Because of the amount of press and television coverage that poker has garnered over the last year, the number of entrants were doubled from the previous years. A $200 buy-in and a $20 entry fee netted 254 women competitors.
Although I could have spent that $220 on something else (I'm not hurting for money, but I might start to miss it when I want to dine in a restaurant with friends later in the year), I didn't want to miss the chance of playing poker with hundreds of other players.
The poker star sightings were pretty high, as there was a $1000 buy-in Omaha tourney in the same room. Sam Farha, with his dangling, unlit cigarette, Men the Master and Scotty Nguyen, Juha Helppi, the cute Finn who won the WPT UltimateBet Cruise tourney, and works at registration were talking about how Chris Moneymaker was "on the premises". kesterly kept punching my arm and whispering in my ear as we walked by clumps of people.
I made a few mistakes in my gameplay, but each time it happened, I was able to figure out what I did wrong (or could have done differently or better, rather than wrong). I actually did pretty well though, with luck starring as her ever-moody self. Of 254 players, I was in the top 50.
kesterly and I also picked up a schedule for other extremely cheap buy-in satellite tournaments. The pay-out for those is simply a paid spot in the next step up satellite. However, if your desire is to simply play the game with a greater number of people and steadily increase the challenge, it's the cheapest and easiest way to go. Lots of play-time for a small cost. If anyone else is interested in the dates and costs, let me know, and I'll post 'em here.
After I was put out, kesterly and drove a few miles further north on I55, snuck in some Steak-n-Shake, and saw Tim Burton's new film, Big Fish. I recommend it, but if you wanna know why, you have to just ask in person, because I don't feel like writing a review here.
It had a good day, a good game, a good movie, and good company.
UPS just delivered zordac's birthday present and three little gifts for myself with some left-over Christmas money: Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, which has short trance tracks, the Orlando soundtrack, which is sorta haunting, partly-technoish, partly-symphonic from what I can remember (I just remember that I liked it), and The Last Samurai soundtrack, because I like Hans Zimmer, and the score was one of the best parts of the movie. I haven't bought music in a long time, but I haven't had much of an attention span for the computer in a while to be able to download them somewhat safely on IRC.