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.
My on camera debut came one year ago at the PCA. It was wild to go back this year and see how much things have changed. I remember last year Nick Schulman was leading the way in the Super High Roller and Kristy told me, "go grab an interview with him and ask him about being at the table with his best friend Eugene Katchalov." This was completely new to me and I didn't know who either of them were at all. I ran up, nervous and excited....the FAIL.
This year things felt so different. Not only do I not have a problem with Eugene's name anymore, I actually know him. Last year if someone didn't have a patch on I was likely to walk right by them. This year, patches were almost completely absent from the Imperial Ballroom. But, I no longer need that signage to signify who plays and who doesn't. In fact due to spending some time on all circuits I have a pretty vast knowledge of players from around the world. But that doesn't mean I don't still F it up. Just this year at the WSOP we were dishing out 3-4 bracelets a day. I remember coming in for my shift and there being a winner whose name was....very Greek...
I whiffed it and kept going. However, by the time I saw him next in Greece, I had burned that name into my mind. Baller.
It makes me think about what things will be like a year from now. Even my personal life is starting to change to reflect my professional life. I find myself actually spending social time with poker players. And loving it. For all of our faults I have to emphasize that the poker community is absolutely welcoming. And being the dog eat dog world that it is, I think the poker community could be an example for the rest of the world. Just because you are competing for the same prize, doesn't mean you can't share and help each other out. I've said it before and I will say it again. I FEEL BLESSED AND LUCKY TO BE A PART OF THIS WORLD. And I hope when I look back next year I can make of myself and the progress I hope I will continue making.