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An Amateur's Dream

15 March 2010, By: Frank Willburn
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Driving between towns in the Texas Panhandle I had a lot of time to think.  Over the last few years my interest in poker has peaked and waned.  I have always been a fan of the game but it seems that I go in spurts where I play a whole lot, and then play very little.  A couple of years ago I was playing in the now defunct Texas Poker League, a free bar league, and made it to two State Finals.  The winner of the first was awarded a seat in the Main Event of the WSOP.  Needless to say I was pumped at the chance to make it there.  Unfortunately I came in 10th out of a field of 160 players and received a very nice Texas Poker League chip set.  That only increased my hunger to get to the big show.

Poker playing journeyman plumber

More recently I have tried to satellite my way in via online tourneys, and that also has gone nowhere.  On this one fateful day a story I had read years before floated back into my mind.  I decided that I wanted to try and trade a single red poker chip for a seat in one of the many $1000 events at this years WSOP.  So far I have made two swaps. My first was to trade the chip for a pair of toilet seat sunglasses.  Later the same day I was able to get another exchange.  This time I traded my lovely glasses for a red 1970 Dodge Charger R/T die cast model.  That is where I currently stand.

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I'm just a simple Texas guy who has a dream.  I am a 2004 graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Git 'Em Ags.  For the last 4 years I have been a Journeyman plumber in the Texas Panhandle.  I do not consider myself to be an excellent poker player, but I do think I can hold my own in many situations.  This blog will be about poker, my take on the happenings in the poker world, and my progress in the adventure I have come to call Chip for a Chair.

Frank Willburn

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  • MELISA 16/03/2010 3:45pm (9 years ago)

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU.....WHAT A NEAT WAY TO GET TO THE TOP...ROOTING FOR YOU THE WHOLE WAY....

  • Camille 16/03/2010 3:21pm (9 years ago)

    Oh Frank, I love the glasses. I am so happy for you that you are doing so well at poker! Good luck!

  • Louise 16/03/2010 2:41pm (9 years ago)

    What a fantastic idea, hoping you make it and keep us updated on the trades :)