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A_Junglen Well, the WSOP is about to start, which means…..not much for me. Those of you that have been keeping up with my blog for the past year will remember my posts about going to last years series. It’s always fun hanging out with everyone, but it really sucks being under 21 in LV. We’ll see though. There’s a decent chance I end up going anyways.

The Exec’s at PokerVT have told me they’re going to be letting me use the studio for a week in late July. I’m very much looking forward to having the VT studio at my disposal. I’m really gonna work hard and try to use all of this incredible technology to it’s fullest potential.

Hopefully my August/Sept schedule will be similar to last year (EPT Barcelona + WSOPE). So far they’ve just said that WSOPE 2008 is from September 19th - October 1st, but no word on specific events, or the EPT schedule until later. I certainly hope they have more events than they did last year for WSOPE.

So, yes - at the moment I’m planning on going to Europe for a few events before I turn 21 in October. Poker is just too big in Europe to pass up on. Once I’m 21 I’ll be likely be playing Foxwoods in November, then in December I’m going to be renting out a unit in Panorama Towers for the Bellagio 5 Diamond Series. I’m very excited about this.

That’s what I’ve got ahead of me. Until then, I’m really gonna try to put in some hours online next week. I’ll be recording for PokerVT sometimes, so I’ll be going over some smaller - middle buyin MTT’s, such as more 4max, 20/180s, 36/180s, 60/45s, since most of my current videos are HS MTT’s. I’m looking forward to a change of pace anyways. I won’t be completely ignoring the regular MTT schedule either.

Once June comes I hope to start hanging out with my local friends that are on break from college. I have a great group of friends who I met in HS. We were all poker players. Actually we first started playing in 10th grade, and our local home game mtt would have between 12-24 players on average (9-12th grade) and at the end of each tournament we all noticed we were the last ones around or making consistent FT’s (there’s 5 or 6 of us). Everyone else had been eliminated and left. So we found ourselves hanging out together more, and that was my “high school clique”, or group of friends, w/e. We were always playing, and discussing poker, watching HSP, WSOP, WPT, etc. A handful of them still play a fair amount, some more than others. I’m not sure why some of them didn’t really pursue poker further. I mean, going to school is fine, but it’s not like you don’t have enough time to grind out some online sessions, and study the game. Although I’m not blaming them at all if they thought the poker lifestyle just wasn’t for them.

Maybe I just loved the game so much more than they did. When I first started, especially when I’d find myself playing in a closed greek restaurant at 1:00am, playing cash games against people who didn’t speak english…I just LOVED poker. I started blogging right when I started playing poker. My first entry is 6/30/2004 (all of my old blogs have been archived/deleted fwiw….book material, lol?). I’d track all of my results when I played with my sisters boss at the time, and now my friend Vince, and his crew. I’d keep track of how I played hands against 80 year old calling stations, and throw a tirade when I’d lose to a 2 outer.

…..LOL, pardon my random nostalgia. But honestly, for the last month or so I’ve really slowed down. I feel like I’m starting to really enjoy poker again and I’m having fun with everything going on.

It’s unrealistic to set a goal to have the same results I had last summer, but I’m gonna do my best. It looks like I’ll be spending some time at TS this June too.

Hope you guys enjoyed this ramble! Send me any questions or whatever.

-Adam Junglen

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