One of the great things about coming to the World Series every year is your access to all the most famous players. Take seven minutes from my day today. I walked down the long hallway from the Rio, passed through the press room, and wandered into the Amazon room.
I'm heading off to Las Vegas today for my annual WSOP trip around the Main Event. This past week I was visiting family outside of New York City. It's been a great week filled with a lot of family fun. The last couple days have been packed with activity as we went to a Yankee game at their new stadium. They were playing the Seattle Mariners, and their ace Cliff Lee, who outpitched Phil Hughes for the 7-4 win. It's a shame that they will be trading him this summer, as he's a very strong pitcher. Yesterday, we packed a full day in the city, visiting Central Park, the New York Zoo, FAO Schwartz, Rockefeller Center, going to Mary Poppins with the kids at the charming Amsterdam theater, and Times Square.
As always, I'm looking forward to this year's Vegas trip. I'll be in Vegas until the evening of the 9th. I have a lot of work to catch up on and with a press pass, my access will be much better than the last couple years. I'll be blogging, reporting on a couple players for a couple sites I work with, and writing articles or setting up some interviews. Seeing poker friends and hitting up a few parties along the way (e.g. CardRunners, P5's, and some poker room hosted ones) is a big bonus.
The other day, I was out to dinner with my wife. I was trying to explain the difference from her perspective to mine on some issue and I said that she's too results oriented while I am EV oriented. I chuckled to myself, as I have introduced many other poker euphemisms and sayings from my time in poker.
Then I saw someone predict the Mexico-Uruguay World Cup match by saying..."I wonder if in the third group stage match, if Mexico and Uruguay will check it down?"
I was inspired to do some research and share some other humorous and serious answers to "You know you play too much poker when..."
You buy something at the store and you think of it in terms of how many big blinds/bets it's going to cost you.
You are playing too much poker when the word two has been replaced in your vocabulary by the word duece.
When your buddy calls and asks you if you want to head to the bar tonight and you tell him "you're all in"
When the kids hope you get knocked out soon, so you will cook dinner!
When you pass up sex with your girlfriend because you're the chip leader in a $10 MTT.
You ask the bouncer what the "buy-in" is when you go to a club.
When someone asks you a question and u ask for a time bank.
When you're looking for a pair of socks and you think to yourself that any 2 suited will do.
When everything in your life is a level.
When your monitors are bigger than your tv.
When you sit there and narrate your play like you're making your own video.
When you constantly say you run bad when things aren't going your way or blame it on variance.
When you prove to your friends u CAN count to 20 with no problems... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 jack...
You've taken your laptop into the John so you don't have to sit out any hands.
When you use "everything is fishy", "everyone is nitty", "that's sick", that "puts me on tilt", that's "standard", "he's a donkey", or "such a donk", "ship it, luckbox!"
When you avoid shopping for certain household items or gifts, because you want to "win" them for "free" in the full tilt store.
When you don't laugh anymore, you just say LOL or when you say "ty" after somebody holds the door open for you at the store.
When all bottles are full.
When you can't remember the last time you went to a dinner and when the bill arrived you weren't sweating a nice game of credit card roulette.
When you can't enjoy watching sports as much as you used to because it's just variance.
When your bankroll is bigger than your checking account.
When you can get everything else you need to get done for the day accomplished during 5 minute tournament breaks.
When you yell real loud to the pizza guy "the door is open and the money is on the counter."
Feel free to add your own in the comments....Have a nice weekend.
In the 91st minute, three minutes from elimination, Landon Donovan scores a follow up goal to beat Algeria. In his interview afterwards, Landon essentially said "we embody the American ideal, we face hardships, we could whine, but instead we choose to fight on and keep competing." Despite having another goal disallowed, an earlier red card for an elbow to Clint Dempsey's face not given, and numerous chances nearly missing, the US found a way to win.
Nothing about this World Cup has gone easily. The US team isn't pretty or polished, but they are gritty and have tremendous heart. They came back in every game they were down. In qualifying play, leading up to the World Cup, they scored 9 goals in the last 10 minutes of games, more than twice of any team in the world. Somehow they find a way when things look bleak. Today, they snatched victory from defeat, going from elimination to being group leaders in stoppage time.
Are they the best soccer team out there? No way. But they certainly have tremendous mental toughness and a will to compete. Sometimes in life, that's what really matters.
Ernest Hemingway was a Nobel Prize winning author for books like The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea. He was known for his terse minimalism and understatement combined with his sense for adventure. At the end of the movie Se7en, the Morgan Freeman character narrates a Earnest Hemingway quote "the world is a fine place and worth fighting for." and then adds..."I agree with the second part!"
Every day we can look around for reasons to not like the world we live in. There are plenty of opportunities to disparage the world around us. And yet, within most of us, there is the capacity and desire to see something of value. Something worth fighting for. Every day we wake to face a new day. We have hopes and aspirations that things will improve. We have hopes that we can carve out some sanity form the insanity that surrounds us. Some days, many days in fact, are not much more than treading water. And yet, there we are the next day, ready to take on that challenge again. Without that goal to prevail, we would soon perish.
With my "luck" at low stakes poker, I often feel the same way towards it, as well...LOL
One final quote from Hemingway, in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, caught my eye. Not being a natural writer, and yet thrust into the role of regular blogger, I could relate to his sentiment.
"Write me at the Hotel Quintana, Pamplona, Spain. Or don't you like to write letters (*blog). I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something."
I was noticing the last couple days that whenever David Benefield, the CardRunners pro, tweeted about the struggles in his various WSOP tournament runs he repeatedly said "head down, inch towards daylight." I liked the ring of it as it resonated with my blog sentiments lately. So I googled it and realized it is a survival mantra issued by the lead character Caine in a series of fantasy-science fiction books by Matthew Woodring Stover, The Acts of Caine.
"Keep your head down and inch towards daylight." That is how I feel most days. Nothing improves instantly. You just have to keep grinding towards your goal. Have a plan, put in the work, keep out of excess trouble, and hope for the best.