Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Poker in the rear

Butt's out.

James Butt, that is — eliminated in 54th place in the World Series of Poker Main Event, currently under way at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The field of 5619 card sharks who began play this past weekend has, at this writing, been winnowed to 48, meaning that the aforementioned Mr. Butt is far from alone on the streets of Bright Light City.

Most of the recognizable names — recognizable, at least, to those of us who watch the ever-expanding list of televised poker tournaments on cable TV — have long since exited the fray. Still in the hunt, however, are last year's WSOP champion, Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, and my personal poker hero, Phil Ivey. Both Phil and the Fossilman are maintaining big chip stacks and are looking good to make the final table. Mike "the Mouth" Matusow is currently your chip leader.

By the way, if you're ever at the Rio, check out Penn and Teller. You'll never be the same again. If you're bucks up and hungry, the food at the rooftop VooDoo Café is excellent. If you're on your last Jackson, the Rio's buffet is pretty darned good too. Tell 'em your Uncle Swan sent you.

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