More recently, I've had even more close calls to big money (although not quite as big as the other two). Just a week before the WSOP started in Vegas, I finished 13th in the WSOP Circuit main event in New Orleans.
First place was about $380k in that tournament. Then at the WSOP I finished 13th again, this time in the $3k NL event won by John Phan (which I obviously blogged about already in practically epic detail). First place there was over $400k.
Then a couple weeks ago I had what I guess you could look at as the straw that broke the camel's back.
I'm sure most of you are familiar with the biggest online donkament of the week, every week, for years now - the Matt Stout: