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1st WSOP Event, Phil Laak

by Roy Winston |  Published: Jun 04, '10


I played the $1,500 pot limit holdem yesterday at the Rio and although I missed the money I felt like I played well and just couldn’t get any traction. As usual the tournament was run extremely well and I am always impressed what an excellent job they do with what can only be described as a logistical nightmare.

Roy Winston at the 2010 WSOP

After I busted I went over to the Bellagio and hoped in a cash game for a little while. It was a good game with many of the usual suspects, Lee Markholt and Jennifer Tilly to name a few. I had one good hand when I called an early position raiser and one other caller from the big blind with 55 and the flop came J 5 2 rainbow. He continued with 80% pot, the mid-position player folded. I raised about 80% pot and he called. The board paired with a 2 on the turn and I moved all in for about 1.5 times the pot. He insta-called and I felt for an instant that he had JJ, but as advertised he had AA. I then lost a few hands but made a profit for the day. At the table next to me Phil Laak was trying to break the continuous play record for the Guinness book of records of 80 hours. I sat and talked with him for a few minutes, he is really a great guy and one of my favorite people in poker. More on this later.

Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: or send an email to: with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

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over 12 years ago

I hope Phil is taking showers!


over 12 years ago

Like the "original" poker costume.


over 12 years ago

"...went over to the Bellagio and hoped in a cash game for a little while."

"...made a profit for the day."

Your hope was fulfilled!

(I love funny typos.)

--Steve Brecher

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