2007 World Series: Three for three

The $1,500 six-handed no-limit hold'em event was down to 127 players. One hundred twenty-six paid. With more than 1,400 starters, the players were about to reach the money in seemingly record time. As often happens on the bubble, hand-for-hand play slowed the tournament down to a crawl. Hands were taking five to eight minutes a piece. Steve, the TD, announced the fastest tournament in history had just become the slowest.

And that's when I found Team PokerStars' Steve Paul-Ambrose...again.

"Is this going to be three cashes for you, Steve?" I asked, already pretty sure of the answer.

"Three for three," he said, seemingly unimpressed with himself.

After final-tabling the first event this year, Steve played another tournament and picked up another cash. Now, he was on the bubble of picking up his third cash in as many tournaments.

Steve just graduated from college and is spending summer playing poker with no immediate plans to head into the job market. Friends and fans will remember that Steve won $1.3 million in the 2006 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. At the time, he said he would not turn pro and, instead, finish off his studies. And that is exactly what he did.

Now, Steve is looking at poker through the eyes of a college graduate. He's planning on playing a lot of World Series events this year and then taking the year to play poker. After that, maybe he'll look for a job.

As I walked away, I offered Steve some premature congratulations. He looked over his shoulder and said, "I'll probably bubble now."

Steve's little poke at the power of positive thinking didn't cost him. It took an hour, but the bubble popped and Steve was, indeed, three for three.

Now, onto making it four for four.

Brad Willis
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