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 Once again, the beginning of this story was May 11th post if your intrested. Again here's a quick recap: 

I tried my hand at poker at a Vegas work trip while I was in college, got hooked. Bought a bunch of books. Studied.  Played after work at some local card rooms. Opened an online account with Party Poker.  Came up with a game plan.  Put a $100 on the site.  Luckily had a solid start.  Built my game on $10 sng's. Won a multi. Hooked up with another poker enthusiest and began spliting profits (Most of which were my big cashes at the time). My partner won a seat to the WSOP Main Event on his own. I then won my own Main Event seat right before it started and now I've gotten past the 1st day of play.

The one good thing about the huge field of players was you get to rest every other day for a few days. It was incredible up to that point just to be rubbing shoulders on the table and off with the big name pros. While I was playing I at least bumped into (forgive my spelling!) Negraneau, Jesus Fergeson,. Hellmuth, Doyle, Ted Forrest, Devilfish, Scotty, and Men "the master, to name a few. It was a bit weird and exciting, but by my 2nd playing day the intimidation was gone and I was mainly worried about screwing up and donking off my chips.  Our main goal was to get through the day each day we played and luckily we both got through round 2!! We were pretty pumped.  The odds of us both winning a seat and making it through 2 days of play, was quite a long shot, so we were thrilled and were realistically starting to look hopefully to one of us to cashing. Considering we both won our seats just 1 minimum cash would net us at least $5K each or nothing if we don't.  Obviously the experience was awesome and will stay with us the rest of our lives, but we have to cash something or we could be whinning till the day we die about some bad beat or how something "almost" was.  

I'm not sure about our positions throughout the tournament since it was 2 years ago but we celebrated that night in another VIP Part Poker party and hit day 3 with confidence.  It was basically a standard 3x raise and continuation bet ritual for me until I got too low and had to shove.  Pretty basic. Again, we made it through Day 3 and played pretty much all the days until around 2am each day. So so grueling!!  I think it was day 4 that we were shooting for a money finish and all the players were together and widdling down on the main tournament room.  As the players get bounced more spectators come in to watch as they condense tables.  Again it was like playing for the Lakers on home court!!.  We both also had shots of both of us cashing at this point and I think I had to take a few stands with semi strong hands and shove to stay alive.  I think each break we were paranoid about how the other was doing while at the same time rushing to beat everyone to the restrooms. 

After a reassurance that we were both still miraculously alive we went back to war praying we could get through just a few more hours and make the money. Again, we grinded away and I didn't really have enough chips to play aggressively as the bubble came near.  There was definately tension in the air as the bubble drew near. It finally got down to a couple spots away from the money.  I was in ok shape but no room for error. A couple more busted out and it was down to only 1 player away and my table all of a sudden woke up.  There was a raise from a solid player, a call, and another call by the BB.  I wish I could remember the exact cards but the original raiser continued to bet the flop. I think the 2nd player called and the 3rd player reraised back and the original raiser calls. The turn brings a connecting card and the original raiser check raises the guy allin.  I was thinking the whole time that the other guy needs to fold and it wasn't worth playing on, but the guy was one of those cocky young guys who acted like he was some unknown superstar and calls the guy down with like a middle pair and the original raiser caught a big card on the turn knocking the guy out on the bubble!! Of course what happens? A bunch of cameras jam their lenses right in the guy's face as he screamed, berated his opponent, and about cried in his lap!! I almost felt bad for him except he was such an idiot and his play deserved it. He did win  a shot at a sng for next years WSOP Main Event, but I think he ran off in shame before it was announced. In the meanwhile, of course, that everyone had made in the money and the whole place blew up off the hook with celebration, as everyone left had cashed in the biggest WSOP Main Event (Or possibly any other tournament to even today!! YYYYAAHHOOO!!!!!!! 

This was also my biggest cash in any tourney to date. Unfortunately for me my run went south by the end of the night.  I got involved allin with a rich business man allin w/AK and he made a few loose calls w/77 and he sucked out on the turn after I hit a King on the flop. I finished around 700th place out of 9000 for about $17K!.  The better news was my poker buddy  was still alive and I was now on a freeroll, no longer second guessing whether our split deal was one sided bad deal.  T_dawg was rolling, but guess who was in his way? The one and only Humberto Brenes.  To be continued....

As for my recent results, I've been strictly playing SNG's to try and build my bankrolls up and it's been paying dividends!! I've been coming in positive like 2/3 of the days this month and steadily taking down decent scores a few hours each day at a time. Currently I'm back to 3 up days in a row. I've had a really busy work week as well due to Memorial weekend holiday and I need to book a hotel for the WSOP event number 9, a $1,500 6 handed tourney. I can't wait. Catch ya later. GL at the tables.


If you would like to check me out you can look me up on a few sites, pokerdb.com shows big tournament results. I play under "Donkeyherder"(Pokerstars),"Chipstacker2000"(FULLTILT), "donkeyherder2"(ULTIMATE BET), "d0nkeyherder"(ABSOLUTE POKER), and a few others. I've never had a single losing year.  I won a seat to the 2006 WSOP main event and cashed in the top 10% of the field of over 9000 players.  I've made 77 Final tables, including 11 1st's (50-1555 players). Most of the time you'll find me grinding out Sit-n-Gos.

Business opportunity inquiries can reach me at: Donkeyherder2000@Yahoo.com




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