WSOP Main Event: In the steps of Moneymaker
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It's a familiar story - accountant does well at poker and gives up job. Except - unlike Chris Moneymaker - PS qualifier Kyle "phidelt799" Finn has decided to jump ship before winning the World Series, rather than after. With more than $54,000 in chips towards the end of Day 1, this could prove to have been a most prescient decision.
The 24-year-old from Burnsville, Minnesota, has been playing online poker for around four years. For the first couple, it was just pocket money. But by August last year, his winnings were up to double his income - and now it's around ten times.
He said: "I handed in my notice two weeks ago but it's actually a coincidence that I won my WSOP seat at the same time as I've been planning to turn pro for a while. The fact is I enjoy playing poker a lot more than being an accountant."
Kyle's entry to the WSOP was via a $16 tournament on PokerStars which took him into a WSOP 150-seat guaranteed satellite. He's never played at the WSOP, in fact he rarely plays tournaments. He said: "I don't really like the swings of tournaments. They're feast or famine whereas cash games give me a steady income." That might be the usual way of things, but judging from Kyle's stack right now, it's a veritable all-you-can eat buffet.
Update: Kyle finished off Day 1 with $26,275 and will be back in the Amazon Room tomorrow (Tuesday).