Dominic Choma, a 2010 graduate of Haslett High School, finished 216th overall in the World Series of Poker’s main event. The main event had more than 8,600 entrants this year. Dominic Choma returned to Lansing on Friday a wealthier man. Unlike many who head to Las Vegas and come back with lighter bank accounts, Choma netted more than $40,000 at the World Series of Poker’s main event.
A Lansing resident, Choma said he didn’t depart for Sin City with a specific earnings goal. He cares more about the process than the result.
“I just try to focus on what I need to do to play well,” said Choma, a 2010 graduate of Haslett High School. “Whatever the result is, that’s it. That’s how I try to play poker, because in the short term, you can’t really control how much you make because there’s variance involved. It’s a game of chance. You don’t always win. Sometimes, you’re going to lose a lot. That’s just what is going to happen.”
That being said, Choma said he viewed the trip a success. He admitted he fared better than he expected, finishing 216th overall — in a field of nearly 8,700 entrants. That finish earned him $53,900; minus the $10,000 entry fee, he cleared $43,900 at the main event. But more than the money he won, Choma said he would cherish the memories he made.
Making it to Day 5 of the event. Playing at the same table as Phil Ivey — one of the most successful pro poker players in history, with 10 bracelets from the World Series of Poker — on Day 1. Talking shop with poker aficionados the world over.
“The life experiences,” he said, “are really what I’m going to remember most about it.”
When he walked away from Haslett High with diploma in hand more than a dozen years ago, Choma said he never would have imagined he one day would become a professional poker player. Truth be told, even five years ago, he was at ease with his life as a club fitter at an Ann Arbor golf shop. Choma ascended the shop’s […]