Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Euro Trip Preface.... a Journey Into my Spiritual Life

                                                         Hey All!

I know it's been a little while, but I can't just skip to current. I must fill you in on what's been going on the past few months!!

As you last read, I took an amazing trip to South Africa, which led to a sparatic trip to Europe! So let's pick up there...

In order to explain what this trip truly meant to me, I have to dig into my past. As many of you know, the past few years have presented to me some of the more challenging situations of my life. I've had to chop off an arm or two... but I'm thankful to be alive.

After a lifetime of allowing myself to feel pain, I came to a point where I needed to find solace within. I was desperate for relief. I was probably 16 the first time I ever read, "The Tao of Pooh," which is a great starter book. Thankfully this book was put on my path, and Taoism found a way into my consciousness. It didn't light a fire under me then, but what I'd read left with me many little aphorisms to calm myself through the stresses of teenage-hood. I appreciated how spirituality seemed much less invasive than your garden variety of organized religions, and so for years, Taoism lingered in the background of my spiritual life.

 Two World Series' ago, in a time of high tension, I fled back to my books, buying some new ones along the way. One that I found quite thoughtfully done was Eckhart Tolle's, "The Power Of Now." I'll admit that I didn't finish many of the books purchased, but had skimmed through several. I suppose I never continued reading because I wasn't ready to move forward. The books had intrigued me, and gave me much to ponder on. Much like when I was 16 and had first read Taoist material, I again found that only a very small amount of reading presented me with some very difficult challenges to work out in my head. Such concepts could take years or a lifetime to live out and learn.

I think it's unfortunate when people think that this is a chore. Like, keeping up with paying attention to your life. Or keeping up with being a good person always... keeping up on just being more aware and always applying yourself to be fair and good. This is not a chore. This is bliss, and peace, and wholeness. I know some people that seem to think it's too much of a hassle to consider such things in their daily on-goings, and I really find that to be a big bummer :/

There were a few major concepts that stuck in my mind through my reading. They varied from influences of, "The Power Of Now," which led me to deeply reflect on how my past has molded my desires for the future which effect the quality of how I live my everyday life... and how for me.. that was kind of a sad story that needed to be rewritten. It led me to acknowledge and created within me a desire to change the amount of ego that I let myself get carried away with feeling. I noticed that "I" battle with "myself" and that I set these expectations that I must meet, and if I don't, my ego cries. Beyond that, I allow it to toy with my emotional life. This beast must be tamed!

The journey I'm on right now is leaning towards, not lowering expectations, but rather, perhaps having none at all. The ego would have nothing to thrive on. Perrrfect. Ahhhh deep breaths! :D I'm curious if I need "expectations" in my life at all. I'm curious about experimenting. Perhaps keeping a log whenever I experience that feeling of entitlement or even a sense of having "achieved" something or some level of "success." If each time I get that high that the ego gives me I just try to shut it down and remain grounded, then I can't fathom I won't be getting closer. I mean, guys, com'mon... isn't this a cool little adventure I'm on?! I'm so excited to just live and feel and move forward and share things with cool people.

My ego is built on the foundation that is my past. I didn't have much growing up. We struggled financially. My friends had many material things, and that gave me some complex that has led me here.... battling to succeed in a world full of seemingly insurmountable pressure. My ego is fed when I succeed, and I get to feel "proud." Well, pride is probably over-rated. I owe it to myself to figure out what my life is supposed to be about, in the rawest form... rather than let it be disguised with all the noise that life provokes us with.

My idea of success, which for most of us, is a monetary freedom thing... well, that has changed over the past year. I'm letting go of ego... I don't need to compete at the highest level. I don't need to be the best poker player in the world. I don't need x amount of dollars in the bank... or achievements to boast of or achievements to sleep with alone at night. Love > trophies ya'lllll. I just need to love what I'm doing with my time as often as possible. Thankfully, for now, poker facilitates me loving my life!

Another really important concept that I've been working with is one that is more spiritual and less psycho-analytical.

