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The Main Event, Aussie Millions

by Roy Winston |  Published: Jan 13, '08


Wow is all I can say. I really felt that things were going along well and the next thing I know I'm in the elevator going up to my room. The third hand of the event I only loose 800 in chips when a guy gets super lucky and rivers quads against me. Then I get quads against Mike Sexton's bottom full house and he folds. Then fast forward two levels and Mike Sexton makes a 3 BB raise under the gun, I look down at 8 8 and smooth call. The flop comes K 10 8. Mike makes it 1,500, I raise 4,000, he goes all in for about 18k more. I call and he rolls over 9 J. The turn comes 10 and the river fails to give him the straight flush he needed to win. Don't get me wrong, I was glad to win the hand and get all of Mike's chips, but I really like and respect him and wish it was someone elses chips I was stacking. In a tournament I am always trying to get every chip I possibly can, at all times, but I I still hate to knock out players I like. Why can't it always be the obnoxious guy at the table who you bust.

I went out pretty much the same way as Mike, I held 7 6, with a 5 8 10 flop in a raised pot on the button. My opponent led out for 5k into a 6k pot and I re-raised all in for 28k more. He thought for a while and called. To my surprise he rolled over K 10, the turn and the river were bricks and I was out. My play was aggressive, but I think solid, I just got a little unlucky. What a brutal game this is. I guess now I will play the heads up and HORSE event. I was looking forward to not playing them and still being in the main event.

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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