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PCA Ladies Bahamas Gallery January 20, 2011

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I just got back from Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where I played in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventures Ladies Event, held at the overpriced but spectacular Atlantis Resort. Ricki Lake (yes, that Ricki Lake!) busted me with AK>ATs in a standard spot about seven levels in. I did have some interesting hands earlier in the tournament, which I’ll share later.

As you can see from the photo from my hotel room balcony, the Atlantis was an easy place to enjoy. The waterslides and aquarium made me feel like a kid again and it was lovely to meet and drink with people I had previously only known from their online screen-names. I actually felt sad to leave at the end of the trip, which is rare for me–I’m usually excited to get back to Philly.

The photo gallery below includes shots from the tournament, the resort and Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Also look for my full recap later this month on PokerStarsWomen.com. Many congrats to Change 100 (Kristin Bihr) who took down the tournament for almost 30K and wrote a candid recap rich in details on her blog, Pot Committed.




What were the chances that the final four would be all blonde? I came up with about 50 to 1.



Daniel tapping the glass.




A statue of Columbus and Bahamian schoolchildren.




A cannon used as a horizontal trash can.




At this point the tournament was down to just four players, including Team Pokerstars Pro and writer Vicky Coren and the eventual winner, Kristin Bihr.







Talk show host & actress Ricki Lake and Poker Player/tax attorney Jamie Kerstetter




Maryann Morrison, the editor of Woman Poker Player Magazine and producer of Women’s Poker Hour










Lauren Kling, highstakes tournament player and PCA Ladies Event runner-up.



Carmelita Cothron (left), who won 100K on PokerStars’ Million Dollar Challenge and Stella Davila (right) a Women’s Poker League regular.







Kalik, a Bahamian beer drunk in spades by poker players last week.

Chess at Sundance! January 18, 2011

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Bobby Fischer Against the World premieres at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum (to open in Saint Louis on September 8th) will present a photo exhibit and will host a series of chess exhibitions by chess players, including me, Alexander Shabalov, Joel Benjamin and Iryna Zenyuk.

Being in Sundance for a few days should be great inspiration for the Extreme Chess shoot on Sunday the 23rd. See the flyer for details, and if you’re within striking distance, join the fun!