Reasons I'm Happy I Skipped the 2011 WSOP
For the first time since 2006, I am not at the Rio this summer for the 2011 World Series of Poker.
I decided to take a year off from the travel, the running around, and all that goes with working and living in Vegas for the summer.
At first, I thought I would miss being out there. I have been out there every year I have been associated with either playing semi-professionally or working in the media.
In the end, I discovered I don't really miss Vegas.
Here are some reasons why:
1. I won't see 110 degree heat until late July or early August.Â Not having to let my car cool down while I stand outside because it is 147 degrees inside it is definitely one thing I don't miss.
2. Sleep. I get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.Â If I get too tired, I can take a nap. It is hard to do that running around the Rio or playing in events all summer.
3. Less Stress. Say what you will, whether you are playing or working the series, it is a high stress job both physically and mentally.
Yes, I still do some work related to the WSOP, but it is a lot less stressful dealing with things here than it is from Vegas.
4. Oddball occurrences in Virginia are birds attacking foxes. The first year I was in Vegas, I had an incident in the Rio parking lot.
The same my second year. Last year, someone stole some items out of my car.
While I am lucky to not have worse happen to me, the strangest thing that has happened to me this summer is that there is a fox running around my back yard being attacked daily by a blue jay.
5. We get rain. As I am writing this, we are about to get some rain here. My grass will grow without having to buy weather resistant grass seed or manually watering it.
6. I am not sick of poker. Every year after the WSOP, I get sick of poker to the point I don't play for a month afterwards, or even longer.
That hasn't happened this year. I am actually planning a trip to AC for after the WSOP and maybe one to Tunica.
There are a couple of other reasons why I am glad not to be at the WSOP this summer, but they will be shared some time down the road.
It will be awesome, at least in my personal opinion.
I will admit that I do miss seeing some of the people I normally see out there. I miss some of the dealers I know, some of the WSOP I've been around for years, and players I've become friends with over the years like "Detroit" Al Green and his wife Judy.
However, I am happy with my decision and glad that I made it.
Anywho, this blog isn't comical like most, but a semi-serious take as to why I am happy to have this year off from Vegas.
I will be back as "there is always next year."