WSOP Main Event: How To Beat Cowboys

by C.J. Hoyt

When you get all your money into the pot, you're hoping you have the best of it. When you push all in and get called by pocket Kings, having the best of it isn't always easy. Let's just say Bill "billybobx" Rector wasn't the least bit worried.

Forty years ago, Bill learned to play poker at home from his Dad and tried his luck against his high school buddies. Now, at the age of 58, Bill is playing against the biggest World Series of Poker field in history. He's come a long way.

Shortly after the dinner break, Bill found himself in a hand that would either send him home, or put him among the chip leaders in the room. At this point, he had already chipped up to more than 25,000 so risking it all was a dangerous proposition.

Three years ago, Bill says he "found a great gal and married her." He also has three children, including twin daughters who start college this fall. Cashing in this tournament could go a long way to easing that forthcoming financial burden.

All the money went in on the turn for Bill, when the board was Q5AA. Our PokerStars qualifier's heart rate was rapidly climbing, but it wasn't because he was worried. Bill held Quads. It's probably one of the best feelings in poker, although I wouldn't know, I've never held Quads at the WSOP Main Event.

The river couldn't help, so it didn't really matter. The dealer shoved the pot Bill's way and suddenly he found himself up over 56,000 chips. There's a long way to go in this tournament, but I'm sure Bill will tell you it's never too early to get Quads.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker