A little trumpet blowing

 You’d probably presume that, as a journalist, my moral compass is set differently to the Average Joe on the street. Not so. I’m actually a stand-up guy. So it’s with no ethical conflict whatsoever that I recommend the July issue of Inside Poker, which is on the shelves now. It’s a great issue of what is a routinely excellent magazine. And it just so happens to include a feature what I done wrote. It’s the ‘How to make a million’ piece trailed pleasingly prominently on the front cover.

I know what you’re thinking: “This chancer turns up after a two year absence banging on about how he needs to improve his poker skills in order to have a chance of making a living from sitting on his arse next year, and yet a reputable magazine is employing him to write a feature on how to make lots of money from poker. What a joke!” What can I say? They’re suckers! Not really; the piece was written up using a bunch of tips and advice given by a number of established professionals, so the guidance is good. I got to interview some great players who were very generous with their time. There are contributions from Neil Channing, Annie Duke, Vicky Coren, Jeff Kimber, Adam Noone and Ryan Pachmayer covering all aspects of the game. Really pleased with how it turned out.

Great mag, great contributors

Great mag, great contributors

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Call off the search

Two years, eh? Just think what you can achieve in two years with a little get-up-and-go. And yet, I’ve done very little. While there have been some major changes in my personal life, other areas of my life remain much the same. For instance, I still work as a journalist in a job I don’t really enjoy (the company has changed; my apathy not so much), although I do still do some freelance work in a subject area that I find infinitely more rewarding. More on that shortly.

When I last wrote in 2007, I was gearing up to get married. I’m pleased to announce, albeit extremely belatedly, that the wedding went down without a hitch. Well, it pissed down with rain, but apart from that it was all good. I can’t quite believe that I will have spent two years as a married man come next month, but I guess time flies and all that. The other major change came about with the arrival of my son in February. Clearly, all parents are naturally biased, but he’s a little belter. He’s a handful at times, granted, but on the whole we’ve been really lucky with sleeping through the night from an early age, etc. He’s generally very well behaved; we’ve heard some real horror stories form the other new parents we’ve met recently.

Anyway, when I was last regularly updating this blog I began to write a little more frequently about poker. With life being as hectic as it has been recently, my opportunities to play poker diminished spectacularly. Now, though, the little man is going to bed at an earlier hour and I’m finding myself with some time in the evenings to get back into the swing of things. There’s a real possibility that my wife will go back to work in the New Year, with me taking on househusband duties. If that happens, I’ll be looking to bring in some extra cash with freelance writing and poker. If that’s to happen, I need to ramp up my game – starting now. I’ve hit a handful of low-stakes final tables since my return to online poker, so I want to use that as a platform to push on and evolve my game a step further. I’m primarily a tournament player (a good one at that, but with a couple of key areas which could do with improvement), but I need to drastically improve my erratic cash game if this ‘do the odd bit of real work in-between gambling for a living’ pipe dream is going to become a realistic option.

So I plan to get back to the regular blogging. It’ll still be about a range of stuff, but I’d expect it to be heavily poker-related as I try and ramp up my skills between now and the new year. I fully expect it to be a roller coaster ride of excitement*, so why not drop by now and again and see how I’ve been getting on?

I know, I know – tl:dr. The short version? I’m now married with a kid and – more importantly – I’ve stopped talking in the third person.

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*Excitement not guaranteed.