One again, I’m in Vegas, and I’ve just come very close to winning a bracelet. I finished runner-up last week for $73,000 in the $1,500 7-card Stud event.
I always kind of dread going to Las Vegas during the summer. It’s not so much that I don’t like Vegas, although it is very hot there during the WSOP. It’s more because I hate missing summertime in Europe, where the winters can be kind of ugly. It’s the best time of year to be in Europe, and I’m always away for it.
I’m seriously thinking about starting to go just for the Main Event and making it a 10-day trip — or perhaps skipping the WSOP entirely — rather than go all summer long. Perhaps I might start doing that two or three years from now. It wasn’t long ago that I would never have thought about missing the WSOP — any of it. But times change.
I’m also not too crazy about the way the schedule this year will have events starting at 4 p.m. some days and not ending until 3 a.m. — that’s way too late, in my opinion. I usually try to play around 30 events, but this year I’ve been playing fewer, partly because of the schedule. I don’t want to be too burned out too soon, and I also want to have something left in the tank once the Main Event comes around next week.
As far as goals go, my main one is the same as always — it’s about the money. I hope as always to finish in the “+” zone when it’s all over, money-wise. I know some players make bracelet bets and find other ways of getting motivated, but for me all the motivation I need is to try to win more than I spend.
Alex Kravchenko is a member of Team PokerStars Pro