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Setting goals for 2014 was one of the thoughts that kept resonating with me throughout my two month break from poker.  Often before a new year, I set very broad goals such as “profit a million dollars.”   Now, while I think that’s a good goal to have and a very achievable one, I wanted to come up with a little more structured list this year.

 

Most importantly, I want to win at least 3 live poker tournaments this year.  “Easier said than done” you might say.  Well, I’ve done this twice already in my career- 2009 (5), 2011 (3).   I’m hoping to do the exact same thing in 2014.

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Left: My first WSOP bracelet, 2009.
Right: EPT Champion of Champions event, 2011.

Winning another major title (EPT, WPT, WSOP) is one of my goals as well.  Each of these titles would give me a unique sense of accomplishment.  If I were to win an EPT title, I’d become the first player to ever win two.  Winning a WPT is the one leg of the triple crown I’ve yet to complete.   And if I could win my third WSOP bracelet this summer, I’d become one of the youngest players to accomplish such a feat.

 

I’m very excited for the first few months of 2014 in which I’ll have many opportunities to fulfill my goals.  As I’m now only a few days away from the PCA, I am extremely excited about getting back to the tables.  I’m really looking forward to it as both sets of my grandparents are making the trip to watch me play for the very first time.

 

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Me with my family and relatives at my sister’s wedding in 2010.

 

The PCA was my first poker trip back in 2008, making this my seventh year in a row attending.  Pokerstars does an awesome job every year putting on this festival, and I’m very excited to continue to represent them in the new year.

 

My plan for January, February and March is to play PCA, Aussie Millions, LAPC, and Bay 101.  I’m also considering WPT Niagara and EPT Vienna.   I know being on the road again is going to be difficult, but I hope to maintain the much healthier lifestyle that I’ve developed on this extensive break.  I will be trying to continue focusing on eating better, working out every day, and getting a reasonable amount of sleep nightly.

 

This long break has been unequivocally helpful to my mental state of mind and my physical body.  I mentioned in my last blog about my search for balance.   Being able to spend so much quality time with my family and close friends has been incredibly uplifting to my spirit.   Getting on a semi-regular schedule has afforded me the time and energy to work on other projects outside of poker.

 

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Christmas day at my parents’ house.

 

My first business is the project that I’m most excited about, and it actually launches today.  I bought into a franchise- Doorstep Delivery (www.doorstepdelivery.com), and own the Fort Lauderdale territory.   The company delivers food from your favorite restaurants right to your door at minimal cost to the consumer.  I don’t know if I’m more excited about having this service available to me, or the possibility of making money from it!

 

I have many other projects either in the works already or that I’d like to get going this year as well. To name a few, I’d like to start my own YouTube channel, write a book, open my own charity, and help my brother and his family purchase their first home.  It’s going to be an exciting year for me, and I can’t wait to share the journey with you all along the way.  Thanks always for reading; see you in the Bahamas!  I’ll be there with my new boat!

 

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