Keeping Out the Riff-Raff
750 percent increase for VIP lounge keys at the WSOP

by , May 1, 2008 | 12:28 pm

Part of my master plan for covering the 2008 WSOP has already gone awry …

Last year, you could make a $1,000 charitable donation for access to a VIP Players lounge across the hall from the Amazon Room. Inside was a pool table, putting green (where Phil Ivey $5,000 putts became a semi-regular occurrence) and food catered by Del Frisco’s. Oh, and free booze, too, I think. Yum. So this year, Pauly and I were gonna pony up the G. After all, we spend nearly a thousand bucks on food being at the Rio for 6+ weeks anyhow, so why not do it in a feel-good, tax-deductible way that would provide extra-comfortable seating, superior meals, and super-premium access to top players shooting the poker and non-poker shizznit … off-the-cuff but plausibly on-the-record while the rest of the media is locked down in the media kennel being fed terrible $8 hamburgers and occasional free sandwiches that lose their flavor after about Day 2.

Alas …

Informed sources tell us plans for the 2008 “V-VIP lounge” are still being finalized, but based on feedback from last year’s VIPs (those who got in before lounge access was sold out) that it wasn’t as exclusive a getaway as they had hoped for, this year the price of admission will be a $7,500 contribution to the Nevada Cancer Institute. Supposedly the whole experience will be much more high-end. Not sure yet about what that entails, but the big-dollar pros can at least be confident that it won’t include a couple of bloggers sitting with them drunk and shirtless begging for autographs.

7 Comments to “Keeping Out the Riff-Raff
750 percent increase for VIP lounge keys at the WSOP

  1. Steve Horton

    You’re right about those hamburgers. I got the burger once. Once. Never again.

    Strangely enough, the best value and best tasting item were the huge plate of nachos for $4.

  2. Mean Gene

    Oh God, I’m not ready yet to eat one of those roast-beef sandwiches on that dusty potato bread. One was OK. The next 37 did something bad to my insides.

    Oogh…yup, that’s my liver again…

  3. DanM

    I think your 37 Bud Lights might have something to do with the liver probs, too, Geno.

  4. BJ Nemeth

    I used my one-hour dinner breaks to go off-site to El Pollo Loco. Totally worth it.

  5. DanM

    Do they have a VIP program there? You know, like buy 4 get the 5th one free?

  6. California Jen

    Sao Paulo will have extended hours this summer, if that helps anyone.

    And Pollack said that there will be an improved menu in the poker kitchen this year. (But if that means longer hot dogs, that will just be wrong on so many levels.)

    Also, the Mah Jongg (sp?) Chinese food place in the Rio is fast and pretty dang good.

  7. steve hall

    You would have to drink a lot of beer to make that +Ev.