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Raw draw for a south paw.

2005 World Series of Poker, Las Vegas
Report by Barny on Sunday, 19 June 2005 at 4:58 am

‘Welcome to the richest sporting event on Earth.’ The words were greeted by claps and woops from the 2,300 field in the opening event a couple of weeks ago; A small taste of the chaos and excitement ahead with a mind boggling seven thousand players expected to descend on the Rio for the Big One.

About a week ago I entered the event which on paper at least was my best shot for a bracelet this year. Organised by Phil ‘Tilt Boy’ Gordon, the Bob Monkhouse of poker, it was the first ever World Series of ‘Rock, Scissors, Paper’.
A world class field of sixty-four seasoned pros went head to head in a best of seven knock-out format. (WHU take note – best of seven!). Naturally ESPN covered the event in depth and in my interview I explained that as a south paw I expected to trouble some of the more orthodox players.
I drew former world champion Carlos Mortenson (OK, it was his first time playing RSP but he is an ex world champ). It was no surprise that his style was fast and aggressive. I never felt I had the worst of it going in but I was losing every evens-shot and he quickly took a three nil lead. I cunningly battled back to levels and it was all down to the final throw. I don’t want to moan, but I went in with a big hand and took a bad beat to go down 4-3. It may be time to get on No Mob Bracelets.

Another enjoyable distraction has been the Poker Show hosted by Jesse May and Padraig Parkinson. Did you ever see the King of Comedy where Robert DeNiro hosts an imaginary chat show in his apartment? Well, it’s a bit like that. They’ve done up the basement of their house with the guest stools and a big backdrop of Vegas by night, and I think they honestly believe they are making a real show that goes out on the tele!
I went down and humoured them last week and they repaid me by getting me to take a four foot putt with a right-handed club. One shot, on camera, no practice. They call it the ‘four foot knee trembler’ - which may explain why so many people have been downloading it off the internet! I took a bad beat on the putting green but as you know, I’m not one to moan. However…I was shocked to discover yesterday what may be the biggest scandal in Poker broadcasting history: The Poker Show putting green is, as it were, not a level playing field.
I’m ending this diary with a two part quiz: 1. What was the name of Robert DeNiro’s character in the King of Comedy. 2. Which icon of American poker was allegedly allowed more than half a dozen ‘knee tremblers’ before he finally got it in the hole?

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