The Universe is alive buzzing, living, dying, replacing, supplementing, ever-adjusting. If it is true, and if it's done so well thus far, then I'd assume that it does as our bodies do... which is protect itself as a whole. If we get sick, our body will attack the sickness. Perhaps the Universe is at work for our better good without us even knowing it, much like our own physical bodies. If the Universe created us, then we are a part of it, like a limb. If it wants to self-sustain as any living thing does, then shouldn't we have some level of trust that it will put us on whatever path we really need to be on for the betterment of the Universe as a whole? Even if bad things happen, like someone passes away... shouldn't we trust that the Universe knows when to take someone out? The Universe has successfully existed for a pretty long while... so it knows better than us what is best for us and when it is time to make various changes.

This one has been a bit harder for me. I can read the Eckhart stuff, and that's just like logical/emotional stuff... which in the end to me seems more like simple math. The spiritual has no math. The spiritual can defy logic, so it seems futile to attempt to put what it truly is to me into word form. It's been a process that I've taken on over the past year... trying to convert to this new way of thinking. I read it, I loved the way it sounded, and I wanted badly to live as if that were true. But I did struggle at first. I couldn't just force myself to believe something. It needed to just occur within me... and I suppose it wasn't my time for it yet.

I lived through a tremendous amount of hardship this year, and I just kept repeating these concepts to myself each time a new hurdle would present itself in my life. I trusted the Universe. I'd try to imagine how each seemingly bad thing that happened in my life could possibly turn out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Trusting the Universe is just like that. And so each time I was challenged, I'd write an entire fairytale in my mind about how this scenario was going to for sure turn out to be the best thing ever for me.

Believing that the best possible outcome is feasible for you is a huggggeeee life-changer(not to be confused with "expecting" the best). If every time we were faced with a challenge, we believed that it were the best thing that could happen, then we'd rarely be upset. If we weren't as upset in times of challenge, we could overcome these challenges at a wayy higher level of competency. Functioning at a higher level of competency just means that we are putting ourselves on a track where mathematically we are going to experience a far better outcome a much larger % of the time. In simple terms, we.. .or maybe it's just me ;) ... need to simply be our best, and try our hardest, and we'll experience the best possible outcome that would have ever been possible.

This one has been huge for me. I can't believe I can say this, but this has honestly been the best year of my life. I've taught myself so many invaluable things. I've grown exponentially.

Just in time to soak up my "feeling-like-living-and-letting-go" mood, fellow poker pros, Ana Marquez and Bryn Kenney swept in with the offer of going to Europe. They knew I'd never been there, and everyone in our safari group seemed to agree that it was probably about time that I experience it. This offer brought on some introspection. I suppose in a way I've been scared of going abroad for a long time.

Besides the family that I have here in the states, I've always felt a pull to leave and go elsewhere with my life. Too much noise here, too many agendas, too fast-paced. I had a fear of falling in love with Europe.

 As I described to others, it was like a drug that I was scared to take in fear of becoming addicted. I was scared I'd go and never want to come back! You'll see as you read my upcoming blogs how this trip actually turned out to be penicillin after all. Once I let go of the fear, I was just so simply able to enjoy the things, places, and people that I deserved to enjoy.

After Africa, and some reflection on how to live more the way I want to live... I decided that Bryn and Ana were right.. I should go to Europe!

After a somehow bearable 30 hours of travel, I found myself in Amsterdam.

I'll pick up here next time...

luv ya'll <3

My Amazing South African Experience

Sawubona from South Africa!!!

I've missed you guys :/

But on the bright side, I did get to enjoy an insane experience that I can now share with you!! Yay!

As some of you probably know, I was supposed to go on this trip last fall, but it fell through last minute. Before I start ranting about how incredible this experience has been, I'd like to take a second to thank Mr. Gary Lentin for showing me how generous and hospitable South African's truly are. He has helped to make this one of the most memorable poker trips that I've had to date. I look forward to coming back to this magical place for years to come!

My trip began with a sweet 17 hours of travel. I know this sounds treacherous.. but dudes, check out this sneak peak of how worth it it was...

This trip kind of happened in a backwards fashion. Typically, I'd play cards, work my butt off, and if I did well, I'd treat myself to a great excursion afterwards. Can I start to tell you how happy I am that this was not the case this time around?!

To begin, we were whisked right off to safari. This particular safari had a resort property backed up against a massive wildlife park. For two nights, we stayed at the breathtakingly beautiful Ivory Tree Game Lodge. The staff here were all incredible... they accommodated in every way. This is not something that was limited just to this property, but this level of hospitality seemed to stretch to each location I ventured to in my time in South Africa.

We totally struck gold with our safari guide, Wesley. He was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his work. He even made Ana (Marquez) a birthday cake!!

Wesley took us on a total of 3 safaris in our two days there...two morning trips and one at night. It was unrealll(!!!) to see all these creatures running around. My favorite was when we saw a white rhino with her baby trotting around. Despite being so large, their trot seemed so light-footed and happy... like a little rhino dance :)

 I'm so thankful that we had such a great group for safari. When we had initially arrived in Joberg, our group for safari had already been predetermined by the casino coordinators. But I must say that I'm so happy it all worked out the way that it did. We all learned a lot about each other, and a lot about friendship on this journey. It's experiences like these that give me the most joy in life. New experiences in new places with new and wonderful people! Such blessings...

After our two nights at Ivory Tree, we took a short drive over to an elephant sanctuary. This place was equally as amazing and welcoming as the last! Here, our group had our own private compound in a back-set area of the grounds. Check it out...

We got to pet the elephants, walk with them hand-in-trunk, ride them, feed them, and we even got a kiss from them at the end of the night ;) 

The fun wasn't over yet. Even after we arrived back in Johannesburg for the WPT events, we still were able to make time for another excursion to the lion park. They had animals there that we'd missed on safari like hyenas. We also go to have a hands-on lion cub interaction!!

The events there turned out to be super soft, and therefore a ton of fun to play! I made a run in the 1k 6max event there, eventually busting out I think in 8th place to bubble the final table.

I can't say enough about how amazing this trip was. Not only did the scenery impress, but the new friends that I made along the way were such a gift!

Towards the end of the trip, my new pals Bryn and Ana went to work trying to convince me that I should do a Euro trip. Well it worked. And that's where we'll pick up next time.... (!!!!)

Love all your faces. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

UPDATED: Selling Action For Prague!

Hello again!!!

Lets make this Christmas the merriest of all and ship an EPT!!

So, this time around, I'm chopping the package into 2 parts to make it more affordable for investors since this package is quite large overall.

 I can take BOA, Wells Fargo, Paypal, or online poker site transfers via Full Tilt, Pokerstars, and many euro sites. Anyone who has ways to get me Euros in Prague can also pay through friends for cash on arrival method.

1. 12/8/13- 12pm- Eureka Main 1a- $1100EU
2. 12/10/13- 12pm- The Grand Live 1a- $1100EU
3. 12/12/13- EPT Main Event 1a- $5300EU

4.  12/14/13- 12pm- WSM nlhe- $750EU
5. 12/15/13- 12pm- WPT Prague Main Event 1a- $3300
6. 12/16/13- 12pm- WPT Prague Main Event 1b- $3300EU

5% shares for each part are around $650. Please email me at TheReaLManderStaking@gmail.com for further details or to book!

Thanks for the continued support and investments and may we all run good for some extra Christmas monies!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

An Amazing Birthday Adventure & One Year Blog Anniversary!

Hi guys n gals!!!

I've missed you so!

First off... it's my blog's 1 year anniversary! I must, from the bottom of my heart, thank all of my readers for taking interest in my blog, and for their loyalty and constant well wishes. You guys add an element to this whole poker get-up that really makes it a different and amazing experience for me. Most players don't get to experience what I'm fortunate enough to experience. I know just how lucky I am to have the support of so many incredible people out there behind me all the time to cheer me on. Thanks to your loyalty, your re-tweets/shares, and your constant shout-outs, we've managed to pull in an average of over 4,000 readers per month this year. I know we'll have triple that next year ;)

Love you all!!! Smooches!!!!!!! <3

So anyways... Borgata was meh. I mean, obv Borgata is awesome, but I didn't win heaps of money as I had so clearly mapped out in my head. I pulled in a few bucks with one final table. I came into it probably around 3rd in chips, but ran bad over the course of 5 face up hands to an eventual 9th place finish.

