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Greg Mueller rides two bracelets into Main Event
Propelled by the momentum of two wins in the last month Mueller has never been more ready for a deep run in poker's most prestigious event.
"I've never done well in the Main Event so with two bracelets maybe it's given me the confidence I need," he told PokerListings.
Close calls were the story of Mueller's past WSOPs. Despite coming away with significant profits, two second-place finishes in the last two years left him itching for a bracelet.
That all changed this year, and it changed in a big way.
Mueller took down the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout and the $10,000 Limit Hold'em world championship, in addition to a third final table in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud event.
Those three cashes alone added $709,365 to the pro's already healthy bankroll.
"Things are going well for me and I'm thrilled about it," said Mueller in typical Canadian understatement.
"It's just like when I played hockey, sometimes you're playing well and things just aren't clicking for you but other times pucks are going in off your rear-end and off your glove and things are rolling for you."
Momentum is a common theme at the 2009 WSOP with a handful of pros taking down two bracelets and one scoring a hat trick.
"I'd love to keep the momentum going. Mr. Mo on my side," he joked with a smile.
There is no more important tournament in poker than the WSOP Main Event and it's more than just the vast sums of money up for grabs.
For Mueller, like a lot of players, the Main Event represents the pinnacle of achievement in their occupation.
"The whole World series for me is the reason I play," Mueller elaborated. "This is the Cadillac of poker."