Monday, July 4, 2011

Vegas - where days run together like tears streaming down your face

Coming into the home stretch for this trip and it's been a tough one.

Vegas is a sexy, sultry Jezebel, enticing you with Angelina looks as you make the flyover to land. After three days with her, though, you wake up one morning to find you've sold your soul to the female version of Asmodeus.

I had nightmares last night and didn't sleep well. And then I reviewed my Twitter feed and got really embarrassed. This was supposed to be a business trip and I think I've come across as a goofball at the candy store who stuffed all the penny candy in her mouth, while still in the store, and now can't fit through the exit to find her way home.

Reno was a hole in the wall. I never look twice at table games, slots, shows and it was easy to shun those at the Grand Sierra. I've had no trouble doing the same here in Vegas, but I haven't had the single minded focus I carried during those October days of Reno's Pot o' Gold series. The WSOP is a player's mecca and so I don't really fault myself for the giddy butterflies the festivities at the Rio have brought me. I do fault myself, though, for being such a clown. It may be entertaining, for people who don't really know me, and certainly can't truly care about me, to watch...but, it's absolutely not a profitable mindset. And I've only got three days to turn it around.

I'm playing well, but my edge in this game is so small that any distraction and any undisciplined action and any mistake, no matter how slight, can derail hours and hours of nose to the grindstone work. This may sound stupid, but I'm reminded of Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption: "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

I'm missing home. I'm missing my loves. And I'm missing several deep runs. I've got them in me. It's time to find them.

Radio silence.


  1. It seems like you have your fun times out of the way now and now you can focus on the job at hand. Focus, Patience and do what you do best in playing poker. Go get'em. Have fun. I liked what Mercier said "Winning is not expected, putting myself in a position to win is always expected." Put on your poker hat and go for the win.

  2. The best advice I can give you is to be kind to yourself. You are putting much too much pressure on yourself.

  3. Thank you Steve and Laoch. I have had a wonderful time, no doubt about it. But (after a rough start) I've also played what I felt was my best. I can only surmise that my best is not yet good enough. I take my last stabs today as I return home tomorrow. And once home, I will remain as single-minded as ever (if not moreso after this experience) in my pursuit of winning in this game.


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