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When I was a Donk: Ted Lawson

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Jun 13, 2012


Ted Lawson has been a fixture of the tournament circuit since his breakout WSOP bracelet win in 2004. He’s gone on to rack up a total of seven final-table finishes at the WSOP, WPT and EPT and to date, has earned over $2.6 million in tournament earnings. Here, Lawson relives one of his early mistakes and explains what he learned from it. “Unfortunately for me, my biggest poker mistake happened in a crucial spot at the 2004 World Series of Poker and was televised by ESPN. We were three-handed for the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha title when I misread the board. “All three of us check to the turn on a board reading 10-7-4-10. For some reason, even though I was holding 9-8-8-5, I thought I had a straight. Freddy Deeb led out with jacks, Lee Watkinson raised holding K-Q-10-6 for trips and I put him all in with my straight. ...

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