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L.A. Player Goes 1-1 in First WSOP Event
David Singontiko might be the feel-good story of the entire 2011 WSOP.
The 21-year-old college student from L.A. made the trip to Vegas with several of his friends but didn’t have enough money to buy into a WSOP event.
Eventually Singontiko’s father agreed to outright pay for his son to play Event 50 $1,500 Omaha-8 – as long as he got 50% of the profit.
Three days later Singontiko was brandishing a brand new WSOP bracelet while his friends and family went into a frenzied cheer.
“The bracelet gives me a chance to celebrate with my friends and family and I’m so happy about it,” he said. “They were so supportive. My Dad believed in me, my friends believed in me and my girlfriend believed in me.”
In addition to the bracelet, Singontiko picked up $268,235 in cash. Prior to the WSOP, the biggest tournament Singontiko had played was a $500 buy-in event at the Commerce Casino.
In many ways it was fitting that Singontiko’s father bought him into the tournament, as he was the one that first taught Singontiko the game.
“My mother wasn’t too happy about it,” laughed Singontiko. “She didn’t want me gambling.”
Singontiko had a secret weapon heading into the final table and that was his passionate group of friends and family who raucously cheered him on and playfully berated his opponents.
“Without my friends I don’t know if I would have been able to win,” he said. “They got in the heads of the other players, which allowed me to take advantage of some spots.”
Singontiko currently attends Loyola Marymount University in L.A. and, though he will continue to play poker, he has no plans to become a full-time poker pro.
“I think there are other things I’m going to want to pursue other than poker.”
Meanwhile Singontiko is torn about playing the last event of the 2011 WSOP – the $10,000 Main Event.
“It would be an incredible experience but $10k is a lot of money,” he said. “I don’t know.”