"I've seen Michael Spegal? This is Michael Spegal!
"Who are you rooting for?" asked a fellow poker writer, while he checked odds online.
"Gavin," I said.
"Seriously? You can't root for him, he's the favorite! You'll never make any money!"
I didn't want to tell the guy that placing bets on bets is, to me, a sign of a degenerate gambler. No offense to you degenerate gamblers out there.
Mike and Gavin's final table is but a small part of today's action-packed Amazon Room. In total, six tournaments are in play and big names have filled the room like bubbles in a bathtub. Phil Hellmuth sauntered in over an hour late to the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better event, and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson joined the fun after being eliminated in fourth place in the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event.
The tournament overflowed into the tent, and on a windy Las Vegas day like today, it can get kinda scary. The tables creak, the rods groan, and the lights swing. It's like a haunted house of poker. And oh did it ever smell delightful - a mix of about 50 tables of different body odors, beer, and artificial cooling mist. Yum.
Okay it wasn't that bad. The Rio nicely pumped up the air-con inside the main room so that the hoodie and sweat-suit wearing players wouldn't sweat too much in a bluff. Unfortunately for us reporters in our stylish but definitely-not-thermal black PokerListings.com dress shirts, we've learned that we must dress in layers for the next six weeks.
The sun has gone down on the tournament now, and it's up to PokerListings.com to pick up the caffeine and show you what's up. Make sure you stay tuned for the next eight hours as we see the showdown of two - yes, TWO - final tables, and go place your bet if you haven't done so already.