The groundwork is pretty much all complete for me now. Shares are all sold, investments are collected, money changed up where needed into dollars (I managed to avoid a disaster after the UK election by having most of it already changed up). My accommodation, flight, rental car etc are all arranged. When I arrive I tend to buy in for most of my set and bigger buy in events early if possible, and put surplus funds into my US bank account. It's just tidier, and most poker players have crappy admin skills and never learn that standing in a 400 player deep line to buy in on the morning of the event in which you wish to participate is not too bright, and is also easily avoidable. Little things like this make a big difference day to day on the trip.
Overall I have to say, I'm feeling pretty good. While life certainly isn't perfect, of late there has been far less unwanted drama for me, and I feel more like I'm gradually "getting my shit together". I'm most certainly not where I want to be (if I knew exactly where that actually was it might help of course, watch this space and I'll let you know if I ever figure it out). However times nowadays are a lot less dark, there is a far smaller amount of drama and negativity around me now, and I feel like I'm moving forward from bad choices and moves I made in times past. Whilst life certainly isn't as interesting as it used to be, there is less sadness also, so I'll take that. I've discovered a few very kind and supportive people around me, occasionally from some very unexpected sources, and it has restored a little my faith in good people out there, even though I'm still heavily skeptical of most, which is probably not about to change any time soon for me. The lucky part of this, is tat the poker is pretty much automatic, and whatever life throws at me I would say 99% of the time I have managed to get separating poker from emotion down to a fine art. Since I played the Wynn in October 2016, I've got myself back into regular running, I have been playing some occasional golf, and I'm making an effort to see and spend more time socially with the people who deserve some effort. I'm 2 stone lighter than I used to be last year, and I am pretty chilled out about whatever life currently throws at me day to day. I'd say that's not too bad a place to be in the run up to a sizeable Las Vegas poker trip. I guess we'll see soon. As always, the support of my friends is always important, and regardless of how the next month turns out, that support is always appreciated, and I thank you. You know who you are.