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Bay 101 is the Bomb

12 Mar 2007

First of all the people here in Northern California are just great and give us the royal treatment every time we come here.

The concept for the tournament is unique and has it's plusses and minuses, but I think the plusses far outweigh the minuses. As a Shooting Star you have a bounty on your head which gives your opponents extra incentive to bust you, but there are ways to exploit that.

On top of that, I'm ensured of a decent table draw. One that certainly won't look like Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, John Juanda, and Michael Mizrachi, as they'll all be seated at different tables themselves.

To tell you the truth, though, my favorite part about the Bay 101 has little to so with the actual casino. I'm in love with the StayBridge hotel. Now, it's not a swanky, 5-Star type of hotel with fancy schmancy toilets and blinds that open via remote control, but it's extremely comfortable.

First of all, the rooms are huge. I honestly have more closet space here than I do at home, and I have an entire room devoted to closet space at my house. At least I thought it was my closet space, but I quickly learned that, nope, that's Lori's too.

The living room is huge. They have high speed wireless internet in the rooms. You have a TV in the bedroom as well one in the living room with a DVD/VCR player, a couch and two lounge chairs. That, and a kitchen table with a couple chairs.

Not done there, here is the important part... a full kitchen! Complete with plates, cups, utensils, pots, pans, a stove, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee maker, etc. It's the closest thing to being at home as you'll ever get while on the road. That's not all.

Downstairs by the front desk they have a small area where you can buy a few things. Drinks, snacks, but more importantly, a freezer with frozen food that you can bring up to your room and cook yourself. Not just any food, though, Vegan friendly options! Apparently the owner is very health conscious, and they have all sorts of good stuff to choose from, Vegetarian Samosa, etc. That's what I had tonight, and man were they good.

That's not all. There is a pool of course and a gym. Also, for breakfast, they offer a COMPLIMENTARY breakfast for guests. That's awesome if you ask me. I'm a real cheapskate when it comes to ordering breakfast. I've always felt like a sucker when I pay $55 for toast, a fruit plate, and a hot tea. Not here, I can grab what I like and don't have to feel weird about sneaking off with the food like I normally do at breakfast buffets. (I told you, I'm cheap :-( They also offer food and free drinks in the evenings. I'm cool with paying for that if I had to, it's just breakfast I don't like shelling out for.

I think the ONLY complaint I have about the place is the pillows. Just not my style, I like something a little firmer than these.

So anyway, I'm here, relaxed, took all of my stuff out of my suitcase (always a good sign), have eaten, and most importantly: that last blog, where I mentioned my fantasy hockey game? I WON GAME 5!!! I'm up 3-2 and game #6 is Tuesday. I'm SOOOOOO excited you have no idea. On the plane ride over here from Denver I was freaking out, not knowing the final score. Man, what a relief.

As for the poker, I've got everything done that I needed to. Wrote my Card Player column, got my syndicated column done, updated my fantasy scores, ate a good meal... I guess all that's left is... a good night's sleep. That's a little bit of a problem as I'm still a little wound up and we have an 11:15am start time tomorrow, not to mention we lost an hour yesterday.

Speaking of losing an hour, I was so confused coming from Denver is an hour difference, an hour this way, an hour that way, I have no clue what time it is! LOL. Oh well, hopefully the lady at the front desk who's giving me a wake up call knows!

Good night all. It's tournament time again.