That time of the year approaches, and I actually decided to be efficient and organise my WSOP site package well in advance. This mindset was admittedly a good 15 years or so in the making, and attributable in no small part to a number of lengthy conversations over the years with Mr Simon Galloway, involving a fair amount of "it's better to be well prepared" and "most poker players are an utter waste of space" exchanges in amongst the sage advice and lyrical waxings on life. We managed the odd discussion on the fun of tournament swings, and the undoubted virtues of a decent steak along the way as well.
So I cobbled together a nice package, thought to myself "although it always sells out, it's still far better to get my ducks in a line good and early". I found a selection of approximately $15k of tournaments I consider to be good value for a trip, did the spade work, allocated some shares for myself (naturally) and posted it up on site. Pat yourself on the back Kevin for getting the admin done.
Just over 24 hours later it was completely sold out. Approximately 2.5 months early. What recession?
Actually, about 127% could theoretically be sold were I one of those people (I'm not), but it's still very heart-warming to know I have a loyal investor base, or maybe/also just people that like a good punt and who know I'm going to give them at the very least a bit of entertainment for their buck. Metaphorically speaking, I'm at the very least just a little misty-eyed that there's quite a bit of love out there for someone who, despite his occasional wry observation basically hates either himself or the rest of the world in alternating spats depending on the mood. The outpouring of nice things to say, or immediate offers of a share despite my leaving full time poker behind about 18 months or so ago didn't go unnoticed by me, and for the benefit of the good folk out there, I thank you. A bit of site admin and we're nice and prepped nice and early, which only has to be a good thing. OK, that's enough blubbing already.
Some people invest because they're regulars, some are business people who simply see a potentially decent return for a small (ish) outlay, and some people just enjoy the ride. It's funny because the traffic that visits the website and the updates is a curious mix of "I know him and we're friends, and I hope he gets a good score, and I also like reading the ramble", to "we don't talk now but I still like to observe", right through to "I hope he falls flat on his face and bubbles everything".
Any and all of these are fine...really. These days I try to leave the malice to those who prefer to be malicious. One thing that being in poker, travelling so much and meeting a diverse group of people taught me is that no matter how weird you might think you are, I guarantee there's always somebody weirder out there. People huh?
Watch this space, you crazy kids, and thanks for the (mostly) love.