Last night, I got my first tournament win in the America's Cup of Poker! I won the $1.10 event vs. Canada, surviving a cess pool of Canadian opponents on the final table to take home the first place prize! When it got down to the final table, there were three Americans and six Canadiens left. The other two Americans went out first leaving me standing against six Canucks. I was in the middle of the pack with my chip count, and I felt like a piece of raw meat in the ocean, with sharks swimming all around just waiting to pounce (or whatever the equivalent of pouncing is under water).

Undaunted, I told my foes that a 6-on-1 advantage for Canadians was about an even battle and reminded them of Benedict Arnold's great foray into Quebec in 1775 (this was before he became a turncoat), when he almost single-handedly took the entire town from the British! Okay, he actually got shot and the mission ended in a disaster, but the point was clear. I wasn't backing down, despite the odds against me!

One by one I began picking them off. I tried to foment a Canadian Civil War and reminded them that they all needed the points so they could represent Team Canada and so they would start knocking each other off, but I ended up collecting most of the scalps myself. Of the final 6 opponents, I knocked out either 4 or 5 of them. After about 30 more minutes of play, I was the last one standing. Team Canada still kicked our butt on the team event, but I did my part to help the ol' Red White and Blue!

It was great fun being at the last table, and particularly being the only USA player left. There was a lot of friendly banter back and forth as my Canadian foes tried to - unsuccessfully, as it turned out - wipe me out. Several of the USA players who were knocked out earlier hung around and gave me encouragement as I stood tall against the Canadians' taunts. Even some of the Canadian players I vanquished offered kind words as the duel continued.

My first-place finish got me a ticket into tonight's main event - the $11 finale in the Canada vs. USA grudge match. It was my second final table showing of the ACP, and I am thinking it may have moved me into the top 10 of the individual standings for Team USA. The standings they just posted show me in 15th position, but it doesn't look like that takes into account last night's action, so I should be moving on up even more! Go Team USA!