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June 27, 2005

event forty-two

Holy shit, it's really happening:

Mr. Wil Wheaton,

Congratulations! The World Series of Poker is the most prestigious Poker event
in the World. This is your receipt for $10,000 for your deposit for WSOP Event #42. Your randomly assigned, computer generated first day of play is Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 11:00 a.m.

Upon your arrival at The RIO, to finalize your reservation and to receive your table and seat assignment, please visit the "Will Call" window located in the Tournament Area. You must complete your tournament registration at least one hour prior to your event. Please be prepared to provide proof of identity via a Drivers License, Passport or Military I.D.

This year's WSOP events will no doubt be the largest and the most exciting Poker Event in history. Harrah's continues to lead the industry in creating an innovative gaming experience for valued guests. Harrah's and the Tournament Staff sincerely wish you "GOOD LUCK" and we look forward to seeing you at the final table.

Robert Daily
Manager, Tournament Poker

Posted by wil at June 27, 2005 11:04 AM
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Wil, I'm pretty sure that is worthy of a "Rock on with your BAD self!!" Congratulations

Posted by: gevlin [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 11:18 AM

Holy cow! I go away for a long weekend and I miss all the good news. Congrats Wil! Do the Geeks proud!


Posted by: t_knotts [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 11:18 AM

Atta boy Wil. I hope you do well and make everyone proud of you.

Posted by: the_marq [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 11:25 AM

Very cool, and I'm sure you'll keep us posted. Have fun Wil! Hmm... you just gave me an idea. I like ideas. Thanks!

Posted by: Jackie [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 11:26 AM

Yabba Dabba freakin do!

Good luck!

I'll be watching your badass self!

Posted by: Sharfa [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 11:29 AM

Damn. This is pretty cool Wil. You damn well get into the final rounds so I can sees ya on the tee-vee.

Posted by: Tim [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 11:29 AM

It's exciting when something you really been wanting shoes up in a confirmation letter. Look out Harrahs!

Posted by: phedrang [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 11:42 AM

Good luck to you, sir!

Posted by: AJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 11:59 AM


There is some (mixed) research on the positive results of having strangers "pray" (that is, provide positive thought energy) on your behalf.

Given that you will have hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of your blog supporters "thinking the most postive thoughts for your success at WSOP" and that they won't be unknown to you (you can figure for every 1 who blogs to tell you they are, there are probably another 2 who didn't), you have QUITE the advantage over the other 6559 participants.

Remember, to win, you have to do each of these things at least once per day:

- Get a lucky break
- Make a great raise
- Make a great call
- Make a great lay down

Go get 'em.

Charlie L
Portland, Oregon

Posted by: CyberChas [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 12:03 PM

Have Fun. Stand Out.

Posted by: doog [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 12:31 PM

I think it humorous that they quoted the words "Will Call" and "GOOD LUCK".

"GOOD LUCK" as in someone once said this and we are quoting it here but in no way wish you the sentiments of the phrase "GOOD LUCK". Also notice that OUR "GOOD LUCK" is in capitols thereby indicating that we wish you the maximum of fake innuendo that a quote can have. We also hope that you will visit the "Will Call" area as it is called by the people "in the know". Some other people who we will not mention here (noobs) also call it the "Ticket Counter", "Ticket Pickup Window" and the laughable "Ticket Booth". The phrase "Will Call" is not merely for those named "Wil" or "Will" even though the world sounds similar. However those named "Wil" are welcome to pick up their "ticket" at the "Will Call" area. We encourage you to pay us "money" and enjoy the "service" by our "wait staff" and also "lose big". Your schedule has been selected by completely impartial and totally made up computer generated or perhaps not completely fabricated "spinning wheel" or "dart board" technology. We mention this only because we don't want you to think we just kinda made it up. We think that Harrahs has "innovated" its way into poker "superiority". That is all!

Who writes these things?

Posted by: HackMan Coltaire [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 12:52 PM

That's frickin' excellent! Best of luck, and remember what Homer Simpson thinks Vince Lombardi said: "If you lose, you're outta the family!"

Posted by: Radiofreewill [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 01:12 PM

Finally, I know the question.

"What event number was Wil Wheaton given for the 2005 World Series of Poker?"


It all makes sense now.

Posted by: Bobby D. [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 01:14 PM

"Event forty-two"

OF COURSE it's event 42, that is, afterall, the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything!

KUSHTY BOK (Romany for "Good Luck!"), Wil!

Posted by: Saraphina [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 01:16 PM

the least they could do is rename it "Wil Call" in your honor.

Since it's event 42, take your towel, and if I can catch it on TV, I'll mix up some Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters while I watch...

Posted by: Matthew Cox [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 01:26 PM

Woo hoo! Good luck, Wil! *sends mojo*

Posted by: LolaGabanna [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 01:34 PM

Quick question, Wil. Are you signed up for the Main Event, or one of the side tournaments?

