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When I Was A Donk: Chino Rheem

Top Pros Share Their Early Mistakes

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Jun 29, 2011

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Chino Rheem is considered to be one of the most creative and aggressive no-limit hold’em players on the circuit today. The young California pro broke out in 2006, finishing second to Allen Cunningham in a $1,000 World Series of Poker rebuy event. In 2008, he finished seventh in the WSOP main event, for a mammoth $1,772,650 score. That amazing year wasn’t over yet for Rheem, as he went on to win the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Classic in December, for $1.5 million. All in all, he has earned more than $4.6 million in his tournament career. Here, Rheem discusses one of his mistakes when he was first learning poker in cash games, and how it cost him a lot of money but provided him with the experience necessary to become one of poker’s elite. “I was a fish when I was a beginner. When I first started playing live ...


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