Science, charity, and water polo
Can you believe I didn't win the Main Event again? If you can believe it, I didn't even make the final nine. Sorry! I know it hasn't aired on TV yet. I'm always bad at giving away spoilers.
Another World Series of Poker has come to a close. Once again, I ended up only slightly on the winning side, but a win is a win. That's right. When it comes to whether I made money at this year's World Series of Poker, my answer's exactly the same as Phil Ivey's: Yes. That sentence took some serious spin to right, but here's to the power of positive thinking! On the flip side, there were plenty of people who had losing WSOP's this year, and luckily I wasn't one of them.
Almost every WSOP goes exactly the same for me. Start off cold, end a bit hotter. This year was the opposite. Only one final table this year. Bummer.
Very early in the Series I made the final table of a shootout event, beating two really good players to make it to the final table - one of them being Justin Bonomo. Justin is a world class player, a class act, and teaches a mean poker class. (For the record, I don't know if Justin Bonomo is currently teaching any poker classes, it just seemed like a good spot to throw a third "class" in there.) I ran into a few coolers at the final table. During four-handed play, I made trips twice and neither time was the hand good. I finished fourth.
Overall, I'm very happy with my play at that final table and throughout the World Series. Finishing fourth actually was an all-time best for me at the WSOP.
Now, I'm no rocket scientist, but I'm pretty sure that if I continue finishing higher every year, irrefutable scientific evidence suggests that I will win a World Series of Poker bracelet by 2015. I'd be a good pick for your fantasy team that year.
Oh, when I said I was happy with my play at the WSOP - I meant with the exception of my Main Event. I went out in a pretty disappointing way. For me, I don't consider luck to be disappointing most of the time. I was disappointed in how I played. I am saving the details of the hand for an article later this year in one of PokerStars magazines, but I'll say this: I played a pot that was way too big in Level 3. I overplayed my hand, and it was ill-advised at best.
After the WSOP it was time for me to do what I do best: water polo at the 2012 Olympic games in London!
Just kidding. Charity work. I love charity work. Guyana Watch makes a yearly trip to Guyana (that's why we named it that) with mobile medical facilities. This year was another huge success, as we were able to provide treatment to 3500 people! We worked in eight locations, seeing approximately 450 people a day. The days were long, hot, and sticky, but we were able to make a difference in a lot of peoples' lives. If you're looking for another poker player to root for, make it Chance Kornuth (@chancescards). He came along for the trip this time, and was an invaluable help. Great guy. Thanks, bro!
After that, it was time to send my daughter off to college. For her graduation, I threw her the awesome 18th birthday party she'd always wanted. My daughter was very happy. I'm very proud of her, so I consider it money well spent.
Finally, I just wanted to mention what an honor it is to be affiliated with PokerStars. I already considered it to be an honor, but after their classy and savvy moves regarding Full Tilt, I'm even more proud to be a Team Pro. Great work, guys.
EPT Season 9 is ramping up in just a few days. Maybe I'll see you in Barcelona...