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When I Was A Donk With Daniel Ott

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Oct 24, 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. Daniel Ott has been playing poker for the majority of his life, picking up the game before he was even a teenager. The Altoona, Pennsylvania native was grinding online in relative anonymity before 2017, when he made the final table of the World Series of Poker main event. Incredibly, it was one of the very first big live tournaments that he had ever entered. The 27-year-old navigated his way through a field of 7,221 entrants in the $10,000 event, eventually finishing runner-up to Scott Blumenstein. He earned $4.7 million for his second-place showing, but despite the massive payout, Ott is in no hurry to jump into the high roller scene. He continues to live in ...


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