Visiting the next home of poker

After the traditional EPT London, I was lucky enough to be able to go to Macau this year again, for the Asian Championship of Poker Series (ACOP). The ACOP is the biggest annual tournament Series in Macau. Macau is certainly the gambling capital of the world, and even if poker isn't as big as in Las...more

by ElkY on December 23, 2014 7:33 AM

It's over already?

My World Series of Poker is over. It seemed to go by quickly, but that's partly because I was late getting there this time.I was writing before about how I had some trouble with a stolen bag and a lost passport back in May, which delayed me getting to the WSOP. Actually that turned out not to be s...more

by ElkY on July 29, 2014 8:23 AM

Why I'm not at the WSOP yet

I had a problem. A big one. It was WSOP time, and I didn't have a passport. Worse, because I'd been in Toronto for SCOOP, fixing the problems were even harder than you'd expect. I'll explain in a second, but first, I have to say, SCOOP went pretty well.I got a second place in a five-card pot-limit O...more

by ElkY on June 4, 2014 5:34 AM

A case for freezeouts

I've just returned to Europe after a trip to California. I used to spend almost four months a year in the United States, but aside from the World Series of Poker, I don't get the chance to come to the U.S. very often anymore. For the last five years in a row I've played the World Poker Tour event in...more

by ElkY on March 25, 2014 9:37 AM

A great group of Team Pros

Even though I travel for poker all the time, I don't often get to spend much time with the other Team Pros. Everyone is so busy with poker all the time, and it's such an individual pursuit. We don't all go to the same festivals, and even when we do we're not all on the same schedule. Some bust out e...more

by ElkY on January 15, 2014 8:26 AM

The best bad beat I've ever had

I'm writing from the road again. Over recent weeks I've been all over. One of my favorite trips lately was to go to Milan with my girlfriend, Jenny. We went there to celebrate our first anniversary of being together. Actually the story of my meeting Jenny is kind of funny. It happened in Las Vegas a...more

by ElkY on October 31, 2013 5:00 AM

Peace and Sport in East Timor

After the WSOP madness each year, the rest of summer is calm for poker players. Everyone takes a month to decompress and prepare for the start of another year on tour.For the last few years I've used that month to go on holidays in Asia. I love Asia. I lived in South Korea for six years and still ha...more

by ElkY on September 2, 2013 8:14 AM

The future of High Roller events

I was in Macau in early June for the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions. I think it was my fifth time there. I was debating between going to Macau or skipping the event and staying in Vegas for all of the World Series of Poker. Then I won my GDAM seat on PokerStars the last weekend of SCOOP and was like, "...more

by ElkY on July 19, 2013 5:36 AM

Japanese perfection

I just got back a few weeks ago from a trip to Japan. I went right before WSOP Asia Pacific, and I am really glad I did because I'll be busy over the next couple of months with the EPT and SCOOP, and then with the WSOP this summer.I was able to go once before last year and really fell in love with ...more

by ElkY on May 16, 2013 10:35 AM

Getting rich on balance

People sometimes ask me about my career playing Starcraft, something I did very seriously for quite a while before becoming a full-time poker pro.At the time I started it was only possible to be a full-time player in South Korea, and so I moved there when I was about 19 and played Starcraft professi...more

by ElkY on March 4, 2013 7:26 AM
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