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Poker Palooza!

This is the largest poker trade show and runs concurrent to the day ones of the Main Event. Booths are set up in a massive space within the Rio and everything from vendors from all walks of the poker industry are here, including vendors of poker supplies, online poker sites, makers of custom tables, poker publications and publishers, as well as a variety of poker services including legal services and poker training.

My day starts with meeting the team from Call the Floorman, creator Greg Nardo and co-host Tracy Kingi. Call the Floorman is a new poker-themed gameshow in development and scheduled to shoot later this year. I'm doing an interview for a possible piece in Poker Pro. During the interview, a team of Dennis Phillips fans (final table of last year's Main Event) interrupts us as they all don Phillips' signature white shirt for his grand entrance into this year's Main Event. The interview goes well and I escort Greg and Tracy to Poker Palooza for some promotional shots and an opportunity to make some introductions for them to help their show.

I see the same spark in Greg's eyes that I see when I look in the mirror. I can tell he's got a great idea and is focused on making it happen…and nothing will get in his way. I'm more than happy to do my small part to help him realize his dream.

Later on I'm joined by Rafe Furst's brother-in-law, who is a possible director for the film version of Life on Tilt. We have dinner with Rafe and some of the Tiltboys. It's a great evening, full of new friends, good food and great poker stories. Perhaps there is another Tilt film project that should be in development?

After dinner I find myself heading back to my room at the Gold Coast after a long day. I stop by the poker room and decide to play a bit before calling it a night. Next thing I know, I'm in a no-limit game with 2007 WSOP Main Event champ Jerry Yang and a couple of his relatives, along with 2006 WSOP Main Event champ Jamie Gold's manager. It proves to be a fun evening of cards away from the hype and mania across the parking lot at the Rio. Just a bunch of folks enjoying the great game of poker for what it is.

After all, isn't that what it's all about?

Take time to Tilt,

John

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