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A few championship hands: Blurry recollections of poker wins and losses

September 10, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
Sept. 10, 2014

It’s been a while since I last wrote about my accomplishments and misdeeds at the poker table. A lot has happened since then.

I got credited with my Memorial Day tournament win and wound up with eight for the six-month-long season. This disappointed me, because 10 wins would have automatically qualified me for World Tavern Poker’s national championship finals. But it turned out I qualified for the finals anyway — I had enough high-scoring near-misses to land in the top 1 percent of players in the region, the state and the nation.

The World Tavern Poker season ends with two weeks of postseason play. First, each bar or restaurant holds a championship tournament, in which every player with a ranking in the bar starts with the same amount of chips. The following week, each venue holds a tournament of champions (yes, the names are similar), in which anyone who has ever garnered a top-three finish in any tournament at the bar is eligible to play. Here, chip stacks are based on the player’s number of times earning a finish in the 1, 2 or 3 slots.

I had two notable games from postseason play, and both were at a sports bar called the Upper Deck in Cary, N.C.

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