"I always said if I final tabled the PCA, I'd play it in my bikini."
That is Adrienne Rowsome standing in the middle of the Rio's Pavilion Room. She has a wide smile and a look of girlish wonder on her face that's been there for as long as most people have known her.
"Now I have incentive to get in shape!" she joked.
Rowsome will be playing the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this year. Whether she plays it sans street clothes will be up to her and fate. In any case, she'll have to find a place to put a patch, because she is the newest member of PokerStars' Team Online.
Rowsome has come a long way since the first time we met her here in Vegas. Back then she was a Canadian Omaha-8 specialist in a sea of PokerStars qualifiers at the WSOP. We knew her simply as "talonchick," a loyal PokerStars player who would go on to put up three WSOP O-8 cashes over the next few years. She was one of the qualifiers we never failed to recognize later.
"It's hard to believe it's been five years since I was like 'Will you please take my picture?'" she said today.
Things change around the WSOP halls. Seven years back, the media room was slightly bigger than a closet. Grizzled writers took short breaks to buy a bottle of whiskey to keep beside their laptops. ("I can't write unless I have a drink," said one in the middle of the 2005 Main Event). Now the Media Center has enough overflow space to seat more than 100 poker writers, and alcoholic beverages are strictly verboten. Corridors that used to be beer-drenched smoking sections now have sponsors hawking leopard-print bedroom slippers and dissolving energy strips endorsed by famous rabbis and NBA stars. Part of surviving the WSOP is learning to adapt to the constant change.
However, for those among us who take great comfort in a simple sameness of things, it's a source of some peace that our old friends are still around and finding new success. Rowsome has always been an online grinder and that's where her biggest victories lie. Still, like us, she comes to Las Vegas to be part of this annual circus.
We still have six months until the PCA, but Rowsome can don her Team Online Patch whenever she wants. We're sure she'll find an appropriate place to put it when the time comes.
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QUOTE OF THE HOUR
"I'm playing pretty horribly, but I'm drinking really well." --Name redacted
NAVIGATIONAL ERROR OF THE HOUR
The man who walked into the energy tab stand, stepped back, walked around it and left it to someone else to pick up.
THE LAWYERS ON STANDBY MOMENT OF THE HOUR
The man outside of Starbuck who slipped on the floor and seems to be staying put. Members of staff have brought him cushions.
RANDOM STATISTIC PULLED FROM THE OFFICIAL MEDIA GUIDE OF THE HOUR
Up to the start of this year's WSOP a total of 41,417 had cashed in a World Series event.
MIA WSOP PLAYER OF THE HOUR
The guy who always wears the Native American headdress