June 8th, 2011
It’s Wednesday, June 8th. I’ve been in Las Vegas for just over two weeks now since school ended. I remember the months leading up to the World Series, the anticipation building slowly and then faster and faster, as finals came to an end and the promise of the Rio convention center loomed near. The summer would be filled with countless hours chilling in the arctic air of the Amazon Room, playing 30 big blind poker, and walking briskly through the halls catching snippets of conversations between recreational players and pros alike giving their version of poker strategy and recounting their bad beat stories. And I couldn’t wait.
It’s not that I’m not still excited to be here. I am. Vegas in June if like summer camp for poker players – everyone is out here, and there’s always something to do and someone to do it with you. I’ve made so many friends that I really like over the past year on the tournament circuit, and it’s fantastic to have everyone in the same place for the summer, even if it makes you want to spend time with them instead of actually playing poker. I’ve done golf, tennis, and waterskiing all at least two times, and plan to go out many more times. I’ve even given up alcohol for the summer in order to keep myself in better shape for these activities (and poker too, of course). I’ve rarely spent time alone, which is how I like it. Whenever I bust out of a poker tournament, I need to be around people – that’s where I get my energy from, and socializing always takes my mind off the last tournament. Which is important when you do a lot of busting out of poker tournaments.
Which brings me to the poker. So far, I’ve played the $25k Heads Up, a few NL tournaments, the $10 PLH, and the $10k limit Omaha 8 or better. I think I’ve been playing pretty well in most of the tournaments. I didn’t play well in the 25k HU, and that was extremely disappointing to me, since I have gotten 3rd both of the other years I played the HU tournament at the WSOP and I had high hopes for that tourney. Jake Cody wound up taking it down, and that guy is such a sicko – in the span of one year, he has already won an EPT, a WPT, and a WSOP bracelet. Many props to him, indeed. Anyway, the other tournaments were disappointing too, but mostly in a running bad sort of way, with a few bad plays sprinkled in. I’m still getting my head back in the game for playing these short-stacked structures – I’ve mostly been playing main events on the tour and have gotten used to patience as a virtue in deeper-stacked tournaments. I know I have to go back to my roots of making tons of moves, but so far, most moves I’ve made have been unsuccessful. I’m confident I’ll figure it out soon though, and hopefully the cards will begin to come my way once I do.
Anyway, back to the drawing board. I’m going to be updating this blog more regularly now that my website is up, and hopefully I’ll have more insightful/funny/interesting things to say in the future, instead of the broad recap type deal. And hopefully I’ll also have better news to report, like cashing an event. Or making the dinner break. Hell, I’ll take making my first ante stage in a NL tournament!
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