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My Big Blunder!

On my birthday, yet

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Oct 02, 2009

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After the World Series of Poker ended for me on July 11, I learned that the first World Poker Tour event of the season was to begin on July 13. It was a $15,000 buy-in affair, and it afforded me the opportunity for redemption. I could wipe away the memory of a bad WSOP in one fell swoop, as a win in this WPT tournament would pay at least $1 million. Yet, I had mixed feelings about playing. On one hand, there was the opportunity for redemption and winning $1 million. On the other hand, I was completely burned out after six grueling weeks of poker, and more than ready to go home to my wife and kids. I mean, did I really need to stay in Vegas one more week — especially with my birthday coming on July 16? With my heart only halfway into it, I arrived more ...


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