The 42nd Annual World Series of Poker is well and truly under way at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in the one and only Las Vegas. In celebration of the return of poker's "Super Bowl," and the beginning of Sarah Grant, Kristy Arnett and me roaming the halls of the Rio all summer with the best camera peeps in the business — Adam Brown, Will Thomas and Tennille Olsen — I thought I would compile a few of my video highlights from last summer.
The Stuff Ups
How could I not begin with the blooper reel? Those updates you see every morning take a lot of work remembering so many lines, facts, numbers, names, and more at 4 a.m. We don't roll with teleprompters here at PokerNews — that would be cheating. So because our camera operators patiently shoot take after take, they manage to collect a curse word or two.
Blow Your Bankroll
To mix up our coverage (and keep our sanity), we like to take the cameras off-site every now and then to bring you some of the best from around town. When in Las Vegas, it's all about blowing your dough on things you don't really need, right? Like a $5,000 burger and bottle of wine, perhaps? I was lucky enough to sample that and more at two of Las Vegas' most amazing restaurants — for work. Did I mention I have one of the best jobs in the world?
Rubbing Shoulders with the Stars
Having the opportunity to interview the best poker players in the world is obviously the major reason my job is so amazing. When you add the likes of Matt Damon to that list — he was at the WSOP to promote the Ante Up for Africa event — it only gets better. Life is Good.
It was certainly the year of the Mizrachis in the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Not only did all four brothers cash, but the excitement was rife when both Robert and Michael were both still in so deep. I caught up with them together on Day 6.
Lex the Rock Star
Sometimes the news can get a little dry when you're four weeks into the Series, so to avoid the lull, why not have a bit of fun? We had a bunch of players show off their poker faces and recite the lyrics to a song that I'm sure you're all familiar with. With the help of some creative post-editing, Lex Veldhuis turned into quite the artist.
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