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When I Was A Donk – Craig Varnell

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Aug 15, 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. Craig Varnell broke out on the live tournament scene in 2015 when he won the WPT 500 at Aria for $185,800. Later that year, he finished third in a $1,000 online event at the WSOP for another $73,079, and he took down a European Poker Tour side event in Malta for another $85,259. In 2016, Varnell took third in the WPT Choctaw main event for $306,346 and last year he final tabled the Wynn Spring Classic. This summer, Varnell won his first bracelet in the $565 pot-limit Omaha event, which has earned the nickname “PLOssus,” for its massive field size and small buy-in. Varnell topped a field of 2,419 to earn the title and the ...


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