My Mom made a surprise visit out to Las Vegas last week to have her first live look at the World Series of Poker. Having spent quite a few long summers out here during the Series, it felt good to see the city through her fresh eyes. She could only get a few days away from work to spend in the city so I tried to think of as many ‘typical’ Las Vegas things to do as possible. There’s just WAY too much of Vegas to see in 3 days but we tried!
We spent an evening watching the Cirque du Soleil show KA. That was (as expected) a magical experience. Honestly, those shows are just dreamy and incredible. Ka is a really athletic show and it made me want to learn how to run up vertical walls and do back flips. Not a very do-able ambition I know.
We had a couple of really lovely dinners (including eating at SW so we could see the giant singing frog) and I even managed to get her to the roulette table with me for a little bit of low-stakes gambling. Hey, when in Vegas, right?
The best part was showing her around the Rio and introducing her to the people I work with in the poker media and some of my favourite players. Seeing the look on Scott Seiver’s face when I introduced them and she said ‘of COURSE I know who Scott is,’ was priceless. My Mom is incredibly clued up on poker and the goings-on in the poker world and she had a great time wandering around the rail.
The visit was over way too soon and sadly before I started working on the ESPN coverage for the Big One for One Drop. Still, it was a fantastic visit and I’ve no doubt that she’ll be back again next year! As for me, it’s on to the main event and then I’m heading to Venice in Italy for the WPT National Series event from the 21-25th of July. Hope to see some of you there.