Aside from originally being from New Jersey and considering Atlantic City to be my home court, this is also where I had my first cash in a major event on the tour.
Two years ago, when I was still 21 years old and wet behind the ears, my friend Mike "KrustyTheClown" Hofeld convinced me to take a shot at the upcoming WSOP Circuit event with some of my winnings from the daily tournaments around Atlantic City.
World Series of Poker Circuit events are a great opportunity to gain experience on the tour, especially for inexperienced and online players who want to play larger events on the tour eventually.
They feature smaller buy-ins and a "regional focus" (read: fewer pros). The preliminaries usually range from $300-$1,000 buy-ins, with a $5k main event. As well, plenty of satellites are offered into all events.
After busting out of the first two events in very unspectacular fashion, I won a $75 single-table satellite for a seat into Event 3, a $560 NL tournament. I finished second out of a field of 406 players and took home $32,480.
This more than quintupled my bankroll... and marked the beginning of my professional career. Two years later I returned to the birthplace of my professional career, still hungry for a gold and diamond ring.
Much like the first time around, I was unable to get anything going in the first couple of events of the series. Then came Event 3, the same tournament I had final-tabled two years earlier.
I made a comeback after a bad beat and went to dinner break with about $25k going to $600/$1,200 ($100 ante). Unfortunately, my JJ fell to KQo on the first hand after we returned from dinner and I was eliminated.
Undeterred in my quest for a ring, I continued to play almost every event of the series. The next time I was able to get anything going was in Event 7, another $560 NL tournament.
I had a pretty soft starting table draw, with one exception. My friend Matt Stout
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