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Daniel - Poker Journal

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28 Aug 2005


I'm at my hotel now just getting ready for the tournament at the Bike. It's been quite a while since I've played a tournament so I'm really excited to get going.

While I may be a little bit rusty in the early going, what generally happens to me when I take so much time off is that I'm refreshed and a little "scared."

That's not a bad thing by the way. When I'm a little scared, that basically means that I care so much that I'm afraid to get knocked out. With so many tournaments back to back earlier in the year that attitude can quickly turn to, "Oh well, there is always next week."

Right now I'm feeling like I want to prove myself. I never, ever, want to become a "poker fraud." It's super important to me that I'm a player first and foremost. The only way for me to do that is to bring my A game and continue to win.

Preparing for the wedding and a myriad of other distractions are now out of the way and I plan on trying as hard as I can. No guarantees, no bold predictions, other than the fact that I'm going to try my hardest to play every hand perfectly. Not only that, but I will pay attention to what my opponents are doing at all times.

Ok, so there you have my little morning pep talk :-) Seriously though, I am pretty excited about playing again.

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The last couple days I realized one other thing: I'm a sports junkie that hasn't been getting my fix. With all of the other things going on in my life I realized that I hardly ever watch any sports anymore. Well, that's all going to change.

I've read everything there is to read on the upcoming hockey season and I'm also involved in a football pool (although I'm not thrilled with my team).

My life is going to change a lot over the next few months. Why? Well quite honestly I think a lot of that has to do with watching Survivor: The Australian Outback recently.

I lived vicariously through those that were stranded on the island and the one thing I came away with is simple: Life really is no fun unless you take the time to enjoy the things that matter most to you. For me that's er... umm... hockey? LOL, you get the point. I do love to watch hockey, play golf, spend time with Lori and friends, and of course play poker.

I enjoy the business side of poker too, but I never want to let it take up so much time that I let my life pass me by. Anyway, time to get some grub before the tourney!

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