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Makhija Digs Legends Vibe
Although he didn’t win a bracelet, Amit Makhija is coming off about as good a World Series of Poker as one could hope for.
Now he can't help but feel good to be home.
One final table this summer, a deep run in the $10k PLO and a cash in the Main Event that added a total of $225k to his $1.5 million-plus in career tournament earnings certainly put a smile on his face.
"I didn't even play that many tournaments, so I was happy with it," he said.
And while a lot of players take a break from the live game after the grind of the series, Makhija was able to keep the ball rolling.
"I feel like I am at the top of my game right now," he said. "And I actually did not take a break from live poker. I've been playing a lot of live cash games, home games and what not.
"I just played in the PokerStars Big Game the other day. I've been active and I feel like I'm playing really good lately."
The summer was great, but the truth is the entire calendar year has been a good one for Makhija, with solid live and online results piling up.
It's a great contrast from what he felt was a down year in 2009.
"I feel like in '09 I didn't play my best poker, I had a little bit of that too much money syndrome," he explained.
"I think I had too good a 2008 and didn't really play my best. This year I really feel like I'm on my A-game."
It's also happens to be the perfect time for Makhija to be playing his best, returning this week to the scene of his biggest score.
Makhija made runner-up to John Phan in the 2008 WPT Legends of Poker for $563,320 and returning to the Bike, and his new home in Hollywood, brings nothing but good energy.
"I seem to run good in this building," he said. "Great vibes. I'm just really in my comfort level here. I'm just going to try to make another deep run in this thing, make a final table and see what happens."
To that end, he ran his stack up from 35k at the start of the day to 205,000 in the late stages and appears primed for that deep run.
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