Posted by: bobwoo [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 02:09 PM

42, that's a good sign (and the meaning of life).

Hahahaha, will call.

Posted by: Anton [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 02:41 PM

Good luck! A frood like yourself should do just fine at at Event 42.

Posted by: Tamara [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 03:13 PM

How cool is that! Good luck Wil!

Posted by: Alex [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 03:48 PM



Go for it, Wil... take down the Duck! (Affleck)

can't wait to see you shakin' it with the greats, Wil.... Hope ESPN puts you on TV... they'd have to be crazy not to.

Bust some heads, and may have a good supply of bullets in your pocket. :)

Posted by: Sinkuu [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 04:01 PM



rock 'em hardcore!

Posted by: AlCantHang [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 04:07 PM


The WSOP was "on the air" at the french TV last month. I hope we will see you at the final tournament


Posted by: Nicolas [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 04:11 PM

bobwoo... this is the Main Event in which wil will play.

And wil, some advice on your play. I'd push all-in the first ten hands. You'll probably double up once or twice and be in great position to win it all!


Posted by: CJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 05:54 PM

Woot! You go Wil!
I look foward to reading about all your fun poker adventures at the WSOP.

Posted by: Zkid [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 07:05 PM

Drawn into the stream
Of undefined illusion
Those diamond dreams
They can’t disguise the truth
That there is something about you
Baby so right
I wouldn’t be without you
Baby tonight

--Level 42

Diamond dreams? Uh huh! See!! It all makes sense now!


Posted by: buntz [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 07:23 PM

ain't it cool when a dream comes true?

Posted by: d. burr [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 08:12 PM

07/07/05. Adds up to a Dark Tower "19". Interesting.

Posted by: fred [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 08:31 PM

Way cool Mr. Wil Wheaton. Way cool.

Posted by: VeronicaKnight [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 08:48 PM

Good luck at the WSOP! Represent us that lack the funds!

Posted by: Matticus [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 09:15 PM


You're goin' to the Big Dance. No shit. What incredible awesomeness.

Give 'em hell. Win one for all the monkeys. And don't forget, "If you limp with aces, you will never go broke with aces!"

Cheat Commandos, ROCK ROCK ON!

Posted by: Erbo [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 09:20 PM

THIS IS SO YOUR GAME, WIL! :D Seriously! Game 42? It's yours!!!! Good luck. :D

Posted by: kayleejay [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 09:49 PM

Holy crap! Event #42! Dude, this is so gonna rock :) 42! WOOT!

Posted by: Glyn Evans [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 28, 2005 06:52 AM


I can't wait to hear all about how it goes....

Posted by: mindyc [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 28, 2005 08:16 AM

Damn Wil, you better win!

j/k, just do really great, so I can see you on TV and cheer you on.

Posted by: beau99 [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 28, 2005 10:47 AM

10,000 deposit? My wife would kill me if i did that. Good luck !!

Posted by: MovieGuy [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 28, 2005 10:55 PM

Hi, Good luck and double your money. Im sure half of it will go to your favorite charity.

Posted by: Wolfleader911 [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 28, 2005 11:07 PM

I'm not even a poker geek, and that's still really fucking cool. Hands down.

So, in the pseudo-allegorical narrative that is Wil's brain we've seen the Actor, the Writer, a whole lot of monkeys (not to mention the Husband, the Stepdad, et al)--question: who plays the cards?

(50,000 monkeys with 50,000 poker chips can't be wrong...?)

Give 'em hell, Wil. You know you will!

Posted by: naiah christine earhart [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 28, 2005 11:46 PM

i know it's a little late to say this, but CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! that's even cooler than my awesome new haircut. way better trust me! haha! anyways. have fun in event FORTY-TWO. congrats again! and good luck. sendin hugs and kisses for you.
ps- tell Anne and the kids i said hi.

Posted by: Laney [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 30, 2005 02:55 PM

This is a fun article about a regular guy getting into the World Series of Poker: http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/ns/news/story.jsp?idq=/ff/story/0001%2F20050703%2F2228609140.htm

Posted by: the stalwart light [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2005 05:24 AM

good luck!

for some reason, my bloglines aggregator wasn't picking up your rss feed correctly so i missed this till now (i thought "wait, wil can't have gone that long without blogging" and came over to the web site to check things out and found this post).

i missed how you got in. if you haven't been over to the rio and in the room during the wsop, i'd suggest going into the room to check it out before hand. it's kind of intimidating, with 200 poker tables in the hall and the deafening noise of over a thousand people all shuffling their checks at the same time sounding like satan's own locust army.

these are really long rounds, so you have plenty of time to be patient.

play tight, play aggressive, don't try too much stealing or bluffing if your opponents won't fold.

go get 'em!

Posted by: rmd [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2005 08:08 AM
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