What we think about when we close our eyes
I was having dinner with some friends of mine in Las Vegas not too long ago and remembered a funny story from a previous visit to Las Vegas a few summers before.
This was during the World Series of Poker. Some friends and I were trying to think of something different to do, and we decided to take a trip to a nearby lake and rent a boat and enjoy the day. It was a bunch of poker players and their girlfriends -- a big group. We ended up renting some jet skis, too, for some of us to ride around on.
It was a beautiful day and it was very fun to be outdoors and enjoy the great weather. One of the players who went along with us was a well known Italian player, Alessio Isaia, and he was one of those who was riding around on one of the jet skis. They were racing some and having a great time.
I was on the boat and we were watching him and the others ride around. Then suddenly I realized Alessio was heading straight for the boat! And it didn't seem like he was moving to avoid it!
I only had a few seconds to be scared, because sure enough he crashed right into the side of the boat!
It was terrible for a moment because he was moving pretty quickly when he hit the boat. We rushed over to him immediately and were very worried he might have been hurt.
"Alessio!" we cried out. "Are you okay?"
As it turned out, he was fine. He had damaged the boat pretty badly and the jet ski, too, but he was completely okay. In fact, he had a smile on his face and was laughing a little.
"What happened?" we asked him once we knew for sure he was all right.
"I'm sorry guys," he said, shaking his head. "I closed my eyes... I was thinking of Liv Boeree!"
We all laughed so hard. I'll never forget that.
We had to call security to come and take us back. They said to us "Congratulations guys... you have bought a boat!"
We just had to laugh at that, too.
Luckily Alessio was okay. And we all learned a valuable lesson not to let thoughts of Liv Boeree distract us, especially when traveling at high speeds!
Dario Minieri is a member of Team PokerStars Pro