Regardless of whether you're feeling down on poker or on life in general, it always seems to happen around this time of year.
I don't know about you, but I'm in need of doing a little spring cleaning myself. It's time to be happy, healthy and enjoy every minute of life. I'm going to take the next few weeks to blog about what steps I'm taking and what you can do to recharge your batteries before the WSOP rolls back into town.
Lately I've noticed a lot of poker players feeling run down and sick of the beats. They constantly talk of how bad they are running and yet they stay in the poker room - or worse, multi-table online all day and night.
Very few really take the time to reset and relax and then come back to play with a better attitude. Look at how well you are playing and forget about the bad luck.
What I'm getting at is the World Series of Poker is right around the corner, with just 90 days before the first event. What tournament is more important to you as a player? Is it worth beating yourself up over online play or circuit events?
Now is the time to get ready for what counts. You have three months to get yourself ready to win a bracelet.
Here's one suggestion: With all the traveling we get to do, why not make it a point to have fun no matter what in the next poker tournament you play in? Why not give yourself a little break for happiness before the seven weeks of WSOP take their toll on you?
Having fun can be interpreted in many ways, so I'll put it this way:
You have to take in the experience of enjoyment. Soak up every bit. Be grateful for everything you have and every minute of life. And enjoy the moment!
Try and think back to when poker was fun. Think of the first poker tournament you played in. Look how far you've come from that point. Be proud of that.
I'd like to use Vancouver as my example on how to make the most when you're on the tournament trail. Last week I talked about the River Rock and how much I love going there. I wouldn't have those feelings if it was just a great resort to go to.
It's the memories I made while I was there that will always bring me back. I'm grateful for every moment shared with friends and times of personal growth as a poker player and human being.
If you're lucky enough to play in a city as beautiful as Vancouver, then you probably won't have a hard time having fun. With the mountains, ocean and downtown city life there is plenty to do.
If you're stuck in Indiana, well you might need to improvise. Regardless of what there is to do, I have a few suggestions to help make your tournament a memorable one.
On my first trip to Vancouver I walked into the poker room at the River Rock. A beautiful and charismatic woman by the name of Alex Lee Behan walked up and introduced herself.
She had scheduled me and Johnny Chan to meet with members of the media to talk about the seminar we would be holding for Rush to Win.
Check back next week where I'll continue. And if you feel like hearing more on my spring cleaning, check my daily blog at www.laceypoker.com.
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