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AARP Takes Over 2008 WSOP – Day 25 Of The WSOP

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3:00 p.m.

I am a harsh critic of closed events in poker. To me, events like the Women's event and today's $1,000 Seniors NLHE event have no place in poker. When I go visit my Dad at his Florida retirement community, his buddies always want to play poker with me because they know that's what I do for a living. The stakes are small and the old guys club has a grand time playing a night of cards. This event reminds me a lot of that. The enjoyment the players have is the one thing that I do like about these closed events. More than any other event, the Women's and Senior's events are filled with laughter and people generally having a good time.

Regardless, I still think they are bad for poker. As I said before about the women, I will say about the senior's... it is essentially saying that these people can't compete on a normal level with the other fields. Tell this to Doyle Brunson. He isn't playing in this event. Neither is Barry Greenstein or Devilfish.

Where's my Fat Person's WSOP event where if you are under six feet tall you have to weigh a minimum of 250 pounds? This event would sell out in no time. What about the Ridiculously Bad Hair WSOP event? Again another quick sell out.

I do have to admit it was pretty cool when they found the oldest person playing in the room and let the 91 year old gentleman say “shuffle up and deal” after the break. Even jaded members of the media like myself smiled at that moment.

5:00 p.m.

I think I am on ‘old people’ tilt. I made the mistake of trying to go to the restroom 15 minutes after the Senior's event had gone on break. The tournament clock said there was under 1,000 of the original 2,200+ that had started so I figured I'd be safe more than halfway through their break. Wrong Answer. I think even the players that had been eliminated decided to hang out for the 2nd break just to torture me. It took me five minutes of shuffling behind crawling senior citizens, who acted as if they had no clue where they were going, before I even got to the restroom. I had to avoid at least three near collisions with motorized scooters as their owners thought the entire corridor was theirs. I finally get to the restroom and there is a line out the door for the men's room at least 20 deep. That's right, I thought to myself, I forgot they had to take off their Depends in order to use the toilet. OK, so maybe I'm being a little harsh but I did say I was on ‘old people’ tilt.
5:30 p.m.

I finally figured out why they created the excessive celebration rule. It's to prevent players in the Senior's event from having a heart attack or stroke after hitting a two outer. An interesting tidbit from the folks at PokerNews...they did a count of the number of players in the Amazon Room wearing headphones at the start of the day. They counted eight. In a normal event, you can often get eight headphone wearing poker players at one table.

6:30 p.m.

They are doing casting calls for Dirty Old Men III today. Walking out into the hallway, this old dude was cavorting in the stripper beach chair with a 20 something hottie with large, fake breasts. You go gramps! Over at another table, another oldie but goodie proclaimed to the female floor person, “I've already joined the mile high club.” He paused for good effect before adding, “By myself.”

How come when I see these perverted old men I see myself in 20 years?

8:00 p.m.

If you are around poker tournaments long enough, you will run into the same people over and over again. Some you are happy to see, others not so much. Players, dealers, floor personnel, groupies... it seems wherever poker goes, so do they. Floor personnel and tournament directors in my opinion are some of the most unappreciated people in poker. Day in and day out they have to make sure the tournament gets started smoothly, that it runs without any interruptions and if there are any disputes it is their job to resolve them. This latter duty often makes them the most hated people in poker because the decisions they make will often have a significant impact on the outcome of a hand.

What most people fail to understand is that the floor people have a strict set of guidelines that they follow and in the absence of these guidelines they will make a decision that is in the best interests of all parties involved. I've seen players call floor people the most unimaginable names, throw cards and chip racks at them, and once I even saw a player get up and punch a floor person in the face.

They deal with a lot of crap, yet when a player wins a big tournament, very seldom will they remember to thank them for the job they did. They might thank the dealer that gave them aces four times in an hour, but they'll forget about the person that made sure the tournament even finished in the first place.

I think that's a good note to end today on. I'm off to see the Grand Canyon tomorrow but will be back Wednesday for the 50K H.O.R.S.E. event.

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