MicroMillions 4: Crazy week for CraekZe
It was an odd week for 29-year-old economist Christian "CraekZe" Bergmann. He finished his classes to be a cook's assistant on March 15. He lost his job on March 18. He won $8,290 in MicroMillions 4 Event 47 on March 19.
In short, it's not really clear whether he should laugh or cry. For what it's worth, he's going with the former.
He described losing his job as the hardest thing he's had to endure in recent months, but finishing up his education and winning eight grand has softened the blow a bit.
"Maybe it's not that hard for me anyway," he said.
While that may sound optimistic, you don't know the half of it.
It's not even been a year since Bergmann welcomed his son, Liam, into the world. So, not only is the guy dealing with being unemployed, he's doing it knowing he has an infant to take care of. That's where Bergmann is focusing his energy.
"New things are happening daily, and I constantly have to do things I've never tried before," he said. "My boy Liam is learning new things every day. So much of my time goes to playing with him and laughing a lot, because he is so cute and funny."
And so with all of that on his plate, Bergmann took just a little time for himself to play an exceptionally cheap poker tournament one night.
Luck runs in funny ways.
See, Bergmann was playing a $1 rebuy tournament. Normally, those things are crazy gambling rebuy fests, especially if you want to win the top prize. Bergmann didn't have to worry about spending a fortune.
"It was pretty sick that I only made one rebuy and an add-on," Bergmann said, "and that I for once didn't run into one bad beat."
So, for three dollars, this newly unemployed earned more than $8,000, enough to pay the bills for a bit while he plays with his son and looks for another job.
"I'm just an ordinary guy who plays poker for fun and loves his family," he said.
That, friends, is what MicroMillions is all about.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging