Tommy Yates: From a 1 Cent Satellite to a WSOP Cash

Tommy Yates 888 WSOP Main Event

Many poker players dream of winning big in a poker tournament. They buy-in for a low amount of a few cents – and hope that they will make it through all the steps to finally get the WSOP ticket. For the British Expat Tommy Yates this dream has become true. He decided to try his luck in one of 888poker’s WSOP Las Vegas Dream Package events. A 1 Cent buy-in turned into some big WSOP Cash.

The WSOP Main Event promotion is part of 888poker’s step satellite tournament series, which
allows players to “step” their way up into a variety of higher buy-in, live and online events. “After winning the 1c Step 1 I continued playing and winning all the Steps up to the $1,050 buy-in Step 7” said Tommy. “When it got down to four-handed, I realised that 4th place paid $6,000 in cash and I thought about going for the instant money instead. Considering the uncertainty around the Greek economy, who needed another holiday, anyway?” His son convinced him to go for the main prize. Yates won the tournament and snagged himself one of the three all-inclusive packages up for grabs – worth a cool $14,000, including the starting fee for the WSOP Main event.

Playing in the Main Event was a “very special experience”, according to Tommy. “I don’t think there were any tighter players then me in the whole Main Event,” Tommy said. “I threw away, pre-flop, cards like AK and QQ. It might look stupid to you, but I was so motivated to pass the bubble, that when that moment came, I felt like I’d won the bracelet and 8,000,000 million dollars. It was one of the happiest moments of my life.”

Once he made it in the money, everything else was icing on the cake. He played as tight as possible to make it as deep as possible – finally getting dealt pocket Kings. Going up against Ace-Jack wasn’t exactly his dream hand, but he had the edge. Bang – Ace on the flop. It was a climatic end to a fairy-tale run for the Brit living in Rhodes. With a 486 place finish and a $19,500 pay-out, his 1 cent investment sure paid off.

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