June 3, 2008 - WSOP Begins...Game On! I have neglected my own site. I admit it. And I am sorry Thanks so much to everyone who has been so kind during my illness. It was over forty days that I was sick, sicker, flown to the US, had an operation, then sat in bed recovering. I've gone through every feeling imaginable: discomfort, pain, anxiousness, fear, misery, sadness, anger, stubbornness, fatigue, graciousness, humility, thankfulness, and anticipation. Now, I'm feeling great, ready to get all of the bad feelings (and bad beats!) behind me. I wasn't sure when I would start playing in the World Series of Poker until I received a call from Fabrice Soulier, my Chilipoker teammate. He's made a five-figure bet with a team from Winamax (a French company). He's betting that he and I can win more cash this WSOP than the Winamax team. Here's who we're up against: The Chilipoker Team: Liz Lieu Fabrice Soulier The Winamax Team: Michel Abecassis Manuel Bevand Guillaume De La Gorce Vikash Dhorasso Davidi Kitai Eric Koskas Ludovic Lacay Antony Lellouche Nicolas Levi Arnaud Mattern Alexia Portal Anthony Roux Almira Skripchenko Game On!! At least he got me fired up and ready to go, so I headed to the Bellagio to play a quick cash game Friday night, just to be sure I would feel up to playing cards. There were no high stakes games going on at the Bellagio, so I played $100/200 LHE for a few hours. I got a bit bored, but I remembered that a flush beat a straight, so I was ready to head to the Rio for my first event. I played Sunday in the second Day 1 of Event #2, a $1.5k NLHE event. These weekend events are going to have huge fields, and I'd recommend anyone who wants to take their shot at a bracelet to try one of these events first. Sure, it takes a bit of luck, but Theo Tran is leading the event as they're down to 18 players, so you have to be able to play to go deep. I won't bore you with how I went out (aces cracked again!!!!), you can read all about it on my PokerListings blog. You might be able to see my photo there (hair color: red!), but I had a friend tell me about a new policy that Harrah's has this year. Photos can only stay up 72 hours online then have to come down. I'm not sure I understand why this is the case, but that's the way it is. Besides that, Harrah's has made some nice improvements to the WSOP. More food (Pizza Hut and Krispy Kreme kiosks!!), not so cold, color-coded table signs. It all seems a little better than the last few years, and I haven't had any problem with the long lines that plagued last year's Series. I'm hoping to play as many hold-em events as possible this year. I promise I'll write more here as well as on PokerListings, so check both of these sites out every day. Thanks again for all of the love. I've really felt it the last few weeks, and I hope I can return the favor with a big score this summer.