I just couldn’t wait…. I have to share with you all how BEAUTIFUL this place is. You are probably asking yourself “what place” is this girl tallking about so I will tell you. I am relaxing at a resort about a 40 min flight from Costa Rica. Not only is this place extremely breathtaking, it is also so quiet, peaceful, and the people here are wonderful and friendly. This place really allows you to think about life and appreciate the wonder of nature. So if you haven’t already guessed, I have been relaxing by tanning, sight seeing, and taking pictures of everything I find beauty in (which has turned out to be pretty much EVERYTHING I have seen so far).

I’ve also gotten a chance to let my adventurous side out–you’ll see, I have pictures to prove it. Besides taking nice long walks on the beach, I have been….well you’ll see. 😉

This blog isn’t going to be real long but I did want a chance to say Hi to everyone and let you all know what I’ve been up to. This place is really like a piece of Heaven on Earth. I hope one day you all will get a chance to see the things I’ve seen here, if you already haven’t. But until that day comes for the rest of you….I hope you will enjoy the pictures I have taken. This is one trip that will be forever be in my memories!!!

Talk to you all soon. I’ll be home in a few days and I WILL HAVE GOOD NEWS ABOUT MY STORE!!!

Please Bear With Me!!!!

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

First off, I would like to thank everyone for the thoughtful responses I got regarding my last blog. To be honest with you all, when I wrote that blog about my friend Paul’s passing, I hadn’t realized the impact it may have on some of you reading it–I had hoped it would make some of you think about life and be appreciative of the simple or even “insignificant” things in your own life that you may have been taking for granted. I was so touched that my thoughts and words reached your hearts. I won’t elaborate on what some of the responses to me were but you know what you wrote–thank you, you have no idea how comforting your words back to me made me feel. And for those of you that may be wondering, Paul’s memorial was attended by over 300 people giving their respects and saying their last goodbyes. The service was heartfelt and touching–befitting a man of immense kindness and warmth. “Paul, I will miss you.”

In these past few days my mind has been going in a million different directions and my emotions like a roller coaster. I haven’t been playing in the live games much and you all know that this years WSOP Events weren’t in my favor. So I have been trying to focus all of my energy on business….

Which brings up the latest “happenings” with my store. Well just so you all know, I have been working on this project relentlessly everyday. Unfortunately, I got a few printed samples of my posters and the truth is, I was not happy with the paper quality. The way I see it, if you are willing to spend money on my products–“you will get your money’s worth”. I would not have it any other way–I just hadn’t anticipated the delays that has been thrown my way. So please accept my deepest apologies and bear with me for a while longer…MY STORE WILL OPEN, I PROMISE! Thank you all for your patience, I will keep you updated.

Lastly, with everything going on with me personal and business wise, I have decided I am way overdue for a vacation! I will be taking some “me” time for the next two weeks or so. I will be enjoying the sun and basking in it’s warmth. I will be cooling down and washing off the beads of sweat in the clear blue waters. I will be enjoying gourmet meals and sinfully indulging myself with the sweetest desserts. I will be dancing the night away under the star filled sky. Oh wait….haven’t I been doing all of that for the past two months in Vegas??? Yes, but there is one BIG difference…….”NO POKER!!!!” Now that is what I mean by “vacation”. lol

So please don’t be surprised if you don’t get another blog from me for the next two weeks. I can’t tell you where I’m going, well I could….but then I’d have to…well you know how that saying goes. j/k But I will tell you all about it when I get back and I will have PLENTY of pictures to share with you. Also again, I really am sorry about the delay in my Store–but FYI, that is the ONLY business I will be working on while I’m away. I’m as anxious to get it open as I hope many of you are.

Take Care Everyone! 🙂

Today I was given some very sad news…..

Monday, August 7th, 2006

A friend of mine, Paul passed away two days ago. Paul was not only a very talented Photographer for WPT, he was a kind, good spirited man who I got the luck and pleasure of knowing through my career. I will miss him dearly and want to wish his family and friends my deepest condolences as well as my thoughts and prayers. His death has gotten me to think alot today. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot everyday (just as we all do) but today I have been thinking alot about things I normally do not think about… .basically the simple things in life that I know I do (and perhaps you do too) take for granted day after day and night after night. I guess hearing about death and when it hits home like it did for me today, makes you think and wonder…I realize that life is short and that on any given day, it could very well be our last last given day. This could be the last day I get to bitch about the weather, the last day I get to bitch about yesterday, the last day I get to bitch about what he/she did to me, the last day I get to bitch period. So today I’m asking myself, “is bitching really the way I want to spend my last day?” The answer is NO! It’s just not worth it. Life is too short and as the days and years go by, life becomes that much shorter. You just never know when it is your time–and it doesn’t even matter how old you are.

I hope my sharing these thoughts with you hasn’t brought anyone down, but rather, made you all think…

All life is precious and it’s too bad that in our busy society, the majority of us only get a sense of how precious that gift is when it gets taken from someone we know. I’m going to try and change that for me. I don’t want to be the “majority” in that case–not anymore.

Final Thought On A Very Disappointing WSOP 06 For Me!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

As most people have noticed I have not been able to cash in any of the events I’ve play in, a matter of fact I never was even able to make it pass day 1. Throughout the entire WSOP I felt I played to my best ability but no matter how good a person plays they still need luck by their side especially in a field this big. I played the main event on Day 3 but got knocked out during the second level.. I had KK’s on the button and went against an 89(c). Here is an article written by Tim Lavalli which gives you the details

A Special Thanks For All The Support And Birthday Wishes

As many of you know, tomorrow is my birthday. I want to send a special “thank you!” to all of my fans and friends who have taken the time to wish me a happy birthday. It means so much to read your messages and thoughts!

To be honest, I always have mixed feelings about my birthdays. Every year, something bad happens to me on or around that day. Seriously… every year! So, I approach my birthday carefully, always looking for that curse to happen. It’s sad because a birthday is supposed to be my special day – a day that I look forward to, a day to celebrate and pamper myself. But sometimes, I find myself dreading what may happen. On the other hand, as I reflect on the past year and what the next year will bring, I am happy. I have accomplished quite a bit in the last twelve months! I have found a great home with my Martins Poker team and friends who are like family to me, I have accomplished some great things at the poker tables, I’ve found myself on the cover of some magazines, and I’ve finally got some great photos to offer my fans. I’m so appreciative of my fans, and I couldn’t be more thankful for my close friends and family who love me through everything. And there are so many possibilities and opportunities for the next year of my life… 🙂 When I look at my life, of course there are things that I would like to change. (Doesn’t everyone?) But overall, I’m happy with the way I live my life and where I am going. I strive every day to be the best person I can be, and I try to make life good for the people that I love. Every year, I get older but wiser. This is a good thing, right? So, let’s toast to my birthday – with all of its good and bad. I’ll approach it like I do my poker game – constantly improving, winning over adversity, and always coming out ahead!

I am still in the process of getting my store up and going. I thank you for being patient and please check back often as my store will launch with 6 posters for purchase in the next week. Bye for now! Here are some photos of some of the things I’ve did during the week… I spent a day signing autographs and taking pics at the gaming expo and a girls night out with my gf’s…. Enjoy…..