Although I enjoy playing any and all card games, I find poker one of the more interesting ones, for the following reasons:
My annual ATLARGE trips
ATLARGE stands for "ATLantic City Annual Rec.Gambling Excursion". Every year, people who post and read the rec.gambling.poker newsgroup get together for a weekend in March to meet each other and play poker. It's a time you can finally put an actual face to someone you've only talked with via the newsgroup. I have attended six ATLARGE events so far, from 2000 to 2005. At these events, I play in the official ATLARGE poker tournaments: the No-Limit Texas Hold'Em tournament, the Limit 7-card Stud tournament, and the H.O.E. tournament - a new addition to the 2003 event. (In case you've never played tournament poker, each player pays an entry fee. All entrants start with the same number of "tournament" chips. You play until one player has won everybody else's chips. Needless to say, tournaments can take quite a long time to finish). ATLARGE 2001 was exciting, because both my friends Dennis and Chris made it to the final table in the limit 7-card Stud tourney. Both finished in the money, with Chris getting 6th place, and Dennis taking 3rd place. However, ATLARGE 2002 will be the one I remember for some time, since ten of us descended upon Atlantic City, and we had an absolutely fantastic time. I was fortunate enough to make it to the final table in the No-Limit Hold'Em tourney, and managed to fight my way to a third place finish! You can read all the details in my trip report. This following year (2003) was also a record-setting trip for the 8-2 Club, as four of us placed in the money. Greg matched my placement last year by winning 3rd in the NLHE tourney, but Dave topped us all by winning First Place! And in the Stud tourney, Chris won 8th and Mike won 4th. Again, read my trip report for more info. We didn't fare so well in 2004, but Mike managed to make the final table in the Stud tourney, keeping our club's "final table" streak alive. 2005 was the year that fifteen 8-2'rs attended ATLARGE, and we had an absolute blast. It was a good one for me, as I was the only member to make a final table, and I also won the "Best in Show" pool. Check out the details. In 2006, a whopping twenty-one 8-2'rs made the trek to A.C. Although I didn't place in the money, I still had a fantastic time, which you can read all about here.
That's me playing in the 2001 Hold'Em tournament
That's me playing in the 2002 Hold'Em tournament.
I made it to the final table and placed third!
That's me after picking up my third
place tournament certificate check
Me playing in the 2003 Stud tourney
The 8-2 Poker Club enjoying ATLARGE 2004
(Note the way cool custom logo'd shirts)
Me and 8-2 Mike enjoying ATLARGE 2004
The 8-2 Poker Club at ATLARGE 2005
Enjoying the ATLARGE 2005 PokerStars banquet
Ron, Dennis and I playing at the Luxor in Vegas
Raking in the chips at The Bellagio