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Gaining Entry into the World Series of Poker

We’ve all watched the drama on television, the bad beats and those who have had good luck. ESPN does a masterful job covering the World Series of Poker and it has been getting great ratings since the early 2000s. In what other competition can a complete unknown advance though a field of thousands of players including grizzled veterans and win millions of dollars.

In addition to the title, you will become a bonafide television celebrity. ESPN’s coverage will paint you a good guy or a villain and you can take it from there. Poker has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade and winning the World Series of Poker has become a mental and physical endurance test.

It is a blessing in disguise as it will help in sharpening our poker skills as they need to be polished every now and then as it is all about strategy and focus, quite similar to online DominoQQ.

Entering the World Series of Poker is actually the easy part, anyone can enter, here are the three ways to get in and play. The tournament is held annually in Las Vegas.

Satellite Tournaments –

Satellite tournaments used to be small events that were held leading up to the Main Event of The World Series of Poker. These satellites cost maybe $10-100 to enter and winning would either earn you a sport in a bigger satellite, or some even would reward you with a spot in the Main Event. Some players used these events as warm ups for bigger events, so there were a lot of players vying for one or two spots. It’s a hard and long road to get a spot in The World Series, but it’s affordable and tests your skills. Many of these satellites are now held on the internet throughout the year, it is the internet age isn’t it? Because of all the internet poker play, many competitors have never played in a live poker tournament when they show up in Las Vegas. Recent Main Event winners Chris Moneymaker and Greg “Fossilman” Raymer gained entry into the Main Event through Satellites.

Find a sponsor –

It costs a cool $10,000 to enter the Main Event. Some people get someone to back their participation in the event. Having a backer is a double-edged sword, you are playing on someone else’s dime, but if you cash a percentage of your winnings will have to be paid to your sponsor. Getting a sponsor isn’t easy, you will have to have a proven track record in poker tournaments to attract interest. That or maybe your Uncle Al just won the lottery and hell take a flyer on your time in Vegas.

Ante up yourself –

If you want to get in The World Series of Poker all you have to do is put up $10,000 of your own money and you’re in. 2005 winner Joseph Hachem entered the tournament by paying the full fee himself and it paid off.

Hey, it’s no secret this tournament is not easy. Most of the poker players go home with nothing but their memories and a good story or two to tell. So some win, most lose, but it’s always fun to play the game.


Game Over: Can a Marriage Survive Video Games?

Every once in a while, something great enters your life. Your pulse quickens. Your eyes light up. Your palms sweat. Your brain seems to run at hyper-speed. You have been thrilled. This is a feeling you want all the time! This is the kind of feeling that you are likely to get when playing Poker Online Terpercaya but there are other things that can lead to it as well. 

But what happens when there are two of these great thrills in your life at once?

The First Thrill

I was always careful in college not to get lost in computer games. My studies came first and took the majority of my time. Free time was primarily spent outdoors. But after college, the workday had definite beginning and ending times. Given free time, what could I do? I played a few video games, but nothing too much.

I was also married soon after college. My wife and I got along great. We had a pretty ideal marriage for a couple of newlyweds. And we had great families with whom we enjoyed spending time. Yes, I was addicted to my relationship with my wife!

The Second Thrill

After a couple years of marriage, my wife, who was still in graduate school, received a summer internship in a different state. She moved out for the summer, and I moved the computer into the bedroom of our rented townhouse. I began playing computer games long into the night. This wasn’t really a problem for me, since I lived alone, and the computer arrangement was comfortable enough that I didn’t get tired of staring at the screen.

When my wife moved back after the summer, I managed the video games pretty well. A year later we moved half-way across the country for some new jobs. She worked longer hours than I did, and I used my free time to get back into computer games.

Of course, the games started taking more and more of my time. When my wife came home, we would have dinner together and maybe watch a little television. My wife is a habitual reader, so she would pull out a book and I would sit at the computer some more.

I finally realized that I had a problem with computer games when I started failing to notice when my wife went to bed at night. I would be happily playing some game and suddenly realize it was near or after midnight and the rest of the house was dark. Even if my wife came in the office to tell me she was going to bed, I would sometimes lose another hour or more in the games.

A Crash for Survival

The cure for me was a blessing in the disguise of a computer failure. The hard drive in our desktop failed first, then several other components started failing. Finally I had to replace the entire computer, and when I did, I made the conscious decision to not install any games on the new one. Yes, I had to take the hard “cold turkey” approach to my computer game addiction.

However, I am still happily married. My wife is a wonderful woman, and her ability to forgive my computer addiction never ran out. Our relationship is even better now that I dedicate more time to her and to our daughter.

And I don’t think the computer games have really missed me all that much!