So, imagine my surprise when I found out that I'd be taking my own advice. Here I am Sunday afternoon sitting in the Press Room at the Rio. How did this happen???? I'm still not sure and I have to keep pinching myself (ouch) to make sure that I'm awake, but yes, for the next few weeks me, CarmenSinCity will be working with PokerWorks to help cover the Word Series of Poker.
But Carmen, you don't even like hand histories, strategies, bad beat stories, technical jargon; why would they ask you to write about poker? Well, that's the beauty of it, I don't have to talk about any of that stuff!!!!!! You won't hear about chip counts, ways to improve your game, who is in the lead, who got knocked out of the tournament. Nope! None of that craziness here. Instead, you'll be seeing the World Series of Poker through CarmenSinCity's eyes.
So, that brings me to my first day here at the Rio. I came down around noon and picked up my press pass (which wasn't ready, but they were nice enough to give me a temporary one), then I went over to the press room and hooked up the laptop that I borrowed because I don't even have my own (still trying to get used to these damn keys being so close together), and then I set off to find my buddy Craig .
Last year at this time I was still pretty new to Vegas and I definitely didn't have a press pass. When I came down to the Rio to watch the WSOP, I struggled to get near the ropes, I pushed my way through the crowds (nobody ever called me shy), I scoured the room looking for the pros and found Matusow, Helmuth, Cloutier, Ferguson and all the big boys. For about three hours, I tried to get decent pictures of them. If you don't have a good camera it's very HARD to take a good picture without a flash (especially when you are behind the ropes and people are pushing you, and you are star-struck).
I digress. So anyway, I get my press pass and I start walking around today - DAMN - I forgot how overwhelming it is! I'm looking for Craig, looking at the tables, trying to recognize some players, trying to figure out which area is for tournaments, which area is for cash games, which area is for satellites - good lord - I don't know what is going on. I'm so not used to wearing this badge around my neck and I'm almost afraid to go under the ropes because I still feel like I'm not allowed to. So, I wander the room aimlessly and I never saw one person that I recognized until my phone rang.
CC calls and I found my way back to the media room (barely) and we head back out to the tournament room. With someone experienced by my side I was able to relax a little and started having some fun. We walked through and he pointed out Gavin Smith, Shannon Elizabeth, T.J. Cloutier, all kinds of people that I walked right past. I couldn't believe they were right there the whole time, but that's how it is at first.
The lights are so bright, the chips are so loud, the fans are all over the place, the staff is making announcements over the loud speakers, and it's really pretty chaotic. From what I can tell Harrah's seems to have things pretty well under control, but to me, someone who is walking through for the first time, I feel a bit out of my element. With that being said I can tell you that a few hours have gone by now and I feel like I've been here my whole life. Um, no, not really, but I do feel a lot more comfortable. I mentioned to CC that I think I'll probably find a husband here and I wasn't kidding. Good lord ladies - come down here if you are looking for a man - there are some GOOD looking guys here.
I've been talking to fans and players and wives of players. I now know where the cash games are and how to tell the difference between tournament chips and cash chips. I know how to find the bathroom, I know where the feature table is, I know where most of the pros are sitting and I know the media rules. Good stuff!
Every time I walk back into the tournament room I see something new. I even figured out how to turn the flash off of this camera and take pictures! My pictures still suck, but at least I can get a lot closer to the tables now. So far, everyone has been really friendly and very willing to talk to me. I'm not sure if it's because I'm wearing a tank top that shows a lot of cleavage, but I'll take whatever I can get. Hell, if I have to wear this tank top everyday, I will. Just kidding, that'll never happen because I have tons of tank tops just like this and they all show cleavage!
So, I'm excited to be here, can't wait to come back tomorrow and I look forward to sharing the WSOP through CarmenSinCity's eyes with all of you!