Friday, October 28, 2016

Playing the Punta Cana Poker Classic is a Big Deal for Young Americas Cardroom Player

I don't think I've met a poker player that’s living the dream quite as truly as a player I chatted with last night at the Punta Cana Poker Classic. Tyler, a young player from Missouri, won his way to Punta Cana in a satellite tournament at Americas Cardroom, the biggest US poker room. He more than survive Day 1 -- he’s got over 70,000 chips and thinks he's is in the Top 20 heading into Day 2!

My video today has highlights of our conversation.  The full version is on the Americas Cardroom poker news blog.

Tyler’s never played an action packed live tournament like the Punta Cana Poker Classic. In fact, he’d never even been on a plane before this epic trip!

“If I just place, that’s good enough for me.  But if I win I guess I’ll buy some stuff for my car,” said Tyler.  “Folks back home won’t be surprised to hear that!  I guess I’d invest a lot of it – and set some aside to go to the WSOP and try my luck in Las Vegas!”

There's lots of young guys playing here this week, but Tyler's gotta be about the youngest.

“I guess if I start to feel too intimidated I’ll just put on my sunglasses,” he laughed.

“This next day could be a little difficult, since the antes and the big blinds… But as long as I play good – not too tight and not too aggressive – I should be fine.

I'll keep my eye on Tyler through Day 2 tonight and, hopefully, will see him at the Final Table on Sunday.  I'll have one more video episode with final results on Monday.

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