Table Talk: Thanksgiving in America

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After all of the wine and food that I’ve consumed on this day of Thanksgiving in America, I’ll just need a cup of tea and a heartburn pill. You take that wine and serve yourself. I can’t get out of my chair.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that has many meanings, though many of us only show it by eating too much and starting a mad dash of holiday shopping. Even so, it is a good time to take a look at our lives and express gratitude for it all.

For me, one of the things that consumes a great part of my life is the poker world. I’ve worked in the industry for more than a decade now, most of those years as a freelance writer.

Sure, I have dreams of writing the great American novel that shows my true talent and gives me the freedom to get out of the daily writing grind. But I must say that poker has been and continues to be good to me in more ways than not. I have supported myself – and two very spoiled dogs – on my income from this business during good times and bad, and I’ve always managed to keep enough clients to pay the bills. And in the best of times, I’ve even made enough money for a vacation or two.

Thanks to everyone, including of course, for giving me the opportunity to work in this industry. This site especially has offered the chance to pen my thoughts and opinions week after week without fear of censorship or backlash. For that, I am very grateful.

I am grateful to those in poker who have supported me along the way, having faith in me and teaching me enough to keep going. Though my poker game itself has much to be desired, my writing game has grown and improved drastically through the years.

I appreciate all of the friends I have made in poker. I’ve met players, writers, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists who have not only enhanced my life but that of others as well. I’ve seen generosity that has blown my mind, and I’ve been on the receiving end of kindness that warms my heart. Players have opened their wallets for charitable causes, some have welcomed others into the poker world with their friendly faces and encouragement, and others have shown emotional and mental strength that have inspired people like me.

Thanks to those who persevere in poker, who keep playing when it gets frustrating and who fight for the rights of poker players in America and the rest of the world. Furthering the growth of the game is something we should all strive to do more often, rather than complaining about what is wrong with it. I’m as guilty of that as anyone.

And to those who don’t exhibit any of the qualities I mentioned here, you give me constant fodder for these opinion pieces and for the desire to make the industry better. Even you get a toast on this Thanksgiving night because you provide balance that makes the stars of poker shine even brighter.

Finally, thanks to those who take the time to read my columns. I’m truly grateful for your support and feedback. Cheers!