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What’s going on this week

It’s been a while since I’ve really blogged about anything going on in my life, because honestly, there just hasn’t been much to talk about.  I’ve been working between 15-20 hours per week over at the Best Buy near my house for a few hundred bucks a week, and with the kids on Summer Vacation, I’ve kidnapped the family a little more than a half dozen times to make good on our Disneyland Annual passes.  But other than that, it’s been pretty much business as usual.

I’ve also been writing a bunch for PokerSoftware.com, and just recently had the opportunity to interview 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel.  I’ve met him in person twice since the November Nine, and I’m actually really impressed by the guy.  Earlier I wrote a piece about how I didn’t think that he would be good for the game of poker, and it was because we just didn’t know much about him.  The truth is, while he’s kind of a quiet and unassuming character by nature, Jonathan is a really fun guy to hang around and a really chatty and nice dude overall.

My first face to face with him was at the Party at the Commerce Casino.  I call it a “Party” even though it was supposed to be called the WPT Invitational, but really, it was a place for a bunch of poker players to throw around some poker chips without a care in the world.  It was a free roll tournament, and the booze was flowing fully.  Jonathan had just busted the event and was drinking at the bar with fellow November Niner Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.  The two of them were already 3-sheets to the wind, but Jonathan gathered himself nicely to have a small chat with me about how things were going since the November Nine win.  He’d already had the win at the EPT Deauville High Roller Event and was heading into the NBC Heads Up Televised event on cloud-nine. He’d finish 4th there.  He would also cash in 6th at the Bicycle Casino’s Big Event (scheduled to be the called the NAPT until they yanked the PokerStars Sponsorship names from the tournament) and then twice more this World Series when I caught up with him again.  After making some small talk, I asked him for an interview and he said he’d love to, but it was probably better to wait until after the WSOP so that he could give me his full time.  All in all, it was a fun interview, which you can read what got posted here.

While the gig with PSW has been great and I’m truly grateful to have it, I need to find something else on top.  Our money has been getting tighter and tighter these days, and the loss of online poker is really being felt now.  I’d love to cash out on my Full Tilt Poker bankroll, which would be able to provide a quick easy stop-gap for a while, but I’m not exactly holding my breath on that one.  Maybe when my kids get to college I’ll see that money.  Maybe not.

As far as poker playing, I’m playing well at the home game but that’s really all the play that I’ve had the last few months.  I’d love to play live but I can’t really afford it at this point.  The timing of Black Friday just blew in so many ways.  I mean, I really felt like I’d turned a corner as a player and was starting to see some real results.  But that’s all history now.  Now it’s going to be all about finding another part-time job most likely for a salary just slightly above minimum wage, and slogging through that one paycheck to paycheck.  I’m pretty depressed about it really, and not really sure what’s going to to happen with it all.  And it’s the not knowing part that really pains me the most.

But overall, the kids are good and healthy which is a plus.  And Traci’s been doing very well also which I couldn’t be happier about.  For now, I’m trying to focus in on the fact that today, everything has been taken care of, and that the future is in God’s hands for the moment.  I just have to hold onto the hope and faith that everything will turn out ok in the end.

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