Some people use my tips on ways to get free cash to help pay the rent. Others use them to bankroll something crazy. I splurged on something ridiculous – an entry into the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Even better, I cashed!
Out of 3,102 players, I came in 171st place in my $1,000 buy-in, No Limit Texas Hold’em tourney. See my “trophy” below.
Playing in the WSOP was not complete folly. I had been playing in competitive home games for years against players who had cashed in the WSOP – including Main Event Champion Jamie Gold whom I interviewed on my PodCASHt.
I did not play in the Main Event – which crowns a new champ tonight on ESPN. The $10,000 buy-in price tag was a bit steep. I did play with ESPN’s Main Event play-by-play announcer Lon McEachern. He sat down at my table and I was able to lose a hand to him.
It was tough for me to pull the trigger to enter the WSOP. I don’t like to just throw things away – especially money. Heck, it was only about six weeks ago that I joined the 21st century and bought a Hi-Def TV! I’ve had two cars in 26 years. I’m currently wearing a shirt that I bought in December 1999 at The GAP in Erie, Pennsylvania. I was working a weekend there at JR’s Last Laugh. I needed the button-down because my luggage never left Los Angeles. On a side note, this shirt is a freak. It looks the same as when I bought it. There must be a portrait of itself in a GAP storage attic somewhere. I digress…
I did not do this willy-nilly. I had my $1,000 cashier’s check sitting on my desk for about a month before I mailed it in with my registration form. I know the value of money. I know the feeling that being debt-free gives me. I also know the lack of freedom I felt when I didn’t have money in the bank. Eventually, I talked myself into playing because I had to spend my dough on something other than indestructible clothes.
If you are so inclined, I encourage everyone to think outside the box a bit. Do a few of these odd-ball ways to collect some free cash, squirrel away the dough, and treat yourself – guilt free!
Remember, it’s the little stuff that adds up – debt or savings. What do you splurge on?
Here’s a copy of my trophy/check. If you think I might be trying to Photoshop ya, here are the tournament results.