Vegas Insider: 2008 May

Steve Hall 'A Brit in Vegas'

Jon Kalmar
Jon Kalmar

Only two British players travelled over for the entire Bellagio 5 star. Phil Curtis finished second, to Michael Mizrachi, in the $3k. The other, Jonathon Kalmar, celebrated a new "live tournament" deal with Ladbrokes by winning $79k in the ME, which he entered through a $2.5k satellite.

Jon took a night off to watch the three British boxers, including poker fanatic Audley Harrison, win their fights . He has another night off during the WSOP when the Sex Pistols play at the Hard Rock on June 7th.

Time has been called on Eric Idle's "Spamalot" which will close, after a fifteen month run, at the Wynn.

Oliver Tse caused a storm in a , Chinese, teacup when presenting WPT winner David Chiu with a Chinese flag to pose for unofficial photos with. The photos appeared on my site and Cardplayer.com. This upset some Americans and became a hot topic on the poker forums.

Also upsetting the Americans was Roland de Wolfe who cut a female dealers hand, at the WSOP circuit event at Caesars Palace, when mucking his cards . Roland was disqualified .

Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton and his bride of one year Karen are expecting a baby. Many of you will know Karen from her job in the Bellagio poker room office.

On Saturday I went karting with Italian players Dario Minieri , Dario Alioto, Marco Traniello and Christiano Blanco. I can't believe Minieri has ever driven his fabled Porsche as he lapped at 90 seconds compared to Alioto's 24 . When he finally found the accelerator he promptly crashed and ended up under the barriers.