Do you ever wonder what it may feel like to watch somebody else live your dream? For many, that may never happen. It’s mostly due to a lack of other people’s dreams being televised. From being a writer to making a million dollars to becoming a successful business man, many people have done it yet most of it will not be televised.
Starting tonight, I will be watching 9 and only 9 different people live my dream. To make it even more difficult, only 9 people once a year live my dream. That dream is to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. Don’t feel bad for me though because some people’s dream is to win a Gold Medal in the Olympics which only happens once every four years. Or some people dream of becoming President of the United States which only happens once every four years. Only one sole person every four years will get to fulfill this dream.
So this evening and the evening after, my eyes will be super glued to the TV. Not only is the event televised live but there is a set point where they need to get to each evening. Tonight they need to whittle down the field from 9 players to 3 players. Tomorrow they need to reduce the field from 3 players to One Sole World Series of Poker champion. With caffeine in hand, I could be watching for a few hours each night or for the entire night until dawn. There is not a deadline but only a player count they need to get down to. The previous 7 days’ worth of coverage took place in July and only showed a select number of hands. In addition, each selected hand was shown much later than the hand actually occurred. The next two nights, however, they will show every hand when it actually happens. The only difference in live coverage of this versus the live coverage of a sporting event is a short 15 minute delay. The delay ensures that somebody watching can’t relay valuable hand information to somebody playing. This live format may seem like no big deal, but it is the only time on television that live poker is shown.
The next two evenings will be very exciting for me. It’s my mixed up version of a Professional Football hopeful watching the Super Bowl. It will help me visualize the experience in my head like a broken records’ version of a movie. And when it’s all said in done, I will feel the tactile hallucination of that heavy gold bracelet on MY wrist. I look forward to a future blog when I achieve it and can write about what it means to me.
Until that time, smile big and dream bigger.