Now that I've felt the grind of covering my first poker tournament, I feel I have a greater appreciation for the daily struggles of the common professional poker player.
It must be hard waking up every day at noon, throwing on a hoodie and taking the elevator downstairs to sit in a chair and play a game all day. It must be brutal figuring out where you are going to eat on dinner breaks during a tournament, or deciding which exotic destination you will travel to next.
And it must be especially difficult for poker players to craft a good tweet. Because, let's face it, if you follow hundreds of poker players on Twitter (like I do), you've seen some real stinkers.
That said, here are the five tweets I've selected from the pile of crap I waded through over the past week.
Friday, May 2: Matt "@msalsberg" Salsberg
Ran into the nuts more times in Monte Carlo this week than a James Bond villain. #GetMeHome— matt salsberg (@msalsberg) May 2, 2014
Bartender at California Pizza Kitchen runs out of Blue Moon mid pour so fills the rest of the cup with Sam Adams Summer Ale #WillTheyKnow?— Ryan Riess (@RyanRiess1) May 2, 2014
I wonder how different the Sterling reactions would have been if it had been the NSA who leaked the call.— Dutch Boyd (@DutchBoyd) May 1, 2014
Is Sterling being forced to sell team? I hope no one buys it and no one plays for him. LA already has a team. How can they force him 2sell— Joshua Arieh (@golferjosh) April 30, 2014
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011. Follow him on Twitter @danpodheiser.