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When I Was A Donk With Pratyush Buddiga

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Oct 11, 2017

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In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. Before becoming a successful poker pro, Colorado’s Pratyush Buddiga made headlines when he was crowned the Scripps National Spelling Bee champion at the age of 13. He had seemingly endless options after graduating from Duke University, but it was poker that kept his attention. In the years since, Buddiga has racked up more than $6.4 million in live tournament earnings. In 2014, he took third in an APPT high roller for $844,660. In 2016, he won the EPT Barcelona €25,000 high roller for $780,011 and this year, he picked up his biggest score when he took sixth in the Super High Roller Bowl for $1 million. Here, Buddiga talks about the mindset of a successful ...


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