Musings on Poker and Other Stuff
Walking through the halls of Atlantis I can't help but think about how different I feel now then I when I first came here 3 years ago. I barely knew anyone or anything about poker and I couldn't be more fortunate to be where I am now. I feel like the poker world opened up its arms completely and let me in for the full bear hug.
A HUGE part of that is in THANKS to these ladies.
And I can't forget the boys.
It wasn't all roses when I started...
But with a lot of help along the way own job has become way easier.
And the Poker Community finally feels like home!
Walking down the halls I see my friends and the faces of the people I love. Thank you so much for making me better. For putting up with me through the good and bad. For teaching me the difference between a gut shot and an open ender. For showing me who you are. And for sharing your life changing moments with me.
I am truly grateful.
I can't believe it is already the PCA again! PCA was my debut on camera 3 years ago and as such always make me reflect on the last few years. This year I felt inspired to comb back through all the vids I made in 2012 and find some of my favs.
Best Welcome Video:
Best Explain This:
Best Winner Interview:
Best Who Would You Rather:
Best Interview in a Bed:
Best Video of 2012:
I have to say I just love the French Riviera. Everything is very mellow and relaxing. Even the water seems always calm.
No one arrives anywhere on time. Nothing opens until 14:00.
I know I'm American, and we like things BIG. But really my room was hilarious! It was so small. Probably the only downside of Sanremo. But on a good note...it kept me out of my room!
And probably the best thing about Southern Italy?? Lynn Gilmartin obv!
The internet is definitely not up to standards...why would it be? Relax! So not too much this time...but I'll be home in a few days! Whoo...Sin City here I come.
I remember when I did one of my first tournaments on my own and Kristy Arnett saw the blooper reel, she asked me, "why can't you let a little more of that show through in your interviews?" We talked about it briefly and she said she couldn't figure out why I was so sarcastic and fun in real life, but as soon as the camera came on I got all tense and acted like the nice, dumb girl. I was like a deer in headlights when the camera lights turned on. My personality turned off. People said these all these mean things about me. And then as soon as the blooper reel would come out people would be like, "that chick is hilarious."
But I was still having a hard time figuring out how to put that bit of me into what I considered 'serious' interviews. But slowly and surely as I gaged the reactions from players I realized it actually made them feel more comfortable when I was being myself too! I relaxed and add libbed a bit more. Listened a bit more instead of trying to remember my planned questions and ended up with some silly interviews.
Instead of trying to plan I let things evolve more naturally. And it just makes things more fun. I realized when you are having fun, so is the interviewee and so is the viewer. And so, in honor of that, here is us at our best from this years WSOP. My favorite moments, the authentic ones where we get to be us! And the players get to react.
Hope you enjoy. I'm enjoying two days at a winery in California with the slowest internet ever! Hope it actually goes up.
Welp, we are nearly 27 events deep in the WSOP. As always it is going by SO fast. I was re-watching some of my favorite videos so far this year and figured I would post em up and see what you guys think to.
As I expected, my favorite so far is the THE STRADDLE. This is a Series where Kristy gets to just put together whatever she wants. She is so creative and works so well with her camera guy...everything they do is genius.
I personally love the chance to put poker players on blast. Facebook, along with a few other things, has essentially eliminated privacy. Thus, if you've done it...someone tweeted it, snapped a pic, Instagramed or Facebooked it. Looking forward to more of this series from the players who play on and off the felt.
Lynn has always been the best at blowing that bankroll. So she headed over to see what Vanessa Rousso had put together in terms of housing for some of pokers' best gals.
Obviously there are more gems coming out every day, so I'll keep adding and you guys keep letting us know what you love and hate.
We are back in the Rio and it feels great! It's crazy how working can actually feel great. This is how we like to kick it off every year.
Kmo and I started it off just the two of us and our camera girl Tennille.
Then FINALLY Lynn arrived. So obviously we had to have a girls dinner immediately.
And Kristy was able to grant us with some awesome BFF necklaces. (yes, we are 12)
I'm just having fun seeing everyone again and working again. I love being able to work from home, but sometimes it feels so good to laugh and joke and play with other people. I'm so stoked for this year and to watch the lives of so many people change.
