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Luck Has Nothing To Do With It: Kevin MacPhee, Double WSOP Bracelet Winner, Battles Back Into Winner’s Circle

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Mar 30, 2016

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It doesn’t take a bona fide Mensa member to surmise that one of poker’s most successful players, Kevin MacPhee, is of Scottish-Irish descent. So why not capitalize on that illustrious heritage while playing poker on the Internet and lead opponents to believe that luck was his ally and not rock-solid poker? Thus, MacPhee’s alias – ImaLuckSac – was born online. The origin of the word luck actually comes from ‘gheluc’, meaning happiness and good fortune. But the often-used phrase the “luck of the Irish,” was a term of derision. It was a kind of stigma for the successful Scottish and Irish gold miners in the late 19th century. It was thought only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed. Obviously, MacPhee is no Scottish fool. Luck has had very little to do with MacPhee’s slow but steady rise in poker, nor the respect he garners from ...


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