23/09/2003

The Brits Best Game?

Joe Beevers 'The Elegance'

Four Queens Poker Classic, Las Vegas
$300 Pot Limit Omaha
Preview by Joe on Tuesday, 23 September 2003 at 11:40 am

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Today sees the first event on the Prima Poker Tour and it’s Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys and add-ons. You may remember the good showing in the Omaha events from the European contingent at this years WSOP. This really is a game that we understand better than our American rivals. However there were a number of excellent European Omaha players here in May and so far the only other Europeans that I have seen are Mick Cook (knowledgeable and very capable poker professional), Tony Bolton (very experienced player) and Ian Greer ( a solicitor who plays recreationally at the Victoria in London) and the field in the earlier events have seen numbers of 308, 218 and 169 for NLH and 179, 169 and 113 for other events so there could well be a lot of American competition today as it would appear that not too many Brits have flown the 5425 miles to the Four Queens Festival.

This is the first time that I have ever been in Vegas with the Mob that in the first 48 hours none of us have played any poker at all. We have been relaxing by the pool, working out in the gym / spa here at The Golden Nugget and generally taking it easy. Last night we all had an early dinner at the restaurant voted ‘Las Vegas Best New Hotel Restaurant’. ‘Zax’, is where the California Pizza Kitchen used to stand, near the foyer in the Golden Nugget. CPK was one of my favourites in Vegas and Zax is a poor substitute. It is a combination of Japanese and Italian but the only sake they served was by the bottle and they only served it cold!

The Omaha event is starting shortly and I want to go and get a skinny latte from Starbucks on my way to the Four Queens so bye for now.

Joe