We passed by a table in the Pavilion's White section in time to hear Justin Morgenstern explaining to a fallen foe how he managed to cut him down with the lowly .
"I thought you had like king-eight there," he said, shooting the words across the table at a man who was already headed out the door. "The drinking made me do it!"
We found out that Morgenstern, who made sure to let us know that the poker world knows him better as the "Great Moo-ha-ha," is a regular in the cash games at Bellagio, and that he rarely plays tournaments.
According to Morgenstern, his ragged hand had found a on the flop, and a on the turn for a well hidden two pair. When a arrived on the river, his opponent's looked good enough for a shove, but the Great Moo-ha-ha snapped him off to claim his stack.
When asked to name the elixir that had supposedly prompted his loose-aggressive play, Morgenstern's answer was immediate.
"Johnny Walker Blue," he said. "Always the Johnny Blue."