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Poker Road Trip: Nevada, Arizona, California

​“My dreams are now becoming moments in time.”

We set out for a west coast extravaganza of sorts. Three poker buddies, one car, and no chaperone. Our first stop was the Arizona State Poker Championship. This little $1130 buyin tournament (one of the best kept secrets in plain sight) had about 1500 entrants and paid 150 players, awarding $257,690 to first place. We met up with another poker buddy and happily bought into the event. Three out of the four of us cashed, finishing 12th, 59th, and 104th. After Dave Alfa nearly missed the final table he needed a stiff drink, so we obliged and took him down to Mill Ave in Tempe. We drank, we laughed, we gambled for bar tabs, and Dave ended the night in a tree. Good times.

The Second leg of of our trip took us to the coast of California for the Ventura Poker Open. This poker stop was not as successful as we had hoped, however we made the best of our time being so close to the beach. My lovely girlfriend made the drive up north from Orange County to hangout for the weekend, which made for a great time.

Everyday my life is meshing with my dreams and aspirations. I continue doing the things I love and I’ve managed to find people who enjoy sharing in the same life experiences. My dreams are now becoming moments in time.

Update: At the moment I’m hanging solo in California. I’ve played at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage as well as a 20k guaranteed tournament over at Pala Casino in the San Diego area with no success. I’ve decided to grow my beard until I final table a live tournament of 60 players or more. Next tournament series I will visit is the Commerce Poker Series. Good luck to me. Lets get rid of this beard before it becomes epic.

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