Yes, I know what you're thinking, I see you working out there. Right about now, your very first question HAS to be, "Aces, you're an orange county casino party rental company - WHY in the heck are you continually blogging about the WSOP?
Well, actually there are TWO reasons that we're writing all about the 2010 World Series Of Poker; Reason number one, the WSOP continually raids our Aces dealer team roster for qualified dealers for the "Tourney to end all tourneys," which means that a lot of our team is missing for approximately one month, and reason number two, as far as we're concerned, the WSOP is the ultimate poker experience, ESPECIALLY for those of you that either love to play poker, and/or love to watch the ESPN tape/delayed telecasts of some of the WSOP events, including the $10K Main Event.
Now, before we pontificate any further, there's something that NEEDS to be said at this point if you fit into either of the prior fan bases mentioned.
The WSOP is an event that you HAVE to see in person. It's a MUST attend. Why, you ask? Ahhh, friends, i'm glad that you asked that question, because your suggested request leads me into the main reason for this week's blog submission.
Without further fanfare, here are (courtesy of Aces Casino, the los angeles casino rental juggernaut) our top 5 reasons that the WSOP MUST be seen in person to be appreciated......
#1 -- Access to your favorite poker players
If you're sitting at home and watching the ESPN broadcasts as religiously as WE are and have developed your personal list of "favorite players," the WSOP is for YOU. Anyone that finally gets off their duff and actually goes to attend the WSOP for the first time is always shocked and surprised at the overall size of the event. Once the shock wears off, suddenly, you'll realize something else -- The place is CRAWLING with ALL of the players that you've seen on TV for years.
They're all OVER the place. From inside the Amazon Room (where most of the tourneys are held) to the Miranda Room (the 2010 food court), up and down the hallways, and inside most of the hospitality suites, the place is LOADED with poker players. Most times, depending on the individual and the moment in time that you see him/her, the players are more than happy to pose for pictures, sign autographs, talk poker, whatever. There's just something about seeing the players "in their natural habitat," which the WSOP is, in no uncertain terms. If there's someone that you'd just LOVE to meet or talk to, here's your chance, America. Ya gotta go.
#2 -- Being a part of the action at the WSOP
You know what? Besides the 50+ WSOP tournaments that are held every year at the Rio Suite Hotel in Las Vegas every summer, there are ALSO other poker-related activities happening each year at the WSOP. Not interested in ponying up the $1500+ to enter the tourney of your choice? No prob. There is one room in the Rio Poker Complex that is dedicated to what are called poker "satellites."
For as little as $125, you can sit down at a poker table just like the ones in the Amazon Room, and play in a single-table sit-&-go satellite. I know more than a few players that just hang out in the satellite room, just taking their shot at winning an entry in a major WSOP event for a fraction of the cost.
Not into playing in tourneys at all? Two words; CASH GAMES. The Rio's version of the WSOP has just what you're looking for, cash games at all levels, just like your home card casino. Not into playing poker during your visit to the WSOP? Try out the shopping venues. The Rio is MORE than obliging in THIS particular area of the WSOP marketing arm. You can buy anything from t-shirts to chips, hats, souvenirs, you name it. If you're looking for it, the WSOP makes it.
#3 -- "It's VEGAS, baby!"
I mean, come ON. Unless you're Puritanically retro-fitted and want very littleif ANYTHING to do with the WSOP, Las Vegas IS 'THE' vacation destination of the summer! Where else can you take a ride to the top of the 'Eiffel Tower,' water-ski on a beautiful lake, visit the Pinball Machine Hall Of Fame, and watch Phil Hellmuth melt down at a WSOP tournament poker table, ALL IN THE SAME DAY? Ya GOTTA come, it's VEGAS!
#4 -- There's a rumor going around that Vegas has legalized gambling
Hey, I know it's just a rumor, but if it's true, and you CAN actually bet on sports, the ponies, the dice, the cards..... Boy, that's a GREAT lil' perk to throw in, on top of the action at the Rio. Just sayin'..... Wow, i'll have to check this out, i'll get right back to you.... (Grin)
#5 -- You'll get the chance to actually sit in the ESPN Poker "Stadium," and watch a WSOP "Final Table" in action
You've seen the ESPN Poker Arena on TV. Imagine sitting right in the stadium that surrounds the Final Table Of The Day inside the Amazon Room, and watching someone win one of the coveted WSOP bracelets. Yeah, I know you'll have a crappy viewing angle to see anything, and the overhead monitors and unintelligible commentary given by the tournament director of the day doesn't tell you much -- It's the WSOP, my friends. Ya GOTTA sit in their at least once, and check out the action, such as it is. Watch out for the "Photo Nazi's," though. No flash photography is allowed inside the Amazon Room. (Yeah, like THAT stops anyone.)
Well, there you have it, my friends of the leader in orange county casino rental for Southern California. Bottom line? It's Vegas, it's the WSOP, and it's a BLAST. We'll see you in the "Poker Stadium." Might as well see you THERE, because we sure can't see what's goin' on at the final table..... (Grin)