I'm heading to the Rio tomorrow for the first of what will be many trips to my summer homeland. It is such an interesting feeling each year, like going to summer camp when you where kid. One can't help but feel a mixture of emotions; excitement at the anticipation of seeing everyone and seeing lives changed, combined with a little nerves at the prospect of forgetting your own life for a few months and hopefully not messing up too bad. Speaking of messing up, I was just prepping to shoot the Welcome to the WSOP 2012 video today and I stumbled across some gems from last year.
Bloopers are always my favorite. Watching these made me miss my team so much! I wonder how many blogs I can have that are themed, I am so grateful to be in this business? But I feel like I am constantly reminding myself how lucky this whole journey has been. It got me thinking how we all keep changing and growing, but some things stay the same. Here is the blooper reel from my first tournament in front of the camera. My voice is literally at least 5 octaves higher than normal.
I want to thank my girls so much for showing me the ropes. Kristy Arnett & Lynn Gilmartin were already best friends and it would have been so easy for them to be caddy to me or at least not helpful. But it was the total opposite. The team at PokerNews is so amazing and I can't wait to spend the summer watching poker history happen before our eyes. This little gem pretty much explains how I feel.
It started out like any other day. And it ended like this:
Well, maybe I should fill in some blanks. Yesterday was the WSOP Media Freeroll. I don't think I played last year because I didn't feel like I was really a part of the media, and well I had just started playing poker about 6 months before. This year, I was all about it! To be honest, I hardly even cared if there were prizes or not. Just poker, drinks and some of my new found best friends. We PN girls decided to show our PokerNews pride but sporting our I <3 PokerNews T-shirts. In hindsight, maybe broadcasting our association with PokerNews wasn't such a great idea.....but you know what they say about hindsight.
My primary concern to start the tournament was who I was going to get to drive my car back to the after party at Insert Coins. Once I found a responsible colleague up to the task, I was able to get in the game. It was a slow beginning for me, both in terms of alcohol consumption and in terms of cards. I took down a couple nice pots with marginal hands. I missed a couple streets of value here and there, but I made up for it in a few other hands. I was probably about average or below when I got moved to a new table. One guy was obviously dominating and luckily for me he was moved after about one rotation.
I made one bluff against Effel. I think he gave me the stink eye today. Because when I made the bluff I hardly realized there was another player all in for less, so I was forced to show with a lil baby rail all there watching. I'm probably just being sensitive, but that is how I am. I got moved again and I probably quadrupled up just in time for my 5th chardonnay to arrive. (drink) I definitely donked off around 1/6 of my stack to Annie Duke. We were in a small blind/big battle where she ended up making a straight on the river. I called her all the way down in an attempted hero call with Jack high. But of course what I read as a bluff, was more like a bluff turned into the nuts. Ooooopppppsss.
Anyways I made my way to the Final Table. But not dissimilar from my last post, where I come into the final table as a chip leader and leave with less than glory, such was my fate. To be honest, I'm not even sure what position I bust exactly. I think seventh maybe? I'm sure some more sober media members may remember. Too bad too because I'm probably the only poker person not to own and Ipad already. But I'm not too mad because I scored some Klipsch headphones for a bounty on @whojedi and some beats by dre headphones for being the last PN person standing. I also scored a blu-ray player and drumroll......comped Chip 'n Dales tickets. So obviously Kristy, Lynn and I will have to make a night of it. That will be another blog.
Basically the rest of the night ends in Mexican food, a dollar store, and me rambling to people I work with. When will I learn: DO NOT GET WASTED WITH YOUR WORK PEERS. I thought it was fine this morning. I actually felt good. But when I saw the face of my fellow PN employees, as well as Rio staff today, I realized I made quite an impression. Not to mention the comments, "wow, you look shocking well today.", or "you look much better than expected. Did you throw up?" For the record: no, I didn't throw up. And really, that was nothing!! You should see when I really blow it out. NO YOU SHOULDN'T. I'm still waiting for images of the final table to emerge. I definitely win the most ridiculously dressed award.
I let it all go. With poker people. And it was one of the funnest times I've had in awhile. So there you go, walk of shame aside, not only do I love poker people on the felt, I love them behind the bar. Thanks for the good times ya'll.