One of the biggest names in poker, Chris Moneymaker, knows all about winning big from a satellite. In 2003 Chris went to Las Vegas on the back of a satty on PokerStars and ended up becoming WSOP Champion for a life-changing $2.5 million USD! It's only fitting then that we asked Chris to review the hands played by 'Smart747' so that we could all learn how it's done.
Missed Part 1 of this interview and hand review? You can find it here.
PokerStars School: Did you ever dream you would do so well in the Sunday Million?
Smart747: Absolutely not, in fact, I often thought about not playing and instead playing smaller tournaments instead of just one big one. Luckily, as it turned out, because I qualified via a satty it was impossible to cancel my registration. If it was I might never had made such a big score.
PokerStars School: What do you think was the secret to your success in the tournament?
Smart747: My 'secret' I suppose was self-belief. I remember joking with friends a few days before the tournament that I would become a millionaire. While I was only joking I still went into the tournament with a lot of confidence, discipline, an a desire to win. At every break I took a minute to set new goals for the next levels.
PokerStars School: What advice would you give to new aspiring players here at PokerStars School?
Smart747: If you believe in yourself, go for it! We create our own destiny. Listen to your instinct and love what you are doing. If you never give up on your dreams then good luck and fortune will find you.
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