ACOP Main Event Day 2: Party at the Hard Rock
Last night the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino here in Macau hosted the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Player's Welcome Party. With play in the Main Event wrapping up before 10pm last night, players and staff scurried off to their rooms to change into their party boots before heading poolside for a night of merriment.
The pool area of the Hard Rock is a great spot for relaxing by day, or entertaining by night. Deck chairs surround the pool for those looking to take a load off, but most of the party goers were happy to stretch their legs and mingle near the open bar and incredible food buffet.
On one side of the deck, a stage was setup where we were soon greeted by one of the more unique entertainment acts we have ever seen. A stunning girl, dressed in nothing but a bikini playing a rather impressive electric instrument that was something crossed between a sitar and a double bass. She rocked the stage and when she cranked out the tune to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" then we really knew we were at a poker party.
As the drinks continued to flow, so did the entertainment as attention turned to the much-hyped ACOP Beer Pong Championships.
A knockout format pitted teams against each other until it came down to a battle of Team Full Tilt in the final, with Jonathan Karamalikis and Ami Barer taking on Tom Grigg and Pat Crivell.
There was plenty of beer, and a lot of pong, and in the end it was the team of Grigg and Crivell who emerged victorious.
As the evening continued, a few rebel games of beer pong broke out for those who missed out earlier. There was even a more refined game of champagne pong led by Didier Guerin (although reports coming in this morning suggest that Didier had a rather memorable evening). There was a little beach volleyball, a scavenger hunt and even a friendly game of beach cricket broke out.
The night didn't really have an end point with the DJ cranking out the beats well into the early hours of the morning.
A few managed to stumble back to their hotel rooms, while others kicked on to D2 night club to dance away until the sun rose.
Some would say it's just another night in Macau, but for the rest of us, it was a pool party to remember...at least for those who can remember.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.