By Mark Bassaly
The 2017 World Series of Poker is now upon us, so I wanted to take a moment to say good luck to everyone on the felt and off it! I’m sure most of you degens will accidentally walk into the pits, but I urge you not to!
I also want to say thanks to all my supporters out there in the IG community and my family for knowing that I’m chasing my dream with full force and that I intend to come out a winner! That being said, I need the poker gods on my side and I need to make all the right decisions to have a shot at taking home a bracelet and a pile of money
I also want to encourage all of you to go do what you love and chase it like you only have one day left to live! Don’t let anyone convince you that being realistic is the way to go. The dreamers are the ones who do big things, and while they know they will never always win, it’s that dogged determination to win that drives them.
And if they don’t win then they learn from it and improve, so to me they’re always winning. So if you want a freakin’ bracelet this year then get after it! If you want a pile of cash from the tourneys or cash games then dammit get after it!
Just make sure you’re doing it smart. Don’t risk your whole bankroll, take breaks to stay fresh, be healthy as much as possible, and have fun. The WSOP is a time when all of us get to compete together, but it’s also a time to have fun. I will be around lots of friends and can’t wait to play top golf with them or have dinner with friends who I love to eat well.
Bottom line: Let’s get the madness started! If you see me in the casinos or around town come and say hi! I love meeting new people and learning about them and why they want to be there and who they are as a person.
Lastly as Mike Sexton always says, “May all your cards be live, and may your pots be monsters!”