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Madrid Gallery: From Poker to El Prado May 31, 2011

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In May, I traveled to Madrid for the European Poker Tour Women’s Live package I won on PokerStars. During my stay in Madrid, I played a little poker and spent the rest of the time meeting new people and exploring the beautiful Spanish capital. Living it up felt mandatory–my Stars bankroll was direct deposited into my account the day before my flight. Full Tilt players are sadly, still waiting for their money. It was bittersweet when I picked up what would most likely be my last PokerStars gift bag, which included a paperback copy of Victoria Coren’s book For Richer or Poorer, a hot pink hoodie and a stuffed shark holding two aces in his fins. PokerStars sure knows how to do swag. For a full trip report, read my piece on PokerStars Women, and see photos from the trip below.

Outside Gran Casino Madrid, site of the 2011 European Poker Tour Grand Finale
Me outside the Prado. I saw paintings by Goya and Velasquez which I was quizzed in long ago in Art History 101
An amazing store, Agatha de La Ruiz Prada--I bought two neon fantasy dresses.
The Women's Event Final Table
Me at the poker table
Fountain in El Retiro, a giant and lively park in central Madrid
Minnie Mouse and a bubble in Retiro Park.
Relaxing on a Madrid rooftop
At the PokerStars Women cocktail party: Professional player Xuan Liu, Philly poker friend Grace Flanagan and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree
Rie Woodward, a poker pro I met in Madrid.
The food in Madrid was amazing, and the small portions (tapas) were perfect for tasting everything without over-eating.
My brother was also in town during the tournament. Here we are eating at a fantastic Spanish restaraunt-specialties included blood sausage, raw tuna & anchovies.
Ruy Mora of the ICC took me to this restaurant, the closest I got to a bullfight.
A gorgeous little museum near my hotel, featuring the work of the Valencian painter Joaquim Sorolla
me & Rebekah Mercer, editor of PokerStars Women
View From Reina Sofia Museum where I saw Picasso's La Guernica
Ajedrez in Madrid
A girl jumping rope in the lobby of my hotel
Me at the PokerStars party