LAPT San Jose: Blogger makes good

There is a poorly kept secret in the poker blogging world. It goes a little something like this. A majority of people who write about poker would rather be playing poker than covering it. It should say nothing about their desire to write. They enjoy that too. However, ask any baseball broadcaster if he'd rather be pitching for the Red Sox or sitting in the press box, and you'd get the same answer about, say, 100% of the time. It's common sense. Give a kid a choice between a piece of chocolate and a bowl of guacamole and see how the Id works.

And so, imagine what PokerStars' own Brazilian blogger said when PokerStars offered her the opportunity to stop blogging and start touring around poker tournaments where she would sit at the table instead of standing beside it. I'll give you a second to figure it out, which is about half a second longer than it took our own Maria "maridu" Mayrinck to say "yep, yeah, right on, I'll be playing cards if you need me for anything in the meantime."

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So, let's just get it out in the open. We--and you can read that as I, if you like--am a tad jealous. However, it's a lot like watching a friend get called up to the big leagues. The envy is there, but you can't help but be happy for your buddy.

And so, today, as we kick off the event in Costa Rica, we are pleased to be watching one of our own in competition, even more so when in the middle of level 2, Maria bounded across the room, her cowboy hat bouncing with every step. She announced to all who could hear that she had just made a royal flush.

"And I got action!" she said, immediately reversing course and going back to her table.

Players have just entered level 3 at the 75/150 level. The chip count page has just been update with fresh counts from level 2. Two hundred players remain in the field. We expect to play ten levels before breaking for the night.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour