Nick Wealthall: Christmas Eve
by Nick Wealthall, UKIPT Tour Host
This time tomorrow I'll be playing the main event of the World Series of Poker. As a poker fan and player it simply doesn't get any better than this. The anticipation is amazing and every single player of the 7,000+ feels the same thing that maybe, just maybe it could be them this year.
I need to point out it's thanks to the lovely people at PokerStars. I'm super, super lucky to be put in to the event and I'll try and do it justice. I have to be honest in future years if I don't have a sponsor I'll be spending money to play; it's that much fun!
Last year I was so excited after a 15-year wait to play it, and ridiculously the reality didn't let me down. Day 2 when I quickly cashed out was disappointing but day 1 was unreal. The buzz in the room is unique in poker and I won't try and do it justice by writing about it - you just have to do it once in your life some how, some way. Suffice to say it's the only time I've been nervous at a poker table - or at least for 15 years!
This year I'll be excited but not nervous and I don't think I'll have any problem playing well from the start. The key to day 1 is table draw. The Series is so random because the field is so huge - you can get two tough players to your left and have an impossible day or get a field of first time casual players and have lots of lovely free money to pick up...I'll know how well I'm running from the line up just a few moments into tomorrow!
Anyway, I know how lucky I am and for one of the few times in life tomorrow there really won't be anywhere else on earth I'd rather be.
There won't be much sleep tonight!