For the first time in a decade I am missing a significant part of the WSOP. (And no, it is not to protest the very bad cards, but they are really bad this year…) We are moving from the Seattle area to the East Bay in California. That is sort of between San Francisco and San Jose, and about 15 miles inland.
School got out June 26th here and starts there on August 14th, (and you need an address in CA to register your kids for school) so we had a tight window to work with. As always though, family comes before poker or work.
I find myself wishing I was there, competing. The six-handed limit hold’em event was this week. That one hurt to miss. I have finished 8th, 9th and 19th in that event over the last 5 years. I also can’t play the bigger PLO events or the $50k players championship.
Instead, I am sorting through personal possessions, making trips to goodwill, having garage sales, packing boxes and loading a moving truck. You collect a lot of stuff when you live in the same house for 13 years… And this process gives you far too much time to daydream about what could be happening at the WSOP.
But, the good news is that I will be done here today. Then the unpacking and moving in begins. That, however doesn’t come with a deadline. I will be able to leave some of it to come back to Vegas and play the Main Event. I can’t remember looking forward to it so much. All the other years, there has been this tournament to play tomorrow or that tournament on Saturday. Usually, the other events stop a day or two before the main for me and a take a couple of days to rest beforehand. That is when I traditionally start looking forward to the biggest and best poker tournament of the year. But this year, I get a full three weeks of anticipation. I can hardly wait. Dreaming and hoping to improve on my best finish ever…