WSOP Main Event: $33 wins chance for new memories

wsop2009_thn.gifWhen Manuel Sanchez was a child in Spain, he passed his time with his buddies playing poker. It was kid stuff and more likely to end in a row than in riches. Eventually, Sanchez gave it up in favor of other adolescent pursuits. Poker was a thing of the past.

That's when a man named John Duthie took a bath.

By now, the story of the European Poker Tour creator's submerged epiphany is the stuff of legend. There with his rubber duckies and soapy bubbles, Duthie decided he would create a televised poker tour for the whole of Europe. The tour went from the soap to the small screen and became a international sensation. Duthie became an even bigger success than he already was, kept the tour running all this time, and is now a member of Team PokerStars Pro.

Sanchez happened to be flipping through the channels one day and found the EPT on television.

"I started playing poker when was 12 with my friends," he said, "and when I saw it on TV I thought, 'Why not? Let's remember the old days.'"

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Within a year of signing up for PokerStars, Sanchez had qualified for the EPT Grand Finial in Monte Carlo and the WSOP. After qualifying for the Series in a $33 PokerStars satellite, Sanchez made it to Day 2 and now is sitting on a healthy 90,000 stack.

When talking to bloggers today, Sanchez had one of his childhood poker buddies beside him.

"Nothing has changed since then," he said with a smile.

What Sanchez may not know is that he is sitting just 50 yards away from the man responsible for getting him back into poker. Duthie also made Day 2 and is still alive at this hour. Maybe later we'll get the chance to introduce them.

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With thanks to our Spanish Blogger Ivan Marti

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