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#1 serge

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:46 AM

I have always wanted to write a book about my life and even though it may not be too exciting for some people I think its just fun to write about. Even though there is a lot to write about, I will just concentrate on two of my hobbies that are very important to me POKER and HOCKEY. I was born on August 24 , 1972 in Istanbul, Turkey. This was one of the first signs that I would become a major hockey fan. Even though hockey was thousands of miles away from Turkey I came into this world during the Canada/Russia summit series. Even though I was born in Turkey I am not Turkish. I am proud to say I am Armenian, one of the oldest nationalities in the world. If you aren’t familiar with the history between Armenians and Turks its not a pretty one. It basically goes back to 1915 when the Turks committed a major genocide and massacred 1.5 million Armenians. To this day , more than 90 years later, this event is still a big issue. It has recently caused some conflict between US and Turkey relations as the US has finally gotten around to recognizing the Genocide.Growing up Christian in a predominantly Muslim country was not easy. My father being a successful doctor was not looked upon very positively by the anti Armenian extremists and we received constant death threats and were forced to leave and immigrate to Canada..On May 20,1980 we arrived in Canada. Once again a very ironic date as this was the night the Islanders won their first Stanley Cup. I remember coming home from the airport to my grandparents place and seeing this game on tv, I was instantly hooked and my passion for hockey was born. Another ironic thing was that the coach that lost the Stanley Cup that year was Pat Quinn. He would be a major part of my favourite team about 20 years later.Growing up I instantly became a Leafs fan early on in the 1981 season and instantly became the number one fan of Rick Vaive. I idolized him and he was my hero. The next year he went onto score 54 goals , a record for a Maple Leaf that he still holds to this day. On school nights when I had to go to bed early, I would usually watch two periods and then would sneak my radio into bed and listen to the end. There were a lot of losing years back then, but my love of the leafs and Rick Vaive never died. My father took me to my first game at the Gardens that year and it was amazing. The first Leafs game I went to was against the Colorado Rockies, yes I did say Rockies. The Leafs won the game 2-1 and I was elated. Growing up I never actually played ice hockey and I regret that to this day. I did play a lot of ball hockey on the weekends, modeling my play after my idol Rick Vaive. I would stand in front of the net and screen the goalie and also patented my own slapshot coming down the right side. Those were some fun days where we used to play hours on end in the cul de sac I lived on, after school till it got dark.My love of hockey continued as I got older and I would go to about 5-10 games a year at the Gardens. Me and my buddies would always wait outside and get autographs or just talk to the players. Over the years I met a ton of players from Gretzky,Lemieux and Guy Lafleur. Of course the main goal was to meet the Maple Leafs and we did every night.One memorable story I have was one night me and my dad went to the game and parked our car in the parking lot right across the street. When we left the game we realized that we were blocked in. We waited almost an hour after the game and finally the owner of the car comes by and apologizes for blocking us in. It was non other than Borje Salming. I have tons of stories like that , the players were so much more accessible back in those days, today they just go underground to their cars and you never see them.A day I will never forget was back on Sep 3 1987 I got the news that my idol was traded to Chicago. I was in tears and couldn’t believe it. From that day on I would listen to all the Black Hawks games and then the Sabres when Vaive got traded to them later.Poker came into my life right around the time of my second or third year at York University. I had been dealing blackjack at the charity casinos to earn some extra cash and we got word that this new game called Texas Holdem was going to be introduced into the charities. I had played poker before with my buddies, and made several trips to Atlantic City and Vegas but never played holdem. Well it was a game I fell in love with right at the outset. I started playing 5-10 and started off losing $600 right away. Then a couple of friends and I decided to order the book HOLDEM POKER for ADVANCED PLAYER by David Sklansky. Read the book cover to cover in less than a few hours and then went out to test the strategies. It was unbelievable we couldn’t lose. The games back then were so easy and so loose that just a basic understanding of the game would make you tons of money. I soon graduated to 10-20 and quit my job as a dealer.Going to school full time and playing poker for a living was an amazing time. The first year I started playing I made $35000. Now it might not seem like a lot of money to most but as a university student living at home it was a ton of money. Looking back now I am sure I was nowhere the player I am today and had a lot to learn about the game. As the players got better so did I and I was still crushing the games on a regular basis. I was making about $37 an hour playing 10-20. Now those aren’t huge numbers but I was happy with it.I continued to play poker for the next 3 years till I graduated University. Overall as a “pro” during school I made roughly a $100000 playing poker. Almost always played 10-20 , playing 20-40 on a handful occasions when I went to Atlantic city or Vegas. After I graduated I took a life changing trip to my homeland Armenia.My trip to Armenia was an eye opening experience and I think I grew up a lot there. We were there on a mission to help run a camp for the kids that were left orphans in the major earthquake in the early 90s. Watching those kids was an amazing experience, back at home I played poker for a living and these kids were so pure and were happy just to spend a few minutes with you. When I left them I am humbled to say I actually cried for one of the few times in my life.Shortly after coming home I met my future wife in a very interesting way. Back then I was a member of AOL and frequented the Armenian chat rooms. In those chat rooms I ended up talking to a girl from California, that girl happened to be the cousin of my future wife Nadya. Now it seems weird meeting a girl from the internet and I know you have heard horror stories, however it ended up that her family was the same background as mine and actually knew a lot of mutual people. I went out there 3 months later and we were married 2 years later. We have been married 7 and a half years now.The next chapter in my life is my wonderful son Adrian. He is an unbelievable kid and I would do anything for him. For all you fantasy owners , Adrian’s draft year is 2023 and he has already demanded to his agent(me) that he will not report to Montreal or Ottawa or Quebec(if there is a team there by then).If you have read this far I commend you, there is just too many interesting stories that I just didn’t have time to write about. However I promise when the Leafs win the Cup my book will be published…Working title MY LIFE GROWING UP IN THE LEAFS NATION
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:48 AM

