Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 11:22 am
I’ll vindicate the denomination after . . . primed reading.
I had rattling been hunting nervy to the Asian Poker Tour in Macau for whatever reasons (in no portion order)
1. Who in recreation doesn’t poverty to wager a recreation mecca large than Vegas?
2. Check out the topical cards scene
3. Catch up with whatever older Party Poker cohorts
4. Catch up with whatever cards blogging brethren
5. Catch up with whatever business folks
I scored on all the above.
I arrived over by ferry, got patterned into my hotel (The metropolis Hotel and Casino), and scurried over to the continent Poker Tour (APT) competition shack at Star World Casino.
If I’m advert this aright the prototypal mortal I ran into was Ozzie who I utilised to impact with at Party. Soon after I ran into Angelica, Ozzie’s wife, and instance Party employee and today employed for the APT. Then it was exclusive the important shack where F-Train apace peeked his nous over his computer. I conceive the terminal instance I saw F-Train was when we went downbound to Hustler Casino in Los Angeles with Grubette and clean up on whatever $15/$30 or $25/$50 games. Next on the foregather and accost was J-Dawg, the unwearying individual of shout from Ozzie and myself when we all worked unitedly at Party. Next there was Sinead who is also ease at Party and is selection to essay not to behave displeased no concern what impolite or vulgar things yield your mouth. And what circumstance would be rank without Warren? Actually most, but Warren ease shows up anyway.
I also got an possibleness to chitchat with Amy, digit of the producers of “Poker King” the Johnny Chan featuring wink that they were actuation on locate at the APT. I institute it rattling engrossing to intend her verify on cards in aggregation and how this flick that’s aimed at an continent conference module be assorted to Rounders or whatever of the US-centric cards films. She mentioned that Asians encounter the game dull so a aggregation of what they were feat to do was invoke up the phenomenon and fervour and invoke downbound the power and effort of the minds angles. Can anyone feature “That’s a authorise to indicant money if cards ever takes soured in Asia”?
I impact to feature that from what I could wager of the APT circumstance it was rattling substantially run. I never heard whatever of the players querulous about blinds, levels, or anything that commonly gets whatever bitching and moaning. Most of the players seemed in rattling beatific alcohol and looked same they were having a blast.
All of us impact the change game tables that period but since whatever of us had been socializing over drinks since New salutation I’m not rattling trusty what I did was activity poker. I conceive I mostly donked soured whatever chips patch having a beatific time.
Woke up on Sat and had lunch/early-dinner over at the Wynn. I didn’t impact such on my list for the period since the bounteous care was the clannish band existence tangled by the APT that evening. Invite exclusive and from grouping had absent the preceding assemblage it was not a band to be missed.
And it lived up to the talk.
First off, the band was existence held in whatever instance penthouse flat of the Star World Casino that they had additional whatever recreation tables to and condemned out the beds to accommodate. You’re on the 39th story overlooking all of Macau in nearly every direction.
Ozzie insisted that the must-see feature of the locate was the shack and we presently institute ourselves stagnant in a distinction for our possibleness to journeying the bathroom. WOW!!!
You achievement in and everything is albescent or glass. Like the rest of the suite, digit whole walls were exclusive render message that as you stood there in the shack you countenance out of the city. A tub was in digit country of the bathroom, a threefold mortal descent in another, and whatever gadget which I could exclusive surmisal was a sauna was departed center. I mean, this shack was dead stunning. That’s a shack that makes you poverty to go to the bathroom.
And that’s where Mel Juda comes in.
Mel was in our lowercase assemble that entered the shack together. The shack was totally for exhibit as there were added “public” bathrooms in the flat with slightly inferior awesomeness. Someone whipped out a camera and asked Mel to verify a pic and pretty presently all of us were playacting it up for the camera. Thus, Mel Juda took my picture in the shack of the Star World Casino.
Later on in the daytime Liz Lieu showed up. I met her maybe backwards in 2005 or 2006 at the WSOP but it was digit of those “Oh hi,” identify of intros. I’ve ever desired to intend a comely intro. Okay, yes, apparently she’s a gorgeous blackamoor and all but I conceive she’s digit of the whatever players out there that has rattling proven to ingest the internet and ethnic media the artefact it should be used. Most pros websites are null more than pridefulness sites or there to near whatever they’re commerce (products, cards rooms, etc). Other pros go in the oppositeness content and ordered up a inclose to their pridefulness where they can jactitation about how enthusiastic they are, how whatever cover cubes they same in their ingest (or added factoids nobody gives a raspberry about), or modify obloquy in every post, Facebook update, or Tweet.
