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WSOP 2013, Event 17, Part One

by Matt Matros |  Published: Sep 04, 2013


I started out this summer’s World Series of Poker, in atypical fashion, by going 0-for-my-first-eight events. Such a streak is, of course, completely normal — in fact, eight events barely even constitutes a dry spell. But historically, the WSOP has been my luckiest stretch of every year, and part of me always expects it to continue. Since I started playing WSOP events in 2004, I had never gone more than eight in a row without a cash. Still, I wouldn’t say I was feeling pressure entering event 17 — a $1,500 no-limit hold’em special — but I was eager to make my first deep run of the summer. I knew things would be interesting when the player to my immediate left flatted my opening raise during his very first hand at the table. I had two jacks for an overpair, bet them on every street, and ended up folding to ...

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