I’ve been home from the PCA for a few weeks now and I’m back to work not only playing online, but working on several side projects. I got the year off to a good start by cashing in the PCA Main Event. I had a great time and for three days it went really well for me. However, on the fourth day, the cards weren’t coming and I ended up in some spots where I didn’t feel very confident. I ended up finishing in 55th place. But that’s all right. Tomorrow is always a new game.
One project I’ve been involved in that recently got off the ground is the Elitist Club. It’s a streaming site done in collaboration with the gaming hardware company Razer. We hope to inspire players of games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends not only to broadcast their own games, but to cross over to poker as well. I’ve been live-streaming my own poker game on Sundays and encourage gamers and fans to join me playing the Sunday Storm. There’s usually a bonus as well for anyone who knocks me or another Elitist Club player out of the tournament. It’s a lot of fun and the Sunday Storm is a great value; it’s a shot at a very large prize pool for only $11.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about health. It’s the most important thing there is and should be everyone’s first priority. Sometimes it takes watching someone close to you struggle through a health issue to make you realize how important it is to take care of yourself. I’ve been trying to be more mindful of health, especially while I’m traveling to tournaments. I try not to eat too much, and if I can’t get to the gym, I try to take a longer walk than usual and get some fresh air. And when it comes to drinking, I try to keep it to only a glass of wine if I’m playing the next day. You don’t have to be a monk, but as we get older, it takes longer to recover from the excess.
I’m also looking forward to playing the rest of the EPT season, especially the Grand Final in Monte Carlo. You know, the “normal” stuff. It’s easy to forget how special these events are and how lucky we are as poker players to travel to such incredible places. We really do live an uncommon life. This year I hope to go even further and visit some places I haven’t been before. It’s all a matter of getting everything to fit in my schedule.
But you know me. I can’t sit still anyway. By the time I finish one project I’ll have ideas for two more!