Wow! I never expected such a chain reaction to a casual tweet on twitter. I said “I’m afraid I am finally gonna give in to Father Time and pass on tournament play at the WSOP this year. Too many hours”. I have gotten hundreds of tweets on twitter about it, my phone is ringing off the wall from the media requesting interviews and wanting information about my “retirement”. My daughter Pam can’t answer all the questions her friends are asking on Facebook. I appreciate all the attention and well wishes from everyone but I gave the wrong impression.
I’m not about to quit playing poker! I’ll play until I can’t sit at the table. I just never have really been into the bracelet race and prefer cash games over the tournaments. I enjoy the tournaments but due to the ever growing larger fields, it’s necessary to play longer hours to get to the final tables. Understand, my strength over the years was my endurance and the ability to play long hours without losing concentration. We regularly played 36-48 hours in the cash games so the long hours when needed in the tournaments didn’t bother me at all.
What prompted me to say what I did in my tweet was the fact that I had just finished a 10 hour long cash game and had made three glaring mistakes in the last 30 minutes that cost me thousands of dollars. When you play at the highest levels and against top talent, you can’t make stupid mistakes and survive. I always review my plays in my head before going to sleep. The only answer I could come up with was that I was mentally tired and had played too long. So I figured that it would be much better for me to play in the cash games instead of trying to sit through a bunch of tournaments. It seems that the public determines how good a poker player is by how he does in tournaments. A lot of the best players don’t play very many tournaments so you don’t hear about them. The cash games don’t get the publicity.
Older poker players have always interested me because I have seen thousands of players trying to compete when they start to lose their skills. Most of them went broke because of self denial. For me it is very simple. If you lose over an extended period of time, you need to drop down to a level that you can win at. Water seeks it’s own level and poker players, especially professionals, should do the same.
Am I going to play at the 2013 WSOP? I don’t know, I’m certainly not ruling it out. It depends on how I feel, how well I think I’m playing, how the cash games are and how life in general is treating me. I’m still in mourning over losing my two dogs in a three month period and it detracts me some at the tables. But in answer to a lot of the questions I’ve been getting, my health is good and there is still some gas in my gas tank. If anyone doubts it, I’m playing almost every day at the Bellagio or the Aria. Come on by and play with me!