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I Just won $160,000

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Jul 20, '11

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I started to title this blog something about getting eliminated or finishing in 53rd place but that’s an awfully pessimistic way of looking at it. I just won $160,000. I cashed in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker for the fifth time in six years, a feat that I’m told is unmatched in poker history. Perhaps more impressively, I’ve been in the top 100 three times in the last four years. I suppose that was an easy feat in the early days of the WSOP, but the average field size in the years I did it was over 6000.

On Day 1, I bet third pair for value on the river and got paid off. On Day 2, I called a turn check-raise all-in with an underpair to the board in a 3-bet pot, and I was right… until the river. On Day 3, I rode out a day-long run of bad cards without getting frustrated and doing anything (too) stupid. On Day 4 I induced a player to 5-bet his A9o all-in against my QQ. On Day 5, I had one of the best tournament players in the world on my left but even from out of position I kept him on his toes all day. On Day 6, I called three bets with Ace-high, and I was right. I almost called a flop check-raise all-in with Ace-high, and that would have been right too. On Day 7, I flipped a coin for hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity, lost, felt virtually no disappointment, and displayed even less.

And I did it all without ever speaking (never mind what I was thinking- I’m still working on that part) an unkind word to any of my opponents. There was no mockery, no muttering under my breath, and certainly no table slamming or card throwing or chair overturning. There was also no celebration, no gloating, hooting, whooping, or barking. I’m awfully damn proud of all of those things.

I’m awfully proud too to have so many great friends, many of whom I’ve never met in person, rooting for me from all around the globe. I had texts, tweets, emails, and blog comments pouring in from six continents, often from fans I didn’t even know I had. My only regret was that I wasn’t able to distract you all from your work for another two days, but I very much look forward to trying again next year. I wonder if anyone’s ever cashed four times in four years?

Andrew Brokos is a professional poker player, writer, and teacher. He is also an avid hiker and traveler and a passionate advocate for urban public education. You can find dozens of his poker strategy articles at www.thinkingpoker.net/articles and more information about group seminars and one-on-one coaching at www.thinkingpoker.net/coaching.

 
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R.J. Stuffnpuff
over 10 years ago

Congratulations! You have a very informative blog and I always look forward to your educational hand breakdowns. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.

 
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notCIA
over 10 years ago

Two thumbs up and a fist bump.

 
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trentbridge
over 10 years ago

Three top 100 finishes in four years is an impressive record. To finish in the top two percent of Main Event entries year after year means that luck had little to do with your success. Clearly you have poker skills that evade the other 98% of players. Good luck in 2012.

 
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WPS22
over 10 years ago

Congratulations. I love how you titled the blog. I keep hearing how we are supposed to feel terrible for the people that finished just out of the November 9 but its hard for most of us to feel bad for people who just won 600k.

btw have you ever considered just taking 51 weeks a year off and only playing the main event? If you did that you'd probably still earn more than most Americans lol.

 
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Foucault82
over 10 years ago

Playing that one tournament each year really has accounted for about half of my career earnings live and online. Then again I might not do so well in it if I didn't play anything else all year :-)

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
over 10 years ago

Bobby Bellande has an ongoing streak of three WSOP ME cashes.

 
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Foucault82
over 10 years ago

Apparently at least one player, Chris Bjorin, had his fourth consecutive cash in four years this year: http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=24. So not only does he hold the record, but he's in a position to extend it if he cashes again next year.

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
over 10 years ago

Tht

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
over 10 years ago

Man...

But then again, why should my computer & internet connection be any better than my poker...?

 
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Kind_Bud
over 10 years ago

well done Andrew you must feel awfully proud.

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
over 10 years ago

Portuguese player Diogo Borges (DB) has the same active streak as Chris Bjorin (CB).

2008 -- DB: 404th place; CB: 452nd place
2009 -- DB: 588th; CB: 156th
2010 -- DB: 175th; CB: 591st
2011 -- DB: 276th; CB: 460th

Three others did it earlier: Robert Turner ('91-'94), Bo Stelstedt ('04-'07), and Theodore Park ('05-'08).

While Bellande's run is impressive ('10: 78th; '11: 65th), it doesn't appear that he cashed in '09 -- my bad.

Andrew's 4 out of 5 ME cashes are: '07: 361st; '08: 35th; '10: 87th; and '11: 53rd

 
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gangles
over 10 years ago

Are you going to do a trip report for this year?

 
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Foucault82
over 10 years ago

Indeed I am! Part 1 forthcoming in the August issue of 2+2 Magazine. Thanks for asking :-)

 
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literation
over 10 years ago

"There was no mockery, no muttering under my breath, and certainly no table slamming or card throwing or chair overturning. There was also no celebration, no gloating, hooting, whooping, or barking."

Very strong! Good for you on the title.

 
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SawItOff
over 10 years ago

Hey Andrew! Congrats on another great run in the main. You dont play the 10k 6max or the 25k wpt? These seem like events that you would do very well in.

 
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Foucault82
over 10 years ago

Thanks for your confidence! This may change going forward, but at the moment I don't play much live poker in general, and no, I've never played those events.

 
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