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When I Was A Donk – Andy Philachack

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Sep 14, 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. Andy “Doc” Philachack has been on the poker tournament scene since the early days of the boom back in 2005. The 41-year-old has managed to amass more than $2.3 million in live tournament earnings in that span, which is even more impressive when you consider the fact that poker is just Philachack’s night job. During the day, he runs his own chiropractic firm in his hometown of Garland, Texas. Philachack has come close to winning a WSOP gold bracelet three times, finishing second in a 2007 $1,500 no-limit hold’em event, third in a 2011 $1,500 event, and second again in a 2014 $1,000 event. Most recently, he won the 2016 WSOP Circuit main event at ...


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