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Contenders ready!

I just had an email from one of the Poker Dome producers that was sent to all six of the contestants in my heat.¬† So of course, I’ve been using this boob to do a little research ūüôā

I already knew one of my opponents would be Carl Olsen, as he was the other qualifier from my heat.  He was a runner up in the 2005 EPT French Open (apparently dumping out to his best mate) and has a string of other live cashes to his name, and online success as colson10.  In fact, when searching for just his name, Google suggests: "See results for: carl olson poker".

Turns out we also have another possible online pro at the table¬†in Steve Day.¬† Sharkscope actually lists him (ackbleh) as a loser on PokerStars (current form is "tilt", it unhelpfully says), although he does play $210 and¬†$315 turbo SNGs, which are perfect training for a speed poker TV crapshoot.¬† Steve has a handful of respectable recent cashes to his name.¬† Olson also is listed as playing $525 turbos and $500 and $200 heads up SNGs, although he hasn’t been on Stars for a few months.

Of the other three players, I only found one possible hit РTrey Aitken, a cafe owner from Alabama. 

I still don’t think there’s any reason to let this intimidate me.¬† I’ve known all along the game will be fast and furious, and at least I already expect two of the guys to be prepared for that and play accordingly.¬† Besides, there’s a very good chance that any skill or experience will be rendered neutral by the TV format.¬† Virtually every contestant I’ve seen on Poker Dome so far has appeared to be as poor as the show itself.¬† Oh, should I not say that?¬† I still have a one in six chance of $25k on Saturday, but I figure¬†my odds of looking clueless are much higher.

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