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Online Newsletter
July 2011

July 12, 2011 was one of the sponsors for long time tournament poker player John Koliner in this year's 2011 World Series Of Poker, held at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this July.  The first day of the "final tables" on 07/09/2011 was marked by quite a few unusual Las Vegas weather events.  The temperatures were over 100 degrees, and it poured rain for half the day.  So the humidity was also very, very high for Vegas, which made it a bit unusually uncomfortable both outside and inside the Rio Casino. Who would have thought that the desert would be this wet and humid in July?  But it was....bringing high winds, torrential rains and some lightning - during the daytime, while the World Series continued inside.

Even the "Red Carpet" area they had set up outside for the incoming VIP guests (including Ray Romano and Brad Garrett, among others) was turned into a big red sponge, that most people had to walk around. sponsored John again this year, as he has won over $57,000 in recent tournaments at the Borgota in Atlantic City. John made it all the way through Day 1 AND Day 2 of the "final tables".  Unfortunately he was knocked out at the end of Day 2.  He was proud to have lasted even that long, playing against some of the best poker players in the world.  We are sure that he will be back next year, to try to win again. Congratulations to him for getting as far as he did, in the biggest poker event in the world!

Below are some photos of the World Series for all you poker players to enjoy.  A few famous poker players are in the shots.....

The famous Rio Hotel & Casino where the World Series was held

John Koliner and Sponsor Dan Harrison from

Close up of the Rio flag from the rooftop at the Voodoo Lounge

View from the top of the Rio, facing east, over the Las Vegas Strip

John Koliner with poker great, Lewis Rechtleben, from Atlantic City

John Koliner atop the fabulous Rio Hotel & Casino

The entrance to the World Series Of Poker

The entrance to the World Series Of Poker

John Koliner making a critical poker decision

The inside entrance to the World Series Of Poker, from the casino

The ESPN WSOP final table, all lit nice for TV

WSOP Gift Shop

John Koliner with a poker great, Robert Doyle from Atlantic City

John Koliner with another poker great, Andy Black from Full Tilt Poker.

Long shot of the Main Room for the World Series

Another long shot of the Main Room for the World Series

The Time clock is always ticking!

Another long shot of the Main Room for the World Series.  It is very hard
to take enough photos to adequately show how amazing it is to be in a
room with a few thousand people playing poker and clicking their chips all
at the same time time.  You really have to be there to fully experience
the whole aura of this place!

The luck winner will win this Champion bracelet plus a few million bucks!

WSOP past winner photos on the main room stage

Unbelievable heat, humidity, rain & thunder hit the Las Vegas area on the first day of the Main Event.  It is normally sunny & dry
in Las Vegas this time of year.  This shot is taken of City Center, facing east, from the Voodoo Lounge, on the roof of the
fabulous Rio Hotel & Casino, the home of the 2011 World Series Of Poker, on 07/09/2011.

Here you can see a rain storm moving in from the west, towards the Trump Hotel and the Wynn Encore Hotel & Casino.
Nellis Air Force Base is behind the Trump, by those mountains seen in the distance.  This shot is taken facing north,
from the Voodoo Lounge, on the roof of the Rio Hotel & Casino on 07/09/2011.


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