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The Round Table – Sights and Sounds from Las Vegas to Los Angeles

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I took off for Vegas on October 25th to sweat Adam ‘Roothlus’ Levy who was still in the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago Main Event. When I got there, there were just 12 players remained, including chip leader Betrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Joe Sebok, Nam Le and Nenad Medic.
 
With a stellar remaining field, a lot of pros were on the rail cheering on this great group of players. While I was there I chatted with Scott ‘SCTrojans’ Freeman, Gavin Smith, Ali Nejad, and Bryan Devonshire.

After a couple of intense bust outs we celebrated Adam’s achievement with a dinner at Fix at the Bellagio. In attendance were Adam, JC Alvarado, Justin Bonomo, recent WPT winner Vivek Rajkumar, and a few others. We enjoyed a ton of great food and then cut the night short so that Adam could get some rest.

Adam’s televised final table kicked off the next afternoon and lots of his friends came out to support. The group included 2008 WSOP bracelet winner Scott Sevier, and online pro Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson in addition to Adam’s younger brother and mom who flew in just for the event, and several of his other friends from dinner the previous night.

Adam ended up taking 5th place
, which was great considering he played the short stack for the last couple days of the tournament. ElkY took Adam out and ended up going on to win the whole thing.
 
Later that night most of the group met up at the Hard Rock. We played some NL/PLO cash games for a couple hours in their new poker room until we headed off to Body English to celebrate Adam’s score (about $260k.)

Later in the night we ended up running into a couple of the Card Runners guys, Taylor ‘Green Plastic’ Caby, David ‘Raptor’ Benefield, and Cole ‘CTS’ South who had a table near ours and we all had a great time celebrating.

The next day Bryan Devonshire invited us to go to Lake Mead so after dragging our feet for most of the early afternoon myself, Adam, JC, and Aaron Been made our way out there around 3pm. We met up with Bryan and Matt ‘mattg1983’ Graham who were out riding standup jet skis when we got there. Once they came in they both encouraged us to try it, so we made Adam go first.

I have to say this was one of the funniest sights I have ever seen. Every time Adam tried to rev the gas to go faster he slammed into the water and the jet ski took off without him. Those who were on the beach watching, myself, Aaron, JC, and Bryan, were laughing so hard watching this go down. He never did get to stand up and eventually just gave up. Maybe next time Rooth!

After Vegas I headed back to the beach in Cali and Adam decided to tag along. That weekend a group of us went out in LA for the weekend. My friend Trishelle threw a Halloween party at a hotel in Beverly Hills so we hit that up for a little while with Adam dressed as Phil Hellmuth. It was too funny; he even had a fake mole.

On our way back to our hotel we stopped by my other friend Ryan Cabrera’s party. He has an amazing house and throws the best Halloween parties every year. This one got pretty crazy this year and ended the cops broke it up and a bottle of wine went through one of his plasmas.

Adam was thrilled when professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, also known from the MTV show ‘Rob and Big’ walked by and told him his costume was awesome.

The next morning we headed over to Shannon Elizabeth’s house for her annual scavenger hunt/party. There were 13 teams that scoured Los Angeles for different items while completing tasks along the way. We had a fun team but opted not to compete as hardcore as some of the other teams who had no issue getting naked for some of their ‘tasks!’

After relaxing at our hotel for a couple hours after the scavenger hunt, we headed back to Shannon’s house for her party. Just as we got there I ran into Maria Ho and Liz Lieu, who was accosted by a guy who claimed to be her biggest fan. He went on and on about how he played online and loved watching her play as well. It was pretty funny, but Liz was really sweet handling him.
 
Later that night during the party Adam and the rest of our group played some $2-$5 no limit hold ‘em in Shannon’s game room. Jeff Madsen popped into the game for a couple minutes and seemed to have a great time shoving all in blind for $300.
 
Shannon has a great set up with a beer fridge built into the walls, two nice Bodog poker tables and a couple girls from a company named Dealer Dolls that were there to take care of all the action. After playing for about an hour, most of our friends left winners and we all decided to call it a night.

Adam stayed in Cali for a couple more days, including that Sunday where he bubbled just about every Sunday major, before he headed on to Foxwoods. I almost flew to Vegas that night for an event, but ended up deciding that I really needed a break from Sin City just for a little bit.

Till next month…

*Like a wheel, the Round Table is a circle of adventures and victories, beats and stories, and life as it unfolds with a cast of characters that may, or may not, have joined you in your home on a local TV program. There's so much more to poker than what you see on TV. Although I won't use canvas, I will paint the full picture for you as I follow the lives of some of your favorite (and some unknown) players. The Round Table is an ongoing series of life, viewed full circle.*

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