I had a rather phenomenal weekend with the poker. Friday was my best day yet (up $1355 in less time than normal since i went to a Presidential Debate viewing party), but Saturday was the exciting day. A week-and-a-half ago, i won a $6 tournament to qualify for Saturday night's "$17,000 Bellagio TV Star" tournament. It would have been more cost effective to use this time to play my regular SnGs and just shell out the $110 to enter the "TV Star" tournament, but i have issues with spending $110 knowing that i'll probably get nothing out of it. World Poker Tour seats were only given out to every 170 players, with the remainder going to the next 3 players. As there were 248 entrants into Saturday night's "TV Star" tournament, only one seat was given and 2nd-4th got a fair amount of money (splitting $7800 between them).
Anyway, i ended up winning. I thought my odds of winning were, maybe, 1 in 124, figuring that i was good enough to cut my odds in half from completely random. So, in mid-December, i'll be flying out to Vegas to claim my $15,300 seat at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio. I'm most likely not going to do well there. Hell, i've never even played poker live, only online. If i cash, which probably goes to the Top 10% or so, that'd be an unexpected bonus. Mostly, it should be an interesting life experience for me.
Do you people have any advice on Las Vegas?
I was there when i was 9, so this is a bit different. I don't know if i have to stay at the Bellagio, but, if not, i'll be looking for something cheaper and not five star. Also, i'd be amenable to finding ways to entertain myself that don't involve hookers.
In other news, i won't be quitting my job in November. I just don't know what the environment will be like once the poker fad has ended and i do like my job well enough. So, i'll just enjoy the craze on nights and weekends and continue to make more than i do at work while it's still crazing.