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.