For a few of months now I’ve been knowledgeable of an anniversary of sorts coming up on the calendar. No, I’m not conversing about me and Vera’s anniversary (whilst that is coming up, too). Instead a poker-relevant one particular.
It was exactly 10 a long time back today I wrote my 1st report for PokerNews.
I’d been writing on this site for in excess of a 12 months by then. My memory is a minimal fuzzy, but I imagine that PN report experienced to have been the 1st poker-relevant little bit of scribbling for which I’d ever been paid. Which indicates, in turn, it signifies the 1st, small indicator of what would become a huge lifetime pivot about four a long time just after that — away from entire-time teaching and into entire-time freelancing.
The report was a shorter one particular, just 5 paragraphs — “Poker Invoice Fails to Pass Louisiana Household.” Very standard things, and the sort of matter we’d close up studying (and some of us writing) in excess of and in excess of for the full ten years that adopted.
But even if I may possibly glance again with ambivalence (and even a minimal cynicism) at these a slight morsel of reporting, I do keep in mind the pleasure at viewing a little something I’d created exhibit up on the web-site.
I’d positioned some content articles in tutorial journals, wrote columns and book opinions for The Charlotte Observer, and even experienced some poems posted right before (no shinola). But this was a little something new and diverse.
Like a lot of poker “enthusiasts” then (and now), I couldn’t get enough of poker — actively playing the activity, pondering about it, studying about it, and writing about it.
Getting paid even just a minimal for a poker report offered the exact same kind of thrill as successful individuals 1st number of actual income pots when actively playing on the web. In neither scenario did I feel a vocation was in the offing, but the two concerned recognizing a compact profit from carrying out a little something that was currently pleasurable and intellectually stimulating.
I have Haley Hintze and John Caldwell to thank (yet again) for owning recruited me to compose that 1st report way again when. And a ton of other people thereafter for giving me prospects and aiding manual me to become much more than just a “recreational” poker writer.
Even now, so many a long time later, it doesn’t appear to be like a “regular” gig, even if that is what it has been for pretty a even though. The constant flux of the poker planet — with persons generally coming and likely — is one particular evident motive for that sensation, I’m confident.
But a further is the reality that there is even now a lot of “play” concerned when carrying out these “work.” And that is a incredibly good matter, regardless of what your career is.
Picture: courtesy Carlos Monti / PokerStars site.