Every year at this time, the World Series of Poker has a little competition for the attention of its younger, party-going players. This is the fourth year Electric Daisy Carnival, a three-night electronic music festival sprawled out over the grounds of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has set up in the desert.
Some players are crediting the unusually quiet halls inside the Rio to the absence of the players that spent last night partying under the stars until the sun came up. In fact, there are a few tweets heralding this is a good weekend to get in on the poker action, as all the young guns will be recovering from a night of shenanigans at EDC.
1st event of my lucky #7th WSOP. $1500 NLHE. I'm the youngest at my table by 15 yrs. God bless EDC #WSOP44Follow @Kevish47
This weekend is a middle aged poker player’s dream come true — all the late 20/early 30 something wizards won’t be at @WSOP thanks to EDC!Follow @_tizzle
Some of the players that attended Friday night's dusk 'til dawn festival included Kristy Arnett, Justin Bonomo, Sorel Mizzi, Liv Boeree, Sam Trickett and Jason Strauss.
Since the players are not at the WSOP earning a bracelet, we thought we would give out a few consolation awards.
Best Ride: Kristy Arnett
Wow. @amo4sho made this happen! This is how we are going to EDC! #edcbluebird #edclasvegas @insomniac http://t.co/DwrEUz3Dq4Follow @KristyArnett
Best Dressed: Liv Boeree
Weekend off from poker. Time for EDC! Fun time last night with the crew. http://t.co/zmOZjwyPYZFollow @Liv_Boeree
Best Photographer: Jason Strauss
Here we go !!! for the 3rd year marqueelv presents the #EDC #VipStage @ EDC http://t.co/gkr6d65h94Follow @JasonStrauss
Best Day-After Performance: Sorel Mizzi
Not even a wonderful lady can keep Mizzi away from the job. He took his seat in day 2 of Event #42: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha and is now deep in the money.
Met a wonderful lady last night that was a massive part of my life when I was a teenager @jennahaze #okshestillis http://t.co/7eb3AAbsSiFollow @sorelmizzi
Best Surprise Attendee: Justin Bonomo
Bonomo is currently in contention for WSOP Player of the Year, but that didn’t seem to matter much as he headed out for a weekend of fun.
2nd in PoY race and don't care. Skipping next 4 WSOP days for EDC! Fun begins now at Above & Beyond pool party!Follow @JustinBonomo
How bout @JustinBonomo, in serious contention for POY, and a heads up beast, skipping 10k HU for EDC and life enjoyment! #kidsgrowingupFollow @olegsmith
With two more nights left to the carnival, you can expect a few less big names in the lower buy-ins. But don’t fret, there will be plenty of pros choosing the WSOP over EDC, as the $50K Player’s Championship gets underway on Sunday. That is one tournament you want to be well-rested for.