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When I Was A Donk: Mel Judah

Top Pros Share Their Early Mistakes

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Jan 11, 2012

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In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. Mel Judah has been a regular on the tournament circuit since the late 1980s and has over $3 million in career tournament earnings. The 64-year-old Australian pro has a World Poker Tour title to his credit, along with two World Series of Poker bracelets. Card Player caught up with Judah to talk about his experience at the WSOP and a crucial error in judgment he made during his second attempt at a bracelet. “I first came to Las Vegas to have a look in 1981, but I didn’t play any poker. In 1985, I came back and started competing in the tournaments. It wasn’t until 1989 that I won my first bracelet. It was a ...


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