You wouldn’t be doing this if you didn’t love poker
The above quote was told to me by my colleague as I traveled back to my hotel at the conclusion of the WSOP International Circuit Event in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. I do love my job, although it takes quite a lot of explaining at times.
I like to think of myself as a poker journalist. “Poker?!” people ask “You must have a great poker-face!”
Then follows a lengthy discussion about what tournament poker is. If possible I try to avoid buzzwords like Dan Bilzerian and Lady Gaga, to a certain degree of success.
After I’ve finished that there often follows another question: “Well how do you…journalise that?”
It’s a good question. And after I’ve explained people inevitably tilt their head to one side: “Well I can imagine there being that sort of role within that industry.”
Let me reiterate: I love my job. I travel. I watch poker. I write. If you give me any job which fulfills those three criteria I will more than snap your arm off to be a part of it.
Last weekend I worked my first ever partypoker event and was blown away. I’m not sure it was a reflection of the partypoker brand, but more the sheer family/community aspect that is deep-rooted in Irish poker. It really is mind-boggling.
This week I travel to Amsterdam for my first ever World Poker Tour event. It’s kind of a big deal for me, mainly because it’s the reporting equivalent of a Triple Crown. Is that even a thing anymore? Probably not. But I’m honoured to be a part of it.
The updates on this website are still trickling in. That’s a good sign! It means I’m busy working elsewhere. But there is a clear and definitive reason why the updates are so sporadic. Let me say this for a third time:
I love my job.