On the road to Wildhorse

Nov 7, 2006 2:25 AM

Carol, let’s get "Back in the Saddle Again" and ride our ponies up to Pendleton, Oregon for the Fall Poker Round-up at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino.

Roland Waters, the casino’s director of poker operations, extended us a courteous invitation that we can’t refuse.

The event will begin on and finish up with its big $500 no limit championship event on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Over the 10 days, we’ll be seeing a lot of our old friends — Vince Burgio, Ralph Morton, Tom McEvoy, to name just a few, plus I’m sure we’ll be making new friends as well.

The buy-ins range from as low as $100 up to the championship event of $500. They will have "no juice" satellites and the fee will only be $10 for each event.

Because the event has been running for a few years, the crowds should be large. Last year they had several events in which over 600 players were all trying to win a very large prize for a small entry.

The championship no limit event last fall drew over 500 poker players who put up their $500 plus the unbelievable low house fee of only $10, all of which created a prize pool of over a quarter of a million dollars.

The Wildhorse Resort and Casino also has a free gourmet buffet for the players and each event will feature bounties and they will add $70,000 to the prize pools.

Roland has requested that we be bounties, but you know that we will be trying to win so we will make our bounties very difficult for any of the players to collect.

Carol, the folks will remember that a few weeks ago, I reveled a secret that I have been keeping from you for a lot of years.

The secret was that you think that I never lose when I play poker because I never ever bring the poker game home with me and you cannot tell the difference in me whether I have won or lost.

And I promised to buy you that new little sports car that you have been wanting to make it up to you for keeping the secret from you for a lifetime.

Well, I hope you like the little car, and for our first motor poker tour we will just drive your new car from Las Vegas up to the Wildhorse in Pentleton, Oregon.

Now, I want to tell the poker players a good joke to tell their wives when they are a little late getting home from the poker game. You will remember I have made you laugh when I used these excuses for staying out a little too late.

"Honey, I am sorry but my tires were frozen to the pavement." After I made you laugh, it was always safe to come home!

I would call and tell you, "Honey, do not pay the ransom, I just escaped!"

Later on, we will travel to LA and play in the Hollywood Park poker room and visit with Phyllis Caro, director of poker operations at Hollywood Park, about the upcoming event of "The Seniors" WCOP/Poker Players Hall of Fame tournament that is being planned for the spring of 2007.

But for now, I want to make sure that we invite all of our friends to come and be with us during the Fall Poker Round-Up at the Wildhorse in Oregon.

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

This is a quote from the actor, Sidney Poitier, made to Stevie Wonder.

"We’re all of us a little greedy. We’re all somewhat courageous, and we’re all considerably cowardly. We’re all imperfect, and life is simply a perpetual, unending struggle against those imperfections."

Here is Stevie’s response. "The only time we should look back to yesterday is to look at the positive things that were accomplished to encourage us to do better things today and tomorrow."

If I had been in the conversation, I would have added, "Poker is a never ending game in your lifetime. If you live your life and play poker with the life time view, I am sure you will never be a loser!"

Until next time remember to stay lucky.