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Head Games: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Traveling the Live Poker Tournament Circuit With Ben Wilinofsky, Maria Ho, and Joe Serock

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Nov 26, 2014


Craig Tapscott: What are a few of the main challenges you face when traveling from city to city worldwide, playing some of the big buy-in events on the poker circuit? Ben Wilinofsky: I think the greatest challenge I faced on the road was loneliness. There are always people around, and there are even some good people you can form close bonds with. And it’s not like sex is in short supply, whether hired or not. But I don’t think I ever developed what I would call intimacy with anyone while I was travelling the circuit. I think a lot of people underestimate how important that is. As young, mostly male kids, we chase sex, and feel validated when we get it, but it wasn’t until I had a really intimate relationship that I realized what I had been missing all that time, why I had been drinking so much, and ...

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