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Satellited into The WPT Championship

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Apr 18, '08

Weee. Played the super satellite that started at 1 p.m. and had a seat when it was all said and done around 11 p.m. I built a monster stack early as I got absolutely run over by the deck. I picked up Aces back to back, flopped top straight, flopped a set against top pair, flopped a better overpair against an overpair and tons of other crazy stuff. I have never, ever been hit harder by the deck over a 2 hour period. I hate that it didn't happen in a big event instead of a satellite. None of that really mattered though as the blinds escalated very quickly and I was soon around average. I got reraised a few times and battled uphill with like 70 players left and 36 getting seats. I was down to like 8 BBs on several occasions, but I think my experience in these satellite spots payed off as I was able to find very good spots. One hand a guy raised and I found 88 behind him. I decided to go with it for my 13 big blinds because he had a ton of chips and really should only call with like KK or AA with his stack and the likelihood of him getting a seat. He made me sweat for a long time and told me he had a big pair. He finally folded TT faceup. Fun. I was finally able to find some good spots with like 45 left and pushed and prayed without getting called. I was then able to easily fold to a seat.

Early on in this satellite actor James Woods joined our table. Normally I hate table talk, but I really was excited when he sat down because I looked forward to hearing what a successful guy like him had to say. He was a pleasure to play with. I got a big surprise when he actually called me by name and introduced himself during the first break. It was one of the coolest moments I've experienced in a cardroom, for sure.

After the super I decided to be greedy and play a single table satellite because the ones around the room looked so, so juicy. Of course, I drew a retarded table with online player Raidan909, Blair Hinkle, Stan Jablonski, Lars Bonding, Mark Telscher, Raj Patel, and Mikael Thuritz, who is one of the sickest NLHE players alive, to my direct left. I won two big pots early but then lost a lot of flips and busted fifth in that one. I'm in the main event for like one-third of the price, so I'm excited about that.

I'm going to sleep late tomorrow afternoon and then maybe play golf, get a massage or do something else relaxing to get prepared and in the right mindset for the main event on Sunday. I feel like I deserve to win the WPT Championship as much as anyone, and I feel like I'm playing as well as anyone. One time plz.


Shannon Shorr is a professional poker player from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He finished fourth in the Card Player 2006 Player of the Year race. You can follow his progress at

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