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T.J. Cloutier gets better with age - 65-year-old poker superstar wins gold bracelet number six
History was made tonight when poker legend T.J. Cloutier won gold bracelet number six. His victory in the $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em championship marked his 58th major tournament win during the past 20 years. More important, the $657,100 first prize rocketed him up into second place on the all-time World Series of Poker money-winnings list. It almost didn't happen.
Well, it finally happened. My voice gave out. I'm sitting in New Orleans, waiting to play in World Series of Poker Circuit tournament at Harrah's, and I can't talk. I'm sick. Coughing. Communicating in squeaks and whispers. Poor, Mad Genius. How will he play his best game without talking opponents into calling? Results at eleven.
Anyway, I put aside by misery long enough to find this lecture from four years ago or so. You'll see phrases repeated and semistrange wording, which is the way I talk. But I think it's an important topic for this column, so I hope you like it. Here goes...
It was about two weeks ago Thursday when I played the hand that changed my perspective on Internet poker forever.
I was playing one of those crapshoot multi-table tournaments on Party Poker, and was inching towards the bubble with a pretty healthy chip stack.
Two more to bust before we were all in the money, and I look down to find bullets. Rockets. Pocket Aces. The cure for what ails you.
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"I love my freedom," Edward Moncada said a few moments after he slapped his first WSOP bracelet on his wrist. "That's why I move around a lot."
Edward 'Bolivia' Moncada wins international finale, takes $298,070 in pot-limit hold'em championship
Anyone questioning poker's international popularity would be advised to take a look at the final table of the Pot-Limit Hold'em championship (Event #11) at the World Series of Poker. The setting looked more like a conference at the United Nations than a poker game. Eight different countries were represented - including Armenia, Belgium, England, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, and the United States. And, it just so happened that the American-born winner is nicknamed 'Bolivia.'
I listened to Mase (a rap artist) on my headset the other night. "Before '99 I was born again, 5 years later and I'm on again, man I think I'm born to win, me broke, that's an oxymoron, forget the bus I got a drop (jet) to tour on, Gforce what I soar on, you thinking I ain't hot your so wrong...sorry for the pro-long but now life goes on..."
Continuing with tales from the WPT finals at the Bellagio. During this event, I saw a whole lot of gambling going on. This obviously led to many bad beats. However, even I must admit that I was shocked at the number.
But more importantly, how unjust it was for the players involved.
There was a recent discussion at a forum where a question asked if tournament poker or ring games were more profitable. Surprisingly the poll revealed that almost 70% of the respondents thought that tournament poker was the more profitable venture. I disagree with the majority and after my column you will understand why this is a myth and not the fact.