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My 2014 Main Event

by Matt Matros |  Published: Sep 03, 2014


After skipping the entire run of preliminary events at the 2014 World Series of Poker, I decided to come out of semi-retirement to take on just one tournament — the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. But having not played competitive poker in five-and-a-half months, I was afraid I might not be sharp. To combat any potential rustiness, I decided to do something I’d never done before — log every hand I played where I voluntarily put money in the pot. The idea was to force myself to focus on the details, and to bring my brain back up to poker speed as fast as possible. Here are some stats from the experience: - I played approximately 12.5 levels, busting with an hour to go in level 13 (1,200-2,400 blinds with a 400 ante). - In those 12.5 levels, I voluntarily put money in the pot with 141 hands — ...

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