Moderately funny story from San Remo that I forgot about until just now:
Covering the EPT presented a new challenge for me. Each of the regional poker tours has its own following of players. I've covered a bunch of APPTs; I know that circuit well now. The LAPT is still in its relative infancy and had small, easily manageable fields. Even though I only covered one LAPT, it went off without a hitch.
The EPT, on the other hand, was around for almost five full seasons before I showed up in San Remo. That tournament drew a field of 1,178 players, many of them EPT regulars that I wouldn't have been able to pick out of a police line-up. It was frustrating to look at a tournament room jammed to the rafters full of poker players, to know that many of them were "names" to cover, and not to know which ones they were.
After Day 1B, the PokerNews crew found ourselves on the street outside the casino, walking behind Marco Traniello. Someone commented on Traniello's appearance, and that's when we realized that, despite having already played both Day 1s that were scheduled for the event, nobody noticed that Traniello was in the field. I was so busy trying to figure out who all of the Euros were that I had overlooked someone I should have easily recognized.
The next day, I grabbed a hand from Traniello's table early in the day and wrote the following post on the PokerNews Live Reporting blog:
Hey Look! It's Marco Traniello!Suffice it to say that, "Hey look! It's Marco Traniello!" is a new running gag for the PokerNews crew.
Ok. We're in a country full of Italians. And we're not Italian. Not a one of us. So you can forgive us if, in a country full of Italians, we miss an Italian or two. It's like that old joke -- they all look the same to us. That's not really true, of course, but we have no other excuse for why we didn't notice Marco Traniello in the field yesterday.