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Bill Chen is a Poker Junkie

1 July 2008, By:
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So, we're here to find out if you are a poker junkie or not.

I'm sure I am, he he.

What's the longest session you have ever played?

36 hours. It was a 6-12 stud game. This was at the Oaks and the game was really good. I was up around $1,000 and it was just so good I couldn't leave. I felt terrible afterwards. I couldn't keep my eyes open towards the end so I figured it was time to leave. But I was happy about the win, because it was a significant win for my bankroll back then.

What's the most you have lost in a single session?

I've lost about $120,000 playing 300/600 heads-up limit poker online. It wasn't all my money, but it felt really bad.

What's the most you have won in a single session?

Obviously not counting tournaments, I've won about $160,000. That felt good.

When was the last time you had a totally poker-free week?

I don't think I ever go a week without talking about poker. Without playing? Let me think. Oh, strangely enough it was at the Bahamas PCA this year. I busted out on the second day, and then we had to be there for a week for PokerStars, so I just took the week off. It felt good. It didn't influence my game since I hung around with poker players the whole time.

Have you ever chosen poker over a girlfriend?

Yeah. I've definitely had potential girlfriends who didn't like me playing poker. That didn't really work out...

What percentage of your friends are poker players?

60-70 percent. I'm happy with that because most of them are pretty balanced and have other things going on in their lives. I also worked for a financial trading firm that's pretty heavy in poker players.

What's the most valuable thing you have destroyed after a bad beat?

I don't do that.

What's the craziest side bet you have made?

I once bet a guy $5,000 he couldn't run a marathon. He did, so I lost. It wasn't worth it to see him run. I felt really bad because he had to go to the hospital the next day for dehydration.

Do you ever have nightmares about poker?

I have dreams about poker where the cards change, but no really scary stuff I think.

Who do you think is the biggest poker junkie in the world today?

Biggest junkie? I don't really know. Most of the people I know are really balanced and have other things going on in their lives.

We think, however, that Bill himself definitely qualifies as a poker junkie. Congratulations Bill!

Bill Chen's biggest poker achievements:

  • 2006 WSOP, $3,000 Limit Hold'em - 1st - $343,618
  • 2006 WSOP, $2,500 Short Handed No Limit Hold'em - 1st - $442,511
  • Total career prize money: $981,835 (July 3, 2008)

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