Early Scores for DonkeyBomber, Goldfarb, and Toothless Bob

by , Jun 1, 2010 | 11:24 am

Our varsity captain was one of two Team ‘Ati players to cash for 4x his buy-in on his first event of the Series.

Team Pokerati is off to quite the fine start … and we I haven’t even gotten everyone their patches yet! (Required to wear upon making the money; my bad this time — no one has to run laps.)

While Harris took home nothing valuable Day 1 experience in his first $1k of 2010, the Arizona contingent showed up in force for the $1,500 O8B. Team members Pat Poels and Julie Schneider checked in, while Tom Schneider and Robert Goldfarb both mid-cashed. 81 total made the money, with Tom and Robert finishing 32nd and 29th, respectively, for $6,128 paydays.

But the real Team Pokerati powerhouse emerging right from the summer git-go comes from our JV squad and Toothless Bob. I hope we’ll be hearing/talking more about him as the Series goes along, because he’s a great guy and an inspirational amateur … and he showed he is ready to tear it up playing the non-Rio WSOP offshoots.

JV All-Star Toothless Bob – thus far the winningest player to don the upside-down spade in 2010.

Bob’s a 60something Vietnam vet and retired security guard who came out to Vegas content living on social security, VA benefits, and low-stakes grinding. You may recall my drive out here with him, when Pokerati relocated its headquarters from Dallas to Las Vegas. Alas, the economy tanked and jobs disappeared as he learned the hard way he couldn’t beat the rake playing 3-6 limit. And then he had the problem with the Golden Nugget and his teeth, or lack thereof. (That’s a whole ‘nother story for another time.)

Anyhow, after heading back to Dallas to unretire (perhaps a bit with his tail between his legs, but always with his head up!) Bob eventually made it back to Vegas about six months ago, and says this time he’s staying for good. He’s still recovering from some pretty serious surgery, however, as less than a month ago, doctors finally removed a football-size cancerous tumor from his gut. But looking to re-find his joie de vivre, Bob entered Event #2 in the Binion’s Poker Classic — a $160 NL.

There were 187 players … he made it to the final table as a short stack. Survived long enough to chop six ways for $3k, and finish in 2nd place. Then, after a day of rest, he tried the $65 nightly at Sahara … and won it!

I don’t have the exact numbers from the Sahara yet, but it’s usually 90 people or so, for a first prize payout slightly over a G.

I think that makes Bob the team leader in net cashouts and ROI thus far.

Congrats, Bob! And pretty good everyone else.

2 Comments to “Early Scores for DonkeyBomber, Goldfarb, and Toothless Bob”


    Love to hear stories of this nature. Thanks Dan, give him my best next time you see him!

  2. Alicia

    Yea Bob! Making Lodge Amateur Poker proud!