Hope wasn't lost, as I managed to accrue quite the massive stack in the Borgata WPT Main event. I entered day 3 with a top 20 stack, and was busted within a few hours. I lost a top 3 stack pot when I got in AQ vs 66 on an A36Qr. That was a big bummer for me.

All wasn't lost, as the bust-out meant that I had more time to focus on my little sister's upcoming wedding... which was only days away. I drove right from the Borgata to the wedding location. As maid of honor, I got to, for the first time, experience what it's like to be in a wedding. It was an incredible event. My sister put in so much hard work, and it paid off!

A few weeks off, and I was back out on the road again. For my birthday, which just passed in early October, I had an opportunity to try a new experience with new friends. See, when I was partaking in the Cabot Charity Event at The Borgata in August, I met an incredible saint of a woman, name Sharon, and her dollface husband, Terry. The instant I met them, I could tell that these people were the realest. We became immediate friends. I came to find that Sharon and Terry owned their own vineyard in Concord, VA called DeVault Vineyard. Well, it couldn't have felt more like fate when they told me that their Fall Wine festival at their property was the very weekend of my birthday! Holy (insert appropriate word)!!! How perfect, right?!

So, I packed up, and again hit the road. Boozer the cat and I drove from Pennsylvania to Virginia on my actual birthday. Some kind of day huh? Well... that's what some might think. I, however, love these drives. I'll be honest that the older I get, and the more I drive, the less exciting and in fact more painful it becomes(what a work out! You have no idea what a 4 day marathon one-man drive can do to you)! However, I get these moments every now-and-again, when I'll be driving, and the sky is just right, and the temp is just right, and the scenery so perfect.... I become humbled. I feel just absolute and immense sense of gratitude. It's not really aimed at anyone or anything...maybe just a general gratitude that the universe is the way it is and that my life is the way that it is. I may not love each aspect of my life, but I love each stroke of color that makes it what it is.

The drive was lovely.

Sharon and Terry were sooo freakin' welcoming, OMG I can't tell you. Despite being Jersey natives, they've really masterfully transitioned into the whole "southern hospitality" role quite well ;)

 What I saw there warmed my heart and soul. Their vineyard is a family run operation. Watching their family interact and work together gave me a glimpse of a dream that I, myself, have. It might be one of the first times in my adult life that I've seen something like this in a real life situation. It was truly touching. It shows me that it is possible to not only have, but maintain happiness, love, and a feeling of warmth no matter how big your family may grow to be. With how much love these people have in their hearts, it's impossible to spend time on their property without feeling apart of it. 

Things kicked off the morning after my typical late-night arrival. The family was up at the crack of dawn(probably at the crow of the rooster...ya...that's probably real life...). Prep work began, everyone and everything was a'buzz by noon. I was fortunate to have Cody aka grandson aka a 5yr old as my trusted(not by me, but allegedly by everyone else on site) golf cart chauffeur. He filled my afternoon with many giggles, and a nice tour of the 32 acre property before the festivities kicked off. Here's a little of the amazingness that is their family farm!!!


The family runs an extremely tight ship there. With all hands on deck, they managed to cater to a massive crowd that turned out for their Fall Wine Festival! Vendors lined the vineyard, mom and dad's sporting children on their shoulders arrived ready to go for a night of fun! The afternoon started with tasting the wine selections of many local wine makers. They all come to represent their brands. Buy a DeVault wine glass at the entry, and use it all day to taste wine (it was like so cheap omg!)!! Love that idea! There were food vendors too...one of which, Stoney Badgers, I can personally vouch for as being completely amazeballs! They brought along several smokers and provided some great, freshly-smoked pulled pork. Nomnomnomnom. There was even a Budweiser truck with taps built right into the side of it!!! I don't even like beer, but holy appropriate word... that's absurd, no?!          

