Friday, June 13, 2008

Two Weeks Down, Five to Go

By Pauly
Las Vegas, NV

Today is Day 15 of the WSOP. I worked for two-weeks straight logging on average 12 hours at the Rio Casino and another 5 writing at Sceckytown. 17 hour days are a blessing compared to the 20+ hour days last year.

I'm in very good spirits, but the real test will be at the end of the month. I usually go crazy about three weeks in and have another major freakout five weeks in. Stay tuned for any glimpses into my insanity.

However, having artistic freedom and the ability to make my own schedule has done wonders for my writing. Since I'm in a good head space creatively, the good vibes spill over into the rest of my life. Already two weeks in, I feel as though the overall quality of my work is far superior than the last three years. The scary thing is that I'm really at 40-45%. I'm pacing myself.

I have been able to take the time to have a normal meal with Nicky several times a week. Last year we'd have to rush our meals and woof everything down since we were always pressed for time. I have also been able to take three different trips out to Red Rock Canyon. The scenery is soothing and inspiring. I always seem to write better after a visit.

Anyway, I have been doing two different things everyday on Tao of Poker. I start the day with a Live Blog which is hourly updates of the ongoing events at the WSOP. At the end of the night, I go home and write up an end of day recap where I use the live blog as notes to reflect upon the happenings of the day. Those are my favorite pieces to write and I actually have an unlimited time to write those, unlike last year where I had a window of four of five hours to complete deadlines, write recaps for Tao of Poker, get some sleep, and eat before I returned to the grind the next day.

Here are my recaps from the first two weeks of the World Series of Poker:
Day 1: Welcome Back to the Zoo

Day 2: 4,000 Donkeys to the Rescue?

Day 3: Medic Cockblocks Bloch and Full Tilt Antonius

Day 4: Vultures and the First Mistake

Day 5: Stakes and Shakes

Day 6: Melting Eskimo's Igloo and Erick Lindgren Wins First Bracelet

Day 7: Introducing... Tao of Pokerati, Tao of Five, and Billy Shears

Day 8: Trio of Final Tables, Vinnie Vinh Returns, and the Ghost of Brandi Hawbaker

Day 9: The Rise of Vinnie Vinh and the First 2008 Ten Bracelet Winners

Day 10: The Archie Karas Comeback and Vinny Vinh's Final Table

Day 11: GLOW

Day 12: A Day in the Life of Phil Ivey

Day 13: Unlucky 13 and Mike Matusow Wins Bracelet

Day 14: Daniel Negreanu Wins 4th Bracelet, Phil Ivey Loses 200K Prop Bet, and Vanessa Selbst Beats Aussie Strip Club Owner for PLO Bracelet
That's it for now. Time to get back to work.

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