This year was the 5th straight year I made the trek to Vegas for the WSOP, for this strange work that I do covering poker tournaments for online poker sites such as bwin.
All in all, not a bad trip, and I probably loathed Vegas the least of any of the trips when it was time to finally flee, but that’s more because of how busy I was with work than anything else I think, with no real down time to dwell on how much it sucks to be away from home in such a strange place as Vegas for nearly a month.
It also helped that I got off the schneid as far as my own poker play, up about $3,500 from tournaments and another $500 and change from the one day I played cash games. Most of that came from final tabling one of the daily 2 PM deepstack tournaments at the Rio (which could have been significantly more if I could just dodge a one outer with aces versus deuces at the final table and someone claiming to have folded A2o), but nice to book some green numbers on a trip.
I’ve barely been able to play myself on the poker work trips (less than half a dozen live tournaments stretching back to the 2010 WSOP) but it’d been awhile since I’d even seen a dinner break, so a deep run was nice and paid for a new Canon 60D body that I’d been eyeing for forever, with a little fun money left over.
As far as work, well, you know; it’s work. In some ways I feel pretty damn lucky to have latched onto work on the operator side, as far as working for PokerRoom/bwin, as it isolates me from the impact other folks in the poker media felt from Black Friday.
On the other hand, working on the operator side can be frustrating as hell sometimes when faced with the epic lassitude that grips the industry and 95% of the people that have gigs within it.
I should be used to it by now but I’m just amazed, over and over and over, at how little interest in poker most people with jobs in the online poker industry actually have. I mean, sure, I’d rather drink and go shopping and do lots of things other than sit around watching people play poker for 14 hours a day, but there are far, far worse jobs to have, and if you’re going to do something, do it.
And I’l leave it at that, lest I say anything I regret later.
Still in the midst of a mad scramble at home in Texas, trying to get us moved to Malta. In a little over a week it’s off to GSOP Live Manchester, then back to Texas for a big push to wrap everything up so that we can make the move by the end of August.
I picked up some extra photography work at the WSOP, which was not only extra cash but I actually enjoy the work a good bit. Really happy with the 60D, and I feel like I’m finally getting there gear-wise/experience-wise as far as pushing harder trying to land some more clients for photography content from various live events.
Not everyone wants the writey-write sort of work but photographs are an easier pitch I think, especially if you’re reasonable with pricing and mindful of what clients want.
Pretty happy with overall progress of the tptk site, and actually a little farther along than I’d expected to be on the grander scale. November is basically the one-year anniversary of really launching the site, and we’ve had a good bit more success on the affiliate side than I’d imagined.
I’d hoped to be able to land a few more clients by now as far as reporting/photo content from live events, but I haven’t really pushed too hard on that front. Still treading water there, as I feel like I have to be settled in Malta first before I can pursue work of that sort as far as committing to covering X tournament in Y country for Z dollars, as travel expenses while I’m still in the US make Z too high a figure for most potential clients.