October 19, 2006 - Not exactly at the final table! As most of you know by following the tournament updates, I'm not going to be at the final table of the Festa al Lago main event at Bellagio tomorrow. Boo! I went into the second day with 35k in chips, I picked up a few decent hands which I could limp in with under the gun like KQ (suited) AJ (off) but after having to lay down every hand that I had limped in with because there would always be a raise and reraise behind me which leaves me no choice but to muck my hand and lose the called bet. The blinds and antes were getting higher and my chips were getting less and less just blinding away. I had about 14k left when I picked up JQ and moved all in but unfortunately the small blind picked up 99's and called my all-in. The board came all small cards so I got knocked out I'd say 139th or so. Yuck!! But what can u do? Try again next time :o So, I didn't win a million dollars in this tournament, but there are more in my future! I think I mentioned this in my last blog, but I'm headed to Niagara Falls for the WPT event there, then off to Singapore for the awesome BetFair Asian Poker Tour (yippee!), then to my home of Vietnam to visit my dad and help the people who were devastated by the recent hurricane. I'm really looking forward to all of these trips! In the meantime, I am headed back to Los Angeles to run errands, get everything in order for my upcoming trips, and take care of business in L.A. I only have a few days to do all of it, though, so I'll be going a little crazy trying to get everything done! But I don't know what I'd do if I had “spare” time or lots of sleep anyway! LOL So, stay tuned for more updates and plays in some more big poker tournaments. As always, I'll try to take photos wherever I am and post them here or on my MySpace page. Talk to you again soon! My three photos of the week...