It's been a while ladies and gents!
Before I get started I just want to say thank you to anyone who has ever rooted for my success or rooted me on during my live and online sweats.
This year has been absolutely crazy. It started with me playing 90% online poker and ended with me playing 90% live poker. I have traveled more this year than ever before, playing poker in 7 different states and numerous cities. I have spent the most time in Las Vegas and Tampa but I wouldn't call either of them home at this time.
I have now played in three WSOPC series. New Orleans, Hollywood, and Las Vegas (Planet Hollywood). No ring yet but I have come pretty damn close on numerous occasions. I made my first final table on my recent trip to Vegas. Finishing in second place was not fun but I was really happy for Neil Scott who won the ring. For those that don't know, Neil has followed the circuit for years and has more cashes than anyone without a ring. He made a deal a few years ago that he wouldn't cut his hair until he won the ring. He is now able to do that and donate his long locks to benefit kids with cancer.
Picture is the Final Table of the World Series of Poker Circuit Event #4 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada
My plan for the rest of the year is to play as much live cash as I can and play the Seminole Hardrock Tampa Series in early December. My goal is to finish strong. This has been the best year I have ever had with poker but it is still below some of my stretch goals.
Dublin, Ireland 2018
I am excited to finally get to travel abroad in 2018. I will be going to Dublin, Ireland for the Irish Open!
This is a stop I have always wanted to check out. The best part is, I will be in Ireland for 16 days so I will get to do a lot of traveling around the whole country. I will be traveling alone so if anyone is looking to backpack, check out the schedule: http://www.irishpokeropen.com/events-2018/
Thailand or Europe...
I want to take a break from normal life for a while. After I'm done with Ireland, I am considering either backpacking Europe and playing live and online poker along the way or going to Thailand and chill out on the beach playing online poker. Which one would you guys do? I am leaning towards maybe going to 1 or 2 countries in Europe and then going to Thailand for a couple months to grind online. Either way, I expect to be back in time for WSOP but who knows...?
I don't know what else I can give to you guys. This year has been so great and so terrible at the same time. Sometimes I go through poker depression but I always stay grateful for being able to do this for a living. The freedom is worth every painful downswing. I do worry about my future but I try to block that out as much as I can. Whatever happens going forward, even if I lose it all, I have already won. This adventure has been out of this world!
Thanks again PocketFives community!