I expect 2013 to be a busy year for me in a lot of ways, and I'm really looking forward to it. Of course, when I look forward to the new year one thought immediately springs to mind.
Has it really been ten years?
It's kind of crazy to think that the 10th anniversary of my win in the 2003 WSOP Main Event is almost here. It's been a wild ride -- kind of a fairy tale in a lot of ways, and a lot of fun, too.
I know next year I'll be doing some promotional work related to the big anniversary. And I'll have some pretty cool commemorative stuff coming out as well. So there will be a lot of thinking about the past, but to be honest I'm really focused a lot on the future right now, too.
One new venture I'm really looking forward to is my new radio show for ESPN, "The Chris Moneymaker Radio Show," a poker-themed talk show I'm doing with a buddy of mine. We'll bring on guests periodically, talk about various poker destinations, and really anything else that comes to mind. We've run a few test shows already, about five or so, and have had Norman Chad, Joe Hachem, and Greg Raymer on as guests so far. The show will air on some of the ESPN affiliates in the northeast U.S. and will also be available as a podcast. So I'm really excited about that.
I also expect to be playing a lot in 2013. I'll be relocating to Toronto in order to play more online, so I'll be going up there frequently to grind on Sundays and during the WCOOP and at other times. I'm planning to work real hard with a couple of friends and to play more live tournaments next year, too.
Right now I'm looking at playing all of the EPTs and all of the LAPTs, and really have a full schedule so as to give myself a good shot to do some good things in 2013. Additionally, I'm one of the lead instructors for the WPT Boot Camp, so I'll be involved a little more in poker training in the coming year as well as with playing more.
It truly is amazing to think about how much poker has grown over the last decade, not to mention how much the game has changed since 2003. Obviously it's the same game -- you still get two cards and so on. But outside of that, everything about the game is completely different, which really is why poker remains so interesting and challenging.
So while I'll be looking back, I'm looking ahead, too, and excited about playing and talking about poker in 2013.