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My 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event

A $400-per-minute tournament

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Sep 17, 2010

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We were about 25 minutes into the World Series of Poker main event, and I had 29,000 of my 30,000 starting stack. With blinds of 50-100, the under-the-gun (UTG) player opened for 325. Two to his left, I called with 8-8. It was then folded to the button, who called. Johnny Chan quickly called from the small blind, and the big blind mucked. Four-handed, the flop came J-10-8 rainbow. First to act, Chan immediately reached for chips. He took a second or two to determine an amount, then bet 1,200, which was almost the size of the pot. The UTG player folded, and I raised to 3,500. The button folded, so it was back to Chan, who took about 30 seconds to decide what to do. I’m not claiming that I can read him well, but it didn’t feel like he was going to fold. It seemed like he was ...


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