The tournament was fun but several rounds were abruptly cut short due to time constraints. I got to play at a table with Norm, MIT Mike and Barry Meadows (and a few anonymous players). I made it to the final 3 but couldn't make any headway once they announced that the last round was suddenly 3 hands away (instead of 13). I rallied as best as I could and had to double down on a hard 15 on the last hand, but that 3 of clubs couldn't beat the dealer's hand.
There was a speed-count competition between Johnny C and a drunken Hollywood Dave, and Max Rubin gave 6:5 odds on anyone who could come within 3 seconds of Johnny C. Once I saw Johnny C count down two decks in 33 seconds I knew that I could never stumble through my level 2 system and ace side count that quickly. Still, it was fun to watch other people try. =)
I also had a nice chat with Barfarkel (LVPro), Wylie (videodude) and Jeff (I don't know). There were several other notable players/authors/publishers and a few that I didn't recognize. The atmosphere was very friendly and everyone was excited to talk to each other.
All in all it was a fun night and a good chance to hang out with some very experienced players. The t-shirts are pretty badass too!
The worry about my being easier to identify than some of you guys even in costume kept me away. Perhaps some future year with a real elaborate costume I might attend.
One thing I did notice some time after your party broke up while wandering in a strip casino was a costumed 3CP team at work. Seemed like they were doing well, and just might have come from the ball.