firstedit - nice read serge. good job crushing the games back in the day, do you still play now? also, how did you come to be in the AHL, and how did that league originate?
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:53 AM

nice
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:58 AM

finally he hits 5000good read...it was interesting, i dind't think you were armeinian, I for some reason thought you were Italian?is playing in those days where you met DN?
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:02 AM

View Postrinswun, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 5:48 AM, said:

firstedit - nice read serge. good job crushing the games back in the day, do you still play now? also, how did you come to be in the AHL, and how did that league originate?
I do play now but recreationally...Since I am happily married with a kid now, and have a job, not too much time to play..So I play mostly online and couple of times a month live...The leauge originated with Darrell our commissioner and most of the original guys are poker players...ie Daniel, FCP BOB...We all played poker together back in the day and thats how I was invited to join..
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:03 AM

Holy shit that's long. I'm not reading all that. sw

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:14 AM

View Posttroyomac, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 6:03 AM, said:

Holy shit I'm illiteritz. I'm not reading all that. sw
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:22 AM

nice post serge. congrats (i think) on 5000.....
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:32 AM

Yeah nice read. Kinda scary the life you had growing up. Glad you're safe in Canada now :club:

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:51 AM

View Postserge, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 5:46 AM, said:

I continued to play poker for the next 3 years till I graduated University. Overall as a “pro” during school I made roughly a $100000 playing poker. Almost always played 10-20 , playing 20-40 on a handful occasions when I went to Atlantic city or Vegas. After I graduated I took a life changing trip to my homeland Armenia.
Nice read.Better hope no one from Revenue Canada is reading this.

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 07:14 AM

View PostWhiter Sr, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 9:51 AM, said:

Nice read.Better hope no one from Revenue Canada is reading this.
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View Postserge, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 8:46 AM, said:

Back then I was a member of AOL and frequented the Armenian chat rooms.
Nice story, just wanted to write "lol, aol".
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:06 AM

View Postgruven, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 6:22 AM, said:

nice post serge. congrats (i think) on 5000.....
Thanks ..I am saving the really juicy parts for post 10000
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:09 AM

Nice post Serge really interesting to see how you became a Leafs fan. So when you come out to LA are you going to make a stop in Glendale?
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:18 AM

lol...Some of those Armenians in California give the rest of us a bad name...
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:25 AM

View Postserge, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 11:18 AM, said:

lol...Some of those Armenians in California give the rest of us a bad name...
The guys that do that video are not Armenian but a lot of people still think it's funny. Also the Kings have a large Armenian following. It's kind of odd.
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:34 AM

my cousins who live in the valley, are huge Kings fans...I am surprised how much about hockey they know..not as much as you but still huge...
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:46 AM

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 12:50 PM

View Postserge, on Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 9:46 AM, said:

I was born on August 24 , 1972 in Istanbul, Turkey. This was one of the first signs that I would become a major hockey fan. Even though hockey was thousands of miles away from Turkey I came into this world during the Canada/Russia summit series.
I spent some time there in 2000. One of my favourite places.

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 12:54 PM

Vaive was a solid player, but my god he had to be the worst hockey analyst in the history of the sport.
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 01:42 PM

I'm pretty sure I'd be thrilled to win $35k at poker in a year even now. Maybe the cost of living here is especially low or something.
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