I'm back from the 2009 BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships at the Riviera in Las Vegas.
This was my 12th trip to Vegas and it marked the first time that I didn't stay at the Riviera. Vegas is hurting and prices are very, very cheap, so there are great deals to be had at really nice casinos. I thought it was time to upgrade - then I came back down to earth and remembered that I'm a broke @#$ pool-player and booked a room at Circus Circus (Tower, not Manor, thank you very much.)
I never thought I would miss the Riv quite so much, but I guess a hypodermic needle is still a hypodermic needle, it doesn't matter which pool it is floating in.
The good news? Marc "Spain" Vidal and I tore through the Masters Scotch Doubles' field to win the title. Our match scores are posted here. Let's just say it was fun.
I had a completely unspectacular go of things in the Grand Master singles after my 4th place finish last year. I'm a little riled up by my brain-dead performance and it makes me want to seek out some barbox 8-ball tournaments to prove to myself that I can still play the game.
One of the nicest parts of my trip was that I got a chance to connect with some people...
like my sponsor, Gary Borge DDS...
and fellow blogger Melinda Bailey (aka Trigger) ...
before being abducted by some random lunatic vagabonds (love ya, babies!)
I love being in Vegas, but I must admit that all the card games and sports betting can be a bit distracting.
Will I be back for a 13th installment? Right now, I'm saying "maybe/maybe not." Who am I kidding? I think my track record speaks for itself :)