Thoughts From the Basement
May 19, 2022

My fiancée has a week off from school, the weather is perfect, but I’m stuck in my basement office working on my upcoming Heads Up Poker book. I promised that I’d be done with the manuscript by the end of May and I’m really feeling the pressure of this deadline. It’s hard because I’m such a perfectionist that sometimes I’ll spend 4 hours on one page of text. I know that sounds ridiculous but I want this book to be really good. Honestly when I agreed to write a book I had no idea what a process it’d be. It’ll be worth it though. Writing has forced me to clarify my thoughts about poker and life in general. This will be done just in time for the WSOP. I can’t wait to finish my commitments so I can immerse myself in poker all summer-long. Well, that and UFC Undisputed 2010, which comes out soon. J

As for other activities, about three weeks ago I severely sprained my right ankle playing indoor volleyball when someone came way under the net while I was jumping. I came down on their foot and have been on crutches since then. 

This last month has been a whirlwind. Two weeks ago I went out to Reno to support Jen Harman’s team poker tournament benefiting the National Kidney Foundation. While I was out there, I took part in a free poker forum with David Chicotsky, Mark Kroon, and Sam Chauhan (among others). Traveling on crutches blows but I had fun out there and I think it’s very important for poker players to give back to the community. This tournament helped raise over $200,000 for the National Kidney Foundation.

Last week I headed down to Grudge Gym in Colorado to watch Rashad Evans prepare to fight Quentin “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 at the end of this month. Rashad brought in my friend King Mo to help him train. Mo is the newly crowned Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and I know he’s doing everything he can to help Rashad. I have to say, after watching Rashad’s power while he hit the mitts with Trevor Wittman, I’m predicting Evans by KO.

Today I’m headed to Vegas with Amber for some R&R. No concrete plans except maybe a lazy river expedition.

On Wednesday May 26th I’ll be playing in a bounty tournament on Victory Poker. If you eliminate me, you’ll get my $50 bounty. I’ll also send you an autographed copy of my book when it gets published.

So that’s it for now. If I’m in front of a computer it needs to be for the book, not for blogging. Back to the gind!


I'm off to watch King Mo and Rashad Evans train =)

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