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When I Was A Donk – David Vamplew

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Feb 15, 2017

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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. David Vamplew grew up in Kirkcaldy, Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh before deciding to try and make a career out of poker. In 2010, he took down the European Poker Tour London main event, earning more than $1.4 million. The very next year, he had final-table finishes in the WPT Venice main event and at the WSOP in Las Vegas. In 2013, Vamplew narrowly missed his first WSOP bracelet with two runner-up finishes worth a combined $755,000. With more final-table appearances in Macau, Prague, Deauville, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and a win in the Bahamas, Vamplew has managed to rack up more than $3.8 million in live tournament earnings in just seven years ...


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