We're in the middle of filming the Party Poker Big Game in Vienna which, as a 48 hour cash game, is a fairly crazy filming schedule all on it's own. This year, to make the most of the festival of poker taking place in Vienna in April, Big Game was added onto the back of the Premier League filming - a 10 day marathon of pretty long days. All of that to say... oh my god, I'm so tired. Like, I had to get up at 2am for work this morning and then managed to get myself trapped in the hotel's revolving door, tired. Oof. It's also a (heavy) smoking casino so add that to the mix and at this point I'm struggling to scrape myself together every day.
It's been a hell of a lot of fun for the most part though. I was really looking forward to this trip and catching up with a bunch of my friends on the TV crew. The best way to get through the long (long) days is to have a bit of fun and after years of working together, this crew is great at making each other laugh. The players certainly helped too. Despite my tendancy to completely over-explain every joke I tell, most of them still laugh. I don't even care if they are pity laughs, I'll totally take that.
The high quality of play was fun to watch but WAY more importantly for morale, the players were mostly very easy to work with and up for a laugh. It's such a help when the players are easy to work with. These people are playing for big amounts of money (the buy in for Premier League was $125k) so we really don't expect them to be all-singing, all-dancing for the cameras but wow, when they show up on time and are polite and friendly with the TV crew, it makes our days so much better. When they're actually good fun to be around, total bonus.
I'm definitely struggling for words at the moment and my sentences are all coming out jumbled up so I'll leave this update there and post more when I'm actually coherant again. So that'll be 2013 then.
With Scott Seiver during the early heats of Premier League V.