PCA 2013: Players Lounge grind paying off

So, the idea went like this:

I heard that there was an online player named Ryan 'Piggysnipz' Pignatelli grinding in the PCA Player Lounge here. The story said he'd been there all morning using the free internet and that he'd just made a final table of a $109 freezeout. That's a fund story no matter how many guys are still playing the $100,000 Super High Roller. So, I trotted myself down the hall and listened for the sound of PokerStars' riffling ethereal chips. It wasn't hard to find.

Now, given, it's been a while since I had the time to spend time multi-tabling tournaments, so I'd forgotten a few things. For instance, you don't interview a guy when his screen looks like this.

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Photo courtesy of Erik Rosenberg


That's what I found when I got to the Player Lounge. The guy's eyes were fixed on the screen. He may have been in the final few players of a Sunday tournament, but his attention was elsewhere, and elsewhere, and elsewhere. And elsewhere. He--literally--couldn't afford to have an old man badgering him with questions.

But there he sat without about a dozen other people in the Players Lounge, one of the places PokerStars has set up free WiFi hotspots here at Atlantis. It's also where the VIP Club has set up shop and is running a contest to see who can guess the number of stress stars in this giant tank.

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It goes beyond that. The Players Lounge will also soon begin hosting the Zoom poker challenge that Rick Dacey describes in this overview of new PCA events.

Oh, you want more? It's also just a place to hang out, shoot some pool, and have a drink (seriously, there is a fully-stocked bar in there with a bartender and everything).

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As for Piggysnipz, he ended up finishing third in that tourney and continued his Sunday grind. And as much as we'd love to sit and watch, we're on live poker duty this week, so it's back to the $100,000 event.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging