A prominent Irish player took a suite in the Ritz during the Barcelona tournament of the European Poker Tour. He was watching the final of the EPT and got very unlucky, because he’d had a few drinks and then Tall Ed from Amsterdam won a huge pot in the Omaha cash game and very generously started sending around free drinks for everybody who was watching the tournament. And then Tall Ed very generously did it again; and again; and again. So, the Irish player finally made his way back to the Ritz and made it to his suite, but woke up the next morning about a yard away from the king-size bed, hung over and cold on the floor, and about to face a large bill for the privilege of sleeping in the room, to boot. Well, he’s been claiming it was a bad beat, because had he taken a regular room, he would have made it to the bed, as the bed in a standard room is ever so much closer to the door.
That leads straight into another suite story, and this one happened during the EPT event in Dublin. Kevin O’Connell uncharacteristically took a huge suite at the Conrad Hotel, and lots of people were very impressed because he had a grand piano in the middle of his suite. So, we were having a few pints in the cellar bar of the Merrion Hotel and it was mentioned to Kevin that this might be a little extravagant, because neither he nor his suitemate could play the piano. But Kevin replied that he couldn’t play Omaha, either, and that had never stopped him from sitting down in an Omaha game.
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