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Final-Table Takedown: Matthew Waxman Bullies Opponents

Into Making Costly Mistakes

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Feb 01, 2011


Matthew Waxman started playing poker in high school, while supposedly studying during senior study hall. The summer before he entered college at Florida State, he befriended U.S. Poker Championship titleholder Alex Jacob. He took the next step in his poker schooling by picking Jacob’s brain to find holes in his game. In 2009, Waxman had a banner year, winning two Full Tilt Online Poker Series events. He took down an FTOPS XII event, for $101,975, and then won the FTOPS XIII main event, for $453,663. That year, he also finished sixth in a World Series of Poker $5,000 no-limit hold’em six-max event, for $138,394. In 2010, he had some major live-tournament cashes, finishing sixth in the Borgata Spring Poker Open, and 33rd in the WSOP Europe main event. Event 2010 WSOP Circuit Regional Championship – Harrah’s Atlantic City Players in the Event 352 Buy-in $1,500 First Prize $117,797 Finish First ...

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