German poker player Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes.
The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker a reality and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already in just three weeks.
In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.
Relaxation, Fun and Upcoming Tournaments
I am here to play poker, but after dozens of tournaments and two bracelets it's time to relax a bit.
Andrew Teng, our girlfriends and some other poker players visited the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), a truly exciting annual electronic music festival in Las Vegas.
We were partying till 7 o'clock in the morning and after that I was as tired as I was happy. Friday was Andrew's birthday and my first free day in three weeks.
We had a barbecue at our house and invited befriended poker players like Ben Dobson, Melanie Weisner, Jake Schwartz and Xuan Liu.
I was really happy about that opportunity to relax because after I won my bracelet I was grinding every day and came home at 3 o’clock every morning.
Now I feel ready for upcoming challenges and I'm looking forward to the $1500 Monster Stack Tournament this weekend.
I think it will be one of the WSOP highlights this year. I guess I will cancel plans for playing the Ladies Event (laughs) this year. Jamila von Perger should win that one.
Shares and Swaps
Poker is in my head every day. If I don’t play, I try to buy some action.
Through Twitter and Facebook I'm really well connected with the international poker circuit and so I always see where I can by some interesting shares.
For example in the $50k Players Championship I tried to buy shares from George Danzer but he was sold out.
I ended up buying shares from two other players who sold some action without a mark-up: American players Ben Yu and Dylan Linde.
I know Dylan as an excellent NLHE-player who could have made the important chips in the decisive NLHE-phase.
And Ben used to be an 8-Game professional who is good in every game. Both played a good tournament in the end but missed the final table. Will soon try again.
German Poker Dominance, Las Vegas Food Dominance
I’m going all the way through my third WSOP now. That’s why a lot of young American poker players know me quite well.
And it happens frequently that they talk to me about the German success in international poker.
They mention all the titles and achievements and show a lot of respect. That makes me also a little proud, even though I’ve been living outside Germany for almost five years.
Even though I feel very comfortable in Vegas I could not stay here any longer than the six weeks during the WSOP.
It is too hot, too much traffic, too much stress. But what I really love is the food. And I mean not only the high-class restaurants.
For example Annie Le Page. She has a poker player catering company and provides 5-star snacks. Her girls bring me food every day and she brings it to me every afternoon personally.
Sushi is a hit in Las Vegas too. Only my breakfast is self-made.
Time for Football at Hofbräuhaus
I'm getting plenty of relaxation, fun and healthy food but I'm not playing any sports in Las Vegas.
My two friends and housemates Scott O`Brien and David Vamplew used to go three times a week really early in the morning to a golf course, but this is really not my thing.
I need my seven hours sleep and find it too hot in Vegas in general to play sports.
I don’t even have time to watch the World Cup regularly. I missed most of the games, except Germany and England.
But now come the deciding games and I will for sure watch Germany in the Las Vegas Hofbräuhaus.