From the WSOP rail: Ray Romano sounds off on golf and poker

4 July 2008

By Vin Narayanan and Gary Trask

Ray Romano 'sucks' at golf and poker
Actor Ray Romano is playing in the Main Event for the second straight year. The "Everybody Loves Raymond" star is also a fixture at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour and when we asked which he was better at, golf or poker, he was brutally honest.

Ray Romano

Ray Romano (left) won $1,000 by outlasting Jason Alexander. And Perry Friedman is proudly representing Full Tilt. (photo by Vin Narayanan, Casino City)

"I suck at both," said Romano as he walked out of the Amazon Ballroom to take the last 20-minute break of the night. "The difference is that in golf, I know what I'm supposed to be doing and how I'm supposed to be swinging the club, but I can't do it. Here, I really have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing and what I'm not."

Despite the self-deprecation, Romano left a healthy stack of chips at the table following the end of Level 4 play.

"One more level to go," said Romano, who was wearing a cap from the animated movie Ice Age -- Dawn of the Dinosaurs (scheduled to be released in 2009), in which he voiced the main character. "Last year I played for nine hours on Day 1 and busted out. I'd love to get to Day 2. I'm almost there."

(Editor's note: Romano advanced to Day 2. And he said he read Doyle Brunson's Super/System Wednesday night -- the night before he was scheduled to begin play.)

Mystical robes and beard no help for Cahail

Smyth

Blair Cahail's wizard costume didn't bring him any luck at the table. (photo by Vin Narayanan, Casino City)

Some poker players wear sunglasses. And others wear hoodies. And others, like Blair Cahail, wear costumes. Cahail earned the fashion statement of the day by losing a bracelet bet to his roommate Blair Hinkle, who won the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament (Event 23). Cahail's "payment" was donning a mystical robe and fake headpiece that included long white hair and a white beard. Cahail completed the outfit with a PokerNews Strategy patch. Unfortunately for Cahail, the mage look didn't give him any magic at the poker table. He was eliminated early on Day 1A.

No TV for you
During a break towards the end of the night, the WSOP staff clarified the rules on how to handle "all-in call."

Yell "all-in call" and raise your small paddled, intoned floor supervisor. "Then wait five seconds and proceed."

"It's not likely that you'll end up on TV."

Talking a good game
Fort Lauderdale's Maurice Hawkins brought some old-fashioned trash talk to the felt in the final minutes of Day 1A. During one hand, he started chanting "Day 2, Day 2, Day 2" after making a raise. His opponent, clearly weighing whether or not to play the hand or survive Day 1, elected to fold and pushed his chips over to Hawkins while Hawkins was yelling "holla!" Hawkins, who told the table that he doesn't drink, offered to buy shots for two tables, and had plenty of fun debating the finer points of hand strategy with his table mates.


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