Friday March 30, 2012
Mid-Afternoon at Delaware Park poker room watching the players play a $120 satellite for a chance to win $1070 ticket into the Delaware Poker Classics Main Event. I just returned from the other poker room being utilized for other DPC games. Suddenly I look to see without a doubt to be Greg Raymer in the middle of the room speaking with management.
I turn to my right to see a guy snapping photos using his cell phone and pointing with interest. My next observation was the atmosphere, once he entered the room it surprised to find everyone focus on the task at hand. Greg spent the next 10-15 min in the middle of the room taking part in a 5-6 handed game of poker. Unsure of the name of his tournament if I had to guess probably would be his Greg Raymer Invitational.
Instantly a fight or flight mode came over me whether to follow Greg or stay put in my seat. In little less than 30 seconds with Greg headed down the hall I decided to pursue. Soon I caught up with him in the other poker room of Delaware Park chatting with room management.
With respect to his space, I now took my usual seat to cover the events of the day but used my position to hawk Greg movements in a clumsy eyed way. This room turned out a little differently with players acknowledging Greg with greetings of mostly small talk. I waited there patiently as casual Greg now took every on comer with ease, comfort, and grace without any complaints staying complete steadfast.
I probably waited when you include standing on my feet about 20-25 min for a chance to shake hands with Greg. When the door opened I shook his hand and then said…
Me: Do you have a minute so I can pick your brain
Greg Raymer: Yeah sure
Greg and I sat down in seats used for televised horse racing .