Brian Nadell is seated right in front of our media desk at Table 353 with Michel Abecassis, Chris Bjorin and Kevin Iacofano, among others. He recently spoke up and said, "Let me tell you guys the greatest poker story of all time."
The table looked interested and wanted to hear it. Nadell began to tell the story and it went something like this.
Nadell was playing in a $50-100 Omaha-8 game at The Mirage several years back and explained that Brent Carter played in the game and that he always had a 7-Eleven Big Gulp cup with him. One day, Nadell thought it would be funny to steal the cup and hide it. When Carter was away from the table, he hid the cup. Upon Carter's return, he was immediately in shambles, not knowing where the cup went or what had happened to it.
Nadell went on to explain that Carter "lost it" and went off for one of the worst losing sessions he's ever had. Nadell mentioned that for some reason the Big Gulp cup was almost a security blanket for Carter and once it was gone, he simply couldn't win without it. Nadell said Carter was questioning the floor staff, dealers, the cocktail waitresses and even digging through garbage cans looking for the cup.
Now, while Nadell was telling this story, Marcel Luske, who was seated almost back to back with Nadell at an adjacent table, leaned back in his chair to listen in. He heard the name Brent Carter and pulled out his phone, pretending to dial it. During a break in Nadell's story, Luske gave Nadell the phone and said Carter was on the line and wanted to talk to him. Nadell took the phone, said hello a few times, but no one was there.
The two laughed about this, as did the table, before Nadell went back to telling his story. The story seemed to end with Nadell telling the table that all that happened was Carter lost a lot in the game and "lost his mind," which didn't really resonate as the "greatest poker story of all time" to the others at the table. They joked with Nadell a little bit that the story was much farther from the greatest than Nadell thought and in the end, everyone got a good laugh.