Throughout the day, live music could be heard from their on-site stage. Kids got their faces painted, partook in a costume contest on stage, took hayrides, went swimming in the on-site pool, and competed in a pumpkin tossin' contest. The best part of their operation is that the kids are all kept busy so that parents can drink and have a great time. Even more, the activities for the kids end up being so much fun that even the adults end up joining in! What semi-drunk adult doesn't wanna throw pumpkins into the dirt?!!!! Get real! This place is a place for families to get together and cultivate magical memories. I really loved this entire event and everyone that I got to meet there! That little pumpkin throwin' cutie above is my new boyfriend, Carter. We love each other and there's nothing wrong with that ;)

 The festival was a big success! Everyone had a blast. The next day, the family showed me a little bit of what living in Virginia is reallllly about!

Since we got the drinkin' out of the way the night before, now all we had to do was ride the Harley's and go shootin'! The full Virginia experience! I'll tell you what though... amazing! These folks really know how to live!

I had the absolute best time in my weekend visit to DeVault Vineyard I hope any of you who live in the area do yourself the favor of going to visit this amazing family and their incredible estate. The wine is increds too! Try Mr. D's. That's where it's at! You can order it online at their site too, which is linked above. So many thanks to them!

Also, for those of you who may be interested in some coaching, I'm running a training seminar at their vineyard on November 2nd, 2013. I'll be posting a blog with further information on this event in the next few days here. For anyone interested, don't hesitate to email me, at therealmanderstaking@gmail.com or you can contact DeVault Vineyard for more information.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Borgata Poker Open Staking Information

Hi all! It's that time again!

 I have my Borgata Open package for sale. This package must be sold and payments must be made BY SEPT. 2ND, 2013(as the events begin on the 3rd). I know that time is tight, and so I'll also be posting this publicly right away to make sure we sell out in time :D

Below is a copy of the schedule that I will be playing. I've really juiced this schedule up, and have included some amazing value(s) for my investors.

As you will note, I've included the opener event, which is the $560 Re-entry 2 Million Guaranteed event. I considered just keeping all the action on this event since the equity is so amazing in it...but I've decided to include this event in the package(good karma!!) Also, on the days where there was a choice in a tough big buyin event or a smaller higher equity event, I've selected the smaller buyin, higher equity event(less the 1k 6max which I've opted to include). To finish off the package, I've even included the postlim events. There are 3 that I've listed here. I don't always play these, and there isn't a 100% guarantee that I end up playing these, but if I do, you will be included in that action!

*** All events are re-entry
*** I've charged for 2 bullets in each event, thus there is a chance for a refund of up to 50% in unused entries.
*** All unused bullets will be refunded at the close of the series
*** Payments can be made in cash, bank of america, wells fargo, or paypal.

1. 9/3- 11am- $560- 2 Million Guaraneed- Day 1a- Re-Entry
2. 9/4- 11am- $560- 2 Million Guaranteed- Day 1b Re-Entry
3. 9/5- 12pm- $400+100- Black Chip Bounty- Re-Entry
4. 9/8- 11am- $560- Deeper Stack NLHE 500k Guaranteed- Day 1a- Re-Entry
5. 9/9- 11am- $560- Deeper Stack NLHE 500k Guaranteed- Day 1b- Re-Entry
6. 9/10- 11am- $400- Deepest Stack NLHE- Re-Entry
7. 9/11- 11am- $300- Deep Stack NLHE 150k Guaranteed- Re-Entry
8. 9/12- 11am- $400- Deep Stack Semi Turbo- Re-Entry
9. 9/13- 11am-$1090- Six Max NLHE 200k Guaranteed- Re-Entry
10. 9/13- 12pm- $400- Big Stack NLHE 100k Guaranteed- Re-Entry
11. 9/14- 12pm- $400- Big Stack NLHE- Re-Entry
12. 9/15- 11am- WPT Main Even Deep Stack 3 Million Guaranteed- Day 1a- Re-Entry
13. 9/16- 11am- WPT Main Even Deep Stack 3 Million Guaranteed- Day 1b- Re-Entry
14. 9/17- 11am- $400- NLHE Re-Entry
15. 9/18- 11am- $300- Big Stack NLHE 100k Guaranteed- Re-Entry
16. 9/19- 11am- $300+$50- Double Green Chip Bounty- Re-Entry

Each 5% share is $1363


Contact me at TheReaLManderStaking@gmail.com if interested!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Chips And Cheddah!!

