Make me an offer for 500 poker chips

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Last summer, I won sixty cents in a free poker tournament at I planned on playing until I lost it all, but decided not to take U.S. players for real-money games when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I cashed out and asked my readers what I should do with my sixty-cent check. One suggested I try to trade it for something better. So here I am, trying turn my sixty-cent check into a World Series of Poker Main Event entry through a series of trades. And while my plan may seem ridiculous, it's no more ridiculous than the UIGEA.

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Limited edition Super Bowl XXXVI football signed by former New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri. Trade includes certificate of authenticity, and also includes autographed picture of Patriots' safety Rodney Harrison. Want more information? Go to the trade post. Want to make an offer? Shoot me an e-mail at . Want to know how I got this far? Go to the trading history. around

I won the first two $3.40 H.O.R.S.E. turbo SNGs I ever played on PokerStars, and I’ve loved them ever since.

I was getting a little bored while watching the final table of the WSOP Main Event live at Ryan’s house. I only had about $15 in my PokerStars account, and while I’m well aware that you should never plunk down 20 percent of your bankroll in one tournament, I had just been out at the WSOP to cover the $50,000 event and I liked the idea of jumping into a tournament myself.

Unfortunately, PokerStars doesn’t have anything with a buy-in lower than $3.40. But I figured that if I didn’t finish in the money, I’d still have 10 $1.20 buy-ins … again, not ideal, but with a $15 balance, does it really matter if you go broke?

After winning two consecutive H.O.R.S.E. SNGs that night to double the balance in my account, I figured it was worth taking a few more shots and seeing how long I could keep the run going.

I knew I was doing well, but even I was surprised at how good my run has been after taking a closer look at the numbers.

I’ve played in 32 of these babies, with 19 cashes and nine wins. I’ve made $59.20 in profit on $108.80 in entries, a return on investment of 54.4%. Even Warren Buffett would be envious of a return like that.

Maybe I’m aiming for the wrong tournament here with this whole Sixty Cent Main Event project ... anyone think it should be Sixty Cent $50,000 H.O.R.S.E.? I guess it doesn't roll of the tongue quite as well, does it ...


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