Fantasy World Series of Poker
For the first time in months (or if my wife is reading this, weeks), I’ve taken the last three days in a row off from Daily Fantasy Sports. No, it’s not because I busted myself again. It’s not because I didn’t like the slate. It’s not even because I couldn’t bring myself to wake up before 5pm. Rather, it’s because I’ve been getting all of my ducks in a row and traveling to one of the greatest annual events in the world: The World Series of Poker.
As of a couple months ago, I wasn’t even going to go. I’d had enough of the tourney scene and was perfectly content staying at home with my wife and dog. Every day I would tell anybody who would listen that I wasn’t going. I turned away roommates. I never looked to sell pieces, I didn’t bother figuring out my cash situation. I was OUT. Then, like a Tulo listed at less than $4500, I just couldn’t stay away.
Fast forward to Saturday: I got home at 6:30am after playing a 12-hour $20/40 limit holdem session where I won a grand total of $35 (takes sarcastic bow). I woke up around 2:30 and spent some time with my wife while I planned me trip. 90 minutes later she decided she wanted an adventure, as if agreeing to spend the rest of her life with me wasn’t an aventure enough. Next thing I knew, we were dropping our dog off and leaving STL at 11pm.
We drove past Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City, still with its lights on from an earlier game with the St. Louis Cardinals. I was ready to sleep. I was SO SO SO ready to sleep. My wife, though, is a glutton for punishment. She told me to sleep while she took the wheel. Next thing I knew, we were waving at CSURams in Denver. My wife is a beast when it comes to late-night driving.
Now, after a day of walking the strip and doing touristy things, I’m back in my hotel room. All I can think about is the upcoming WSOP. If you’ve never been, you should know that it’s bigger than you could ever imagine.
The Pavilion, where most cash games and daily tournaments are held, is big enough to fit TWO of Crazy Gabey’s beards. TWO!!!! The ESPN set in The Amazon Room looks like a spaceship landed in Las Vegas and they decided to park it inside the Rio. The sound of chips shuffling is undeniable no matter where you are in the convention area. Bad beat stories are told during every bathroom break, oftentimes by the creepy guy talking on the phone while in the bathroom stall. The beats are more brutally unbearable than any you’ve ever experienced and the glory, if you’re lucky enough to win one, is historic. It’s what every poker player lives for.
Of course, not everybody can make it to the Rio in June. For those of you who are missing out, Fantasy WSOP can get you in the action in Vegas without getting you out of your chair. To make record keeping easier, it’s best to use WSOP Player of the Year points as a way to keep score. Those can usually be found on the WSOP website and are updated daily.
This year, I’m setting up the first Rotogrinders fantasy WSOP league. The draft is going to be held in the comments section of the forum post. The entry is free but limited to the first 15 entrants. We will do 8 rounds and, though there no entry fee, MAYBE we can talk Rotogrinders into throwing in some swag for the winner (Paging Cam). If you want in, we’ll be doing the draft on the forum Thursday night. Reserve your spot by commenting on this post!
Just because you can’t make it to the Rio, it doesn’t mean that you can’t experience a little bit of the excitement of the WSOP.
For the last few years, I have had as much fun playing fantasy WSOP as I have playing the actual WSOP. It gives a sweat in the bigger events that you simply cannot get anywhere else. Want to root for Phil Hellmuth and get rewarded when he wins another record-breaking bracelet? He’s available to draft. Of course, if you would feel too dirty rooting for the likes of Hellmuth, there will be plenty of other options available to draft. I’ll get into some of my favorites later.