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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now: The Main Event

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Jun 26, 2013

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Once a year for more than four decades, poker players have gathered in Las Vegas to throw a poker festival culminating in the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament known simply as the “main event.” It’s poker’s most elite title and carries with it a first prize measured in the millions of dollars. Every year many people play the main for the first time, and I sure wish I knew my first time what I know now about it. I played my first WSOP event in 2006 but did not play a main until 2008 for reasons to be shared over beer only. I accumulated a big ol’ pile of chips only to lose them near the end of the night. I flopped the nut straight on a board with two spades, played a gigantic pot, and lost to a player who also flopped the nut straight but held spades too. ...


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