Archive for Trip Reports

13K, Slim and Toby Maguire

Toby Maguire signed up and played in his very 1st WSOP event today. His girlfriend who also plays the game and very well I might add was on the sidelines rooting him on today. We’ll see how he spider’s his way through the web of 538 players today. 13K seems to be the magic number for the 1st place prize in the Second Chance Tournaments. Every night we start out slow with registration but by shuffle up and deal time (10:45) we end up averaging 185-200. The tournament goes to about 4:30 AM, but that’s only a problem if you win it.

Amarillo “Slim” Preston was here today making his 1st appearance at the WSOP since his well documented troubles.

PokerMD coaches the Coach to WSOP bracelet

Carl “Coach” Nessel a local player from the Socal area is probably one of the nicest guys in the game. I met him about 2 years ago when he started frequenting the tournaments.

Shortly after I started this website he called me and said “Warren my game is suffering and I need some advice. Will you help me?”

152, 832, 206, 258 the numbers don’t lie

The numbers above represent the entries in the WSOP tournaments. It seems that what we thought was a blow up in the WPT events is an explosion in the World Series.

PokerMD returns from 4 days and 50K

What a great experience I had playing the Bellagio Championship event. This was an event I was going to skip completely, getting ready to work the WSOP and the 25K entry fee of course. I am very glad now to have had the opportunity.

Jimmy Kimmel sends Cousin Sal to the WSOP

Last night while meeting the guys at the Kimmel show we discussed how Sal was going to play in the Main Event at the WSOP.
This is a great opportunity to add to the coverage that the WSOP will get this year. Jimmy plans on doing remotes from the event during his show while Sal plays. (Jimmy Kimmel Live films live every night on ABC at 9PM PDT)

Is this the 2nd Biggest Day in Poker?

I know what your thinking, the 5 Diamond Classic is going on, Hollywood Park has a small tournament, but that’s it. How can this be the 2nd biggest day in Poker??


Imagine you are standing next to these two guys as they watch the $400-$800 mix game at The Commerce. Eddie is a modestly successful Joey Kanish type, while George is your basic rocket scientist with about as much chance of making a living in poker as Yassar Arafat has of managing the Jerusalem Hilton.You don’t know’ ‘Who’s’ in the game or ‘What’ players are after each others’ bankrolls, so just sit back, relax and enjoy.’Naturally’.

Hollywood Park joins the Saturn rings of the WPT

Hollywood Park, the only one of the top 3 in Socal without a WPT event, has become a satellite venue for WPT events. This means they run tournaments where the end prize is either a seat in the $2500 super satellite or in major events the 1st place is a $25000.00 seat in the WPT Championship, coming up in April.

Last night they had a 100 buy-in multi re-buy event that ended with almost a 60,000-prize pool and a seat at the Largest buy in dance.

L.A. Marathon runners start at the BIKE?? Red Bull Please!!

In what turns out to be a typo error by the marketing department at the Bicycle Casino, last nights $2600.00 Championship NL Hold em event was advertised as a one-day event. With 5000T and 60 minute rounds there was no getting away from the fact that if you played good and got deep in this event your drink of choice had to be RED BULL.


Charlie “Scotty Warbucks” Shoten is a tournament circuit pro. I have known Charlie for many years and respect not only his play, but the man as well. I’ve never seen him get out of line or go on tilt. Recently an article came out in Poker Player Magazine that just might explain his success. Since it’s publication, many a pro have come to Charlie with victory stories and owing it in a great part to Charlie’s article. Charlie told me he was thrilled that it’s had this kind of effect and hopes that many more players can get the same out of it that these Pro’s have had. I must admit that its a strange read at first, but as Charlie says you don’t get this till you read it 3 or 4 times and then he suggests you re-read it every day.