The answer to that question probably isn’t what you would expect. So what is the first thing a poker player does after winning a million dollars?
You get to take pictures. A LOT of pictures. Pictures of you alone, pictures of you with the trophy, pictures of you with money, pictures of you with the dealers and floor staff, pictures with family, pictures with friends, pictures with WPT sponsors (in this case Monster headphones and Hublot), and pictures with anyone else who wants a picture.
I honestly didn’t think of it nor expect it. It took a bit of the intensity off; and by the time I was done with all the pictures and interviews the initial shock had at least initially worn off. The next thing to do is an obvious one: Celebrate!!!
After blowing off some steam and relaxing for a bit, I headed to the beautiful Bobby Flay Steak at Borgata. About 20-25 of my good friends, family and a few acquaintances gathered together for good food and good times. After that, we headed to a pool party with the gang. Most of us ended up in the pool, and while none of us ended up sober, no one got out of control. In fact, it was one of the best nights of my life – which just so happened to cap off the best day of my life, and I’ll never forget it!!
The following days were a mix of rest, relaxation, recuperation and realization. I spent the next few days at Borgata hanging withboth my New York friends and my poker friends. There were countless moments of unbridled, unexplained laughter. Nobody could believe or comprehend what had just happened, be it me or anyone else. Needless to say, the B-Bar at Borgata saw a pretty decent uptick in business those few days!!!
In my next blog, I’ll talk a lot about the rest of my 2015, including traveling Europe, as well as plans and ideas for 2016! Happy New Year and good luck to everybody on the tables this year!