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Final Table Takedown -- Matt Hawrilenko

Matt Hawrilenko Makes a Painful Laydown on the River

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Oct 30, 2009

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Matt Hawrilenko attended Princeton, and was a co-captain of the wrestling team. He started playing poker during his senior year of college. After graduating, he worked at Susquehanna International Group as an options trader for two years, where he played poker (both during and after work) as part of the curriculum to learn how to trade options, then left to play poker professionally three years ago. He began playing 10¢-25¢ no-limit hold’em online with a $100 deposit, and never had to redeposit. Now he is a regular in the high-stakes mixed games online, playing for stakes of up to $1,000-$2,000. Event: 2009 World Series of Poker, event No. 56, $5,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em Players in the Event: 928 First Prize: $1,003,218 Finish: First Hand Stacks: Matt Hawrilenko – 1,400,000 Villain – 1,700,000 Blinds: 12,000-24,000 Antes: 3,000 Players at the Table: 6 Key Concepts: Hand-reading; reconciling a math-based strategy with a ...


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