Archive Mar 2008: nath

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Is April the cruelest month?

So my vacation from poker is about to come to an end. I'm currently in Seattle, where I've been hanging out with my cousin the last few days. (I went to visit some other people, see some shows, and clear my head a little, and when I remembered she was here, I got in touch with her.) It's been great-- she and I haven't gotten to spend much time in close proximity over the years, but we've always been close, and as we've gotten older we've stayed surprisingly similar. Being around family who are like you, where you can relax and be yourself and be loved and accepted, is exactly the sort of thing I needed to get centered before tournament time.

Speaking of tournament time: I'll be spending the next few days in Houston, seeing friends, and more importantly looking for a new place to live. I haven't had one in a while now-- which isn't as bad as it sounds; I spend more time around my friends and other people this way, but even so, it's imposing and/or expensive-- and I'm gonna try to land something with a friend that we can call home for the next year or so. That's also when I'll be making my final preparations for Las Vegas.

I decided to go straight to Bellagio and play the entire Five Star Classic (including the WPT Championship). Even though the 10k event at Foxwoods will be excellent, the back-and-forth travel would, I feel, eventually prove exhausting. And I'm personally disappointed that I'll miss Quinn and Noah and Brown Spring Weekend, but I've seen most of the acts already (M.I.A. once, Girl Talk twice, and Vampire Weekend on Wednesday), and this is the situation where I really need to keep business and pleasure separate. It's too hard to just switch the mindset back and forth-- establishing a good routine, staying focus and clear and level during the tournaments, is the priority here.

So I'm going to try to play all 12 preliminary events and the main. I say "try" because I still don't have a long-term backer; I've been raising the money in parts. I've got a couple of people onboard already, and I've posted in the 2+2 Marketplace. I have a few more people I could and should ask; I just hate asking for money in any context, even one like this where it's totally standard. I always feel like I'm begging or hitting them up for money, even though I'm really offering them a situation where I stand to make them even more. But I need to just nut up and do that; business is business, and the series is fast approaching.

Lucked into a room at Bellagio thanks to JPOSU (Jason Potter, who just finished 4th at WPT Reno today). So I have a room and I've scheduled time to rest my head and get back to thinking about poker before I get there. If I can raise the rest of the money and find a routine to establish to stay healthy (eating right, regular real exercise, and sunlight are musts), we'll really have something here.

Otherwise, T.S. will have been right once again.

Time Flies, but I Still Try to Plan

Sigh. I just wrote a really long entry detailing my upcoming plans and lost it when I had to re-log in. Note to self, write long entries in a Word document first. Here's another go, albeit shorter and more succinct:

So I apologize for not writing sooner-- time has, indeed, been flying. I haven't been doing anything poker-related; in fact, the last week has been a complete party, which would be irresponsible if I hadn't budgeted my schedule for it well in advance of the LAPC.

I'm going home for a few days, though, to rest, relax, and see my family. After that, I'm hitting the road again.

First comes the last leg of my vacation: I'll be in Seattle; I need to visit a few people there, and I found a couple of good concerts to go to as well. I've never been, and I'm pretty excited.

After that comes business. I've got to start planning for it and finding the backing, but I intend to go to WPT Foxwoods in April, and possibly the WPT Championship afterward, if I'm playing well and feel like I should (can) stay out on the road.

After that there won't be any live poker until the WSOP, but I want to use some of that time to set up some non-playing poker-related ventures, which an awkward way to phrase "coaching, videos, and writing strategy articles". I think I'd be pretty good at all of those, and I'll have the time to set them up right; not to mention, keeping involved will keep me mentally sharp until the Series.

It'll probably just start out from here, but I'd like to get an article or two published somewhere, and get the coaching and videos to bring in some income (obviously).

But that's down the road. Right now, I need some rest. After that comes the visit home, more rest, and the business-side planning for Foxwoods and Bellagio.

checking back in

Been taking time off poker lately since I've gotten back from L.A. (Okay, I did enter some events on Sunday, but after busting out of the two biggest ones after getting my money in as a big favorite in big pots, I said "fuck this" and quit. It's just as well; I certainly wasn't at my sharpest that day.

That's the only thing I've played since I left, though.) Mostly I've been just hanging out with friends, nothing too exciting. Looking for a place to call home in Houston the next few months (and possibly beyond, depending on where my life takes me).

One thing I have been doing is finding other stuff to keep me occupied and mentally sharp. I haven't been sitting around watching TV-- there's been chess, basketball, gonggi, yoga, and more. The physical stuff helps, too-- much of it involves focus, discipline, and technique, all of which comes into play at the table. And chess keeps me thinking, keeps my mind active, without burning out-- it's like changing the workout you do for a certain muscle group. It's not growing as much, it's becoming too specialized, so switch up its routine to get it back on track and sharp.

I've also been reading Tommy Angelo's The Elements of Poker. I didn't really know much about him beforehand, but after reading him I can see why so many people wanted him as a coach and value his advice. His approach to the game is almost zen.

Well, that's about all I have for now. I'll keep you posted as things develop. I may hit the live circuit again in a month or so. We'll see.

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