If I Win the WSOP
Everyone has a dream. People dream of having good health,
of falling in love and getting married, or of becoming a
millionaire by winning the lottery.
There are few things in life more pleasant than dreaming.
My mother was a dreamer. On a weekly basis, she would buy lottery tickets from her home in Western Pennsylvania. Week after week…
…she would check the winning numbers. Her dream was to hit a BIG JACKPOT so she could give the money to her children. I still choke up a bit when I think about that.
I have my own dreams.
Of course, I would like to write a best-selling novel that would be converted into a movie. That is the dream of every real writer and we hold on to it regardless of the odds.
Then there is the World Series of Poker. I have written many articles about the WSOP and have even interviewed some of the winners like Doyle Brunson. But I have never played in it.
I remember visiting the Rio during the competition. I was living in Las Vegas and working as a writer for a gambling magazine. My publisher sent me to the Rio to write a color story on the action and the buffet.
The Rio's buffet for the WSOP must be seen to be believed:
There are so many different varieties of food that your eyes will pop out and you'll find yourself shaking your head in awe. Filet mignon, crab legs, prime rib, seafood, lobster, desserts, and I could go on and on.
I am planning on attending the next WSOP in Las Vegas. When I do, I will play in some of the satellites that will get me into one of the expensive Omaha High-Low tournaments. Then, I will sit down with winning on my mind.
If I win the tournament, all I can say is: World, stand aside.
I'll wear the diamond and gold bracelet proudly and show it to everyone in my circle of friends.
Then I will book an extended cruise on a Windjammer cruise ship and head for the South Pacific, preferably with a companion who will share the beauty of tropical flowers, coconut palm trees, white sand beaches, and blazing sunsets with me.
I will make my brother, Legs, into a millionaire. He has waited long enough for the money and he is worth it.
When I return from my cruise, I will buy a ranch somewhere in the Southwest and raise either quarter horses or marijuana. Maybe both.
I will forget about gambling for a little while. Well, make that a very little while.
Life is an incredible journey.
Money can make that journey more pleasant for the person who has it as well as for people he meets along the way.
If I win the WSOP, I will start up a business for my daughter. We'll work out the percentage split after the business starts turning a profit.
Right now, it's just a dream. But it would be incredible if it came true.
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