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When I Was A Donk – James Mackey

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Jul 19, 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. James Mackey very quickly worked his way up the ranks of the online poker world, racking up nearly $4 million in winnings before making his presence felt in the live arena, taking down a World Series of Poker bracelet in a 2007 no-limit hold’em event for $730,740. The 31-year-old also added World Poker Tour champion to his poker resume, besting the field at WPT Choctaw in 2016 for $681,758. The Kansas City, Missouri native has more than $3.7 million in live tournament earnings. Here, Mackey talks about his complete disregard for bankroll management. I was terrible at bankroll management when I first started playing. I think it was back in 2005, when I first started ...


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