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<p>At this point, we're down to around 140 Poker Stars players, and the payouts start at 81...you're not supposed to just play conservatively just so u can make it into the money, but the way I'd been shortstacked all day and tempting fate with all my coinflip wins, I am starting to think that I'd be perfectly happy to just make the lowest payout threshold and happily call it a day. But the blinds are now going up, and I simply don't have enough Poker Stars chips to play conservatively...gonna have to make a move somewhere. At this point, I actually get to play with some pros for the very first time. I'm sitting next to Mimi Tran who is annoying as f*ck. The dealer made a small mistake with the antes by taking $25 too much from Mimi, but the table caught it and he fixed it quickly and we were ready to move on. Not Mimi though, who for the next 15 minutes berated the dealer in her broken English about how bad he was. No other way to put it: this is just bush-league all the way, and it got the entire table annoyed and we eventually had to call the floorwoman b/c Mimi was causing such a stir. Worst part about it is that when the floor came over and the other player tried to explain just what was happening, the floor (perhaps with stars in her eyes) thought that it was HIM who was causing the ruckus and basically directed her wrath upon him rather than Mimi. Who cares, Mimi busted out a few Poker Stars hands later, but for someone who supposedly plays a lot, she's got to know better than to berate the dealer incessantly for a mistake that the table quickly caught and fixed.

<p>Evelyn Ng and Phil &quot;Unabomber&quot; Laak are also at my table now and I'm enjoying myself because at least I have a story now about playing with Poker Stars pros. Evelyn is like 6 feet tall, made up to the nines, and sporting some of the biggest, roundest fake breasts you've ever seen. She's shortstacked though and is hardly playing. Laak is a nonstop chatterbox from the moment he sits down -- mostly in an annoying but harmless way -- and me being me, I try to get into the act and give some of it back to him, but he AMOGs the bejeezus out of me, and that's the end of that. Interesting hand comes up with Phil who doesn't have many chips and is playing PSP and not really paying attention when I move all in under the gun with AJ. He simply calls the big blind, unaware that I've already moved all in for about 10x the big blind in front of him. The dealer informs him that I've moved all-in but that he can't get back the 2,000 Poker Stars chips he's already &quot;called&quot; with...so Phil basically can forfeit the 2K in chips and fold, or throw in another 8K to call my all-in. He puts on a prolonged routine and then decides to call and flips over a pair of threes to my AJ. Board comes: 5,Q,Q,K (gulp)......Jack and I double thru Phil; for the first time all day, I actually have a stack to work with (perhaps around 24,000 with blinds at 800/1,600 and 200 antes...still not very strong, but if I can outlast another 40 people I can make the money).



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