Hey friends!

For those who haven't caught up, I'm going to be playing this great charity event at The Borgata on August 18th. It's called, "Put a Bad Beat on Hunger."

This charity event is great because it's played locally and also helps those in need locally. People are still out there who have suffered great loss from Sandy. These folks could really use our help! The event is sponsored by the generous and delicious Cabot Creamery, who will be providing some tasty treats the day of the event! Who doesn't love a lil gourmet cheese?!

Not only will Cabot be hosting the event... they're also running a contest. It's simple, fun, and easy. Best of all, you get a chance to win things!!! What poker player doesn't wanna win things?! Some folks will receive a $75 gift basket from Cabot, and one lucky winner will receive a new I-Pad! And don't worry if you're not the most artistically inclined person out there.... all winners will be randomly selected from those who participated :D We only have a few people who have submitted so far, so get in there people! Too easy! gogogooo

Ok.. so here's the scoop from the Cabot Creamery Coop:

Build a really cool chip castle/structure, take a pic on your phone, and post it on twitter with the hash tag #ChipsAndCheddah


You can also upload the pic at this link to submit your entry directly and find all the details HERE! 

The actual charity event will be a $250 buyin with a $30 entry fee, and a $20 charity donation as well. I hope to see many of you local heroes out there to do what we love to do(play cards!) while also helping those in need!

Thanks for the read and continued support! <3 u 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Crazy Summer and Lots More Fun to Come!!!

Wow it's been a crazy few months!

I know that a lot of my fellow poker players loathe the idea of being stuck in an expensive desert all summer. This year I was craving not only some distance from the issues at home, but also I couldn't wait to play cards again!!!

In the months leading up to WSOP, I had a lot going on with my family. It was very stressful on me, and required that I take time away from playing so to help tend to the issues at home. The end of Bay101 Shooting Stars(March) marked the last time I'd played cards. It wasn't until WSOP that I was able to find a valid reason to leave home to go do work! I was thankful. I really do love working. I love playing. I love interacting with people. I missed so much of it in my time at home. My days were spent tending to my elderly grandmother in her residence, and handling other issues that seemed to arise each day. Thankfully, her in-home caretaker is amazing and was able to tend to her continued care while I went to Vegas to play. I was sooo ready and amped to play, see my friends again, mix and mingle!

The summer started off ok. I still had a lot of family issues haunting me across phone lines stretching the span of the country. I was still running deep in events, and was able to stay focused. Some days, I'd receive a frantic phone call from a relative back at home, and I still found myself able to play well. Even more importantly, I was able to keep up with thinking positively! Each day at the tables, regardless of what was on my plate elsewhere, I found myself at peace... even happy. I'd reflect upon my own moments of candid laughter with my tablemates... and it gave me a sense of internalized self-pride...to know that I was able to smile, thoroughly enjoy life experiences and the people around me... despite all the noise in my personal on-goings. You know those moments when you pat yourself on the back for handling a situation better than you may have in the past... well, I was thankful to have had an experience that challenged me to grow and I'm thankful that I found it in myself to be a better "me" than I may have ever been before.

I wrapped up the summer with 7 in-the-money finishes, which imo is nothing to sneeze at. It's really tough to get through massive fields often across a spread of only 25-30 events. So I'm really grateful for the runs, even if I didn't quite break even this year. Historically, WSOP has been more than generous to me. They deserved a year off from paying me out heaps ;) But you can bet your bum that you'll see me there again. I'll be back with a vengeance next year!

Towards the end of the summer, I started hanging out with the lovely and amazing Maria Mayrinck(@Maridu). Becoming close friends with Maria was one of the biggest and best things I took away from Vegas this year. I feel so lucky to have met someone with such a big heart, and with so much zeal for life. Her presence was like a drug in my life. That sounds unhealthy lol. Let me try to explain/reword that. Well, with all that had been going on in my personal and family life, I really needed to have some fun. She was the perfect person to help provide that! I always trust and believe that the universe will put things on our path that we need... sometimes tough lessons we need to learn.... and sometimes people that we need to meet. I believe completely that I was meant to meet her and that we were meant to be good friends.

