Checking in from Vegas, I got here about two weeks ago and I’m getting burnt out but the Main Event is coming up! I had a decent score last week where I chopped the Binion’s Main for 36.5k and I just busted a Venetian event for mincash. I played a bigger schedule this year than last (more high buyin NL events, fewer 1/1.5ks because I’m only here 3 weeks) and I think it’s a great decision, there are some soft 2.5-3k fields and even the 5k was good this year, and the structures you get are miles better. I’ve played a couple Venetians too which are fantastic, the 1.6k and 2.5k events have huge structures and the fields aren’t that much tougher than a 2.5k at WSOP. I’ve got one more event before the ME and if I cash either one I’ll be up for the series so let’s hope for the best.
Backtracking a bit, I feel like I’ve been extraordinarily busy for months now, trying to accomplish a lot this year. I have a bet with my buddy from Chicago about completing 5 things each before the year ends:
1) Read 20 new books
2) Record 25 piano pieces
3) Run a marathon under 4:00
4) Visit three new countries
5) Visit two new domestic locations
I’m only about 25% of the way through the books/piano songs, and I’m doing the music for my friend’s wedding in less than three weeks which I’m pretty nervous about. Being in Vegas makes it hard to keep up on practice and there are a couple new songs I haven’t started so after I bust (or final table) the Main Event I’m going into piano lockdown back home. I have a trip booked for right after the wedding to go to Dublin and London with my parents for the olympics that I’m really excited about, and that will knock out most of 4). I’m thinking about doing an Asia trip in October/November to finish that one off. The marathon is in Chicago in October and while I haven’t run that distance yet I’m really excited about the run and confident I can make time. I’ll be playing a bunch of ultimate to keep in shape for that and I’ll have an official training schedule by the time I get back to Toronto in August.
Seems like poker is going to take the back seat for a while after the series so hopefully I have a nice run left in me. As much as I’m looking forward to getting back to online poker, I’m more excited about doing everything else I mentioned and can’t wait to start traveling more in the near future. That’s all about me for now, keep an eye out for posts from my other blog (varianceis.wordpress.com), Ryan linked it to the blog.husng page so that you can read my thoughts on variance in everyday life and other short essays on probabilistic thinking. More videos coming next month!