Archive for December, 2006

Bellagio’s Five Diamonds ME and Christmas with Family

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

I’m finally back in LA. after two LONG weeks in Las Vegas . I arrived in LA yesterday and I’m back to celebrate the Holidays with my family! – Yeah! For those of you who didn’t hear what happened in Vegas, I made it to the 2nd Day of the Main Event at the Bellagio 5 Diamond Classic. I don’t want to talk about it!! Just kidding. I was knocked out at the very end of Day 2. Bummer! I ended Day 1 in very good shape. I was above average in chip stack. I did make a couple mistakes that day and could have done better but I was pleased with myself overall. Day 2 was a nightmare towards the end of the night. I lost a big stack of my chips when I flopped a set of seven’s and got cracked with 99″s when a 9 hit on the turn. About three rounds later I picked up A-K, I made a decent size raise, everyone mucks expect for the big blind who called my raise. The flop came K-10-6 .. and all my chips went all-in. Turn comes a “K” and rivers a “Q”.

My opponent had K 10, which gave him a full house on the turn already.– I didn’t make any money. *Sigh* It was a very strong field as expected and I was disappointed that I didn’t advance farther but I’m very happy to say one of the nicest guy on tour won the tournament! Congrats Joe Hachem!

Later that night I spoke with Brad Booth online. After chit chattin for awhile Brad asked me if I wanted to go to Caramel for awhile to celebrate and congratulate Joe on his victory. So I met Brad down by the gift shop and we headed over to Caramel. We all had a great time! And while I was there, I also had a nice talk with Kevin O’Donnell, about poker, charity, bad beats, etc… btw he’s a very nice guy and has a very pretty daughter too.

After the celebration was over with I completely took the next day off. SERIOUSLY! I turned off my phone and everything!! If you tried to call me that day, you know why I didn’t respond! It’s been a draining two weeks in Vegas and I was looking forward to spending Christmas with my family.

So, here I am, back in LA. I’m with family and I couldn’t be happier. It also means I’m taking a small break from poker (maybe) so I can enjoy the next week with close friends and family members. I’m so grateful for all of the blessings I have in my life. I hope everyone feels the same way too. In the past two months, I was able to visit my Dad in Vietnam, participate in the International Poker event in Singapore and now I get to spend time with my sister and mother in LA. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

I made it to Vegas!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Okay, it’s been 5 days since I returned from Singapore and Vietnam! I was completely exhausted when I returned to LA. . John drove to Vegas the same night we flew back. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t sleep on the plane for 19 hours like John did!!! I planned to drive out there the next day but my mom called and she was sick.

She was having problems breathing so I had to take her into the emergency room and they performed nose surgery! I’m glad I stuck around so I could visit my mom while she was in the hospital. I stayed in LA for another day to make sure my mom was okay. The surgery was successful and she is fine. So, after doing LOTS of laundry and catching up on emails for a couple of days, I finally left for Vegas. I left Sunday night and it was much colder then I expected in Vegas. I didn’t bring any jackets with me. I had to stand outside a couple of different times when I arrived and now I’m sick! Aarrghh.

I just stayed in my hotel room the next day. I still haven’t played poker for a couple of weeks now but I wasn’t feeling up to it that first day back and decided to do some work and rest instead. My PR guys flew into Vegas today. I met them at the Ritz this morning. We had a meeting with a production company to discuss some projects that might happen in 2007. The meeting went very well. I’m excited for some of the stuff my agency has outlined for me in 2007. We had lunch and continued our meeting through the afternoon. I also did an interview with some online poker site. I’ll let you know when it comes out . It was mostly business all day. Still no poker! Getting anxious to play again. I plan to play tomorrow in the $1500 no-limit event at the Bellagio! I’ll keep everyone posted.