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Eddy Sabat has been playing poker professionally on the live tournament circuit since 2007 and had the biggest opportunity of his career today in Las Vegas. Unfortunately Sabat busted just a few spots shy of the November Nine. The consolation? A $347,521 payday. Sabat brought his live tournament total to over $2.3 million and posted another six-figure score to his resume. PokerListings spoke to Sabat before he busted and it was clear that this experience meant a lot to him. "As someone who has dedicated his life to poker this is a dream come true for me," said Sabat. And in addition to the $347k, Sabat also said he'll be taking very valuable poker experience away from the seven days he's spent playing in this WSOP Main Event.
As someone that's dedicated their life to poker this is a dream come true. I'm absolutely loving this experience and I already know going through all these six days and now seven I'm a better poker player as it is. That's what I love about the game, you're always learning and everything's new to me. Everyday you go through new stuff and you just have to learn from it and then use it to your advantage.
I first got into poker when my brother taught me what Texas Hold Em was in high school. I was like 15 or 16 and he took some quarters from me that I had saved up in a coffee can and I was like, "Darn it!", I have to learn how to play this game and get him back. I wanted to compete with him and his friends and I eventually did. And then I started doing way better against him and I fell in love with the game. Then we started watching poker on TV, then Chris Moneymaker came about and ever since then I've had a passion for it, and to be here in the main event is absolutely amazing. I have to pinch myself still. Almost every level I'm like "This is happening, right? Okay, yeah, it is happening."
People looking on the outside, looking on the poker lifestyle, It's a mental grind. You have to really just be focused at all times. Especially when you play no limit like I do, the swings are crazy and you can be out any second. So yeah, whether it's basketball, baseball, the more hard work you put into it the more results you're gonna see, just like anything in life.
The freedom that poker gives you is pretty nice, I love living life the way I do. I couldn't see myself doing anything else. I know that sounds funny. Maybe baseball, maybe baseball player but nothing normal. I can't be in an office and I love what poker's given me, I'm super grateful for it. Being a seat in the main event is definitely the pinnacle of my poker career. It's absolutely surreal. I don't know how to describe it. I'll tell you after I make it to November Nine though.