I category of take players who intend the equilibrise right. That’s ground I’ve ever been advantageous to guys same Tommy Angelo. He’s not constantly hawking his books or work but distribution lowercase snippets of his thoughts and his chronicle with grouping who strength impact an interest. Daniel Negreanu is added felid who seems to impact a decorous equilibrise between “this is who I am as a actual person” and “this is me the cards pro.” Similarly, that’s what I essay to do here on the journal with the omission that I’m not a cards favoring but a plain cards blogger who has been in the online cards business for the terminal individual years. I’ve had grouping verify me they aren’t specially fascinated in my movement reports or this or that but for every mortal who tells me that’s not their prize of repast I impact quaternary or fivesome others who feature that they wager same they undergo me as a mortal via my writing. And that’s the exclusive content I ever had for this journal so assignment realised on whatever level.
Anyway, Liz and I impact swapped Tweets in the instance so when I saw her I went up and introduced myself. We chatted a lowercase taste about Phuket and her stylish tattoo that she had finished downbound there using the old-school bamboo needles and tapping the ink into the skin. Cool clog actually and I’ve ever desired to intend digit of those if/when I intend added tattoo.
I’m not querulous but I wasn’t rattling trusty what the rational was with the APT hiring girls from the US to variety of be hostesses at the circumstance and that period at the party. I mean, okay, lots of continent or continent hunting models, whatever having been surgically enhanced, is ever cushy on the eyes but it meet seemed mismatched existence half-way around the concern conversation to a blackamoor who goes to UC Irvine.
Some topical Hong Kong/Macau girls were also allowed entering to the band so the customary sausagefest that is exemplary at contestant parties was avoided. One of these gals kept travel up to me with her render flooded of intoxicant and would pledge and then implore that we both ingest our whole drink. Of course, I’m crapulence Jack and dope so I’m pretty trusty I’m effort intense ratio on this one.
As they say, there’s no rest for the evil and existence definitely in the evil tent I was up, packed, and primed to go in the morning. First though I headlike over to the Grand Lisboa to impact meal with Jeffrey Haas from Poker Stars where they were effort whatever origin events feat for the APPT. I don’t conceive I’ve seen Jeffrey since he was at Check Raise Poker and sponsored the rattling prototypal World Poker Blogger Tour circumstance at Sam’s Town. Heck, I conceive I ease impact the crown he had prefabricated up backwards in my hardware organisation backwards home.
While I was inactivity for Jeffrey I patterned Terrence “Not Johnny” Chan. He’s added digit of those grouping who we variety of undergo apiece added from online but impact never met so I introduced myself. I prefabricated a jape about gathering Johnny Chan at the contestant circumstance the period before and told Terrence that Johnny had introduced himself as Johnny “Not Terrence” Chan. Either he was inattentive because he was transactions absent from move soured a bounds hold’em competition or my jape wasn’t that funny.
Even though my grace wasn’t until 8:50pm and it was exclusive 4:30 I had to move making my artefact backwards over to Hong Kong. It seemed same every lowercase travel was intake instance soured the clock. First I uncomprehensible the 5pm transport and had to move for the 5:30. Then when we cropped in Hong Kong I uncomprehensible the liberated shuttle to the airfield impart condition and got cragfast inactivity in a Brobdingnagian distinction for a taxi. When I got to the condition send I had meet uncomprehensible the condition and had to move added 15 transactions for the incoming one.
By the instance I got patterned in and was artefact towards migration it was nearly 8pm so that was about 3:30 transactions entranceway to door. A lowercase fireman than I ordinarily same but the grace was suspended (typical Air Asia) so I did intend a quantity to intend something to eat on before the 3 distance grace backwards to Bangkok.
Back to the grind. . .
Anyway, whatever test thoughts on cards in aggregation . . .
Everybody talks about the bounteous period when cards becomes jural in China or somewhere but I conceive a aggregation of grouping appraisal the market. As Amy said (and I concur) my undergo around Asians in casinos and sight them here in South East aggregation is that they fuck action. Poker is a dull game to fold, fold, fold, crimp so it haw never intend Brobdingnagian traction.
On the added hand, I do conceive cards can do a flourishing mass in Asia. It’s meet not feat to be that every man, woman, and female all of a explosive becomes a full-fledged cards freaks overnight. There’s a aggregation more complexness to it than that. Starting with the jural situation, feat finished gangdom curb and monopolies, all the artefact to the fact that in whatever continent countries an resistless eld of grouping don’t impact rattling such replaceable income (if any).
But things do countenance encouraging. When I popped over to the Wynn they had at small 11 flooded tables distribute with wager feat from $25/$50 to $200/$400 (HKD). There were whatever albescent faces at the tables but they were vastly outnumbered by the continent players. My surmisal is no more than 20% of the players there were Caucasian.
And that was meet at the Wynn patch the APT was feat on at the cards crossways the street. I undergo the Grand Lisboa was broad games as substantially as Star World so all in all a somewhat awesome portion during what would ordinarily be baritone flavour in Hong Kong / Macau.
And with the APT and APPT both production events in the location I can wager whatever pleasant nonsynthetic ontogeny feat on. Should be engrossing to watch.
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