Smell the roses

The beginning of the summer was incredibly busy. I went to Vegas at the start of the World Series of Poker to drop off my luggage, my golf clubs, and my other stuff. I played four events, and I cashed one just before leaving for the GuangDong Ltd. Asia Millions in Macau.

It's definitely not easy to fly for 12 or 14 hours into a place like that for just a few days, then turn around and fly 12 or 14 hours somewhere else. You've got to be able to sleep on the plane. Myself, I just need a window seat and I'm able to sleep as much as I want. It's not going to be a good sleep obviously. It's not going to be a deep sleep. It's going to be just enough so that when you get there, you take a cold shower and then you're good to go for a few hours at least.

The GDAM event was my second-ever trip to Macau. Unfortunately I absolutely didn't get a chance to see anything outside of City of Dreams. Ordinarily that would be disappointing, but City of Dreams is amazing. It's a big, convenient casino with so many good restaurants all around. During the dinner break we went to some awesome Japanese place in the casino.

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And of course the poker room is top-notch. It's really big and much, much better than the other room that PokerStars used to have in Macau. It's a place that PokerStars can host big, marquee events, that a place that every poker player will enjoy.

I'd love to have explored Macau and Hong Kong a little bit. The previous time I was in Macau, I was only there for a day-and-a-half to meet some PokerStars freeroll winners. It seems like a shame to travel to such an exotic place and not really see much of it.

The same thing happened when I went to Australia for WSOP APAC a few months ago. I came back home right after APAC was over because I just wanted to be home. I didn't take any time to visit Australia.

At least I never have that problem in Vegas. With the WSOP being almost seven weeks long, you almost have to take a break at some point. I usually like to play golf a few times each summer. I'm not the best, but I love to golf. Last year I played twice during the summer. It's a great way to chillax and enjoy some parts of Vegas that aren't in the Amazon Room.

I think I need to try to take some more time to visit the cities I travel to, especially cities that are very far away and that I don't get too often. At least with Macau and Melbourne, I know I'll be back in those two places again soon for poker. Hopefully next time my personal poker calendar won't be so crowded so I can spend more time in each place and enjoy them a little more.

Jonathan Duhamel is a member of Team PokerStars Pro

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