Very Josie Meets The Legend, Tony Bigcharles For The First Time
Tony Bigcharles. I've been friends with Tony for about 6 months and met him for the first time during my trip to Vegas. Now let me tell you why I'm friends with Tony. It's because I genuinely like him for who he is. A lot.
Until the last minute I wasn't sure I was going to meet him at all. At first I thought he'd be there, and then he moved immediately to Atlantic City and I didn't think he'd make it back in time to concide with my trip.
But then........The Poker Barrister, Peter Peters bought Tony an airline ticket to Vegas so I knew he was would be attending the meet.
But then........his connecting flight was delayed and he slept through it's departure. He missed it and he was stuck in Florida; a place I knew he wanted to try out. Did he miss the flight purposely? I confess that I thought he did and also thought he'd be missing his meet up.
But I was wrong! He arrived on Saturday night. After I donked out of the AVP tournament at Mirage, Poker Grump and I immediately drove downtown to Binions so I could meet Tony for the first time. Grump and I sat down at a 1-2NL table while we awaited his arrival. After about half and hour he walked right through the door and came over to say hello to me. He was very nice and friendly and talked nonstop. He asked that I leave the table so we could talk in private, which I did.
He asked me if I recognized him when he walked in, which of course I did because I'd seen pics of him before. I in turn asked him if he recognized me. He said "Well....there were 3 women at the table so I knew you were one of them but I wasn't sure. One of the women was Asian and I didn't think you were Asian but I thought you could've been the other woman."
I must say, that surprised me. The "Other woman" was an OLDER woman who was wearing a ratty, tangled, long bleached blonde wig, under this bright sequined hat, that was blinding me when it caught the light in just the right way. But whatev....I suppose I could've donned a blonde wig for a night in Vegas.
Anyway, we chatted for quite a bit, then we took a walk and Tony showed me the VBJ machines, both the good one and the not so good one(it pays even money on black jacks). We got back to the table and played poker. It was a winning session for me but it could've been better if not for Tony....
He rivered a king to make his open ended straight and take a big pot that I'd built with my aggro raising. But that's okay, that's poker baby. It was late and I was ready to go back to my room to sleep. Poker Grump kindly offered to drive me back to my hotel, which I gratefully accepted, and I think this upset Tony. Tony wanted me to take the bus back with him and he would've escorted me, which I appreciate but if my options are a car ride back or the bus, I'm choosing chauffeur service.
The next time I met him was the night after at the TBC Meet Up. We were playing at the same table. One of the first things he said to me that night was "Hey, why don't you have a low cut top on?" Naturally, I made an "adjustment" for him and all was right with the world.
As an aside, Tony was a perfect gentleman during each and every encounter I had with him, which put me at ease and helped me to enjoy our time together. I don't know how many back rubs he got from me but I know he got a lot of them. More than anyone else - I don't think anyone else really got a back rub now that I think about it.
The next day, Monday, I had dinner with Tony. He had a comp for a free dinner up to $160 at Hugo's Cellar. What a nice restaurant! As we walked in, the host gave me a long stemmed rose. Once we were seated the waiter arrived with a vase for my rose! At the end of dinner the waiter was kind enough to wrap the end of the rose so I could take it with me.
And dinner was great. Warm bread rolls and an amazing salad that was made at the table for us. The waiter wheeled over a cart that had just about everything including chopped eggs, shrimp, bleu cheese (yum) and many other things. It was made and tossed before us. Between the salad and main courses we got lemon sorbet in a tiny ice cream cone as a palette cleanser. Mmmmm Both Tony and I got fish for dinner. I'd already had steak with Grump and truth be told, I don't eat red meat all that often, although I enjoy it when I do. So I had the sea bass. Hugo's Cellar had many steak varieties but no chicken fried or country fried steak so Tony opted for the salmon. We both liked our meals and were too stuffed to get dessert even though we had money left to spend and the meal came with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Such a nice nice place. Tony was a pleasant companion and I enjoyed the conversation very much.
We went back to Golden Nugget after dinner and met up with Koala, Lightning and Rob. I watched them play for a bit and then I was off to the airport, courtesy of Poker Grump.
I'm glad I met Tony but I'm not too happy with some of the stuff he does. Truth be told I'm sure he's not a fan of some of the stuff I do, like swearing. I went to his forum tonight to get a link to this post and saw that once again he spoke about his desire to kill people because he lost some money and he called a cleaner the n word. The N word. Now I am the LAST person who will ever tell anyone how to behave. I won't preach to you about which God or religion you should worship, nor will I tell you to vote democrat or republican, or anything else akin to opinion.
That being said it disturbs me that a friend of mine would use such a racist and hateful word and being on tilt doesn't justify this, nor does being autistic. I KNOW that Tony knows better yet he uses hateful words. Of course he also talked about killing people too. He'll say he just says things and doesn't mean them. I say stop fucking doing it then. I say if you're really concerned about losing readers like you say you are, you should watch your behavior and watch your mouth. Of course you're real motivation for not using the N word is should be because it's the right thing to do.
And since I'm in rant mode...let's talk footsie and Rob. Tony left a comment saying he wanted to play footsie, like I did with Rob.
Um, I didn't play footsie with Rob or anyone else for that matter. WTF is with this footsie shiat? If I'm rubbing my body parts on anyone, it won't be my feet. It all started because Rob kiddingly suggested that Grump and I were playing footsie when we were in fact, playing poker. The ironic thing is I was probably flirting with everyone except Grump but there you go. From there, I may have promised footsie with Rob if he's only sit to my right and give me his money. He did give me position and sit to my right but that's about it. No footsie was had. Hmmm that pic IS kinda hot. I think I get it now.
I did have a good time with Tony in Vegas and I hope he enjoyed my company too.
Play smart and think before you speak. <--like I frigging do that.
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