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World Poker Open in Tunica

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Tunica, MS
Friday, January 21, 2005 - Tuesday, January 25, 2005
World Poker Open in Tunica photos

Purpose: To attend a major poker tournament (and play in the Ladies event!)

Itinerary:
Friday, January 21, 2005
Fly from RDU to Memphis, rent a car from Memphis to drive to Tunica. Check into the Gold Strike.

Sunday, January 23, 2005
World Poker Open Event #18 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Monday, January 24, 2005
The main event for the WPO begins.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Head back to Memphis to fly back home.

More details:
The poker group wanted to attend one of the World Poker Tour events this year, so we decided to go to Tunica. The schedule had an added bonus of allowing me to play in the Ladies Hold'em event! We also got to see the first two days of the main event.

I don't think that anyone came back with a significant profit this time, but we all had so much fun. We got used to seeing the poker superstars all over the place and met quite a few of them.

Brian and I may not have made money playing poker, but we were winners with Craps! Brian taught me his craps system which seemed to work pretty well (this time).

Tunica really does know how to treat poker players. We did not pay for a single meal after the first evening (and we wouldn't have had to pay then if we had known better). I ate most of my meals in the WPO buffet since I played in the Ladies event. Tasty free food!

The Ladies event was more fun than I imagined it would be. There were 433 ladies participating in the event, and we garnered quite a bit of attention! The men certainly aren't used to seeing so many women in their poker rooms! We even took over the Men's restroom during our tournament breaks.

I had high hopes of making the final table, but after being short-stacked for a while I was thrilled to make the money. I knew with my meager chip-stack that I was about to be knocked out at 36 - the last place that paid in the tournament. I had a great time, and 36th out of 433 people isn't too shabby!