By Bill Patty
When I got back from this year’s trip to Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker, I felt like a better poker player. Playing against some excellent competitors gave me a sense of belonging but also taught me how much I can still learn.
At various times I was excited to find myself at tables with several players I could learn from, including Humberto Brenes, Ben Yu, and one of California’s best, Brad Anderson. Even the long exhausting poker days couldn’t keep me from being pumped up!
When I got back to my prop job, I almost felt bad on occasion. For 38 out of the 40 days after my return, I had winning days. It was like my game had risen from the plateau it had been on.
We all have the ability to be better poker players. Reading about poker, talking with skilled players, watching professionals, playing with better players, and sometimes taking time off from playing altogether can be valuable tools for improving and re-energizing your poker game.
The amazing vacation I just got back from has given me another boost … and also made me realize again how lucky I am to be able to play poker for a living. Great things are ahead!
People and Places
On my recent trip to the Northeast I had the opportunity to play at both Encore Boston Harbor and Foxwoods. The Encore was beautiful and its poker room was sweet! Thirteen tables going at noon on a Thursday! The staff was friendly and so were the games.
Foxwoods was more of a city than a casino. In fact, there were five shuttle stops just for this property, which is actually four separate casinos all under the Foxwoods umbrella. One, the Rainmaker Casino, is totally nonsmoking and houses a very large poker room where I enjoyed playing seven-card stud. One thing I noticed about playing in the Northeast was the lack of cell phone use at the table. I played at three different tables and a total of three people had their cell phones out. How refreshing is that?
I hope to get back there and take advantage of their hospitable play, if you know what I mean.
Until next time, enjoy your game and call me when I bet the river!