Let’s take a look at my schedule this week:
Wednesday: Attend lecture on the aesthetics and theory of transnational cinema
Thursday: Attend translation class and explain to a class full of Germans the correct grammatical usage of the n-word
Friday: Fly to Nice
Saturday: Start work at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
Those leading double lives are not usually students from Great Britain. Nor are they in full-time education. But I suppose Bruce Wayne, being the international businessman he is, could speak German (side-note: He does). That’s not to say that I’m comparing myself to Bruce Wayne, just that one of them is an athletic jet-setter with a penchant for expensive things, and the other is Bruce Wayne. That’s not to say that I have super powers, just that I can relate to them, that’s all.
I remember coming back from Malta in March and saying to myself (and friends): “Right, now to concentrate on the last semester of my Year Abroad in Germany.” My studies are and will always be the most important thing in my life, no matter how much poker I play, or how many tournaments I attend. With that in mind, I certainly didn’t expect to be flying out to Monaco to work at the EPT Grand Final.
Never before has the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” been more appropriate. At the start of EPT Season 11 I was at EPT Barcelona as a curious outsider. I got to spend a day with the Pokerstars Blog as work experience and gazed giddily at all these poker-stars that up until then I had only seen on TV. Fast forward to the Grand Final and you’re telling me I’m going there to actually be working?! You don’t normally get to do your dream job when you’re 20, let alone when you’ve not even finished University.
Because this is what this week is. Not an internship, not work experience, actually working. Who knows what it could turn into but right now I’m only focussing on this week. Giving it my all and working as hard as I can to prove that I can.