WSOP Analysis 2016

July 23, 2016

So I'm back in Florida after my exhausting six week WSOP grind. I have mixed emotions about the whole thing. In terms of execution, I feel like I played the best poker I'm capable of playing. But as far as results go, I lost money and Sklansky Bucks don't pay the bills. The good news is I did a good job of damage control and avoided all the...


  • Drugs

  • Binge drinking

  • Hookers

  • Pit games

  • Sportsbooks

  • Overpriced food 

  • Expensive hotels

  • Pool parties

  • Clubs


And all the other ways to light money on fire, get an STD, and/or die. Vegas is fun for about three days but after that it starts to wear me out. I get sooooo sick of the...


  • Fake homeless people

  • Real homeless people

  • Go-go dancers

  • Strippers

  • Crack whores

  • Drug dealers

  • Midgets

  • Morbidly obese slobs

  • Drunken idiots

  • Scummy cab drivers

  • Geographically retarded Uber drivers

  • People that say Lyft is better

  • Mediocre street performers

  • People asking me if I want to go to Spearmint Rhino

  • Incompetent dealers

  • "Idiots from Northern Europe"

  • People that tank 45 seconds before min-raising

  • People that say poker doesn't need a shot clock.

  • Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson


And that's just the start of it. The tilt is real! I can't tell you how much I hate being in the middle of the desert, in the middle of the summer, in the middle of the Rio. But somehow I still managed to...


  • Find a cheap flight

  • Book the best AirBNB

  • Minimize transportation costs

  • Eat three healthy meals a day

  • Sleep eight hours a night

  • Coach tons of students

  • Play a solid tournament schedule

  • Put in cash game volume

  • Study 


The problem is that perfect execution doesn't always produce a profit. I did everything in my power to make this a lucrative summer and it didn't work out. In short summary, I had a terrible summer and I've learned my lesson. Compromising my mental and physical health for a shot at a bracelet is something that I won't ever do again. 


This is definitely the last time I'm spending the entire summer in Vegas. I'll play the Monster Stack, the Main, and a few side events, but I won't be out there for more than a week at a time. The money just isn't worth my happiness.


I really enjoy the simplicity of sleeping in my own bed, coaching students in the morning, grinding cash in the afternoon, and playing tournaments on the weekends. It's effortless. I can go to the beach, party in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, and surround myself with college girls whenever I want. 


There really are some things money can't buy.

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