We're pretty tight with our friends over at PartyPoker so this summer we'll be checking in with members of their pro team.
Today Dragan Galic was playing in the $1,500 No-Limit event and we took the opportunity to get a quick update on his results so far and his plans for the rest of the summer.
Galic, a Croatian-born German, has $1.25 million in live tournament earnings and a long list of major cashes across Europe. His biggest score to date was $411,000 for a fifth place finish at the 2009 EPT San Remo main event.
Read on to see the WSOP through the eyes of a Dragan.
PokerListings.com: This is the first time checking in with you so bring us up to date on your WSOP so far.
I arrived on June 6 and I’ll be here until the very end of the Main Event. My plan is to play most of the $1k and $1,500 events, a few Omaha events and of course the Main Event.
I might add a few $5k events if things go well but I’m not sure yet.
I don’t play every event here so I’ve had time to play at the Venetian Deepstacks.
Five days ago I finished 12th in the $1,600 event there which was a nice cash.
PL: Does it help you to have a cash right away when you’re here in Vegas for so long?
Yes of course. The most important thing for me is to not have to change my Euros to US dollars (laughs).
But seriously when you have a few cashes at the beginning it helps to feel comfortable because you know you’ve already paid for a lot of buy-ins.
So there’s a feeling that you’re freerolling in a way.
I also had a small cash in a $1k at the Venetian two days ago. It was small but it’s still a good thing.
Now I have more than $10k in cashes so now I’ll try to focus a bit more on the WSOP events.
PL: What’s your lifestyle like when you’re here at the WSOP? Is it all poker all the time?
I’m staying here with my girlfriend and my brother is coming into town so we’re definitely relaxing by the pool and seeing some shows.
We’ll probably take a break for a few days to visit L.A.
Is it important to you to have a balance between playing poker and other activities?
Yes I definitely believe there’s a danger of over-playing. It’s different for different players but I don’t think it’s good to play all the time.
Whether you win or lose you have to take some breaks.
Keep an eye on our WSOP 2011 Live Coverage section for more updates from Team PartyPoker pros.