Monday, June 29, 2009

Big, Big Score in the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza

Boom chacka lacka!!!! Last night I chopped the prize pool with the final four finishers in the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza $560 buyin nlh tournament for a cool 51k and change in Cold Hard Cash!!!

This is easily my biggest ever poker score, and I can honestly say that so much went on in this tournament that I have never, even been a part of before. I can't wait to post all about the experience, and really the crazy weekend I had here in Las Vegas overall this time around. I hung with some old blogger friends, met a few new ones as well, and had yet another amazing meal in one of my favorite restaurants in the world. But most of all, I played poker. Like a motherfucker. Nine or ten fruitless and frustrating hours of cash on Friday night / Saturday morning, and then what proved to be about 15 straight hours on Friday on Day One at the Venetian, followed by another 12 hours or so straight through on Sunday to get to the chop. In the end, after several frustrated and frustrating attempts, we finally got unanimous agreement on a chop -- something I was pushing hard for, mind you -- when down to four players remaining, and the four of us divided up the remaining $231,000 and change in the prize pool almost exactly according to chip stacks, leaving both me and the guy who had just a few hundred chips more than me each nabbing more than second place money, while the chip leader who had close to twice as many chips as 2nd and 3rd place took home 70 grand, and the fourth place guy agreed to 37k for his take in our four-way domination of the event.

I have so much to write about this, but right now is not that time as I have a million things to do today and still haven't slept or even come down to earth at all yet. This whole week I will probably spend reviewing the whole crazy trip to Vegas, from The Venetian tournament in separate posts for separate days, to some of the awesome perks we got this time as a result of my brother's -- shall we say "reputation" among the MGM/Mirage/Bellagio crowd based on his past experiences in their casinos, and of course, by popular demand, some discussion on my amazing meal at Prime in Bellagio, for the second year in a row. I want to cry that place is so great. But more on that later in the week. I promise I will be working on these posts all week and that I'll get each one up as soon as they are good and ready. I will try to target a post every day of the week like usual, but being that I will be on vacation with my family this week I don't want to make any guarantees.

51 grand, all to sit and play poker for 27 hours over two days. Whoever thought of this was a frigging genius.

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Blogger BadBlood said...

Wow, great score Hoy! Congrats.

9:18 PM  
Blogger vandy said...


9:30 PM  
Blogger PokerFool said...

Awesome! Good job Hoy. I look forward to a nice long recap.

9:54 PM  
Blogger jjok said...

that's all sorts of good.....haha

grats bro......!!

9:55 PM  
Blogger columbo (at eifco dot org) said...

Couldn't be happier for you! Congrats. Testify!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Fred aka TwoBlackAces said...

Freaking awesome dude! Congrats!

10:04 PM  
Blogger Iak said...

so so cool!

just totally stoked for you Hoy! Congrats!

10:13 PM  
Blogger OES said...

o my fucking god. This is it, sir. O my fucking god.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Riggstad said...

So you didn't play in the WSOP event, which I predicted you would final table.

Instead you were forced to play the Venetian. And you final tabled.

No thanks necessary :)

Awesome score bro!

10:33 PM  
Blogger OhCaptain said...

Huge congrats! That's awesome!!

10:42 PM  
Blogger jusdealem said...

Omg Omg Omg!! Congratulations, Hoy! Absolutely AWESOME!

11:03 PM  
Blogger APOSEC72 said...

WTG! I'll at least take some consolation I lasted longer than Chad and saw some good theatrics right before the dinner break :)

Nice score!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Rake Feeder said...

Nice Job Hoy!

11:27 PM  
Blogger VinNay said...

Well done sir!

11:28 PM  
Blogger HighOnPoker said...

I admittedly haven't even read past "$51,000", but all I can say is that after reading about your hard luck in the cash games, this was a nice refreshing surprise. Congratulations!

11:42 PM  
Blogger opengeo said...

You should definitely write about me more in these posts. Congrats bro!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Astin said...

Lesson learned? No cash, just tourneys.

Congrats man! Great score.

12:14 AM  
Blogger Gnome said...

Fantastic win. Congrats!

12:21 AM  
Blogger cmitch said...


1:11 AM  
Blogger Irongirl01 said...

great job hoy. cant wait for all the recaps.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Irongirl01 said...

PS. you may want to check your @ twitter messages I sent a tweet out to the twitterverse to stop by an congrat you. I know you dont twitter much.

1:21 AM  
Blogger actyper said...

Wow sick sick sick!!! Congrats man

2:14 AM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

congrats on the ca$h

3:07 AM  
Blogger Shrike said...

Poker is rigged.

Seriously, nice job.


3:34 AM  
Blogger Littleacornman said...


4:07 AM  
Blogger AVIGANOLA said...

Hoy you da man!!! Great job. Tony

4:51 AM  
Blogger PokahDave said...

Way to go Hoy...very nice indeed!!!!

11:06 AM  
Blogger TripJax said...


1:58 AM  
Blogger Ingoal said...

Wow, nice score! Congrats

2:42 AM  

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