A Good Year
It's that time of the year when we look back and tell ourseleves if we made this year a good year for ourselves, but also a time to look forward to the new year and make the resolutions that we think will make this coming 2007 a better year.
Personally I had a rollercoaster year, much like a poker playing sitting through a loose, aggressive cash game where there is a complete disregard for the size of the blinds and the bets are based on the size of the bankrolls.
The year started of on a low note, with legal bills being the brunt of the problem hehe. I'm sure i dont have to explain this. Much of the year was so-so for me, but we saw a lot of improvements in the local poker scene like the Weekly and now daily poker tournaments being run at the ACF and the like. New places to play also came along, and poker really had a big boost in the manila scene. Also, the Davao and Cebu poker scene also picked up the pace to try and catch up with Manila.
Third Quarter of this year was a particularly trying one for me personally, with a lot of outside factors coming into play. My family went through some rough times, especially in the political scene here in Pasay. I also went through the end of a relationship, and those things things are never really easy. All these things came on top of each others too, like several bad beats one after the other. By the end of the 3rd quarter, i was super low on chips. Super small stack. But like i said before, you gotta keep playing right?
Well, by september this year, things started to change for the better. What seemed like curses turned out to be blessings in disguise, and things started to fall into place on it's own. The Political crisis turned out to be a blessing for my Mom and Dad, and now they are stronger than ever. I got to know who my real friends were during these times, and im thankful for that too. I also got to meet new people, and make new friends that i otherwise might have not if things stayed the same. Plans that were just thin air at the beginning of the year were now turning into brick and mortar, and i could see the future bright and clear. Dreams were turning into reality when it came to Poker, with the coming of what should be the best thing for Poker here in the RP since those steel sliding doors first opened more than a year ago.
As for Christmas, i couldnt have asked for a better one. This year was probably the best Christmas Eve i have had since as far as i could remember. I had an awesome lunch with an amazing friend and her family, had a great dinner with my family, and just to add icing to the cake, OCTUPLED my P1000 buy-in in our yearly family poker game! Man, what a crazy game! The presence of Checkpoint Louie turned our 10-20 game into a 10-100 game! I got three Pocket Aces, all of which paid off handsomely in a span of 4 hours, and not a single bad beat for the night!
Didnt get many gifts, but got the few that really mattered most to me. Christmas Day today was just spent taking it all in, just relaxing at home with the family. It's amazing how things can just pick up right at the end and make you almost forget all those times when you thought there was no way things could get better.
I really feel like i just sat through a rough, loose-aggressive poker game and managed to take down the pots that mattered at the very end, and cash out a big winner =) I've always been an optimistic person, and i believe that things always work out for the good to those who work on it. There's still a lot of work to be done though. But yeah, this turned out to be a good year.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to Everyone and we hope you like our Christmas Present to the Poker Community this coming January! ;)
I can't wait for 2007!