Posts Tagged ‘jace’

Lucky 8 Magazine Cover & Another Fast WSOP Event

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Let’s get to the positive things first, shall we?

I’ve been asked to be on the cover of Lucky 8 Magazine, a casino and gaming publication that wanted to do a feature story on my life and career in the poker industry. But most importantly, they want to focus on my charity work, which I’m glad they’re doing because it will hopefully inspire more people – in and out of poker – to give back as much as possible. I haven’t seen the final article, and the publication won’t be out for at least a month or so, but I’ve been working with them on the cover photo and finishing up the interview process. I can’t wait to see it!

Jace is still struggling with his infections, but I have so much faith that he is on his way to recovery. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but he has the sweetest, most loving personality, and despite all that he’s going through, he stays in good spirits most of the time. I just adore him. Can you tell? 😉

Actually, I adore him so much, and I’m so glad that I rescued him (I can’t even think of how sick he would be without the vet care he’s gotten recently) that I want to go back to the shelter and rescue another cat. I’m going to wait until Jace is all better and completely healthy first, but I’m already thinking about finding a female friend for him and another sweet addition to my home.

On to poker news, I played in Event 17 on Tuesday, which was the $5,000 NLHE event. I started in good spirits, but on my first hand in the big blind, I got involved with K-10 and three other players. The flop came Ah-Jd-Qc, then the 6h turn and Jc river. My opponent had pocket aces and rivered the full house to my flopped straight! I lost 10K in chips and was kinda disgusted by that hand. It didn’t take too long for me to push in the big blind with pocket queens. Guess what the caller had? Pocket kings. Of course he did! The board was 7-6-3-J-blank, and I was out.

The only good part of the day was going home to Jace, who didn’t care what happened in the tournament but let me tell my stories anyway!

I plan to play Event 18 on Wednesday. It’s the $2K limit hold’em, and since limit is my strong game… Wish me luck!

Cheers!

Taking Care of Jace and Setting WSOP Schedule

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Many people in poker understand the feeling of wanting to lay low before the World Series of Poker. For nearly two months, we’re playing tournaments, being social, lacking sleep, and keeping our schedules full no matter how hard we try to do otherwise. So my sparse updates on this blog lately are mostly because I’m trying to take some time for myself and relax in Las Vegas before the WSOP starts.

The other thing taking up much of my time is by beloved new cat Jace. You’ll remember that I adopted him earlier this month from the Nevada SPCA. He’s already been such a blessing in my life, such an amazing companion with so much love to give! I even noticed recently that the brown markings on either side of his body are each in the shape of a heart. Look at the pictures! My friends are shocked that the markings are so obvious, and it only serves as one more sign that we found each other at the right time in our lives. He’s just the most loving little boy.

Jace is not in the best health, though. He’s over two years old and he’s been living in a shelter, so it’s not surprising that he has health issues, but the vet we’ve been going to hasn’t been able to help. Jace was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection/virus, ear mites, and most recently an eye infection that the vet says is a result of the infection spreading. The ear mites have been taken care of, but the infection isn’t going away despite the antibiotics, eye drops, and steroid shot to help clear his breathing.

Yesterday, I finally got fed up from seeing my boy suffering so much, and I took him to a veterinary hospital that specializes in cats. He was admitted to the hospital overnight so they could properly monitor him and diagnose the problem. Waiting to hear back is very hard! And going home without him was sad, though I know he’s getting amazing care and I look forward to bringing him back home soon. He’s very happy here with the big windows and so many fluffy places to lounge around. 🙂

In other news, I’ve decided on my WSOP schedule! I looked over the schedule and picked my events. It looks like I’m setting myself up for some long grinds, but I’m mentally and physically ready to bust my ass and do well this year! Here’s a look at the events I plan to play:

Event 3 – $1,000 NLHE
Event 5 – $1,500 NLHE
Event 8 – $1,500 NLHE
Event 9 – $1,500 PLHE
Event 11 – $1,500 NLHE
Event 17 – $5,000 NLHE
Event 18 – $2,000 LHE
Event 23 – $2,500 LHE Short-handed
Event 26 – $2,500 NLHE Short-handed
Event 29 – $10,000 LHE World Championship
Event 32 – $5,000 NLHE Short-handed
Event 35 – $10,000 NLHE Heads-Up World Championship
Event 36 – $1,000 NLHE
Event 38 – $10,000 PLHE World Championship
Event 39 – $1,500 NLHE Shootout
Event 42 – $1,500 NLHE
Event 44 – $2,500 Mixed HE
Event 47 – $1,000 NLHE
Event 49 – $1,500 NLHE
Event 53 – $1,500 NLHE Shootout
Event 54 – $1,000 NLHE
Event 56 – $2,500 NLHE
Main Event – $10,000 NLHE

That was exhausting just making the list! Yes, there are 23 events there, though the list may be shortened or changed when I make Day 2s and final tables of some events, preventing me from playing others. 😉

The WSOP is just a few days away, and I hope to see a lot of friends at the Rio this summer!

Cheers!

Hello, Vegas!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Since Monte Carlo, I’ve been relaxing in London. The last few tournaments I played were rather frustrating, so I needed to do some meditation and find my happy place again. 🙂

The last few weeks in London have been very tranquil. Sure, I took care of some business and put some things in motion with my attorneys, but I made a big effort not to work too much. I spent a lot of time with my cats, did a lot of jogging, bicycling, and other exercising, and I got back to my healthy diet. All of those things do wonders for the mind as well as the body; it’s really true! I’ve been getting in a good mindset for the upcoming WSOP as I will be grinding in quite a number of events this year.

I did return to Las Vegas this week, and though I’m suffering from jet lag, I immediately headed out to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a no-kill shelter that houses tons of animals. I was specifically looking at the older cats, as kittens often are the first to get adopted and those cats that are a few years old wait longer for families. As I was sitting in the room with so many cats (wanting to adopt a bunch of them!), one captured my heart right away. He is an ginger/white short-haired tabby, about four years-old, with the most loving and gentle personality.

During the time I spent with him, there was another gray female cat who kept hissing at him, even trying to attack him for no reason, but my loving boy just looked at the other cat, looked away, and went back to resting. What a great disposition! We bonded instantly, which made the decision quite easy. I filled out all the paperwork, then took my adopted handsome boy to his new home.

I gave him a new name, Jace, which means Healer, for several reasons. One is that pets are naturally healing; they’re so calm and unconditionally loving that their presence seems to heal almost anything. Two is that he came to me with an upper respiratory infection/virus, which means I have to nurse him back to health. But he’s a Healer, and I just know he’ll be fine.

As far as poker goes, I’ll be laying low until the World Series of Poker begins in a few weeks. It’s coming up so quickly! I’m not exactly sure which events I’ll be playing as of yet, but I’m going to work that out in the next week or so when I have time to take a closer look at the schedule. But I will be at the Rio… I hear that it’s the “Year of the Woman” so I guess it’s my time to participate in that, right? 😉

Hope to see many of you at the WSOP this summer! And in the meantime, make a visit to your local animal shelter if you can. There are so many loving, incredible animals there that could use homes.

Cheers!