In March of 2006 I played in a blogger tournament where the prize was a seat to the $1,500 NLHE event at that year’s World Series of Poker. I was fluish, jacked up Nyquil, and only logged in to play as a donation to the community (and until the medication kicked in). After a few orbits, however, the cards were live, I was hitting the sickest hands (and an epic suckout against StB), and son of a bitch if I didn’t win the damned thing.
I’m not certain this tournament could be considered the early origins of the Battle of the Blogger Tournament series (BBT), but it was the first of many WPBT tournaments that saw poker bloggers sending other poker bloggers to the Rio during the hottest months of the year.
The tradition has evolved into an insane number of free dollars and crazy opportunities. Thanks to AlCantHang and his cohorts at FullTilt, #5 is the best BBT yet. Three Main Event seats, accommodations at the Rio, three 2K event seats, as well as over 12K in free rolls and prize padding.
(Exclamation of astonishment!)
There will be invitationals over the next six Sundays and I’ve been lucky enough to win a golden ticket (FullTilt, FTW!). My mom is in town for her birthday weekend (78, FTW!) and it won’t be easy to squeeze in a tournament tomorrow, but I’m thinking a heavy meal and strategically timed Sandra Bullock film ought to do the trick.
Since I won the seat in 2006, the talent and skill of poker playing among the bloggers has increased by orders of magnitude. I am quite aware I am not of their caliber. May my overplayed crappy pairs hold up and my weak-tight play be rewarded once again! (It could happen.)