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2011 World Series of Poker

A Slow Start

by Todd Brunson |  Published: Jul 13, 2011


This was the first time in years that I was actually looking forward to the WSOP. It has always been a difficult and stressful six weeks, but I had been killing the live games at the Aria, so I hoped my luck would carry over into the WSOP. Besides the luck factor, I had been playing — basically training — almost every day for more than six months. I was ready! I played four events in the first nine days, making day two in each one, but not cashing. I came really close in the $10,000 pot-limit hold’em event, but my pocket tens couldn’t stand up to J-9. My next event was the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout event. I came close last year, and even saved with the guy who won our table (Chris Moore, who still hasn’t paid me, by the way). I was looking forward to the shootout, ...

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