Jam-Fly, on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012, 11:05 PM, said:
I remember reading something in a piece Doyle wrote where he said something to the effect of "sometimes I wish I could be JUST a poker player again. I miss having to play poker for a living". Do you ever feel the same way? I assume what Doyle meant was that he missed having to just focus on playing poker to make a living instead of all the additional burdens/opportunities that now come with being a poker superstar. Do you ever miss the feeling of 'grinding it out' and just being a poker player? Yeah I've definitely felt that way at times.I was discussing this the other day on a different forum (it was actually specifically about you and PH attending the Irish Open this year). The argument was the merit of a huge name attending and the benefit for PP and the IO. How much do you think players like you add to tournaments like this? How excited do you get to attend these foreign tournaments (ie tournaments you have no particular history with)? Is it a case of relishing the oppurtunity to visit new places and play in these tournaments, or is it more a case of it being a nice perk of the job (but it still being a job nonetheless)? I'm excited for Ireland yeah...Also, in the same discussion, the marketability of pros came up. I felt the top 4 were pretty clearly Ivey, Doyle, you and Hellmuth (with an honourable mention to Moneymaker since he has an eternal place in poker history). Agree/disagree? I think the likes of Hansen, Antonius, Dwan, Mercier etc. would be in the next tier, but if I had to pick a TV table that the public would recognise, I'd think the 4 I mentioned are far and away the biggest names. Without giving it too much thought I'd agree with your top 4.Did you ever fall victim to any of the bad habits associated with the poker lifestyle? Drugs, alcohol, hookers, sports, pit games? Surely there has been times things have gone badly, has this been due to playing outside your bankroll, losing money at other gambling activities, life leaks? I'm actually pretty disciplined, I like to drink, but have never done drugs or hookers, bet sports carefully and no interest in pit games.Has there been a point in your career where it's all (more or less) been uphill after? I.e. was there some time around the poker boom where from that point on, your net worth was pretty much on an upward climb. I'm not looking for specific numbers or anything, but what I'm saying basically is, pre-2002 say, poker players primarily gambled for a living. No matter how rich you were, if you made all your money from poker, there was still a lot of ups and downs (I don't know this for sure, but I'd be pretty confident this is correct) and you could never be as financially stable as some poker players (read: poker players who are sponsored etc. etc. ie not just from solely playing poker) are now. I know there's no guarantee anyone is financially secure now, but we can't deny the gravy train that came with the poker boom. My question is basically, at what point did poker playing stop playing bills and when were you comfortably able to rely on poker related revenue (but not actually playing)?About 2006Maybe a bit of a silly/unfair question so feel free not to answer, but, who would you say are the 3 most trustworthy people you know in the poker world? If you had to loan $1m to 3 people in poker, who would you loan it to? I'd definitely include myself in a top 3. Based on ability to pay back as well as trust I'd loan: Brian Balsbaugh, Phil Ivey, John Juanda.When was the first time you were ever asked for your autograph? How did you respond? If you can't remember your very first time, how did you deal with being a bit of a 'celebrity' at the beginning? I never bought into celebrity BS, so it wasn't a big deal to me. I was about 12 years old when I signed autographs as Jay Schroeder, Ricky Schroeder's little brother. Wow, that is a long story but a great one. It was at a casting call, cops came, my agent got arrested, what a mess.Thanks for answering the questions Daniel.