WSOP Main Event: Ice Cream Dreams and Last Chance

by Craig Cunningham

Two last ditch efforts to gain a seat in the World Series of Poker through PokerStars have been converted to solid runs in Day 1D at the Main Event.

Igor Holdayi left his job as an engineer in the Ukraine to come the United States in 1996. He's worked with Greg Sloan, who's company distributes ice cream in and around the St. Louis area. Igor failed to win a seat in the 150-seat guaranteed event, but he felt compelled to give it one more shot. "The next day after the big one, I decided to give it one more try," he said. "You see, I had a dream that I would be the next champion, that I would follow Moneymaker and Raymer and Hachem as champion. I am so excited to be here, and I am proud to be from PokerStars. I think it is the best."

Kim Wittendorff can understand that dream. He qualified literally at the last minute, winning his seat one week ago in the last satellite at PokerStars. He's been busy handling logistics from Denmark, and he's been busy since he sat down. He's going strong heading into the final level. Kim and Igor both believe it's never too late to chase your dream, and they're off to a great start.

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