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I should be sleeping right now because I need to wake up in 5 hours and do (most of) it again, but just had to post first.

Last night I flew into Las Vegas, checked into the Orleans, and got up early this morning to drive to Caesar's Palace for a wsop Academy class, their first ladies only version (held just before the WSOP ladies event this Sunday).

I spent the day in poker heaven. Normally I can't get through the day without a nap (or two), but even going on just five or so hours of sleep, that wasn't the case today. Our instructors were Annie Duke, Alex Outhred, Karina Jett, and Joe Navarro (the former FBI guy who specializes in non-verbal behavior). Wow, honestly, I could just listen to Annie talk poker all day long. She's fabulous. We had seminars and labs and got personalized feedback about our play and how we behave at the table.

The cherry on top of the day was a poker tournament that was a supersatellite (included in the price of the class) in which the top 10 finishers earned $1,000 entries into the WSOP ladies event this Sunday. I went in not imagining that I'd make it that far, but when we were down to about 30 people (having started with 92) and I had one of the bigger stacks in the tournament, I started to get excited and hopeful, and began to REALLY WANT one of those ten spots.

Long story short, maybe my strategy of playing really tight from there on out didn't work out so well, as I found myself as one of the two shortest stacks in the tournament after five and a half hours of play, and basically ended up calling off all my chips with AK. Booooooooooooo... I went out 12th. :( Major devastation. They did give me a giant and fancy men's watch as a consolation prize, though.

So, back to the original plan of doing something else with my remaining days in Vegas... such as playing some smaller tournaments and cash games, one of the Deep Stacks Extravaganza events at the Venetian, maybe seeing a show or two, going to the Pinball Hall of Fame, catching a movie at the CineVegas film festival, outlet shopping, thrift store shopping, whatever. Still, I can't help but be bummed, and wonder whether I should have just kept folding and hoped two others would be blinded out before me.

Joe Navarro told me I'm hard to read, though, which I consider a huge compliment. :)

More classes tomorrow, and then... time to catch up on sleep!
 
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If you play Omaha, you're in the right place. Orleans has the most action for Omaha and O8B. I love that place. Sooooooo jealous of you right now.
 
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Wow, sounds great. Looks like you had alot of fun and I'm sure you will have much more.

Some suggestions: I laughed my ass off at "The amazing Jonathan" I would suggest seeing his show if he's still playing. You can get half price tickets on the day of the show.

The seafood buffet at the Rio is the best unfortunatly this probably isn't the best time to go to the Rio to eat.
 
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This sounds like an incredible experience! Keep us posted on it.
 
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Wow - sounds great

Jealous - me? - yes lol :D

Say hi to Annie for me if you get a chance lol :D :D

Care to er...share any tips....any chance, hmmm? :D

Carry on enjoying
 
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Don't you wish you still had your hat?;) This sounds like an incredible high. I bet you won't be getting much sleep at all.
And you're a pinball junkie to boot! What's your favorite machine? I own one real old one called Buckaroo. But my all time fav is Haunted House. I am so jealous.:D

Gamble lots, win much, eat til you pop, and just have fun!
 
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glad you had a good time,, sounds exiting, keep us updated when you Win the ladies event,,if you go in it,, i got faith in you buck
 
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Care to er...share any tips....any chance, hmmm? :D

Yeah, don't limp and don't minimum raise... ever. Don't limp with Aces... ever. Or we'll beat you to a pulp! :D

BBB, favorite pinball -- Black Knight. :)

Gotta clear this headache, get dressed and out of here. Will check back tonight if I don't fall asleep somewhere between here and Caesar's.

Oh, and they're having another WSOP Academy in November, focused on mixed games! These classes aren't cheap, but I'm thinking worth it....
 
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Binions has a $100 Ladies NL tourney today at 4 PM (Pacific).
 
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Now I'm jealous! Sounds like a wonderful experience, Haven't been to Vegas in many years. Like before they torn down the Egyptian. Did you get a chance to see any of the now running WSOP? They got like 11 or 12 event finished already. Your Annie finished 3rd in one.

Didn't even know there was a pinball hall of fame, and BBB has her own PB game? OH where did I go wrong? All I got is a PC version of a PB game.

My favorite PB game was a single player game, Spanish Eyes. There was a table in the Student Union at college and I was the main contributor. I got that machine singing once and turned over the score. God, I remember it like it was this morning....

I haven't even seen a PB machine in years.....
 
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non-verbal behavior? omg what is that lol. a nap or 2 a day lol and u r paying 4 a poker class why?
 
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Are these serious questions?

I believe they may be. :)

OK, I'll bite.

non-verbal behavior = tells (many of which i didn't previously know about)

nap or 2 a day = yes, i just finished a 4-hour one, i luv 2 sleep

i paid 4 a poker class 4 the same reason anyone would pay for schooling/coaching... 2 days w/ Annie et al talking poker to me was priceless

will try 2 post pic l8r
 
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I believe they may be. :)

OK, I'll bite.

non-verbal behavior = tells (many of which i didn't previously know about)

nap or 2 a day = yes, i just finished a 4-hour one, i luv 2 sleep

i paid 4 a poker class 4 the same reason anyone would pay for schooling/coaching... 2 days w/ Annie et al talking poker to me was priceless

will try 2 post pic l8r


unlucky on the bubble rc and hope u clean up in your remaining days with your brand new info :D
 
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i paid 4 a poker class 4 the same reason anyone would pay for schooling/coaching... 2 days w/ Annie et al talking poker to me was priceless

will try 2 post pic l8r


I would just like to add on to this, I see no reason in the world if you can you would not want to learn from some great players.

I pay for cardrunners videos once a month and will never stop paying, now after having this membership for a couple months there is alot that I already know when the talk.

floating, peeling one off, inducing bluffs, value betting etc etc, all stuff im very familiar with but once and awhile they will do something and im like you know what I didnt think of taking that line and I learn from that.

hell if you have the opportunity why would you not want to? In this game knowledge is power and the more you know the better! I would jump at the chance to learn from a person I consider better then myself. Or even someone who may not be better but would take a different line then me in a certain situation. That is what makes this forum so great, we may not agree on something but after discussing it we can see different ways to play it and figure out most profitable for next time.


ok done my tirade.
 
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I believe they may be. :)

OK, I'll bite.

non-verbal behavior = tells (many of which i didn't previously know about)

nap or 2 a day = yes, i just finished a 4-hour one, i luv 2 sleep

i paid 4 a poker class 4 the same reason anyone would pay for schooling/coaching... 2 days w/ Annie et al talking poker to me was priceless

will try 2 post pic l8r
you really must have been a cat in a previous life:) .
Glad to hear your having a great time.
And like most, I am also enveous and wish you the best of luck at the tables.
Since you mentioned pinball, this was my favorite, and most guys would agree that this was a great one....."High Speed"
 

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you really must have been a cat in a previous life:)

Yes indeed, I believe I may actually be a cat in my present life. I'm an indoor kitty.

High Speed pinball, I've played that one! Definitely a keeper.

Here's a pic as promised:

wsopacademy_lo.jpg
 
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Nice pic! I would love to do this sometime.
 
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Sounds like a great experience! I'd jump at a chance like that. I've been thinking about some sort of poker school. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
 
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Wow at least u had thrilling day. U didn't make bad play tho so just don't even worry About that and don't think about way culd of been
 
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