WSOP 2008

June 4, 2008 · 3 comments

It’s been about a week and a half since we arrived in Atlanta, and we’re finally getting settled in our new place. While there are a million things I want to do around the house, in preparation for our wedding, and with the businesses, I think it’s important that I take advantage of the fact that I no-longer have a job and have the flexibility to do what I want, when I want.

This week marks the start of the 2008 World Series of Poker. I played semi-professional poker for many years (along with the corporate gig), and even played tournament poker very seriously for a couple years as well. While the World Series is my favorite time of the year for poker (the Series lasts for just over a month), I generally have to plan my trips to Las Vegas around my work schedule, and can only get away for a few days at a time. Well, this year I don’t have that constraint.

While I’d love to be there for the entire month, I am pretty excited about getting my businesses and investing underway, so I’m limiting my Vegas trip this year to a week. I haven’t played much poker the past year (too many more important things going on), so it’s probably better that I’m not going the entire month anyway.

Of course, I prepared a number of blog posts for the week while I’m away (starting tomorrow), and I think you’ll find them very interesting. I’ll spend several days discussing real estate market cycles and the analysis of real estate markets; I’ll continue to fill out my business plan; and then I’ll spend a couple days highlighting some great resources you can use to help analyze your particular market/location.

I hope you enjoy the posts, and don’t hesitate to leave comments if you have anything to add!


3 responses to “WSOP 2008”

  1. Sean says:

    Jason, do you think its necessary to be an analytical, numbers-oriented person to be a successful poker player? Or do you think anyone with a reasonable intelligence can be a winning player if they put in the time?

  2. J Scott says:

    I think you need some natural skills, but they certainly don’t need to be numbers/analytical skills. For example, if you are very empathetic and can read people *VERY* well, you’ll probably make a good poker player. If you have a lot of patience and discipline, you’ll probably make a good poker player.

    That said, in addition to some natural talent, you need to have *some* analytical/numbers ability, especially as your first starting out. There are a lot of situations that are purely numbers-driven, but if you can memorize the odds, that would probably be sufficient.

  3. Shae says:

    Jason, the more I read through your blog, the more interesting you become 😉 A professional poker player, wow!

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