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When I Was A Donk: With Jake Balsiger

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Jan 03, 2018

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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. Jake Balsiger was just a senior at Arizona State University when he made the final table of the World Series of Poker main event back in 2012. Although he went into the final table as the second-shortest stack, he managed to rebound and grind his way to a third-place finish for nearly $3.8 million. The Tempe-based poker pro has since added another $1.2 million to his live tournament earnings, finishing third at the Aussie Millions, third at the Arizona State Poker Championship and fourth at a Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza main event Here, Balsiger details his struggles as the table nit. “When I first started playing, back in middle school believe it or not, I was ...


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