I bought this shirt with your money.
-T-shirt at the WSOP gift shop, Rio Convention Center, Las Vegas
So I'll be heading again back to Tunica, Aug. 11-13. Hopefully this time around I'll be flush with cash from staking Absinthe for 1 percent of his winnings from the WSOP Main Event. He won a seat a few days ago in Full Tilt's WSOP Second Chance tournament.
Maybe it's silly to pay $200 for a stake in something that's now like a lottery. But it's also a show of support, it's a salute to a good year he's been having so far with tourneys. Poker magazine databases say he's won more than $123,000 with six different brick-and-mortar cashes, including $113,000 for winning a $300 buy-in NL event at the L.A. Poker Classic earlier this year. The Hendon Mob even has a profile page for him (but no picture, just a sinister-looking silhouette).
Online sportsbooks are listing him as 2500 to 1 to make the final table. But many more people will cash in the $10,000 buy-in event and if he makes the money, he won't have to go too deep before ol' kitty sees a profit.
And $200 isn't too much of a sacrifice for a gambler. Spending that feels way better than accidentally betting 100 British pounds on an online hand of blackjack.
The Poker Gods seem to be supporting me in this endeavor. Not five minutes after I transferred the money to Troublecat at Full Tilt poker, I doubled up twice on the WP's NL tables, making toasters more than pay for my stake, a potential piece of a fortune.
"I'll stake you anytime," I tell Ryan via IM, loving the coincidence.