January 10, 2008 - Happy Late New Year's Everyone! I'm literally rushing out the door on my way to Melbourne and the Aussie Millions, and I wanted to get a quick post up. It's been a busy holiday season since my last post. I bubbled in the Five Diamonds Main Event at the Bellagio. Frustrating to get close to the money, but I'm always trying to go deep in a tourney rather than squeak into a cash. One of the big treats for me was being featured in a French documentary on M6 Capital - Poker - http://www.chilipoker.com/english/chilipoker.tv/capital-emission-du-6-janvier.html I think it came out great, even if I don't really understand French :-). It has a great scene where I move all-in during a key hand on my way to the Final Table of the APPT Macao event, taking down a massive pot. I hope I can be part of other features like that. My two final tables in Macao plus the bubble at the Bellagio give me a great deal of encouragement heading into the Aussie Millions. As I've gotten busier outside of poker and traveled more, playing poker has changed a bit for me. It takes a different type of focus and concentration to play my best when I haven't been playing all the time. I actually get very excited now when I sit down at the table; it is sort of a gift to me to be able to grab chips in my hand and splash pots. All of the rhythms and sounds of poker come back quickly once I get started, but I am trying to make sure I am mentally, physically, and spiritually prepared to be at my best. I'll be in the air for almost eighteen hours once we take off from LAX, and it is always grueling to fly that far for that long. I'm getting better at it, but I have to land and be ready to perform very quickly. I think I'll be ready to battle, and there should be many top pros making their way for the Main Event. This is one of FullTilt's signature events, and most of their pros will be there. I'll be ready. I'll be updating my blog much more frequently than I have in the past, so check here often. I'll post next from Down Under in Melbourne. Wish me luck!