Doffing my cap
It's been a good year so far. As far as live poker goes, in March I played in the 2013 Championship of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava. I've been playing in that series for seven years now, and it is always a lot of fun.
Unfortunately I busted the Main Event on Day 1, then in the High Roller I also went out early. In fact, the High Roller went the same way it always seems to go for me -- I go all in after flopping a straight, but then my opponent ends up drawing out a flush or full house.
I did manage to get a decent result in one of the smaller side events in the Poker Portal Bounty Series, though, which was a nice consolation prize. The money was small and won't change my life. However, I play poker for more than just money but also for the competition and love of the game. I had a lot of fun, too, because being from Slovokia I always love to play there.
The other highlight recently for me was a trip to Bulgaria. I was invited there by Casino Pravets, where I won a tournament last October for about €19,000. I busted in the tournament this time, but afterwards I had a chance to go out with Little Dob, who is a big hip-hop and R&B promoter. We are both fans of each other and had been hanging out some during the week, and so after the tournament we went to a party at a club called Yalta, the biggest club in Bulgaria and one of the top clubs in the world.
There I met some other local celebrities, and eventually we went to the Sugar Club, which is another popular hip-hop club in Bulgaria. Little Dob introduced me to Maria Ilieva, who is a very famous performer in Bulgaria who sings hip-hop, soul, R&B, and pop. While we were visiting I let Maria borrow my cap and patches.
We stayed in touch afterwards, and I helped arrange a collaboration between Maria and Majk Spirit, who is a top hip-hop performer from the Slovak Republic. He's going to have a concert in Bulgaria now, and I might even try to get them to do some sort of song about poker as well, too.
The people of Bulgaria are very nice and they are starting to get more interested in poker, too, where the game came a little bit later than in other parts of the world. I'm doing what I can to help promote poker in Bulgaria. In fact, I am soon going to have my book that I co-authored with Tom McEvoy published in Bulgaria. It's called How to Become a Poker Pro and has already been published in the Slovakian and Czech languages. In fact, it is already in a second edition.
Soon my travels will be continuing, as I am planning a trip to Japan and/or Australia soon, and then the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas after that this summer.
Maybe I'll meet some more people there, too, and if they're nice I'll let them wear my PokerStars cap!
Dag Palovič is a member of Team PokerStars Pro