The epilogue bit of the trip comes to you via flight VS 044 from McCarran to London. Back to normality, or civilization, or something.
It's funny or fitting or ironic or something else (standard?) that the final event I played at the Wynn ended with me spiraling out close to the money. If you can't accept you won't win or cash in every poker tournament you play then poker probably isn't for you, and I learnt that a long time back and though the end result is the same financially as if you'd shovelled it all in on level one and lost, you have to always try to give it your best shot.
Also, in my exit from the Wynn I actually had the worst hand when it all finally went in. Not commonplace for me but it happens. I'd always rather give myself two ways to win the pot when possible, and being the bettor obviously accomplishes this. In my more flairy days I'd be splashing around with some proper napkins, so maybe I'm getting sensible in my old age.
It very much feels like I've left as the party is just getting into it's swing with the WSOP this year, which is weird. Time constraints and the dreaded J-word meant although it'd be lovely to turn a three week trip into my normal two month one, for me this time it just can't be done. Most people (I think) work for 20-30 years doing some kind of employment, then gravitate more seriously on to poker after this. Not one to be conventional, I've done the reverse and after playing poker for 20+ on a serious basis, years I've got myself a job and am giving that a spin. In a lot of respects it's not even about the money. It's just about doing something different for a bit. I think I've shown over the events that I played this trip that I'm still more than capable of getting a deep run, even if it doesn't always convert into a full blown win. Also whilst I still maintain one day I'll possibly live in Las Vegas and get more back into full time playing, for me the UK scene is largely a waste of time and a chance to rub shoulders with many people that I'd simply rather not, so right now these trips are where I get my action, and that's just fine. It does feel weird not playing the main though. Ho hum.
There's a good chance that October /November will be the next outing. Most of the return I personally got from this trip will just be put into mothballs for the next campaign, and I've already had a number of emails from stakers asking for the same, which is fine. Changing dollars to pounds and later back to dollars again is pretty daft for English investors, especially with our current UK situation, so sometimes just leaving it in the tin is the best call. When it's a sizable lump and not just a few hundred being paid out that's quite possibly another matter. Everyone who had a bit to come back knows they always have the option to cash it out anytime. For me personally and for now, leaving mine in the bank lays the groundwork for the next time, and hopefully the next trip is the one when we ping another first. and a five or six figure return.
As always I'd like to thank the people who get in touch and leave some overwhelmingly positive feedback for the updates and my inane drivel. Most of whom I know and have had a share in the past, but some who just read the site from around the world. I don't do this (update) stuff to try to stay awake at the table, nor am I trying to monetize the website and turn it into some kind of cash cow as a big retirement plan. I do it because the stakers in particular, or sometimes just the casual observer generally seem to enjoy it, and it lets me give people a bit of bang for their buck even if the bucks don't always materialize. There are only so many ways you can write down "I ran jacks into queens" or suchlike when playing poker, but in amongst the hand histories and my pithy observations I hope the odd paragraph raises a smile from time to time. That's kind of the point of it.
Next stop possibly October. Watch this space.