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Biloxi Blues

It seems kinda unlikely that I will attend this year's Okie Vegas festivities. About 3 years ago, I was chatting online with GCox when I told him that I wanted to check out his homestate of Oklahoma to hang with He Who Shall Remain Tight. From that kernel of a conversation grew Okie Vegas, but ironically, I couldn't attend in 2006. It was a confluence of things but the largest thing holding me back was money and fear of the unknown. When I attended in 2007, though, it was a blast. GCox and the lovely Mrs. Cox made me feel right at home, and by the time I left, I felt like a part of the family. Plus, there was a surprisingly large group of bloggers in for the event, so it was a great time hanging with this degenerates' club we've formed.

Sadly, this year, the festivities are scheduled for the weekend before I head to Colorado for wifey Kim's friend's wedding to the Antisemite Monopoly Player. Side note on that, before the whole Monopoly fiasco, I was chatting with the Antisemite's fiance, wifey Kim's friend, while we stood outside in the cold catching a smoke. I was feeling out the situation in Colorado, since I know they have some poker and I wanted to try to arrange a meetup with my 2007 WPBT Winter Gathering roommate and Colorado native, PokerPeaker. Wifey Kim is in the wedding party, so I figured she'd be busy with the girls primping and prepping. I asked the fiance if wifey Kim would be busy, and she responded, "Yeah, during the bachelorette and bachelor parties." I didn't think she understood what I was getting at, but I didn't want to push the point. I figure that wifey Kim will probably be getting her hair did and her nails all shiny, so at some point, I expect some downtime. But even before the Monopoly fiasco, I remembered thinking, "Does this mean I have to go to a bachelor party of some dude I don't even know?" God, I hope not. Especially since he hates them Jews.

But I digress. The Colorado trip is the weekend after Okie Vegas, and even though wifey Kim is entirely cool with me heading to OKC, I don't think I can make it work. Simply put, I can't take a couple of days off for OKC and then take a couple of days off the next week for Colorado. It wouldn't fly around here, and besides, I don't think I could stomach all that traveling in such a short period of time. Add the fact that I don't have much vacation time, and suddenly OKC seems worse and worse.

My bad, G. But it ain't over yet. I'm still sitting on it to see what I can do.

I was mulling this over today when suddenly a thought came to me. Biloxi. As in Biloxi, Mississippi, home to a few poker rooms/casinos. I've never been to Biloxi or Tunica or Mississippi for that matter. In fact, all I know about the state is (a) there are casinos with poker, and (b) it has the heighest rate of illiteracy and the lowest quality of public education. Add those two things together and you get JUICY poker action.

As I toyed with that idea, I began to check dates and rates online. When its all said and done, I may try to squeeze in a three- or four-day weekend to Biloxi or Tunica some time in August. If anyone has any advice or suggestions as to when to go or where to stay or play, let me know. I was thinking of staying in one of the major casinos with a poker room, and pretty much gorging on poker the entire weekend. In fact, I was largely inspired by Jamie from Wall Street Poker, who recently spent around 2 wks in Vegas raging solo. In fact, go check out his trip reports. Fantastic stuff.

These are all just the seeds of an idea, but a late August trip to Biloxi or Tunica might be just what the doctor ordered. I desperately want to see the country through the eyes of poker. I have had it in my mind to travel around this fine nation to the variety of poker rooms, whether it be a craptastic Seattle room, an mediocre international poker room, or a lavish Vegas room. So, maybe I can cross another place off of my list.

As of now, I am envisioning this trip as a solo adventure, but I will probably see if some of my local degenerates would care to join me. If any of you degenerates would care to join, maybe we can work something out as well.

Or maybe this will all be for naught and I'll end up in Okie Vegas.

I return for a quick tournament at the Wall Street Game tonight. Last night was a very special Wall Street Game in honor of 23Skidoo's monthly sojourn to NYC. I ended up bubbling the tournament and winning $60 in cash games, due in large part to a suckout (JJ v AA preflop all-in for a $100 pot). Hopefully today I can take down the tourney and squeeze in a little Guitar Hero, which was recently purchased by Jaime. I played it for the first time last night and it fucking rocked. But I guess you probably already knew that.

Until next time, make mine poker!

posted by Jordan @ 5:37 PM,


At 7:34 PM, Blogger GaryC said...

I understand completely J and I hope you do about the dates. I had to go with kind of a majority rules thing to please as many people as possible. Keep it in mind though, in case plans change. It certainly won't be the same without you.

I'll have a spot for you bro.


At 10:33 PM, Blogger Pokerwolf said...

Or maybe this will all be for naught and I'll end up in Okie Vegas.

No Bash in PA this year? It's at the end of September.

At 12:52 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Just read your Seattle post...if you're ever in the area again, hit me up and I'd be more than happy to take you to a decent casino (although, unfortunately, the one with the best MTT structure just closed).


At 2:20 AM, Blogger Jamie said...


I'm doing lots of weekend poker trips this year. In fact, I already have two lined up for February. One to Vegas to play in the Venetian Deep Stack tourney series over Prez day weekend (with CK and Lana, I hope) and the other the weekend afterwards to L.A. to check out Commerce and Bicycle. You're more than welcome to come along.

BTW, I loved Vegas (you've read), but it's tough to do solo for that long. So if you want some company in Tunica, I need to scratch that off my list too. Let me know.

Guitar Hero!!!

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in the Memphis area and can help you with info if you want to do Tunica. Five casinos there have poker rooms. I think all five have poker rates for rooms. There are mucho tournaments to play in and all poker rooms offer $1/2 NL and $3/6 limit -- some offer $2/5 NL and there's some spread Omaha.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Can't wait to see you out here for some $2/5 limit donkey poker!

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In fact, all I know about the state is (a) there are casinos with poker, and (b) it has the heighest rate of illiteracy and the lowest quality of public education. Add those two things together and you get JUICY poker action."

LOL i just love your thought process there!

Good stuff man.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger 23skidoo said...

Kuro ( goes to Tunica a good bit, I'm sure he'd be happy to share info.

See you next month!

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

never mind comming to Biloxi, we have enough ass-holes down here already

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

HAHAHAHA! I guess anonymous doesn't need any more competition in the Biloxi Asshole Awards. Rock on, you bitter fuck!


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