Archive for May, 2007

Where In The World Is Liz!

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

I know that my blogs haven’t been too regular over the past few months, and for all of you who check in regularly, I’m sorry that I haven’t been doing regular updates. Things have been crazy for me this year with both my business and personal life. I can’t get into too much detail – It would for sure take days! But I can say that with a lot of travel, the move from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the tournaments and cash games, and tons of business – a lot of it I take care of myself – I’ve been swamped.

In the past month or so, I haven’t even been hitting the cash games in Vegas because of my hectic schedule. Between the tournaments in London and everything else, I’ve been busy. But I’ve come to the decision that it’s a good thing for me to take a break sometimes. And I’m doing a little of that right now. I’m taking this month before the WSOP to wrap up some business deals, get my new condo in order, and try to find a little time to just relax before the craziness of the WSOP begins.

I do have a few good things in the works that I will talk about as soon as the deals are done. But right now I want to mention that I’ve signed on to play in the Ladbrokes Poker Millions in London. I’m really enjoying these recent trips to London, and I’m looking forward to going back, especially for another Ladbrokes tournament.

Also, the new issue of Maxim Total Poker, the July issue, is out, and I’m so excited to be on the cover! This magazine accompanies Maxim distributed in Europe. It’s only about poker, so there are no racy pics in it – Sorry! But take a look if you get the chance!

For now, I’m off to Los Angeles for a one-day business meeting, then back to Vegas. I’m hoping I’ll could make it back on time to play in the main event at The Mirage. So much for relaxing, huh? There are still a little more than two weeks left before the WSOP, so I can still try! Take care, everybody!

Heading to London Again!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

I’m off to London today to play in the PartyPoker World Open tournament. There will be 72 players and a prize pool of over $500,000 – the winner should get at least $200,000. My particular heat starts on May 3, and if I win, I go on to play in the semi-finals later that day. Hopefully, I’ll be there late into the evening at the final table! Matchroom Sport will be filming the event for television, and I’m looking foward to be participating in another Matchroom/PartyPoker event.

After that, I’ll be hanging around in London to play the Ladbrokes Ladies Championship Tournament from May 4-6. They are expecting a great turnout, and I’m excited to play! I then come back to Vegas on May 7 to rest up, possibly play in the Mirage Poker Showdown and Mandalay Bay WPT events, then go for that bracelet (maybe more than one!) at the WSOP.

I guess it’s obvious by now that I didn’t win the WPT Championship at Bellagio last week – hee hee. Well, it’s not that funny, really. My last blog described Day 1 where I just couldn’t catch any cards. Day 2 was the same – grinding all day, staying around average in chips. I didn’t have any bad beats but no great cards either. At one point, I made it up to over 100k but lost a hand at the end of the night that put me back down to 75,500. Frustrating, but I was still in.

Going into Day 3 with below-average chips wasn’t ideal, and the first hand was not a good sign of how the day would go. I was two to the button and looked down at Q-10 of hearts, so I made a raise to 9,000. The button (solid player) called. The flop was K-rag-rag with no hearts. I checked, he bet 23,000, and I had to muck it.

With no more playable cards, I was blinded down to about 50k, and the small blind kept trying to steal my big blinds from me by raising to 9k every time. Finally, I took a stand with Q-9 of hearts and raised to 34k. The small blind called. The flop came J-rag-rag, and we both checked. The turn was an Ace, he checked, I moved all in to take the pot, and he called with A-10 offsuit. Bye-bye, WPT Championship! Argh. I must admit I played the hand quite poorly as some of you might be wondering why I didn’t just move all in on the flop. Either way whether I moved all in on the flop or the turn, I was getting called down no matter what cause my opponent was already pot committed and I only had about 20k left.

I’m hoping to do better in London, especially since I played some really good poker in the last Poker League Premiere event there. Maybe it’s because all of the craziness of Vegas and the regular casino scene is across the ocean, and I can simply concentrate on poker. Whatever the reason, I hope I can report some great results from these tournaments.

And on a side note, I just recently did a VO session and scanning for Activision for their new video game that’s coming out this year – the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. I hope the image on the game looks like me this time! I’ll have to borrow someone’s video game system to find out – jk.. 🙂

Anyway, life has been quite hectic these past few weeks, and I still have to pack before my flight to London. Wish me luck with packing and poker! Take care, everyone!