Ok, now for the less mushy stuff lol. We had a blast together!!! We have so many pics that I can't post them all. Over the course of a few weeks, I did more fun stuff than I've probably done all year. And it wasn't even necessarily the places we went.... cause a lot of it was low-key stuff like flea markets and KISS(the band!) minigolf... but the great company really made the experience!

As I was planning my drive back cross country, Maria and I decided to take a few days to hang out in Utah along the way. This was probably the best idea ever! We had a blast. We went climbing, rappelling through water falls, and kayaking in white water. It's true!!! We're tough chicks! We have the scrapes and bruises to prove it lol.

The drive back wasn't too bad. I had a lot to look forward to. My little sister is getting married soon, and her Bridal Shower (which I got to plan, as the Maid of Honor) was on July 27th. It was a lot of fun and turned out beautifully. I was so pleased!

Upon arriving home, a slew of new opportunities opened up for me. Looks like I have a fully booked August! I'm looking forward to continuing in my grind in the upcoming poker season. Is it weird that my poker calendar year begins after WSOP? WSOP is like new years eve in my world. I start fresh with a new plan each year at the close of the WSOP season.

This year is sure to be a great one. I plan on playing a ton. As many of you likely know, I only can plan a few months at a time. Here is what we have to look forward to this month:

I'll be starting off the "New Year" at my hometown casino. I like this setup because my grandmother lives right down the road... so I can easily play the Parx Big Stax series while still spending a lot of time with her. I'll be leaving in the middle of the series to head to Turning Stone in New York. Turning Stone is running a great event, a $1500 buyin(re-entry) 500k guarantee. Not only is this going to be a juicy event, but they're also going to have the TV cameras there! August 9th-12th!! Hopefully I'll see some of your shining faces out there! It's going to be a great one. Also, a huge plus at this venue is that anyone who is 18 years or older is able to play! Come and join me in the festivities

Check Out What Makes This Televised Event Different Than All The Rest HERE
Check Out The Full Schedule HERE

Next, we're off to The Borgata! Yayyyyyyyyy!!! Finally, back to the best place ever! But only for two nights :/ Meh. Well, that's ok. I'm always back there :) So this time around, they're running this really awesome and affordable charity event called, "Put A Bad Beat On Hunger." I think that for all the grinding we do to promote our own financial and self-wellness, we can take one day out of our lives to help promote the wellness of others! Charity really resonates with me, and I hope it does with all of you too. There is also some big incentive here! The folks that are sponsoring this event, The Cabot Creamery Cooperative, are also going to be giving away a FREE SEAT to the upcoming WPT Borgata Open $3500 Main Event(running this September). Please please pleaseee come join me for this one day $250+$30(entry fee)+$20(for charity) turbo event, held on August 18th at 11am! It'll be a party!!!

Check Out The Structure Sheet and More Information on The Sponsor, Cabot Creamery,  HERE

Almost immediately after Borgata ends, we're heading south to the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Yay! I like Florida, minus the humidity. I miss the days of perfect hair in the dry Las Vegas heat. But I love the mix of cultures that southern Florida has to offer. So get ready for some funny fro-y pics of me eatin Cuban foods yumssss :D The Seminole Hard Rock will be home of the largest guaranteed payout in the world, and outside of the World Series of Poker Main Event and the $1 million buy-in One Drop charity event this prize pool will be about three times more than any live poker event ever hosted in the United States. This is a MUST-PLAY event for any poker enthusiast; A chance to become an instant millionaire! Come and join in this historical $5300 buyin(re-entry), 10 MILLION GUARANTEED event beginning August 22nd!

Check Out The Tournament Schedule and Structure Sheets HERE

Aside from the poker play, I've also been thinking about maayyybe starting up my own podcast/poker show. I'm looking to come at it from a "poker lifestyle" prospective more-so than a strategy type of show. I'd love any input from you readers out there as to what type of poker show you would really love listening to! I need some ideas for a special angle that I can come from that would make my show different from what's already offered out there. Let me know any ideas, suggestions, or comments you may have. Feel free contact me directly HERE.

Thanks for the read and keep posted for all the fun updates from the road!!

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