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CarmenSinCity paints “Never a Bad Day David”

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The Santa Fe Station (Las Vegas NV) has a newly remodeled poker room and they are running a tournament every day at noon and then another one at 7 p.m. The reason I know this isn't because I've played there, but because a friend of mine and a fellow local poker player, David has made quite a name for himself over at the Santa Fe. In the past month alone, he's won the noon tournament four out of the seven times he played and I think that's quite an impressive feat for any player.

David and I met about seven months ago and immediately bonded over our love for poker. In the past few months we formed a friendship and found that we have some other things in common besides poker. "Never a bad day David", as his friends like to call him was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and has been playing poker for most of his life. As a young man, he learned to play on the streets, in home games and in a bowling alley where he eventually ran a game for several years. Back in those days Texas Hold Em wasn't the game of choice, in fact, it wasn't even an option. Dealer's choice was the game and they played Lowball, Stud, and 5 Card Draw.

Even when David was in prison he took his love of poker with him by setting up and running illegal games behind bars. Life wasn't always peaches and cream for David, he had a tough life, made some bad choices, and like me, he turned his life around and joined a twelve step program. Eleven years ago he made a decision to try something new, he made some life changes and he never looked back. Not only did he work through his addictions, but he actually scored a fantastic job here in Vegas driving a limo. "Never a bad day David" is a true inspiration because he's living proof that even in the darkest moments of life, when everything is going wrong and there seems to be no hope, you can put one foot forward and then do the same thing again the next day and before you know it, you've found some hope. The best thing about David is that he doesn't take anything for granted. He appreciates his new life, he always looks at the glass as half full instead of half empty, and he makes himself available to help those in need.

In addition to taking down the Santa Fe tournament four times, David also had an opportunity to play in the brand new 3 p.m. tournament over at Caesar's Palace last week. The buy in is $65, there are no rebuys and of course they have a great structure. After a few hours, he was crowned the winner and scored a sweet $950.00. The same week he took 4th in the noon tournament at Caesar's and won $1500. The Santa Fe tournament is a mere $40 and has a $10 rebuy, so the payout isn't as big as the Caesar's tourneys, but it's worth a shot because in the end it all evens out when you look at the 1099 situation. Harrah's always makes you claim your winnings, but most of the smaller local casinos don't have that rule. Usually the payout at the Santa Fe is in the $570 range and he always gives the dealers everything over $500. I'm thinking the dealers at the Santa Fe love David. Today for instance, he decided to chop when they were heads up (even though he had a much bigger stack), but the only requirement he had was that the other player MUST tip the dealer. He's a true gentleman and the floor supervisor thanked him profusely. Players like David are hard to come by.

For the most part, David enjoys playing in the smaller tournaments around town, he also plays cash games and he doesn't feel the need to play in the hyped up, over advertised games, he likes to lay low. I did a little research and found that in 2006 when he was still living in California, David played in the California State Poker Championship at the Commerce Casino and took 4th place in the Limit Hold Em Event. So, even though he chooses to lay low, he's certainly skilled enough to take his game to a higher level.

When I asked him who his favorite poker player was, he immediately exclaimed "Daniel Negreanu, because he reminds me of myself when I was younger". I can totally understand why. He doesn't take life too seriously, he has fun at the tables and he has a firm grasp of the downward and upward swings that inevitably come when you are playing the game of poker. I know one thing for sure, David is on a huge run right now and I hope that it rubs off on me.

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