Overwhelmed


I haven’t written a blog since winning my bracelet because I really didn’t know where to start. The obvious place is to thank everyone who helped me get to where I am, though I’m sure I will miss a few people since there are so many names on the list. I’ll go over the whole experience at a later date, and I’ll be answering lots of questions in an Ask Me Anything post on reddit.com on Saturday at 3 pm if you are curious.

I would like to thank the following people for loving me, believing in me, supporting me, backing me, being there for me, and helping me to get to this wonderful place where I could achieve my goal of becoming a world champion.

My wife Lisa Jaster is the greatest, most supportive, poker widow imaginable. She has supported my poker career since the day we met, never flagging in her belief in me. At times when I doubted myself, she stood fast and assured me that the money was coming. I know many players who have significant others who don’t like what they do, and I can’t imagine how much harder it must be to try to make it in such a tough environment when the person who is supposed to be there for you is against you. I couldn’t have done it without her telling me, sometimes daily, “You are the greatest poker player in the world”.

My close friend, coauthor, writing coach, and business partner, Adam Stemple was a huge help. Without him I would never have started playing poker for a living. Adam is a brilliant Stud/8 player, and things I learned from him literally helped me win this event. I definitely would never have finished No Limits without him joining me on the project.

My parents, Kathie and Randy Scott have never flagged in their support. Many people would be afraid to tell their parents they were going to start playing poker for a living, but I knew I had nothing to worry about. My father is an engineer and my mother was a teacher, so I had a good foundation in math and logic from a young age, and they both handled my rebellious side remarkably well.

I am deeply indebted to a number of friends in the poker world. I will certainly miss some names, probably quite a few, but some of the important ones include Kou Vang, John Hayes, Matt Kirby, Blake Bohn, Josh Sexton, Tom Hammers, Dr. Al Schoonmaker, Grant Hansen, and a host of others who helped me become the player that I am. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with me.

A number of people have also been very supportive and believed in me over the years. You can’t win this kind of event unless you believe you can win it. It can be tough to solidify the belief that I could play with the best players in the world, but I had people telling me that it was true and those people made it so much easier. Cal Spears and Adam Small from Pocketfives.com, Betsy Stemple, and the whole Minnesota poker community, all deserve some credit for this win too. Thank you all for the good vibes!

My sponsors, who kept me going and believed in me, should probably be higher on this list. Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota made me a member of their pro team a year ago, and I am glad that I have made them proud. Blue Shark Optics also added me to their pro team this year, and wearing my Blue Sharks at the final table gave me a significant advantage over my opponents.

I would also like to thank Bluff magazine for giving me a chance to publish my thoughts every month, and the Poker Player’s Alliance for supporting our right to play online poker.

I should probably thank the people who invested in me for the summer, but their thanks will be coming soon enough when they get their big piles of cash. I’m going to try and win another bracelet this summer, and I hope a few of my friends get them as well. Let’s bring some more bling home to Minnesota!

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