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Gatherings

I've started two posts already today. One was erased. The other is in Draft mode indefinitely. Let's hope the best for this one.

I sometimes forget about how lucky I am to be a poker blogger in New York. Poker blogging is a very solitary state, even with interactions with other blogs. Chatting on the girlie IM is a bit better, but still lacks that face to face interaction. But live get togethers are probably the best thing that this blog has brought. At least in New York, there are more bloggers around than most places, G-Vegas and California excluded.

My best poker and blogging experiences were live meet ups. AlCantHang's Bash at the Boathouse comes to mind immediately. This was my first away-game, but with the rest of the bloggers around, I felt right at home.

My first face-to-face blogger meeting was with none other than the Good Doctor himself. I was a fresh-faced new blogger and I had been emailing him, mostly because he was so open and offered such great blogging advice. He got me invited to Lady Poker's game and I met the Rooster, F-Train, and a couple of other bloggers.

Through this meeting, I bumped into F-Train and SoxLover in AC once, practically accidentally. I think I knew they were in town, but I didn't plan to meet up with them. I also semi-met Dawngenerate. I say semi-met because I saw her with F-Train and crew, but I never really talked to her. In fact, I don't think we were ever within 10 feet of each other. I re-met her later when I definitely accidentally bumped into her and Karol attempting to fleece Roose and Robbie Hole in Resorts' shit hole of a poker room.

Enough of this history. This just illustrates how I got tapped into the mainline of NY bloggers. Playing I Had Outs tournaments, going to the SIF mixed games, and attending random gatherings with fellow poker players who you kinda know, that has been how I've benefited the most from this blog.

So, I proposed a gathering. It was a long time ago, back in March 2006 or so, suggesting that we meet up at Atlantic City and storm the damn place. At one point, I even called a couple of casinos about private tournaments, only to be told that AC don't play that game. Fine, I thought, at least we can storm one of the many regular tournaments.

As you should know by now, that gathering never happened. Fine, fine. I started laying the seeds for another one not too long ago, hinting to players like Hoyazo and NewinNov that the WSOP Circuit will be in AC in March at Caesars. Sadly, the dates have been released now, and there are no affordable weekend tournaments. Alas, I will not go quietly.

North East bloggers unite, damn it. I don't care if its no Vegas. I don't care if turnout is 1/10th of the Winter and Summer classics. I don't care if its me, SoxLover, Roose, SirWoffle, and Robbie Hole. It'll still be good company, people who share a common interest in poker and writing, and more importantly a common sense of comraderie. There will still be poker and booze. They'll still be me, loving every minute of it.

So, check your calendars to see if you'd be interested in heading to AC March 9th to 11th (Friday to Sunday). It's by no means the official date and this is by no means an official gathering. If you expect arranged events, you'll find none. I will definitely choose a tournament or 3 to play and announce them well in advance, but otherwise, I expect only that I will be in Atlantic City playing poker and enjoying a degenerate's lifestyle. If that sounds like fun to you, well, you should join. If it doesn't, then why the hell are you reading this anyway?!

For those of you from out of the area, flying into AC is probably a tricky proposition. But if you want to fly into New York, I'd probably be glad to drive you down to AC myself. Shiyit, I may just let you freeroll the ride, since I'd have to drive down there anyway. I'm sure fellow NYers could help out as well...assuming anyone else is interested.

That's it for me today. AC is NOT a definite thing, mostly because its 3 months away, but I can't see why I couldn't take a weekend in AC, albeit leaving after work on Friday and returning to NY by Sunday night. Now take off your skirts, put on a pair of pants, and make it happen. Non-bloggers are invited too. (I'm looking at you, Ruff).

Until next time, make mine poker!

posted by Jordan @ 4:58 PM,

5 Comments:

At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on my March Break from the 10th to the 25th with SFA to do. Put me down as a tentative hell yeah.

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger NewinNov said...

That's doable. Great idea. Like the relaxed agenda without being overly formal. And if I can split/quarter the cost of a room, so much the better.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

Count me in for any of the AC excursions - would be fun to meet some of the folks mentioned 'round the Crackhouse table. I have no car here in Brooklyn but will gladly contribute to the costs of the trip.

Team Mary!

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Now we got the ball rolling. I'd love to see all of you in AC.

 
At 2:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey don't leave me out of this fun... so close to my bday... if I work hard on being good and grinding out some winnings online it should be easy to go to AC for a weekend.

 

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