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Generation Next -- Matt Vengrin

Goes Mental

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jul 10, 2009

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Most online players fire up 10 to 30 tournaments daily, hoping for one deep finish and one big cash. The ability to multitable online events reduces variance considerably. But an unhealthy diet, cold decks, and long hours can lead to a vampire-like lifestyle, devoid of sunshine. Matt “Plattsburgh” Vengrin used to be one of the many online drones chasing an elusive win. For Vengrin, things had to change when his stress levels skyrocketed and profits decreased, and his once fit, athletic physique turned to mush. “I had an epiphany a few years back because I felt so burnt out,” said Vengrin. “I decided to play online just on Sundays. Since then, I’ve had consistent winning months and years. Now, poker isn’t something that I have to do, but something that I want to do.” Vengrin found poker while playing basketball for SUNY Plattsburgh University in New York and majoring in ...


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