I'm very excited and extremely nervous about the whole thing. I feel like I'm probably biting off more than I can chew (even though I am likely to take some staking), but the prospect of being away from home for over a week is just not something I really want to do. I've never been in Vegas for more than 3 nights in a row I don't think, and signing up for triple that is a little scary. Staying at a house off the strip with friends should certainly help extend my shelf life, but I'm concerned that I just won't be able to make it. And obviously the most likely outcome is that I don't cash in either event (they only pay the top 10%), which will basically mean I'll have spent 2-6 days traveling and playing to lose a couple thousand dollars when I could have been grinding out wins in the Commerce 20. But damn it, this is the world series and if I'm to take myself seriously as a professional poker player I need to show up and throw my hat in the ring. So ready or not, here I come.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Last year I basically skipped the giant poker meetup that is the WSOP in Las Vegas, for a variety of mostly valid reasons. I was still getting my feet under me, playing tournaments of any kind just wasn't (and still really isn't) my thing, and ponying up a couple thousand dollars to enter even a limit hold 'em event for the right to skip out on playing in very profitable cash games just didn't seem like the thing to do. Up until a few days ago I was planning to do the same this year, mostly for the same reasons, but two nights ago I had a look at the schedule and gave it a good think and decided it was silly for me not to enter at least one of the events. I can drive to Vegas in a few hours now, and therefore have my own personal car when I get there, I have way more friends that will be in town now (one group of which has rented a house with space to stay), and I'm a bit more comfortable with the sums of money involved. And so I've decided that I'll be driving to Las Vegas tomorrow to play in event 12, the $1500 full ring limit hold 'em event that kicks off at 5pm on Friday. The current plan is to also play event 18, the $2000 full ring limit hold 'em event that starts Wednesday at noon, but that is a little more tentative. If things go well (which just probabilistically is extremely unlikely) I'll be in Las Vegas for the entire duration, something like 8-9 days. If I bust out on the first day of event 12, I'll come home for a couple nights in between and decide if I really want to drive back out there for the second event.