Fixed. MissBroke on that Sunday Million win
One minute you're sitting with ten big blinds wondering how you're going to reach the money, the next you're winning the Sunday Million.
That would be the short version of MissBroke's journey from short stack to biggest last Sunday, a trip worth $160,314 to the Israeli. The long version might be one that started seven years ago. Either way MissBroke described the situation as "pretty surreal".
Did that somehow make it easier to stay calm and focused?
"Surprisingly yes," said MissBroke, 34, who works in the Hi-Tech industry by day and plays medium stakes poker by night. "I blocked out the money aspect and just tried to play my best poker."
This was a change from his last deep run, a ninth place finish in the Super Tuesday, during which MissBroke admitted to feeling the nerves. But that experience seems to have worked as valuable experience.
"I had a couple of more final tables since, and I felt more relaxed this time. I guess experience does help!"
Like I mentioned earlier, this story really began seven years ago when MissBroke was introduced to the game by friends at a bachelor party. "I lost of course," he said. "But then I played friendly home games, and I gradually moved up to higher limits, and less friendly games."
It makes the Sunday Million win a high point of his poker career and admittedly the hardest thing he's ever had to do. There were 5,506 players between him and the title, and it took the best part of 24 hours to do it.
"The tournament ended in around 9:30 AM, but I was too excited to go to sleep. I got a lot of calls and messages congratulating me."
There may have been shock and adrenaline, but the moment wasn't lost on MissBroke.
"To everyone playing poker winning the Sunday Million is a dream," he said. "It has some special mystique to it, in addition to the money."
Ironically though, while a win like this can set a player up, providing the funds to go further in their career, it might well be the opposite story for MissBroke. It coincides with a job offer in New York, one he's accepted, which will change his poker playing schedule considerably when he moves there at the end of this year.
"It definitely sucks to think that I won't be able to play at PokerStars in the US," he said. "On the other hand, Vegas will be closer!"
For now there's still time to make the most of the year, playing from what is a growing Israeli poker community. He believes people will begin to hear a lot more about Israeli players soon and saluted Idan Raviv and Timor Margolin, currently getting results at the World Series.
"They're are killing it now in the WSOP! I'll see them there next year!"
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.