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Bama 41, Georgia 30 + A Trip to Vegas Next Week!!

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Sep 30, '08

Errr. It's been a week again since posting. I'm gonna try to get better at this, but I can't make any promises. School is keeping me busy enough. Still, I'd like to blog more than once a week.

There's been a lot of excitement, atleast from an Alabama football standpoint, since I last posted. Being the huge Bama fan that I am, I traveled with my friends Zack and Joseph over to Athens, GA for the UA vs UGA game. We arrived around 9 p.m. Friday night and checked into a really divey motel called America's Best Inn off of Atlanta Hwy. I called like 25 hotel/motels on Thursday afternoon, and of course they were all booked. Finally, I found this joint and the guy guaranteed me atleast Friday night of having the room. Upon arriving, we had no idea what our plans were for sleeping on Saturday. Anyway, after checking in we bought a handle of bourbon and went to work on it for a little bar pregame. Eventually, we cabbed it downtown to hit the Athens bar scene that we'd heard so much about. It didn't disappoint. We visited Bourbon Street, City Bar, Sandbar and Boarshead. Maybe some more, but I don't remember. We had a really good time and arrived back sometime around 4 a.m.

Saturday afternoon we woke up to the motel manager banging on our door at 12:45 p.m., lol. Checkout was at 11 a.m., I guess. We listened to the guy scold us about oversleeping as we packed up our stuff and headed out to find some lunch. We settled on an Arby's and then went to check with some of the local motels to see if any of them had a room. We tried about half a dozen until we found a place called Perimeter Inn that did the trick. The rate was 80 bucks, but the catch was there was only 1 king bed. Sigh. We locked it up, showered, and cabbed it towards campus for the game.

We arrived on campus around 3 p.m. with a 30 pack of beer ready to tailgate with some gal's we know from UA. Had a really sick time, met some cool people, ate some really good ribs, and then stumbled to the stadium for the 7:45 start. Joseph had a ticket, but Zack and I needed to find some. Tickets were hard to come by, so instead we went back to our old tricks and tipped some security guard just 100 bucks to let the two of us in. Pwnt. Without a seat, we were a lil nervous but found a friend of ours in the Bama student section and stood there. Bama jumped out 31-0, but then we had to sweat it hardcore. We hung on to win 41-30 and now occupy the number 2 spot in the rankings. We went back to the bar Bourbon Street after the game to celebrate. Pretty sick weekend of debauchery.

So, I'm back in Tuscaloosa now. I had an accounting test today that I think and hope went alright. I've got a paper due like next week for American Lit that I anticipate writing the night before it's due. I've also got a couple more quizzes this week.

A lot of this schoolwork is pretty annoying. I would much rather be in Aruba or London right now :( I was chatting with a friend of mine tonight that's already graduated, and she told me to not wish college away too fast. I've heard this a lot, so I'm gonna do my damndest to just enjoy the hell out of it. One thing I am noticing though since being back in school is people are just lazy and procrastinate by nature. For whatever reason, I think I've convinced myself that poker is what did that to me. I mean, it definitely hurt my work ethic and ability to get stuff done, but I'm starting to think that I wouldn't necessarily be a better, more productive human by using this degree and getting a job instead of playing poker after I graduate. That's a long way from now though, so we'll see what happens.

Some pokerrrrrrrrrrr news: I'm headed to Vegas next week! Thursday to be exact. It turns out we have like a two day fall break and are off of classes Thursday and Friday of next week. I don't have Friday classes anyway, but this extra day makes it sensible to fly out and play a 3000, 5000 and 2000 dollar affair. I am so pumped. It will've been almost twelve weeks since I've played a live tournament when I sit down in the Fontana Lounge to play next week. This is by far the longest stretch I've gone without playing live poker since I started playing professionally in January of 2006. I am currently still ranked in the top 10 in the Cardplayer Player of the Year Race, at number 9. I've checked my exam schedule, and I'm definitely going to be able to fly out and play the 15000 dollar Five Diamond main event in late December, so that's exciting. If I can win a prelim event next week, win the main event in December AND John Phan doesn't accumulate many more points I could still be player of the year!! It's about 5000 to 1 odds against :)

Quickly, some online results from Sunday: I arrived back home late Sunday afternoon and decided to play about 6 tournaments. I cashed shallow in the mulligan, the UB main event (16th?) and bubbled a PCA satellite by finishing 14th with 9 packages awarded. I did receive my money back though as 14th got paid. Overall, it was a small winning day.

Ok that blog got long fast. Cheers.


Shannon Shorr is a professional poker player from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He finished fourth in the Card Player 2006 Player of the Year race. You can follow his progress at

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