Will OC Media is excited to announce the first addition to the WOCM blogging team. Matt Clark hails from New York and will be making his WOCM debut this month at the Big Stax XVII series at Parx Casino. In a 'The Players' Tribune'-esque entry, MC talks about the last year and his career change.
A few weeks before this time last year, I was at the tail end of the best summer of my life covering the 2015 World Series of Poker. It was the best summer for a multitude of reasons, but mainly because I was able to achieve my lifelong dream of being a part of the WSOP. I was really excited to do something that I loved and getting paid to be there was just the cherry on top.
Working six 12-hour, or longer, days a week didn’t feel like a job. It felt like I was waking up to a winning lottery ticket every single day but that feeling probably had something to do with the fact I had a real job waiting for me in New York City. I could enjoy this experience because it wasn’t actually work, per se.
Fast-forward a year and I’m leaving that real world and taking a chance in the world of poker. What happened in the middle? Why would someone leave a salaried job with health insurance to take a relative flier on something with varying income and zero 401k match options? Well, as Professor Petrovsky from Rounders once said: “Our destiny chooses us.”
The best part about the poker world, by far, is the people. Without the people, there is no poker. Last year introduced me to the poker community, to the people that live day in and day out within the industry. They are all different and have their own story to tell but regardless of the beats or how the cards fall, telling that person’s story is the most important thing I can do as a member of this industry.
Fortunately during my summer in Vegas, I met Will OC while covering Day 3 of The Colossus. Over the course of the summer, we worked a few more tournaments together and have developed a rapport that has grown since we started blogging together at other casinos on the East Coast.
At first, I was excited to join the corporate world. I spent four years in college learning skills that I could apply on a daily basis. That’s a nice idea and all, but I was over it pretty quickly. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great things I learned and skill sets that I developed, but the poker world has had my attention since last summer and I’m finally ready to dive in.
That dive starts this week. There is plenty of work to get started on at Will OC Media and I look forward to officially joining the team for the Parx Big Stax XVII series. Let’s get it on. - Matt Clark