I’d like to wish you all a belated Happy New Year, and to welcome you to my new blog! I just threw this together quickly. I might have someone make it look prettier in the future.
I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions personally. That said, my New Year’s Resolution this year was to put more effort into, well, this? Basically, I decided to try and make a concerted effort to be more accessible and communicative with the poker community. Though I’ve never hidden from anything, I’ve definitely been fairly private. For as much as you guys all know about my approach to the game, strategy, and my daily wins and losses, I don’t talk much about my everyday life, mindset, opinions, etc. I’ve actually already written a post (that was going to be part of this one, but got too long), that I’ll post in a little while.
Poker, and the people who play it, have been looking not so great as of late. All of the scandals and stories of people being unethical or just generally crappy people have been bumming me out. I love poker, and I know a TON of poker players who are first class, honorable, amazing people. Many of the most trustworthy and good hearted people I know, actually, are poker players. It’s a shame that it’s not as interesting for the poker media or 2+2ers to talk about positives nearly as much as it is to talk about the negatives.
A lot of the pre-internet pros have told me about how it used to be… how telling someone you were a poker player got a much different reaction than it does now. Because of the poker boom in the early 2000s, it’s now cool, and even respectable, to be a pro poker player. I’d hate for it to ever go back to being something you’d be embarrassed to tell people.
I’ve always had a lot of respect for the way that Daniel Negreanu has been an ambassador for the game. The first live event I ever played, I was at the same table with him – I was star-struck, actually. What was crazy to me was how comfortable he made everyone at the table. He talked to me- like, had actual conversations with me, and I was an absolute nobody. Daniel is the first to stand up for something he believes in, to criticize someone who he thinks is in the wrong and to praise someone who deserves it. He’s extremely accessible to the public, he’s outspoken, he’s likeable, and he’s respectable. Daniel gives poker players a good name.
I don’t have any delusions about being like Daniel. I’ll never be as outgoing, talkative, or as bold as he is. I’ll never be as well-known or liked by the general public (nor do I think I’d want to… it seems hard). I’ll also never have the tournament success Daniel has. I just will try to put a little more of myself out there and hope that I can set a good example for some of the young online pros (now that I’m an online dinosaur), and try to play my part in giving online poker players, and all poker players, a better name.
I still plan on maintaining a certain level of privacy, of course, but hopefully you’ll be hearing a lot more from me from now on. I’ll be putting some more effort into twitter as well (here) and I’m thinking about maybe trying to work on some video blogs or other videos sometime. It sounds nice in theory, but I don’t really know what I’d talk about or do that wouldn’t get very repetitive (‘Hi, I lost $50k today.’ ‘Hi, I played this interesting hand’). Any ideas?
Thanks for reading, guys. I’ll do my best not to disappoint with this blog. Good luck this year, at and away from the tables.