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Okie-Vegas Day 1a

Last tuesday night, 07.17.07, Jerry Yang was well on his way to taking down the WSoP Main Event and the $8 meeeeeellion dollars that accompanied the kick ask main event bracelet. As I watched the live coverage via the intertubes, at around 10pm I realized it was high time for me to be in lala land. You see, I had to be UP at 2:00 a.m. in order to hit the road for Okie-Vegas.

Unfortunately, 2:00 a.m. came way quicker than I expected, but fortunately it meant I was on my way to Okie! As I told Surflexus I would do, I texted him with, "On the way!" as soon as I hit the road which was around 2:30am. Five plus hours later I was strolling into Atlanta, but had yet to hear from Surflexus, which surprised me. I followed up my text with another text letting him know I was in the Honda showroom (where he works) and I was wearing camo shorts and a green shirt (so he would be able to point me out).

A few minutes later I get a text from him asking if I had left the company I work for and letting me know he approved of my wardrobe choice. It was an odd text reply to say the least. As I pondered how to reply to the text, I suddenly realized I have another person in my cell phone contacts with the same "real" first name as Surflexus. Like a dumb ass, I had been texting the wrong person all along.

So here I am texting a former co-worker and friend of mine at 2:30 a.m., then again at 8:00 a.m. letting him know what I was wearing. I felt like a complete tard considering he had no idea what I was talking about. I . I later texted my buddy back explaning my idiot move and we both got a quick laugh. In hindsight, his response of approval of my wardrobe is rather hilarious considering he had no idea why I was texting him.

It was quite awesome meeting up with Surflexus for the first time when he made it to the dealership. As I suspected, he is as hilarious, jovial and as outgoing as he was on the phone prior to meeting him.

From Atlanta Surflexus and I hit the road to Tunica. Six(ish) hours later we strolled into the land of fields and nothingness. Nothing but casinos! We met up with Duggles for some grub prior to hitting the poker tables. Now this was my 2nd time hanging out with Duggles and, though it might ruin his reputation, he really is a great, great guy. For someone with a blog title of "Go Be Rude" and a reputation for having a strong opinion on many topics, he sure is good people. Sorry Duggles for making you look good there.

We resolved to play the $130 buy-in tournament and were firing out chips in no time. Duggles was the 1st of us to fall and soon after he snapped this picture...

You'll notice a severe chip shortage in front of me in that picture. While I did have chips, hiding behind my hand, I was creeping towards the felt. In the end I fell when my 55 was whooped by two overs. Thanks Duggles for snapping my first picture while playing in a live casino tournament.

Both Duggles and I finished somewhere in the middle of the 52 player field. However, Surflexus basically paid for his entire trip right off the bat by chopping 1st place four ways at the final table. He was the lowest chipstack and they all agreed to do an even chop, so he obviously got the best deal of anyone. It was a bounty tournament so the only thing the chipleader asked for was each of the remaining players bounties, which were worth $25 each. It was a great showing for Surflexus and Duggles managed to snap this great pic of him in play during the tournament...

Congrats on a phenomenol showing Surf! Check here for more on Duggles trip to Tunica and here for Surf's take on the whole day.

After the tournament Surf and I decided to take on the daunting task of driving the remaining 7+ hours to Oklahoma City. It was tough and we had to slap ourselves silly to keep focused, but in the end we made it to GCox's house. At this point I had been awake for 30+ hours and I hit a wall. I went straight to bed while GCox and Surf made there way to pick up Kat.

I dubbed this post Okie-Vegas Day 1a as I had been up since 2:00am Wednesday morning and it basically felt like I had been awake an extra day. Stay tuned for my next installment of Okie-Vegas trip reports with more pokery action on Day 1b and the beginnings of alcohol induced tardedness on Day 2.

Until next time, may the felt be with you.

posted by TripJax @ 10:19 AM,


At 7:47 PM, Blogger Pseudo_Doctor said...

hahhaha that texting incident is pretty dam funny...

At 9:44 AM, Blogger katitude said...

Trip darlin, it was truly a pleasure to see you again. You are awesome!

At 2:04 PM, Blogger BrainMc said...

Sorry I couldn't meet up with you while you were buzzing through Hotlanta.


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