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This past Tuesday night, being a poker degenerate, I told the wife I would see her sometime Wednesday after dinner and watching the conclusion of the World Series of Poker final table.

How do you play great poker for 13 hours and then decide to call all-in with Queen Jack suited? I know Greg Merson shoved all-in with King 5 suited and you can never fault someone for being aggressive. However, it’s a whole different story having to call.

Jesse Sylvia would have still had 70 million in chips if he folds. By calling all-in Sylvia was coin flipping at best for $3 million. There weren’t going to be many hands he was beating. Even if he put Merson on a small pocket pair and had two overs do you really want to race for $3 million after playing 400 hands at the final table?

Not a call I would have made, but either way congrats to the players for an epic night of poker. As for my dinner choice, I went to the Rhythm Kitchen (6435 South Decatur Blvd.). They have a bar area with TV’s and a very nice dining room area.

I sat in the bar area and was surprised at the extensive menu they had. There were several interesting appetizer items on the menu, including Alligator Tail, which could be ordered Southern Fried or Blackened.

They also had Frog Legs that were Southern Fried as well and served with Cajun Butter. I wasn’t in a Tail or Leg mood on this poker night in Sin City, but I will be sure to get some on a future visit.

The Rhythm Kitchen has many Cajun dishes that would make you feel like you were down in the Big Easy, but I was hungry for baby back ribs. The Rhythm Kitchen offers their ribs wet or dry. Personally, I am a big fan of Memphis dry rub ribs with some barbeque sauce on the side.

When my ribs arrived it was a full slab cooked to perfection as the meat fell right off the bone, yet not dry. The ribs were moist and juicy. The guy next to me at the bar was enjoying his entrée as he ordered the Jambalaya and was very pleased.

Several people ate crab legs that night as every Tuesday they offer an All You Can Eat special. The Rhythm Kitchen offers a wide variety of dishes for your dining pleasure from American fare, Cajun, French Creole or fresh seafood and steak. There is something here for everyone’s taste.

Save room for dessert as they have a bread pudding that is just out of this world. This was my first visit here but it won’t be my last. The Rhythm Kitchen is easy to get to as they are just off the 215 freeway at the Decatur exit. The RK is open daily from 5-10 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. I give it 3.50 Forks.

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday night at 11 pm on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].

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