Who’d a thunk it? Looking back it makes perfect sense but If you would have told me then Id be making a living playing poker I’d have said the day I marry Brad Pitt. I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. There wasn’t much to do there except drink beer and play cards. I drank a lot of beer and played even more cards. My dad was a gin player who played for money. He was a “high roller” at Caesars Palace. I spent my 21st birthday playing black jack with my dad. For sure, I inherited the gaming gene from Dear ole Pa.. I really don’t describe my self as a gambler. I’m a strategist. No really, I am. I akin myself to a backgammon player or chess player. The thrill of the money is secondary although I’d never spend 10 hours a day playing poker for shits and giggles. I eventually left the cornfields of the Midwest for the lure of fortune and fame in Los Angeles.
I was working as an actress which means I was waiting tables at Morton’s steak house and I meet this guy who turns out to be a professional Blackjack player. One thing led to another and we found ourselves canoodeling at Caesar Palace. I guess I was looking for a father figure. Our relationship did not work out but I learned a lot about gaming from him. Our love dissipated but we partnered up and I was soon banking High stakes Pai Gow games around town. I was starting to lose my hearing with the constant banging of the dice cup so I decided it was time to move on to something a bit more soothing. I knew a 9 to 5 was not for me and had kind of lost the desire for getting rejected on a daily basis in the acting world so I turned to the Internet.
My Mecca .. Online gaming. I started playing 5-10 Texas Holdem heads up limit games and realized the world was my ocean. Good fishing and an endless horizon. I quickly moved up to 10-20 and now I play up to 300-600. I’ve been playing online for over 2 years now. I wish I could say I was a cool headed Zen like poker master. I cannot say that. I’m volatile and have been known to go on tilt on occasion. Most people find this a bit odd for I’m a very petite blond haired sweet caring animal loving and if I say so myself attractive woman. The litany of swear words I can put out in a minute is astounding. . This is an advantage to playing on the internet. If I exhibited this kind of behavior in a brick and mortar casino it may not be so good for me. I figure I’m letting out my emotions so I’m bound to save money on therapy.
At any rate, I find on line gaming quite lucrative. I wake up head on down to the war room where I have it decked out for maximum play. I have a Synchmaster 213T screen, my -iPod and TIVO... This screen allows me to play 2 games at once with the same mouse, It’s great as I can increase my hands per hour by 2 and sometimes I can even squeeze in 3 games. This takes a lot of concentration and is not for the slight of heart. Heads up goes pretty fast and money is flying all over the place. The iPod helps keep my sanity and TIVO allows me to watch all my favorite shows (Six feet Under, Survivor, Average Joe; the Joes strike back) when I’m too involved in a game to watch. I do this pretty much on a daily basis unless I have a golf game planned. I make my living playing poker. Kind of cool. The hours are right and there’s no one breathing down my neck making sure I get back from lunch on time,. Him, I wonder if there will be wedding bells ringing soon for Brad and me after all. Hey a girl can dream.