Pauly, we're speechless. Truly. I'm stunned. I was just getting to blog a bit about my marvelous Nantucket vodka experience, when I came across Waffle's pimpage of the one of a kind Tao of Poker 5th birthday celebration.
I don't know any way to embellish the good news of the event any better than the fine gentleman behind it, so I'll let his words speak for themselves (and if you want to set up a PokerStars account for the occasion, please click the link so that Pauly gets proper credit, or just to to his site and click the link from there):
The Tao of Poker turns five in August. I never would have envisioned what has transpired the last five years. It's been an incredible and amazing run. I've met several sensational people through Tao of Poker, stumbled into a career as a poker writer, and traveled the world.
And of course, none of that would have been possible without you... the reader.
In order to celebrate the Tao of Poker's fifth birthday, I'm throwing a private tournament on PokerStars with an interesting twist... the first place finisher will also win two nights at the Borgata Hotel & Spa in Atlantic City and they will also gain an entry into a $5,000 buy-in NL tournament during the Borgata Poker Open on September 12th.
That's my way of saying... "Thanks for the support over the last five years."
I'm not joking. $5,000 seat plus two nights in my favorite casino in Atlantic City. All you have to do is win the Tao of Poker birthday tournament. Entry is just $5. Tournament ID is #97513073. Tournament name is Tao Poker 5th B-Day.
Seriously. For $5 you get a chance at winning a $5,000 seat at the Borgata Poker Open plus two nights in the hotel. That tournament is on Friday, September 12th starting at 11am.
Here are the specific details...
1. Tao of Poker birthday tournament is open to all readers.
2. No chops whatsoever for the Borgata Package ($5,000 seat + two nights).
3. The 5K seat is a must play.... meaning you cannot take the cash. You have to play the event on September 12th.
4. Package does not include transportation. You have to find your own way to Atlantic City. So if you live in Sweden and win the seat, you are responsible for airfare.
5. Most importantly... have fun.
I should clarify something... there will be normal prize money. The Borgata Package is in addition to the regular prize pool. So the first place winner has a shot at a decent payday in addition to a $5,000 seat and two nights at the Borgata.
The Tao of Poker birthday tournament will feature some of your favorite bloggers and Tao of Poker characters from past, present, and future. Perhaps even a pro or two might show up.
Mark your calendars. August 5th. 9pm ET. PokerStars. Tao of Poker 5th Birthday Celebration. One faithful Tao of Poker reader will walk away with a $5,000 seat to a Borgata Poker Open tournament plus two nights in the swanky Borgata Hotel & Spa which has the most comfortable beds in the world.
Click here for more information on the Borgata Poker Open starting September 3rd. And yes, I'll be covering the entire tournament series (including the 5K event) for the Borgata poker blog with Friedman and Tropical Steve.
Personally, I think the very best part of this is the "must play" nature of the prize. There's nothing worse than putting up a once in a lifetime opportunity, only to see folks take the cash instead, like what happened in the Bodog Blogger Tournament series, where the champion was 10,000 miles away from the Main Event. That still leaves a bad taste in my mouth, as I know many of us dream just for once chance to actually play in an event like this.
Anyway, I'm going to try my damndest to be there, how about you?
As for the best vodka I've ever tasted --- I suppose that's a subject for tomorrow.