'Vegas, Here I Come'

Dealer sets up poker table at the Binion's Horseshoe Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2004/4/22
This report by Ken Adams is part of a series for chronicling his run at the 2005 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
It's only hours until takeoff and I am psyched. I am scheduled to spend most of today at the American Antitrust Institute's annual conference. It will be hard to stay focused on the panels I am supposed to participate in, as the clocks ticks down to my departure time.

My flight leaves at 4:50 today. I plan to sleep as much as possible on the plane, and will spend the non-sleeping time going over my notes from prior tournaments in hopes of not making the same mistakes this time out.

I am scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas around 7:00 pm (PDT). I will grab a taxi to the Gold Coast, where I am staying. After checking in I will walk next door to the Rio to check out the tournament scene. If the lines are not too long I will probably play in a couple low buy-in single-table satellite events where you pay $120 (or $240) to play against nine other players. The winner gets $1,000 (or $2,000).

It would be nice to win the price of the buy-in for Wednesday's $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Mostly I just need to dust the cobwebs off my no limit tournament game, and get back into the rhythm of tournament play before sitting down in Wednesday's event.

If there is time, I will also take care of as much of the administrative paperwork as possible Tuesday night -– getting my seat assignment for the tournament on Wednesday, getting my press credentials, depositing my cash at the cage, etc.

I plan to get to bed by 1:00, to make sure I am well rested for the tournament on Wednesday. Usually I find it hard to sleep for more than 4-5 hours at a time at the World Series. Just too much adrenaline I guess.

In the morning I will check my office emails, deal with any work-related calls that have to be made, have a healthy breakfast, and head for the gym for an hour of exercise. Around 10:00 I will start getting seriously focused on my game plan for the tournament. I'll walk over to the Rio at 11:30, locate my assigned table in the cavernous tournament area (200 tables in one convention space larger than a football field), and take my seat.