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The Sweet Smell Of Success – Day Ten Of The WSOP

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11:55 p.m.

The $1,000 WSOP Women's NLHE is about to kick off. I have mixed feelings about this event. As a red blooded male, I obviously take pleasure in seeing a room filled with 1,000 women. As a fan of poker, however, I think it demeans women. To me it sends the message that they aren't on an equal playing field with men. I don't think that's the case. Why can't we get 1,000 women in a $1,500 mixed event? Maybe then a woman would win an open field NLHE bracelet. It amazes me that this many women can come out for this event, but you'll be lucky to find 100 women in a 3,500 person tournament where first place is ¾ of a million dollars. The message it perpetuates to poker players and media members? That women are scared to play with men. Having played and taught numerous women over my poker career, I know that's not the case.

Oh and one more note. Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much perfume going on in here. I feel like I'm about to gag. On a positive note, I have to give props to the Queens of Hearts team that has been put together. Among the members of the team are Pam Brunson, Giselle, Barbara Enright, Teri Hatcher, Cheryl Hines, Linda Johnson, Camryn Manheim, Mindy McCready, Mimi Rogers, and Jackie Collins. They are pledging 20% of their cash winnings from this event towards the Nevada Cancer Institute. Being that I lost my mother to cancer, this is a cause near and dear to my heart... so go Queens of Hearts... win lots of money!

Normally the media row is pretty full right about noon. Right now there are five of us up here. I wonder if this is reflective of the general perception of this event. Of course, Wicked Chops Poker is here, they would never pass up an opportunity to photograph 1,000 women.

12:05 p.m.

Jeffrey Pollack announced that as long as women keep coming that there will be a ladies only bracelet event. The Queen of Hearts team is easy to recognize as they are all wearing long sleeved pink t-shirts with hearts emblazoned on the back. Jack Effel announces the rules and the women laugh when he says “please don't pick up chairs and throw items.”

Author Jackie Collins announces the immortal words “shuffle up and deal.”

12:35 p.m.

Ah, the drama. At one table a woman moves all in on a queen high flop with two hearts on it. It's a huge over bet and she is called by a woman with A-J of hearts... she has pocket queens. The turn is a heart and the board doesn't pair on the river and the set of queens is gone. A lot of times in these women events, it's happy go lucky after a person is knocked out but the woman with the set of queens was not even close to resembling a happy person.

At another table, I overhear a woman telling a dealer “I've been playing poker for thirty years. I know what the rules are.”

She gets in a loud verbal confrontation with the dealer and the floor is called. The dealer was right. Imagine that.

While the media might not be here en masse, the photographers are. They are swarming around the celebrities tables taking photos. I did see a few of the women professionals that I know playing including Erica Schoenberg, Beth Shak, Jennifer Tilly, and Kathy Liebert. I asked Beth is she was having fun and she said she was but that she wished she would have played the $10,000 Stud event instead but that her husband talked her out of it because she wasn't experienced enough. I told her if Shannon Elizabeth could play it, she could have, and she laughed and said, “You're right.”

Many female members of the media are playing including Tiffany Michelle, Lacey Jones, and pretty much any female member of PokerNews. Maybe that explains why press row is so empty.

1:45 p.m.

A middle aged Asian woman after scooping a big pot that eliminated another player started yelling “Yes. Yes. I don't bet with nothing. I come to play.”

Women started to laugh and a woman at another table yelled, “You go girl!”

The floor came by and warned her and the woman complained, “What? I can't be happy? That's a stupid rule.”

Here's another reason I'm not a huge fan of women’s tournaments. There will be a very attractive woman sitting at a table and the photographers will go there and take her picture time and time again while ignoring the rest of the women at the table. I saw this taking place at one table and you could almost see the scorn on the other women’s faces. I, of course, took a photo of the attractive woman because that's how I roll.

2:10 p.m.

Maybe I'm easy to amuse but they just went on the first break in the Women’s event and women started running out of the room. Sprinting! Imagine Carl Lewis in 4 inch heels and a pink cowboy hat. Funny, right? I know at one women’s event I went to, they commandeered the men’s room on the first break, I wonder if they will do that again here.

I've always wondered why a woman would wear a very revealing top to a women’s event. Are they hoping their chest will distract the other women? I would completely understand it in an open event, but I don't think the 60 year old grandmother of five is going to be impressed by your 36 Double D's.

That'll wrap up my early coverage. A lot more going on today and I'll have more on all the happenings later today.

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