- It's a great way to make some extra money (I made almost $4,000--after taxes--during the six weeks).
- It was a fast-paced job with a bunch of extra bonuses (a paid hour lunch, a free buffet any time we were hungry--some people ate three meals a day there!, super nice co-workers).
- My "uniform" cost a grand total of $15. They provided the polo shirts with the WSOP logo, we provided black pants (which I bought at the Goodwill for $2.50) and black shoes (which I bought at Payless for $9.95). If I would have been walking eight hours a day I would have bought a better quality shoe but for just standing in front of my cashier window all day these shoes worked perfectly.
- People spend a ridiculous amount of money on poker. I personally took in about $1.8 million during the six weeks. That is A LOT of money to count! But in every tournament only 10% of the people will win something and the other 90% lose. Even with good skill, luck still plays a big part and I couldn't imagine tossing away so much money on what is basically a game of chance.
- 99.9% of the customers were really nice. There were a small percent of people who were jerks but nearly everyone that I waited on was nice. There were a massive amount of Canadians there (really friendly people!) and lots of French people (really cute!) as well as lots of Brazilians (many who didn't speak English so I made due with my so-so Spanish). I liked it when people from the UK came to my window because they always said "cheers" when they left which sounded cute. A lot of people came from Australia (that's a LONG plane ride), a few came from South Africa (ditto), and one came from Senegal. Overall, a very international crowd.
- Working for an hourly wage--even if it was an OK wage of $18 an hour--still made me think that I need to have my own business again. I want to make my own hours, make my own goals, set my own rules, and make an income that can be as high as I want it to be based on the work I do.
- Working 40 (super busy!) hours a week reminded me that I need to be less lazy. The job showed me that I could get a massive amount of work done if I work really hard for eight hours a day instead of getting distracted (with Reddit usually) and doing other things besides working.
- I was also happy with how much I learned on the job. If you remember a while back, like the first week of the job, I was overwhelmed and ready to quit but I stuck it out and now I feel like an old pro. I got used to the computer systems used, developed my own "flow" which made me work quickly and accurately, and gained a lot of confidence in an area that I knew nothing about just a couple short months ago.
- I got to knock "work at the WSOP" off of my annual goal list.
- I will definitely consider working there again next summer.
Monday, July 8, 2013
I'm Done! 10 Things About My Temporary Job
Today was the last day of my temporary job with the World Series of Poker. I can't believe six weeks flew by so fast! So I celebrated with a Green Tea Frapuccino, compliments of my sister in law, and thought about the past month and a half. Here's some things about the job: