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A Look At The NLOP $10,000 Poker Summit Winner

Richard "bluffer52225" Newberg Takes Home The Title


With the WSOP Main Event Mania poker series in full swing, the National League of Poker found some time to sit down with the winner of their previous online poker series, the $10,000 Summit.

Here’s what first-place winner Richard “bluffer52225” Newberg had to say about the experience.

Q: How long have you been playing poker?

A: I’ve been playing poker since I was about 13 or 14 years old. I played next door when I was a kid. My mom hated me playing with adults and they were drinking of course. (laughing) I’ve only played live games with co-workers mostly, a policeman benefit once, and the casino once in Pleasant, Michigan.

Q: How long have you been playing NLOP?

A: I started NLOP in March of 2009.

Q: Are you a VIP member?

A: I was VIP when I started. I missed one payment and was cut off. They said I was grandfathered in until I did that. Michigan isn’t cool with poker I guess. Well I’m sure they will like part of my winnings though.

Q: How often do you play at NLOP?

A: I play daily now, as long as my back can take the sitting.

Q: How did you feel when you realized you made it to the final and what did you think your chances were for taking first place?

A: I knew I had a good chance of getting at least third if I just stayed cool and let the others beat themselves, even though, I only had mid-range chips.

Q: Did you do anything to prepare for the final game?

A: I made sure I was well rested, and no distractions during the game. Sometimes that’s hard to do. I made sure I had eaten and not so much as to make me tired

Q: What was your mood going into the final game?

A: I was in a good mood at the final table. I knew I had won cash anyway. And as everyone was getting greedy and knocking themselves out the cash kept growing.

Q: At any point did you think you would be going out?

A: Oh, there were a few times I thought I was going to get knocked out. But that’s when the luck comes in.

Q: At what point did you realize you had a good chance to take first?

A: I thought I had a good chance of getting first when we were down to three.

Q: How were you feeling during the heads-up with the other player?

A: Before the heads-up, the other guy was doing a lot of chatting putting others down on their plays. So that just made me want to beat him twice as bad. And that was the way it worked out for me. I think he should have been a little quieter at the end. (laughing)

Q: What was your reaction when you realized you had the winning hand for first place?

A: Oh, I was one happy guy when I realized I had won. The lady of the house kept saying you still playing that game? And I told her I’m at $1,500 and I want the $3,000. A lot of people didn’t believe me, even knowing I play a lot. Well they all do now. And I think I have more people joining now. I have gotten better over the years. It takes a lot of patience and watching the other players hands, and of course some luck to win. I would like to say congrats to all the players. It was a tough bunch and they all were great players. Over seven hours of adrenaline rushes and fun. Thank you all for a great game!

Congratulations to Richard on his outstanding performance. It wasn’t easy, enduring an eight-hour game. Good luck to all of the players in the current WSOP Main Event Mania. The top three winners will represent NLOP and Cafrino at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Click here for more information.

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