Having a Siesta in LA
The World Poker Tour happens year around. There isn't really a set season like in football, baseball and other sports so it can get quite taxing, especially when the cards are not falling your way. Taxes when you win and taxing when you lose can make it quite the challenge competing week in and week out.
I haven't had any updates the past ten days because frankly I just needed a break. I was suppose to travel to Las Vegas for the Wynn and then onto Ireland for the Irsih Open but like a marathoner hitting the wall at 20 miles into the race I had to stop to puke. Especially after the Bay 101 Shooting Stars event. After battling it out most of the day without getting any chip advantage I still sat on my starting stack of 20,000. I decided to make something happen and play an AKs aggressively and ended up taking what I knew to be a coin flip against pocket queens. I needed lady luck like a dead man needs a coffin but alas she was all tied up in my opponents hand. So I blanked out, signed my "I busted Kenna James T-Shirt and shipped it over to the player with the 5k bounty.
Instead of heading home I headed to the golf course with my friends Gavin Smith and Layne Flack. I can tell you that there is nothing better to pick your spirits up then hanging with these two guys. A barrel of fun and competition in which I squeeked out a small victory which made the trip not a total loss. When we got back to the casino Matt Savage had organized a party bus to take us to San Francisco. Eighteen of us crammed into the bus including the eventual winner Brandon Cantu. "I cant' believe you're going out tonight," I said to him knowing he was playing of the final table the next day. "I guess you're only playing for a million, if it were 2 or 3 you probably would stay in and get your rest!"
The San Francisco party scene really wasn't my cup of tea but perhaps I was still feeling the blues from busting out of the tourney. When we gathered into the bus to go back home late that night there were so many homeless and druggies wandering around which I found very scarry and sad because it gave me a perspective on the reality of how harsh the realities of life can become. No matter what the challenges and difficulties that life can throw at you I know the key is to have the proper attitude, which is thus; appreciate what you have and be grateful for all your blessings because life can really deal some bad beats if you don't.
On my way to play at The Bike and the $1500 NL event today and will give you a report from the felt later this week. Till then,
Enjoy the Journey,
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