WSOP 2015: Customs delay produces fire sale
So in preparation for the PokerStars Playhouse at the World Series of Poker, we ordered a bunch of merchandise from the PokerStars VIP Store (based in the Isle of Man) to give and raffle away. We planned to give it out over the nine days that we're in residence in suite 27-201 of the Palms Hotel.
But the U.S. Border Patrol and Customs people stepped in and held up our shipment at the FedEx distribution center in Memphis. They wanted to know exactly what we were going to do with X baseball caps, Y decks of cards, Z shark stress toys, and P Daler-Burtons. We made it clear that we intended to give them all away, one way or another, but we were very confused because we had no idea what a Daler-Burton was.
Finally I looked closely at the shipping manifest and realized that the person who had sent us that email had misinterpreted the phrase "Dealer Button". Anyway, after multiple days on the phone with multiple FedEx people, and a long painful wait at the FedEx depot in Las Vegas, we finally have our hands on all the merchandise.
For the last two days the Playhouse is open.
Which means, sports fans, that we're giving the stuff away at warp speed. Some of it (e.g. a PokerStars/Palms t-shirt) you can walk in, and we'll simply ask you what size you are. Other stuff, you'll have to participate in a contest, like play Jen Shahade in chess, me in Scrabble, or Chris Moneymaker in pretty much any contest of skill or chance.
We're opening around noon on Wednesday the 8th and will be open for 6-8 hours depending on how long the merchandise lasts and how crazy it gets. There will be contests, a leader board, raffles for the Really Good Stuff, and good times aplenty.
Fresh from our success on the second day of the Fukuburger giveaway (success defined as everybody's feet stayed dry, no trash cans were swept away, and lots of burgers were given away) we are ready to dole out PokerStars merchandise to all and sundry. Just show up at the Palms suite 27-201 in the Fantasy tower.
You might even win a Daler-Burton.
Lee Jones is the Director of Poker Communications at PokerStars and has been part of the professional poker world for over 25 years. You can read his occasional Twitter-bites at @leehjones.