February 18, 2007 - From Vegas to L.A. to London, I'm a Woman on the Move!
First, I want to let everyone know that my new website has been launched! I'm still working with my new webmaster to add more information and features to the site, but the main part of it is alive and kicking.
I arrived in Vegas a few days ago for the Hoopology event and to take care of some personal business. One of the great things about this trip was that my agent, Stephen Pearson, came to Vegas to meet me here (from London) and accompany me to the Hoopology festivities. Though we've been working together for about two months, this was the first time I had the chance to spend time in person with him. We've really built a great friendship, and these past few days showed that even though he's very professional most of the time, he is also generous, funny, and a fun person to be around.
The Hoopology event was a great time. The poker tournament at the Hard Rock was fun, and I was put at one of the featured tables with people like Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Gus Hansen, and Patrik Antonius. It was a great table, until the Great Dane himself busted me from the tournament! His K-6 (off) won over my A-7 (clubs) when he hit a pair. Anyway, I was glad to be invited to the charity event because Trent Tucker does great things with the money he raises, and he knows how to host a great party!
I've spent a lot of time in Vegas this week in meetings and taking care of business, including arranging my furniture to be moved from Colorado to my new condo. But I've found some time to hang out with friends, too. On Friday night, I reserved a VIP section at Pure Nightclub at Caesars, which is somewhere that I love to go when I'm in Vegas. I invited about 15 people to come with me, like Stephen, Nick Geber, Jill, Lisa, Joy, Jeff Madsen, Brandon Cantu, Jimmy, and five of my friends from Colorado, including Matt who I've known for 15 years. (Happy Birthday, Matt!) There was an article written on Vegas Pop that talked about that night at Pure – you can check it out at http://www.vegaspopular.com/category/celebrity.
Once my furniture gets delivered on Tuesday, I'm going to head back to L.A. on Wednesday (hopefully), then play in the $1000 no-limit hold'em event at the L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce on Thursday. I really wanted to play in more events, but I've been swamped with business and other commitments.
I won't be able to play in the LAPC main event or the WPT Invitational, but I'll be on a plane on February 24th to London! I'm going to play in the PartyPoker.com Premiere League Poker tournament – a party on the 25th and the first round starting on the 26th. It's a $20,000 buy-in, and with $260,000 added to the prize pool by PartyPoker, the winner will take home $500,000! It will be filmed and air on Channel 4 in the U.K., and I'm going to be playing against players like Phil Hellmuth, Devilfish Ulliott, Tony G, Roland de Wolfe, Kenna James, Andy Black, Kiril Gerasimov, Ian Frazer,Eddy Scharf,Juha Helpi, and VickiCoren – 12 pro players in all. There are six qualifying rounds that will lead to heads-up matches after that. It's going to be a great tournament, and I'm excited to be playing!
In response to people who've been asking if they can watch the tournament, I've received word that there will be an audience area. The tournament will be played and televised at Maidstone Film Studios, Vinters Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5 NZ. If you are able to come by, please say hi!
So, that's my schedule for the coming weeks. I'm very much looking forward to the LAPC event and the London trip. Even though it will be a hectic few weeks, I'm really feeling good about everything that is going on and the events that I'm participating in. I'll keep you updated!