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Casino table-game dealer Nick Rosen lives in Las Vegas with his wife and three kids and thanks to a $5 satellite. On WSOP.com's online poker room he's competing at the WSOP Europe Main Event in Paris. PokerListings.com caught Rosen on the break to find out how his first trip to Europe.
I live in Las Vegas, and I am a table games dealer at a major casino. I won the Satellite Tournament online at wsop.com, and I'm out here in Paris now. My background in poker is just been playing smaller games here and there. This is my first major event. Took probably the last eight years off to raise a family. Got three kids and a wife at home. So this is a nice experience for me right now. I didn't even plan on playing the tournament in the first place. I won the first satellite, turned into a super satellite. Actually five dollars got me out here so, not bad. I was gonna take the money at first, but then I said, "You know what? I'll take a shot and see what I can turn it into."
It's a tough field out there, a lot of pros. My table's not that bad right now. I'm surviving, I still got 40 big blinds left and waiting for something to happen right now. Ever since Black Friday it's been tough for me cuz I don't really go out much and play live tournaments. So staying at home and playing online poker and getting the action and succeeding feels good. I live check-to-check pretty much, so I'm getting by right now. The money would be nice, but I'm just out there playing my best and hopefully I run good and gonna take it as far as I can take it. All the pros out there, they're people too. They had to start somewhere. I don't really see them as very different from me just that they have a lot more experience. They take more shots cuz they got a deeper bankroll. Making a deep run in this would be excellent. That's a once in a lifetime chance and, hopefully, I can make it happen today.