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Monday, October 15, 2007

Meet Your Neighbors: Spending More Time With the Chips

There's nothing we can say about this guy that the folks at Business Wire didn't already get paid to write:

SUNRISE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 17, 35-year-old Reston, VA native Lee Childs enrolled in a WPT® Boot Camp after leaving his job as a VP in applications development to take time off and focus on poker. Just two months later, Childs took his poker education to Las Vegas and played in the 38th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event—which boasts one of the largest fields in the world—and bested 6,348 players and world-class pros to make the final table, premiering tomorrow night on ESPN. Viewers tuning in will watch as Lee goes head-to-head with nine other top players to win a piece of the $59,784,954 pot, with over $8 million going to the winner.

Unfortunately, Childs didn't win -- or at least so we gather from this writeup of the tourney:
In what surely will be one of the most talked-about face-offs this year, Yang quickly declared an all-in reraise on the ninth hand of play, and Lee Childs, a 35-year-old software engineer from Reston, Va., folded pocket queens, face up, on a board with a seven, four and deuce.

We're definitely going to be talking about it, at least as soon as our understanding of card games goes beyond "Go Fish." Joke's on us, though -- a 7th place finish still netted Childs a cool $700,000-plus.

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