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In the money, On to Day 5 of WPT Championship with 1.2M

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Apr 23, '09

Things went pretty spectacularly today. Early on I doubled through Javed Abrahams for my last 145k when I got in with A9hh vs his QQ. The board came x x x x A. We eventually got down to 54 players, and I got in with TT vs Nick Binger's JJ for 410,000 or so just outside the money. The board came x x x x T. Once inside the money, there was a pot where a dude open shoved 186k and 8/16k from MP. I found KK and called on the button. Steven Fung then raised to 415k from the BB, and folded for his last 400 when I backraised over the top. The all-in guy showed 98cc, and the board came K7652, so I profited a little but saw 600,000 go the other direction. I wasn't exactly in a position to bemoan my luck though given the day's previous hands. Aside from those three all-ins, there wasn't too much excitement over the course of the day. Hats off to Jack, John and the other folks at Bellagio for the fantastic structure allowing such fascinating deep stack tournament poker. Right now we're guaranteed around $48,000. There are 24 players left. Tomorrow we'll play 5 levels or (more likely) until 10 players are reached. I'm playing very focused poker right now and hope it continues. I'll enter the day 13th of the 24 remaining players with 1.2 million in chips. The average is 1.4M, and we'll play 15/30k (4k) starting back at noon tomorrow. It's still a long ways off, but just being in the hunt for the $2.15M first place prize is really exciting. That's a prize big enough to sort of change my life, and aside from that I'm really hoping to make my first WPT final table. Hopefully things work out. It would be a good story given that I was down to 3 big blinds with 40 minutes left in day 3. Also, my teacher gave me permission to take my test on Monday. Awesome. SS

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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