A Message to My Friends and Colleagues Attending the World Series of Poker This Year
The World Series of Poker is about to start here in Las Vegas. For many, this is the most exciting time of year.
For more than two decades, I worked for the WSOP. In fact, I met many of you at the poker tables. Looking back, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have become friends with so many fine people, which frankly, would never have happened without this most unusual crossroads. It’s amazing that I met hundreds of people over the years, thousands even, and so many of you were (and still are) my closest friends.
I haven’t set foot at the WSOP since 2016. It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since the last time I worked it. And, I have no plans to attend the WSOP this year. Nonetheless, I will confess that I take great joy from seeing what this special time of year means to so many people who make this annual pilgrimage, share the experience, and compete for what can be life-changing prize money.
I also know just as many of you who are on staff, including dealers and floorpeople. I hope you get to feel that butterfly effect in your stomach and embrace that excitement that only comes once a year. Sort of like the first day of a new season or Christmas morning. Hold onto those memories, and enjoy them now, because they probably won’t come as often once it’s over. All glories are fleeting.
From the bottom of my heart to the top of the smile on my face as I write this now, I want to say to each and every one of you — go for it. Follow your dream. Take a shot. Even with all the troubles in the nation and around the world — it’s okay to live….to play….to share….to test yourself….and to enjoy it all.
I can’t possibly send messages or notes to all of you. But I’ll be home on the rail, cheering your success and sometimes even feeling your disappointment when the cards don’t go in your favor. Do not fear failure, but rather fear not trying.
Go for it. Follow your dream. Take a shot. And, good luck.
— Nolan Dalla