I really wish I had more to report from WSOP 2015, I really do. I wish I had epic stories of success and swings and high stakes action.
The truth of the matter, however, is I had a fairly irrelevant summer, poker-wise. I cashed in just enough events to not take a financial bath while I was out in Las Vegas, and I also played less than I had in previous years due to the freedom afforded me by my Borgata wins. The definite highlight of my summer was watching my close friend Justin Liberto win the $2500 6-Max for his first bracelet! As you could imagine, we had a good time afterwards!
Shortly thereafter, I made my first-ever trip to Europe. My first stop was in Berlin, for WSOP Europe. I had a great time there, cashing three events and making my first ever WSOP final table. After two summers of relative disappointment at the WSOP, it was nice to have a good showing, even if it was in Europe! Also, Berlin is a phenomenal city. I was able to check out their annual Festival of Lights while I was there, which is something you have to see to understand the beauty of – I’ve attached pictures of the event to give you an idea.
After that, it was off to Malta for EPT Malta, where I had a very interesting experience. On one hand, the poker was as tough as anywhere. See, there aren’t many, if any, non-professional poker players in Malta. That meant that every event was littered with traveling or local pros, all of whom are there to fight for every pot! To give you an idea of the talent level, one table I played at in a 6-Max event consisted of myself, Mike “Timex” McDonald, Steve O’Dwyer, Ike Haxton, Sam Greenwood and Hac Dang (top online pro)! You know what they say about not being able to spot the fish … While I loved and relished the challenge, it did make me yearn for the good ol’ USA!
On the other hand, the country of Malta is absolutely breathtaking. The sights and sounds are awesome, and the people are just so relaxed and happy. The weather was beautiful every day, and Malta is surrounded by water. I could easily live there for a short time, as I absolutely fell in love with Malta.
After my visit to Malta, I was off for two days in Madrid visiting an old, dear friend. That was followed by a two-day stopover in London on my way back to the States, where I’m ashamed to admit I spent most of those 48 hours catching up on my sleep. But in fairness, by this point in my trip I was ready for American soil!
I’m so grateful for all the opportunities poker has afforded me in life, and I’m happy and excited to share these experiences with others, both in reality as well as through this blog. Next time, I’ll finish up the remainder of 2015, as well as my plans, goals, and ideas for 2016 and beyond!
Best of Luck,