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When I Was A Donk: With Matt Vengrin

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Jan 20, 2016

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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. Matt Vengrin has been a poker pro for more than a decade now. During that stretch, the Red Hook, New York native has racked up almost $900,000 in live tournament earnings along with another $2.9 million in online winnings. Last summer, Vengrin finished runner-up in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2015 World Series of Poker for $161,680 and most recently, he earned his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) bracelet. Here, Vengrin talks about a big mental error he made at the tables. I was playing in a World Series of Poker event in 2013. If I remember correctly, it was a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event and we were already in the ...


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