Road to 100 billion: 24 tables, one hand, $68,000

ps_news_thn.jpgChristopher Small was probably in the middle of one of those kinds of dreams. You know the kind--they might as well be nightmares. The kind in which you have the hand of a woman so beautiful and exotic that she must be made of synapses and subconscious intoxication. The kind in which everything is just too perfect. The kind that means no matter how good it is, the sledgehammer of wakefulness will slam down just as things are about to get good.

That's the kind of dream of which Christopher Small must have been in the middle. His head was still trying to get used to the idea that he'd been out too late over the weekend. He crashed early on Sunday, which meant waking up at one o'clock in the morning on Monday. The 24-year-old student from Christchurch, New Zealand had to work at sun-up. He'd screwed up his sleeping schedule something good. And it was snowing outside.

Since it was a dream, he figured why not open up as many PokerStars tables as years he's been alive. Twenty-four of them in all at 1am on snowy Christchurch night. A perfect dreamscape for a perfectly weird weekend.


Christopher "yllams" Small

So, if this turned out to be some sort of nightmare, it would be the cruelest kind. Why? just got too good.

"I was 24-tabling and saw the popup telling me I was involved in the 65 billionth hand," Small said. "I had A-K when I looked at the table. My reaction was one of this must be a dream. I couldn't believe it."

And, of course, as dreams go, it might as well have continued in a fashion that made things seem just too perfect, say for instance, the flop starting out with two aces.

By morning, by the time it was clear that the snow, the 1am 24-tabling, and everything else was real, Small was able to look at his account and see more than $68,000 in fresh-fallen cash. No matter how weird the night had been, no matter how much it seemed like he was in the middle of some crazy dream, he had won the 65 billionth hand in the Road to 100 Billion promotion.

It's now been 24 hours since the 24-tabling 24-year-old hit the big one. As you might expect, he's still not prepared to say what he's doing with the dream riches.

"It's still sinking in," he said.

Brad Willis
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