The House that Waffles Built
My name is Waffles and this is my story. I was born on the mean streets of Boston. I know it is nothing like Compton or one of those projects but our family was poor and I always had to work hard for everything. I think it is that ethic of hard work and never giving up that has served me well in my Poker career. I started playing on Party Poker about four years ago. It was a lot of fun before Party decided to betray all of us American’s and cave in like little sissy’s.. I met a lot of good people and had fun playing and learning the game. I started up a poker blog and really started getting serious about learning to play. I switched over to Full Tilt poker and have never looked back.
The game of poker takes a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. It takes a dedication to the game and all of the aspects involved. It helps when you have really talented people to show you how to play. I feel like I learn from the best. I play on Full Tilt to tap into the knowledge of the professionals and to play along side of them. I have to put in the hours to get better and it is not always easy. I have my up’s and down’s and even got the name Waffles from my extraordinary bankroll management skills. If you do not hear the sarcasm in that statement then I guess I need some writing lessons too.
Over the past few years I have put in my dues and spent hours at the tables. I set aside my poker bankroll every payday and have had to deposit many times. Like I said the game is hard to master. It takes many years and a lot of failure to get good. Eventually the things that people were saying started to get through to me. I read from Chris Ferguson how to manage a bankroll and turn a dollar into thousands. I read from Howard Lederer how to use odds to my advantage. I learned cunning and pressure from the likes of a Phil Ivy. I had friends I met through Full Tilt and blogging about poker who showed me the stuff not written in books. The fact that Aces and Kings are not the only hands to play. The infinite wisdom of the Blogfather who has seen more poker than almost anyone I know outside of Doyle Brunson. The ability to drop being weak-tight and floating from guys with names like MiamiDon. Accepting that luck plays a big part of the game and only consistent hard work and effort leads to success.
Finally after putting in the years of effort and pain and sweat I sit here on the toilet collecting my thoughts watching the remains of my Kangaroo burger go down the chute in reverse and reaping the rewards of my dedication. It was the highlight of my career up to that point beating my mentors and friends in the BBTWoo to earn this seat.
Starting tomorrow I finish up my long run in the Aussie Millions. A run that started a long time ago and one that continues for a lifetime. I am already guaranteed a huge payday and at the final table tomorrow I fight for the right to a 1.5 million dollar take. The culmination of all I have learned and done from my humble beginnings at this game. I will be playing against some of the players who I learned the game from. I will be written about more eloquently than I can possibly do by another friend Dr. Pauly.. and afterwards I will join my brothers in arms for drinks and some donkey action at the 2/5 tables. I feel there is no way I can lose tomorrow because I have the power to draw on the knowledge of all of the poker players I have built my game on. You too can be a winner.