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Vegas Invasion Vids III: Main Event Day 1b, Touring with the Kuz, Lake of Dreams, and July 4th

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minitcred2Here’s the last batch of videos from my Las Vegas Invasion 2009 adventures.

After most of the rest of the Invasion left for Toronto (suckers!) I found myself with a free afternoon, as my lady and her friends wanted to do some shopping.  So I shuttled down to the Rio to experience my first Main Event live.  Found Doyle Brunson and Mike Matusow playing at the featured tables (this after nearly getting run over by Doyle’s scooter out in the hallway!).  Other pros I saw playing this day: Bill Edler, Greg Raymer, and Erik Seidel.

On his last day in town, Livaline and I spent an afternoon walking along the strip with George Kuzmanovic.  The best times were spent down at the MGM Grand, where we saw some cool lions, took a monorail ride, and I found a $58 cash voucher in one of the slot machines!

One of the best sites we saw while in Vegas was the Lake of Dreams exhibit at the Wynn.  A little out-of-the-way spot, the Lake of Dreams is a small man-made pond, in front of a 30 ft waterfall (we watched from the north terrace, which you’ll find by walking through the back doors of the main registration desk).  Every half hour or so a live song-and-video-and-puppet presentation starts.  We saw 5 of the 8 exhibits, over three consecutive nights, and they were all breathtaking (and, if I must say, often times a bit weird).  But well worth your time.

Finally, we stuck around Vegas long enough to celebrate America’s Independence Day.  Most of our time was spent walking through Caesars Palace, as the crowds outside were suffocating.

If you were on the Invasion, and took your own set of videos, send me a link via email to

Watching Doyle Brunson play during Day 1b of the 2009 Main Event at the secondary feature table

Mike “the Mouth” Matusow plays at the feature table during day 1b of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event

George Kuzmanovic talks about his trip, walking by Casino Royale on Las Vegas Boulevard

Watching the lions play on the glass roof at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Watching the lions on the glass roof playing, at the MGM Grand

Watching the lions play around with a ball at the MGM Grand

Livaline and George the Kuz talk about the many Starbucks that line the hallways of the MGM Grand.

A pretty neat art installation at the Venetian Hotel in Vegas

View from the north terrace at the Wynn, before the Lake of Dreams presentation

The bullfighting show at the Lake of Dreams, the Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas

The singing frog show at the Lake of Dreams, the Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas

Livaline enjoys an Independence Day cigar while walking through Caesars Palace on July 4th

Livaline does a pretty good impression of George Kuzmanovic — complete with a 6-8 reference! — in front of some sexy statues near the registration desk at Caesars Palace.

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