Sunday, September 05, 2010

The Bruce Buffer Post

A week ago, I had never heard of Bruce Buffer, as far as I can recall. Then I watched the most recent week of "Poker After Dark," which featured him, two mixed martial arts fighters, and three poker pros. Mr. Buffer acquitted himself rather well, I thought, finishing a close second to Howard Lederer. He was also pleasantly chatty and unfailingly polite. I learned from this that he is a ring announcer for MMA fights, and that he does a cute little move called the "Bruce Buffer 180," which, frankly, I don't get, but which seems to drive fans wild. You can see it in action here.

So that exhausted my knowledge of Bruce Buffer.

Imagine my surprise upon walking into the Luxor Poker Room today and finding that it was, in fact, no longer the Luxor Poker Room, but had been redubbed the Bruce Buffer Poker Room.

There seem to be some additional tables (or perhaps my spatial memory is on the fritz again):

Here's a close-up of a Bruce Buffer Poker Table:

Here's a Bruce Buffer Poker Dealer, wearing a Bruce Buffer T-Shirt:

This is the Bruce Buffer Wall. The two monitors on either side of the big sign cycle through a slideshow of Bruce Buffer Photographs.

On another wall is a small collection of Bruce Buffer Art:

Midway through my session, I had to take a break to visit the Bruce Buffer Men's Room. On the way there, I passed the Bruce Buffer High Stakes Poker Lounge (or at least the sign for it):

A few steps away was the Bruce Buffer High Stakes Poker Zone:

Not too surprisingly, within it one can find all manner of Bruce Buffer Merchandise:

This player was sporting the Bruce Buffer Combover:

OK, that was just mean and uncalled for. I apologize.

Anyway, the one obvious touch that appeared to be missing was the Bruce Buffer Poker Chip. Perhaps it's in production.

My understanding--and it's possible I'm mistaken on this point--is that the all-you-can-eat dining area has been renamed the Bruce Buffer Buffet.

I have another suggestion for the Luxor. They need a clear demarcation between the gambling/drinking/adult-only portions of the operation and the parts of the casino that are open to minors. They should set up kind of a no-man's-land between these two areas and call it (you're way ahead of me here, aren't you?) the Bruce Buffer Buffer Zone.

I have to admit that I don't really see the point in all of this folderol, but it seems harmless enough.

As I sat down and prepared to play, I thought I heard a voice in my head saying, "Llllllllllllllllllet's get rrrrrrrrrready to rrrrrrrrrun bad!" But I might have just been imagining things. You'd probably only hear that in the Michael Buffer Poker Room, wherever that may be.


Brian said...

Is this possibly for real? I mean has anyone done more with less ever?? Does this truly attract poker players?? I am stumped.

Mark T said...

I, too, had never heard of Bruce Buffer prior to seeing him on Poker After Dark, since I am not an MMA fan. Not being a Vegas resident, I have not seen his apparent Elysium at the Luxor which you so well detail, but I was surprised to find him hosting an FTOPS event this past week.

I thought that an odd coincidence: being on PAD (sponsored by FTP, no?) and then suddenly also being a red FTP pro who hosts an FTOPS event.

Ah, well - I also find this harmless folderol. But odd, indeed!