The beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play.
Never in a million years did I think the sport of poker would blow up the way it did.
Poker has such an element of competitivness that other games don't have.
My favourite movie right now is probably 'Hitch', a Will Smith thing.
For the most part, I get to do what I want to do. If I want to play poker, I can. If I don't want to play poker, I don't have to.
World Class players can lay down the toughest hands and play any two cards at any time without fear. Their reads are impeccable.
But I want people to understand that poker's not all glamorous, it's not all being on TV and making tons of money. It's a hard life. It's a lot of travel. It's a lot of weird hours.
Not having the online game has made it more difficult. There are a lot of young and upcoming players in poker. But you don't get to see them because TV has sort of been taken away.
Although I have to say, it's become a lot harder for me since I won the world series because everyone wants to beat me. For example, bluffing is really tough now, because there's always someone who calls me on the off-chance that they'll then be able to say they read a world champion's bluff.
Poker is meant to be enjoyed.
I'm the first person in my family to play poker.
When I had a full-time job, I really wasn't that busy, but now I'm really busy. I guess that's a good thing.
I used to sports gamble a lot and I was getting killed on that but then I found poker and really enjoyed it. But it was a hobby more than anything else. I played it every day but only on pretty small stakes.
I actually do quite well in Omaha. It's one of my better games. I love pot-limit Omaha and Omaha high-low. I do quite well in them. If I play in a casino, I usually play some kind of mixed game with Omaha and hold 'em.
I'm comfortable with the hold 'em, Omaha and stud high-low. But the other two games aren't my strongest games. I'm not comfortable at all with razz or stud.
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