The Playboy Mansion

GOOD TIMES! Saturday night a ton of us hopped on a shuttle at 5:15pm to head up to the Celebrity Poker tournament at the Playboy mansion. Mikey and I talked about how stupid poker is, and the bus was full of excitement as we pulled into a parking lot for an abandoned Robinsons May off of Santa Monica Blvd.

Huh? “Hey! We just took a shuttle to the shuttle!” I said. Everybody laughed. Then we got pretty annoyed as we saw the huge line that we were supposed to stand in.

Poker players don’t stand in line. After some great speeching by Lara we were registered and on our way within 20 minutes and we finally arrived at the Playboy Mansion.

The place is incredible.

We did some red carpet stuff, some interviews, and we were off to the bar.

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Jon Friedberg and I in the Grotto

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Touring the grounds

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Mikey feeding Spider Monkeys

The grounds were incredible! There were over 300 species of animals on the grounds. I got a call during the evening asking where I was. I then returned the question and she said, “Jon and I are following a peacock around the lawn.” Nice. Quote of the day. We could not go into the mansion as Hugh lives on the property and was hope. That’s pretty sweet that he lets people throw awesome parties at his awesome residence. Eventually everybody made their way under the tent and the poker tournament got underway.

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The fabulous Shannon Elizabeth, who took second in this event

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Steve Dannenman, who took first in the event

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Marcel Luske, always the gentleman

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Jennifer Tilley and my friend Greg

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Don Cheadle. It’ll be nice working with proper villians again.

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Devilfish

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David Singer

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Mark Newhouse

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Jennifer “Jennicide” Leigh

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“Neverwin”

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That blue thing was sticking out from between my legs

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Annie Duke and Steve

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Thomas Walhroos and Joy Miller

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After the fiasco of getting there I was nothing but impressed. They sure know how to throw a party there! From there we took a shuttle back the shuttle, got sick of waiting for a shuttle, took a cab, and we closed down the hotel bar. Awesome night!

Sunday morning Lara and I woke up in time to head to Bel Air Presbyterian Church where I worked for two years during college. It was a great experience seeing some old friends and some of the kids that I used to work with, and they’re not kids anymore! Most of them are finishing their first year of college! So neat seeing the bonds that we formed so many years ago still running deep. I really miss working with kids, and I am going to make an effort to volunteer with a youth ministry somewhere around here in the near future.

Tomorrow is the $5k main event at Caesars, and I’m looking forward to a good run!

Peace and good luck,

Devo

WSOP Circuit at Caesar’s Palace, event #5 $2000+80 NLHE

Devo = Amir’s Donkey In 35 minutes I will be leaving the Sheraton with everybody to head up to the Playboy mansion, so I’m gonna have to make this a quick one.

Yesterday at first break I was feeling great about my chances to final table the 2k event. I had 10,300 in chips from our 4k starting point. I had picked up aces for the first time in four days, I flopped a set and busted a guy, I turned the nut straight and got a guy all-in on the river… with the same hand… and I was playing excellent poker.

Coming back from break I continued to play well and built my stack up slowly to somewhere around 14k and my game was wide open. Then, as usual, the wheels fell off. I lost a pot worth a little more than 6k with AA vs. JJ all-in pre-flop when he turned a jack. Then my small-ball game was simply not working as I missed every flop while my opponents hit hard.

In the fourth level, blinds 100-200, I played a hand pretty poorly with Amir Vahedi. I opened early to 550 with A Q and got called in three spots, all behind me. With 2750 in the pot the flop came 8 7 2 . My first mistake was when I decided to continue for 1400, although it is a marginal mistake. I should have simply checked since I was out of position to three players and just given up on the hand, because it was going to be impossible to play a small pot with that board and three opponents and an already large pot. Amir was the only one who called me, and I convinced myself that he was weak/drawing/floating. Thus, I fired 2600 at the 9 turn and was quickly called.

Dumb thinking and here’s why: First, no need to bet the flop. Nobody’s screwing around in this pot. There is an arguement to be made for betting, but when we’re talking about more than 10% of my already well above average stack, it’s an overall losing play on that decently coordinated board. At least I didn’t bet more than half the pot. Second, betting the turn is just plain retarded for the same reason. This pot has gotten unnecessairly large and nobody is screwing around in it. Amir’s call represents a huge draw or huge strength and he is not going anywhere. Once you lose control of the size of the pot you really need to back down, especially when out of position, and I failed to do that in this hand and cost myself a third of my stack unnecessairly.

From there I simply kept losing small pots, got short, and re-raised all-in with AQo and ran into aces. Oh well…

Tonight! Party at the Playboy Mansion. A full blog is sure to follow.

Monday! $5k Circuit Main Event. We’re going deep in that one.

Peace and good luck,

Devo

WSOP Circuit at Caesar’s Palace, $1500+70 NLHE

Stupid ace high calldowns. Not too much to report today. I never had a big hand, never flopped anything good, and played a huge pot for most of my chips when I called off my stack with A6 on a 347 board knowing my opponent had nothing. He tabled K9o no draw and spiked the same 9 on the turn. Oh well. That crippled my stack, and then I moved all on on the K Q T with J T and was called by KJ… pretty rough shape there :-).

Tomorrow is the $2000+80 NLHE event that hopefully will go a little better!

Peace and good luck,

Devo