Sacrifices of a Poker Player
by BiggMike | Published Aug 18, 2012
It's been a long time since I wrote a blog but I'm sitting at work on a Saturday afternoon and I have felt the urge to share some thoughts. I am looking foward to playing in event #1 of The Borgata Fall Open on September 6th. The buy-in is $560 and they are guaranteeing 1 million in the prize pool which is about as good as it gets for any tournament player. My good friend Jared, who happens to have won a Circuit Event at Harrah's is staking me and I hope to reward his faith in me with a long awaited win.
Since i last blogged I have had 2 children so I don't play as much as I used to when it seemed that gambling consumed my entire life. I have been grinding the cash games at Foxwoods and doing pretty well though. I usually take the ferry from Orient Point on a Saturday night so I can keep my game sharp. In the past I have had terrible bankroll management and now I am much more disciplined which has helped my poker game tremendously. Despite not playing as many tornaments lately, I have had a few min cashes and have been really close to a big score a couple of times. As fate would have it, the last 3 times I have played a big tourney at The Borgata, the person who has knocked me out has gone on to win the tournament. Such a strange coincidence, but it has me thinking my time will come.
My friend Jared has really been the person who has kept me in the game. He believes in me and has staked me in numerous tournaments which I have had some moderate success. When he won his Circuit Event Championship at Harrah's and the Gold ring I can honestly say I couldn't have been happier if I had won it myself. We drove back from AC with $30k in the car laughing our asses off and we've been looking to recapture that magic ever since. I have season tickets to the Giants and their first game is against the Cowboys the night before the 1 million guarantee at The Borgata. When Jared called me up and told me about this tourney and said I had to play it, I didn't even think twice about going to the game. I gave the tickets to my brother and am excited for the opportunity my friend has given me. We've been through numerous trials and tribulations but we've never given up and with a little luck I truly believe we can make big things happen. Only 2 more weeks and I'll be in AC again, my home away from home which is making this shitty work day a little more bearable.