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Since I came back from the Alpha8 tournament in South Africa I’ve been spending a lot of time at home in Florida. The few exceptions have been some short trips to play in World Poker Tour events. I flew out to Los Angeles for the L.A. Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino, then went up to San Jose to play in the Bay 101 Shooting Star. I cashed at the Commerce, but not Bay 101. After that I came back to Florida to play the WPT Jacksonville Main Event and cashed in that as well.

 

Jason and Phil Laak reunited at Bay 101

Jason and Phil Laak reunited at Bay 101

 

Conveniently enough there was another WPT event at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, only a short commute from home.  It was a huge event with over 1,800 players and a $5 million prize pool, but unfortunately I didn’t finish in the money. I also made my annual trip to Monte Carlo for the EPT Grand Final, but had a pretty brutal trip, going 0 for 5 on the biggest events there.

 

That’s pretty much been my pattern this first part of the year—going back and forth between playing live tournaments and trying to relax and do other things outside the poker table while I can. The next three months are going to be really intense and full of high stakes poker. I’m already in the middle of grinding SCOOP from Toronto and at the end of May I’ll be going to Las Vegas for six weeks of tournaments at the World Series.

 

I’m going to probably play more poker in the next three months that I probably will in the other nine. I’m just doing the best I can to prepare myself for the mental exhaustion. It’s really easy to burn out too quickly—I should know, I did it last year when I made a bunch of bracelet bets and ended up playing 44 events. Even though I cashed six times, it wasn’t a successful WSOP for me and I left Las Vegas much worse for wear.

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