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A Mystery in the East
« on: July 19, 2013, 12:43:07 AM »

Greetings fellows,

As most of us know, the RPS scene has fallen into a lull. This lull has extended into a dormancy, much like a volcano.

However, even in times of no news, there is always news. Master Roshambollah was last seen at Newark airport, undertaking a filming project for "The Travel Channel".

I, for one, am not convinced. Post here your theories regarding Roshambollah's hidden agenda.

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Re: A Mystery in the East
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013, 01:42:35 AM »

I was aware that something was going down.
I'd normally expect Roshambollah to be talking himself up here, at least, any time the media mentioned his name, let alone inviting him in front of a camera.
But the silence is deafening. He is not responding to my phone calls or telegrams.
I think, Franklint, that are right to raise this. It's quiet....a little too quiet...
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Re: A Mystery in the East
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 07:56:50 AM »

I'm not sure what this lull your talking about is.  The Philly league just wrapped up the season a little over a month ago and there's a tournament next week.
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Re: A Mystery in the East
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013, 10:48:49 AM »

I've got the rock if you've got the scissors!
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Re: A Mystery in the East
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2013, 01:58:13 PM »

Well, not too much need to theorize. I can fill you all in on the details of my most recent visit to the East Coast. Hopefully, this will save me the trouble of writing the same damn account multiple times.

It's funny how the sport works. I had a quick vacation to downtown Vegas planned for the month of July. Downtown Vegas, also known as "Fremont Street", has become my spiritual home. Earlier this year, I had a run of good fortune at the tail end of a trip and managed to pull some money out of a video poker machine. My preferred hotel/casino was kind enough to offer me a "free" 3-night stay the next time I wanted to visit (I say "free" since it was obviously their intention to get my money back in their machines as quickly as possible. As usual in the world of RPS, "If it's free, I probably can't afford it."

In any case, I had a $50 flight voucher as well, which made the trip remarkably inexpensive. I booked my flights and hotel, requested four days off work, and was looking forward to the visit.

However, RPS had other plans. I received a notice from Doug Walker regarding a segment being produced for the Travel Channel. He was unable to take advantage, but thought I might be interested. I contacted the producer and agreed to come on board for the segment. The dates of the shoot, as fate would have it, were the exact same days I had already requested off for my Vegas vaca.

There was no way I was turning it down, though, so I was able to postpone both flight and hotel stay. The synchronicity of my having already requested the time off was not lost on me. Curiously as well, the shoot was to take place in West Orange, New Jersey; RPS Legend Brian "The Saint" Bennett lives only 10 minutes from the site of the shoot. Things were falling into place rapidly.

The working title of the show is "The Edge." The host is named Sal Piacente, and he travels the world to advise casinos on security. Which means he definitely knows how to cheat. The show will consist of Sal learning how to get "the edge" in any possible game; RPS, three card monty, who knows what else. My segment was to discuss the finer points of RPS strategy with Sal.

We shot outside of a bar, which was a nice touch. Shooting started at 7 am, which was not. The crew was looking for extras, so I hit up the Saint to see if he was interested. As fate would have it, I threw ALL of my demo matches vs the Saint, meaning he ended up working for almost 3 hours. I am not exaggerating when I say that I won almost 99% of the matches we played. This was largely due to our having to "stage" the matches to demonstrate certain points of strategy. I enjoyed this thoroughly; there are few things better than not only telling a player of the Saint's caliber to lose, but also telling him the specific way to do it. I sincerely believe the experience was good for him as well.

After a few hours of this, the Saint's work was done. The legendary C. Urbanus took a day off from work to drive 2.5 hours to New Jersey and hang out with the Saint and myself. I had a bit more work to do, but met up with them later at a fantastic bar called the H.A.T. One of the best and friendliest dives I've ever encountered. We weren't treated like family there; we were treated better than family. When rounds were bought, the change from a $20 was left on the bar. When we came back in half an hour, the change was still there. It was that kind of place. Along the way, we met many of the Saint's friends, played a lot of RPS, shot some pool, and were offered cocaine from an individual called "Bug Man" (I declined.) Somewhere along the way I played the owner of the H.A.T. for spiritual ownership of a surfboard, and won. I left the physical husk of the board behind.

So, that's about it. Urbanus crashed in my hotel overnight and was out early in the morning. It was great seeing those two great Professional players again in person; I do not take these arrangements for granted during these dark days of the sport.

I hear the segment has been edited and is looking good. The first two episodes of "The Edge" should be dropped to the Network by November, with an air date to be announced later. I will keep the scattered Bull Board community aware of these, and future, developments via this Board as well as facebook.

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Re: A Mystery in the East
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2013, 12:35:22 AM »

That sounds rad!  Doesn't sound like the community has died; just migrated.  Got my 3 night free stay in Vegas planned in about a week and can't wait.  They sure treat you well for spending $50 dropping quarters into video roulette (not joking about that).  Feel like RPS had a lot to do with my strategical approach to gaming in Vegas, so definitely want to check out the show to see if I can pick up some tips. 

Don't know how you convinced the Saint to lose to you though :)  That takes real skill as far as I can tell!

So with all the renewed interest in the Bullboard, when's the next MOTBB?  Or one of Franklint's notorious ladder tourneys?
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Re: A Mystery in the East
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2013, 11:27:45 AM »

I can't speak for Roshambollah here but, if I was trying to convince The Saint to lose I would simply make him an offer he couldn't refuse.
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Re: A Mystery in the East
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2013, 01:30:30 AM »

That's some cover story.

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