The first week of the WSOP has been an interesting one as expected.
I arrived last Wednesday for the 3rd Annual Brunson Beer Pong Challenge at Hogs and Heffers located in downtown Las Vegas. It’s a 32-team single elimination beer pong tournament that has become quite the tradition. I teamed up with the one and only Trishelle Canatella and we were pitted against Scott Seiver and his friend Greg Dyer. We were definitely the underdogs but within twenty minutes we found ourselves on the cusp of winning. I sank the last shot in and if Greg and Scott missed their rebuttal shots, then we had the huge upset victory. Scott came in clutch and sank his so we had to go to overtime but there was confusion as to whether Greg would get to shoot his. Apparently the house rule is you move on to overtime. Once this was settled Greg rolled the ball back our way but I was in the middle of a conversation with one of the Hogs guys so I instinctually reached to stop the ball but in doing so I knocked over the last cup!!!!! Apparently another Hogs rule is if you knock over a cup it counts. So that meant GAME OVERR!!!! Probably one of the more heartbreaking experiences I’ve had in recent memory. It felt like the Ron Artest buzzer beater he made against Phoenix but the complete opposite feeling and on a way smaller scale. Either way, it wasn’t something I wanted to relive anytime soon. After all was said and done though, I had a blast at the whole event and can’t for it again next year.
Thursday and Friday I spent moving in to my place at the Meridian. It’s not Panorama but it’s a pretty good setup and allows for me to just hang out and relax away from everything. It’ll definitely be way easier to stay focused this series and not let other things get in the way. On Friday night we went out to a nice dinner at RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay. I think Mandalay Bay is very underrated but RM Seafood was pretty blah. Later that night my girlfriend Shana, Darryll Fish, and I went to Rain at the Palms to see my favorite DJ, Z-Trip. I saw him at Coachella by accident and I’ve spoken about him at length in previous blogs but I just love his willingness to try anything. We ended up dancing for two hours nonstop. I’ve honestly never done that anywhere before but he just kept playing great songs over and over. Whenever we were like, let’s stop dancing, he’d put something on to keep us going.
On Saturday we got up early and went to Rehab at the Hard Rock. It was only my second time there and it was a blast. It wasn’t super packed like on Sundays but it wasn’t empty enough to be lame. We met up with a bunch of peeps from Panorama and all pitched in for a cabana. It was a chill day with good music, great people, and lots of alcohol. We all got pretty hammered which is standard protocol for Memorial Day weekend. Later that night I went over to Aaron Been and Steve O’Dwyer’s place at none other than Panorama to watch the UFC fights. Some of the fights were just alright but the main card lived up to the hype and was a solid fight all around. It featured Rampage Jackson, who will be in the upcoming A-Team movie remake so that was cool to watch. He’s definitely going to be a great Mr. T.
On Sunday I played poker but who really cares about that??? Nah, I’m just kidding. Next week, I’ll talk about the first week of WSOP events I played including that event. Until next week, peeeeace.