It took me 15 minutes to find the pin in roulette. It’s such a pain to start over from nowhere, it almost causes you to pass out.
How do you keep your motivation high as a poker player?
In poker, it was always like, “I know this is going to be the last time in my life.” I always thought I would retire, or I was just overpaid too much to continue playing. There’s always that in poker, and there’s no end to the cycle—even if you win a million dollars in a week, it doesn’t feel good. It’s not like “Oh wow, at least now I’m a millionaire.” It’s, you know, “This is it, I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing with my life.” [Laughs.]
And, of course, it’s not like you have to play on these huge online leagues.
It’s definitely hard when you’re just out there and have to put in hours and hours of time to figure out how to beat these guys. But I’d rather be playing a high-skilled tournament [in a house] than a low-skilled tournament for money.
Do you think there’s any sort of mental barrier that comes with playing in a high-skilled tournament?
I think all of it is about mental preparation, because a lot of poker players, whether they play a tournament or play online, they don’t have to deal with real-life situations. I think we’re wired a little bit differently than a lot of people; we’re not conditioned to deal with other situations.
Is your poker brain working like your brain at home before you play?
It really does feel like I’m at home. I haven’t had a vacation in years. That’s the other thing—it’s hard when you’re playing online and you want to take a break. But once again, I feel like I’m at home in a way.
Would you ever want to play poker at home after a long day?
I don’t know! I’d have to see what would satisfy me. But I feel like as much as poker is a hobby for me I want to keep getting better at it, like being a professional tennis player. It’s almost as hard playing the game as it is doing your own stunts! [Laughs.]
Tell us about your best bets of the week.
I’m always betting on three-of-
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