A Personal Note to Readers
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
This time of year creates unparalleled anticipation and an equal sense of deprivation.
Being tied closely to the gambling and poker scene and living in Las Vegas, nothing surpasses working on the staff of the World Series of Poker. I’m blessed to work alongside so many of the very best at what they do.
Yet at the same time, the 48-day tournament schedule and long hours creates hardships. I don’t spend time with family or freinds. I can’t follow the news or engaged in any leisure activities. And now for the first time since my personal blog started about ten months ago – I’ll have to reduce the daily postings.
A typical WSOP work day is from 1 pm until the final tournament of the night ends – which usually happens at around 3 am. My colleagues who work on the reporting side, for websites such as WSOP.com and other excellent sources of poker news and information, put in similar long hours. Worse, many of them are on their feet all day. I get to sit on my ass much of the time and type.
And so, most of my time spent here at the Rio Las Vegas is focused on the WSOP and written reports of official gold braclet events. However, I do expect to write and post some “behind the scenes” stories from the floor of the WSOP from time to time. I should warn you that everything that appears between now and July 20th will be poker and gambling-related. After that, I’ll return again to politics, religion, and rants. You can be sure a floodgate will open up then.
In the meantime, I encourage everyone to regularly check out WSOP.com, where I will be focusing most of my energies.
Before the recess, allow me to express my deep thanks for honoring me with caring what I think and write — or just laughing along with me.
French novelist and essayist Marcel Proust once wrote, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
I hope to return to our lifelong discussion next month with a new set of eyes.
– Nolan Dalla