Well I must admit, Janine and I are pretty avid Texas Hold’em players and fans, so when we learned that the Travel Channel was in Vegas for the WPT Mirage Poker Showdown – the first event of the next season – we had to check it out! We have been parking in the back of the Mirage and entering through a side entrance as it is much easier then dealing with the strip. Today on our way to the Mirage, we arrived at the same time as Phil Ivey! We even shared the same bench for about 5 minutes. For those who don’t know Phil, he is widely considered the best Texas Hold’em poker player in the world right now. We talked briefly, I wished him good luck, he asked if I was playing in the tournament. It was kind of funny – we haven’t even entered a $40 tournament on this trip, we certainly aren’t about to enter a $10,000 tournament, but it was nice he asked. He was actually very friendly.
The tournament is now down to 6 players, tomorrow the cameras will be rolling for the actual TV coverage. Ivey is currently the chip leader, it would be fun to see him win, especially now that we are practically best friends. LOL I think Janine and I will stop by and watch a little of the coverage – heck at 3:00, the light isn’t that great anyway!