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June 2016 pokerpalooza: The rest of the mess

June 13, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 13, 2016 Tournament of champions semifinals, Tuesday afternoon, June 7, 2016. When I busted out of the national championship event, I wasn’t quite done with my pursuit of glory. By virtue of a second-place finish in a tavern tournament of champions event a few months earlier, I had qualified for […]

June 2016 pokerpalooza: Day 3, tournament 5

June 12, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 12, 2016 National championship finals, Tuesday morning, June 7, 2016. When I got back to the motel early Tuesday after that night’s epic near-miss, I asked the front desk clerk for some paper, a pen and some tape. wrote a note to my roommates: “Please wake me up at […]

June 2016 pokerpalooza: Day 2, tournament 4

June 11, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 11, 2016 Tag team tournament, Monday evening, June 6, 2016. After a nap, I set aside my misgivings and reported to the Mohegan Sun Poconos ballroom, hoping to kick some tail and win some money. There were 234 two-person teams in the event. I started off at table 3 in […]

June 2016 pokerpalooza: Day 2, interlude

June 11, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 11, 2016 Monday afternoon, June 6, 2016. Once I advanced to Tuesday morning’s national championship competition, I had a problem: What should I do with myself for the rest of Monday? I’d initially considered playing in Monday’s 1 p.m. bounty tournament. But although it may have been possible to buy in […]

June 2016 pokerpalooza: Day 2, tournament 3

June 10, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 10, 2016 National championship finals, flight 1, Monday morning, June 6, 2016. Shortly before 11 a.m., I took my seat in a large ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono outside Wilkes-Barre, Pa. There were nearly 200 other players in the room, all intent on one thing: Winning lots of chips over […]

June 2016 pokerpalooza: Day 1, tournament 2

June 9, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 9, 2016 Deep stack tournament, Sunday evening, June 5, 2016. After a slow start, I hit a long stretch where nearly everything I do seemed to work out. I didn’t score a lot of huge pots, but I built my stack with nearly every hand I played. One of the players […]

June 2016 pokerpalooza: Day 1, tournament 1

June 8, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 8, 2016 Author’s note: The following post contains imprecations and “curse words” that may not be appropriate for younger readers. MEM ~~~ Early strikers tournament, Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2016. The biggest move in this tournament was probably one that I didn’t make. With blinds low — 200-400, I think — the man in seat […]

June 2018 Scrabble tournament: Part 1 of 4

June 28, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 28, 2018 About a month after this year’s pokerpalooza concluded, I participated in a week-long Scrabble tournament. I was seeded third in the 12-person C division, which contained the lowest-ranked group of competitors after divisions A and B. The event opened with an 11-game round robin, meaning everyone in […]

More (mostly minor) ups and downs of life with an activity tracker

June 24, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 24, 2016 Since I wrote about walking last month, I’ve had two informal walking competitions with my niece and my Parental Unit. One was a Workweek Hustle challenge, conducted at the beginning of June, while the other was a Goal Day challenge, which we did for the first and so far only […]