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It had to end sometime

  • Players try their luck during the second day of play at the World Series of Poker at the Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

I looked down at a king and a jack. Good enough. I pushed all of my chips in. Unfortunately, another player had an ace and a jack and he called my bet.

I was about a 3-1 underdog as we waited for the five community cards. An ace came on the flop and that was that. See ya later.

I was ushered away by the floor manager, who told me I had finished in 54th place and won $7,255.

They took me over to cashier's cage and cut me a check - I requested a check instead of cash, so I couldn't do anything stupid with my winnings - and filled out some paperwork so the IRS can send me a note of congratulations in January.

Although I felt like an idiot for losing all my chips on a mediocre hand like king-jack, I took solace in the fact that 2,072 people had felt like idiots before me. For a first foray into the WSOP, not bad at all.

Now I can't wait until the 2007 WSOP.

I'll be back to defend 54th place.


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