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Monday, June 08, 2009

WSOP 2009 - First day in Vegas

So I finally arrived after 18 hours of travel. It started 6:50am in the morning with a semi-cooler as KLM couldn't find my booking for some reason. Now I understand why the online check-in didn't work. But they were very friendly and helpful and finally managed to get everything straight.

The stop in Amsterdam was rather short and I was able to sleep most of the 8-hour flight time as I had enough legspace with a free seat next to me. I wasn't to happy to fly via Detroit. I went through Detroit some years ago and I remember it as a very ugly airport. So I was really surprised that all is very modern and nice her now. And the way through Immigration was the fastest I ever had ... only took me 15 minutes (including the usual "pick-up your luggage and release it again" process). Never seen an "Indoor-Tram" at an airport. But here they have it.

The plane from Detroit to Las Vegas was very crowded but even those 4 hours were over sometime and I finally reached Sin City. At this time (4pm local time) I felt very awake and refreshed.

So I went to the Rio first to pick up my media badge (as you only get this until 7pm) and then checked into my hotel. Some unpacking and then over to the Venetian to buy-in for Monday's Deepstack event and having a first look at the tournament area. They have indeed addded a lot of tables and they now reach far into the casino floor. Very noisy environment.

At this time I felt a little tired for the first time but went back to the Rio for some pictures. Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) was at the final table (and heads-up at this time) in Event #14 ($2,500 Six-handed Limit Hold'em). He went into the heads-up as the favorite but unfortunately had a bad run there and ended up to miss his next bracelet. Congratulations to Brock Parker but I was rooting for Daniel and feel very sorry for him.

Took some more photos at the Ladies event. Many had already left but Maria Ho (@MariaHo) was still in and managed to end the day around average. At the 5k No-Limit I got a shot of Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) who shortly after busted in 22nd place for a $21,026 win. David Pham ended the day second in chips and returns tomorrow for the final 17 of 655 players.

Although I would have enjoyed to stay longer my body then told me that it was time for rest. I managed to get back to my hotel without falling asleep early and the rested for 8 hours straight.

Now it's time for me to pick up some breakfast and prepare for my event today. Seems that I don't have internet access at the Venetian but at least will be able to twitter my results via SMS.


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