Archive for June, 2007

WSOP Craziness has begun!

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, and I think about it often but haven’t had the chance to write anything until now. Sometimes, my schedule and work can get a little overwhelming!

Well, the World Series of Poker has started, and I’ve played in four events so far. I took 19th place in the $5000 limit hold’em event as the last woman standing in the field, and I finished in 89th place out of 1600 players in the $2000 NLHE tournament. I’m 2 for 4 so far, and I’ve been feeling pretty good. Obviously, I’m disappointed when I can’t reach a final table and win that bracelet, but I feel like I’m on my way!

The WSOP has had a great turnout, which not everyone expected. The fields are packed, and the fans are here too. I’ve been able to spend time with friends who are in town like Shannon Elizabeth, Jennifer Newell, as well as others from around the world, and I feel like I’m really in a good poker frame of mind.

I planned to play all of the no-limit and limit events at the WSOP, but I’ve had to spend quite a bit of time taking care of business (no surprise there!). I’m trying to get things done, though, so I can play all of the remaining $3000 and higher no-limit and limit hold’em tournaments for the rest of the series.

Also, I’ve been tending to the needs of my father who has been ill and back in the United States for awhile. (Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all dads out there!)

In other poker news, the Premiere Poker League that I played in with 11 other pros in London is finally being aired in numerous countries – not the U.S. of course! But if you’re in the U.S., you can take a look at the promo video here: The tournament was great fun and I hope to be able to do it again next year!

Thanks to all of my friends and fans for the kind messages and e-mails since the start of the WSOP. Your support means so much!

The WSOP, WIN, and Mrs.Globe(s) weekend in Vegas

Monday, June 4th, 2007

As I mentioned in my last blog, I took some time away from poker to relax before the WSOP. I did some relaxing at home here in Vegas, and I even spent a few days in Los Angeles with my mom and friends. Sometimes, being in touch with the people that matter most puts me in a good frame of mind.

Last Thursday, I went to a WIN function, which is the newest charity that I’m going to donate a portion of my winnings to, not to mention time. Part of what WIN does is Mrs. Globe, a pageant for women that is different from regular beauty pageants – it judges women based on who they really are. (More information can be found on the WIN website.) Anyway, there was a training weekend here in Vegas for the 2007 Mrs. Globe delegates – they had pageant workshops, style consulting, etc. I met up with the delegates at the Heart Bar inside Planet Hollywood on that first night that they arrived in town, where I met Mrs. Globe 2006 Janette Goins from Nevada and Mrs. North America 2006 Reyna Rahman from Hawaii along with all the other beautiful Mrs. Globe(s) from all across the world. We did a lot of catching up about WIN Foundation, poker, and each other’s hometowns. The evening started with cocktails at the Heart Bar and after a few hours, all the ladies headed over to the Tao Nightclub to get their groove going. And
let me tell ya… they ALL can dance!

I didn’t stay out too late, though, because Friday was the first day of the WSOP. I played in the first event – $5000 Mixed Hold’em (limit and no limit). I started out slow but started catching cards in the middle of the day. Just before the dinner break, I was the chip leader, and I went to dinner in the top three of the whole field. I was feeling good!

After dinner, I lost my good run of cards, and by the time midnight rolled around, I had taken some bad beats and lost many of my chips. I finished Day 1 at with 11,500 in chips. Boo! When I came back for Day 2, I knew that I had to make a move very soon. I went for it with my A-7 but ran into an opponent’s pocket A’s. I was out very early on Day 2. Boo!

I ended up sticking around the Rio and doing a bunch of interviews, seeing friends, and planning which WSOP events I’m going to play. Right now, I’m planning to play in most of the limit and no limit hold’em events. Wish me luck!