Here is the story of my 2017 World Series of Poker experience.
I was planning on writing this Friday and I'm glad I didn't. At that point, my story was a tragedy about how Las Vegas had eaten my alive. It is now Saturday night, my gambling spree is nearing an end, and things have stabilized to a point where I know I will somehow end up going home a slight winner. Here is the story of my 2017 World Series of Poker experience.
I arrived early Wednesday so I could have a full day before I started the hard work to rest, see friends and promote Betcoin. Once I got settled, I grabbed a beer and met up with my friend Ted. He suggested that we go to the weed store. Yes, those are a thing here. I had never seen one of these in my life so I was very excited to check one out. I knew that Betcoin player BigThangz had been to the one near Rio already, so I hit him up and the three of us hopped in a cab and headed to The Apothecary Shoppe. It was very interesting and I felt a little weird, being so uneducated about legal marijuana, so I asked a lot of questions and felt like the rookie player at the poker table who always forgets to put out his antes. We all ended up getting a little something then headed back to the Rio on foot. On our way back, we hit up to Gold Coast Casino to grab a beer and I suggested we play a little blackjack first. That turned into many drinks and a lot of blackjack. I have played blackjack in many casinos before and never seen dealers this incompetent. Often, that would be annoying but they ended up making several big mistakes in our favor. Not just one dealer, either. Almost all of them. It was weird because the pit boss was a big micro manager, going as far as to berate the dealers publicly and forcing them to call her over for even the smallest cash transactions. I believe we were all up quite a bit and after a while, we walked back to the Rio, because
I had an interview scheduled with Will Kassouf. I met him at his table where he said he would be. Only problem, he wasn't there. I found out he had just busted. I hit him up to see if he was still around, but I was cautious because people don't like talking much after busting. I will talk more about this later. We played some blackjack at Rio, and I quickly lost back what I had won at Gold Coast. I snuck off to play a little video roulette and lost a ton of money really quickly and everyone made fun of me. At the end of the night we ended up back in Ted's room to smoke some of the weed and drink more. Around 10 I told them I was going to bed but instead of going back to my room, I went back to try and win back what I lost at video roulette and ended up losing so much more. Like an obscene amount of money. I went to sleep in a demoralized stupor.
Betcoin Poker at the Tables
I woke up the next day very saddened by my degeneracy from the previous night but ready to play some poker. Since I woke up early, I decided to jump in the $22 7k guaranteed on Betcoin. Was doing very well when I got it all in with 77 on q72 board and fortunately my opponent had Q9! Unfortunately, turn 9, river 9 and I was out and he was chip leader. I ordered some room service and relaxed until it was time to hit the table. This was the Little Drop for One Drop, the main reason I was here, and I felt like I was in good shape. As expected, 6 of the players at my table were just awful. I nearly doubled up on the first rotation after getting QJ suited twice and making good hands both times, plus getting plenty of value. After that I was feeling great and even had a new nickname, "The Queen Jack Maniac." Except I made up the nickname for myself and didn't tell anyone about it. I was wearing a Betcoin hat and Hoodie and when it got warm, I took off the hoodie to reveal a Betcoin t-shirt. Eventually someone noticed and soon I had the whole table asking me questions about both the website and bitcoin in general. It was fun getting to know everyone and pretending to take the tournament as lightly as they clearly were. There were a lot of chips flying around, so I didn't get a chance to be too aggressive because no one was folding anything. So I had to wait for a good hand. 6 hours later we were at 300/600 and I had blinded down to around 15,000 chips. Finally, I picked up my monster. Pocket KK in late position. As is typical in live tournaments, there were 4 limpers ahead of me. I raised the pot up to 5000 in the big blind and got 1 caller. We got it all in on a 622 flop. And guess what he had?! A2 suited! Of course, right? He had a little bit less than me but I was down to a few bigs and lost a few hands later with AJ vs AQ. I was feeling pretty defeated. This tournament was the main reason I came to Vegas and I didn't even make day 2. The dream of me taking a picture holding the gold bracelet while repping Betcoin was officially dead.
Friday morning, I woke up and was still feeling bad. Not only had I busted the Little Drop the previous day, I still had all that damn video roulette money on my mind. This is when I planned on writing this article. Except I had planned the article would be about me making day 2 and not losing a ton of money playing video roulette. I decided I only had one option. Go play more video roulette. Kidding! I called my wife and she gave me a pep talk and told me I have plenty of time left and to get the fuck out there and do my thing. I decided to hold off on the article until it was less dismal. Either that or go broke in the process. Since there were no more bracelet events, I got in the earliest of the daily deepstack events, which is a $235 buy-in where first place gets around $20,000. If the players in the Little Drop were awful, the players in the $235 deepstack were extra awful. There was one decent player at my table and everyone else seemed like they had barely even played before. I was wearing one of the 5 Betcoin shirts I brought with me and although most of the players were unaware that internet poker still exists, I think I got a few of them who will at least check it out. Anyways, this tournament had a super fast structure and about 4 hours in, I was forced to get about 20bb in preflop with AQ vs AT and he hit a flush and I lost. But I wasn't through yet. I called my buddy Josh who lives here and after a slight sports betting debacle (Toronto blowing late lead, then overtime in NBA Summer League game), Josh, BigThangz and I got in this $105 bounty tournament, which I won and got like 6 bounties which put me at around $900. Afterwards, BigThangz and I went back to Gold Coast for some more ridiculously poorly dealt Blackjack. We both won good money and I had a good day, making back a lot of what I had lost the first 2 days.
Today is Saturday and it has also been eventful. I couldn't deal with any more tournaments, but I still had a mission to promote Betcoin (While winning money in the process) so I played some 2/5 for a few hours this afternoon. I don't normally like live cash because it is super boring, but this wasn't boring at all. Get this! Everyone was playing to have fun! And fun it was. I had to play super tight, which is a little boring, but the pots I played and won made up for that. All of the sudden I was winning overall for the trip. I ate a little food, took a nap and won a few hundred more playing blackjack. And now here I am winding down in the sportsbook, writing this article and drinking a beer. I have a decent sized parlay on Rockies and Angels which is not looking good (Rockies down 4-0 in the 2nd inning), but as long as I stay the fuck away from video roulette I should be going home a winner.
Here are some pictures from my trip. I don't take many pictures in general, but I figured I should at least document a little bit.
The Weed Store:
WSOP main event feature table day 5:
WSOP welcome sign
Me at sportsbook writing this article
Overall, I would say that I accomplished what I needed to while I was here. While I didn't cash in the bracelet event, I ended up with a small profit, both in poker and overall. I told a ton of people about Betcoin and hopefully got some good converts out of it. It's amazing how many people either don't know that you can play poker online or just aren't aware that there is a great hidden gem of a site like this in existence. I am so grateful for having found this site and love promoting it. I have given out over 200 cards so far and plan on doing a lot more. I did not get any interviews. Most big name players don't feel like talking on a 15 or 20 minute break and the ones who have busted don't feel like talking at all. I did make some contacts and hopefully I will be able to do the interviews in the future, though. It was cool to finally chill with BIgThangz in person, and although much of that time was spent drinking heavily, I'm sure if I remembered it, it would be positively. The World Series of Poker is the one time of year that I spend around like-minded individuals and that is a big part of what makes it so special. Hope to see you all here next year!
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