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First Time a Poker Fan Goes to WSOP is Always Magical Moment
Finally, the best moment of the year approaches … the WSOP!
Nothing compares to the anticipation the Series creates.
I used to spend at least a month in Vegas for the Series and play every single tournament I could fit in my schedule.
This year I’ve decided to only play the Main Event and a couple of tournaments before that to warm up.
The main reason is I also want to play in the ESPT Marbella, a stop the tour shares with the UKIPT. It will be HUGE and so close to home.
I don’t like to miss out on such amazing events, especially when they’re an hour away from home by plane.
I Feel Like I'm Back in 2009
I’m writing this five days before the end of the ESPT Marbella as we’re about to head to Vegas.
I say “we” because this year I’m taking a very special guest with me, my cousin, who’s finally old enough to visit Sin City.
I’m very excited because this will be his first trip to Las Vegas and I know it’s going to be amazing for me to see his excitement.
The first time a poker fan goes to the WSOP is always a magical moment. It’s crazy and no matter what happens it’s a win-win.
Ever since I bought our tickets a few months ago, the excitement and tension has been growing. I feel like I’m back in 2009 when everything started for me.
I remember it all perfectly, and I especially remember that one of the happiest days of my life was when I found out I would go to Vegas to play the Main Event.
No matter what happened I was already ecstatic because I was fulfilling one of my dreams.
Nothing More Frustrating than Running Bad During WSOP
I haven’t been particularly successful in Vegas for the past few years. And no matter how used you are to bad spells as a tournament player, there’s nothing more frustrating that running bad during the WSOP.
It’s the toughest time of the year for professional poker players because you play so many hours a day -- sometimes even more than one tournament each day.
It’s not unusual to bust out of $1,000 or $1,500 events not long after registering.
That’s why it’s essential to get to the WSOP at the top of your game and to try and have a healthy routine to be able to handle the long hours.
In my case this means exercising daily before heading to the Rio. Even though I do miss exercising outdoors, the gyms in Vegas are usually amazing.
I also like to walk to the casino, but that’s not always possible when the temperature hits 45° Celsius.
Some of my friends like to relax watching videos or listening to music before playing ...the point is: you need to find something that will keep you focused and motivated all the way through the Main Event.
Get Ready, Main Event
Once you’ve found the right routine, you can immerse yourself, be relaxed and “in the zone."
It’s also very important to know when to take a break, otherwise it might backfire.
It’s not always easy, especially when you’re playing a lot everyday and when you’re playing good.
Here’s a flashback to what I wrote in July 2009 before heading to the WSOP for the first time:
Get ready Main Event, because I’m coming to get you!