WPT Legends of Poker a great tournament for everyone

August 09, 2016 3:02 AM
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After the World Series of Poker concludes in mid-July, the next series I always look forward to is the World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino that starts in late July. My husband and GamingToday columnist Robert Turner wrote about its history last week and it is still a favorite on the poker circuit after 20 years.

I was fortunate to play Event 3: $200,000 guarantee No-Limit Hold’em. For once, my husband railed me as I played late into the night on Day 1B on July 30. I made Day 2, but the problem was it took place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. I have a job across town, and with L.A. traffic, was not able to get to the Bike until nearly 4 p.m., but was happy to get a call from Robert as I was stuck in a traffic jam that I had made the money without even being there!

I had less than 10,000 chips when I finally sat down, so I decided to gamble on my third hand as I was going to be blinded out anyway and beat Ace-King with my Queen-Three when I called out for a three, and the poker gods obliged by putting a three on the flop.

The next hand I had King-Eight and went all in and made a full house but was beaten by a bigger full house. But I had a great time getting to that point. My table on Saturday was so much fun; I haven’t had that much fun at the poker table in a long, long time, which got me to thinking – what happened to the excitement of this game I love so much?

We can debate what happened to poker, but as I only have 100 words left, I will say this. My brother, who works in a hospital, sparked my love of poker with his lively home games. He would have a mix of players who came to his house to play, and for a $20 buy-in, I made $200 and thought, this is easy. Just like that, I was bitten by the poker bug.

Of course, as anyone who has played for any length of time will tell you, that was simply beginners luck, but I look forward to a lifetime of playing poker with my friends. How about you?