Josh Guindon As a medical doctor, Josh Guindon doesn’t get many opportunities to spend a week playing poker in Las Vegas. But after qualifying into the World Poker Tour (WPT) Venetian Main Event , that’s exactly what Guindon did this week.
Guindon, a Massachusetts resident who works as an emergency medicine specialist at Salem Hospital, qualified into the $5,000 buy-in event through ClubWPT , giving the poker recreational an opportunity to battle in his first-ever live tournament against household names.
“It’s been interesting,” Guindon told PokerNews during a break on Day 2 on July 15. “It’s been a neat opportunity.” Out of the Office
In order to win a seat into the $4 million guaranteed event in Las Vegas, Guindon had to get through a field of 1,320 runners in a ClubWPT event that he hadn’t even planned on playing.
“I had a shift I was supposed to work and I switched shifts with a colleague, so I just happened to have the night off,” he said. “I sat down for a casual evening, I was having scotch with my wife’s dad and grandpa, and (was) running pretty well.” Josh Guindon Sorry, no real money games are currently available in your region, but you can play these Free Online Games Replay Poker ClubGG Poker Before Guindon knew it, he was down to the final table and managed to double up with pocket kings to be in contention to win it all.
“I got down to heads-up and the second hand we got all in and held and won,” said Guindon. “I beat 1,320 people and it’s pretty cool; a cool opportunity.” Playing in the Big Leagues
While Guindon has played cash games for years, he is a newcomer to live tournaments and admitted he “didn’t have a lot of mid or high-stakes tournament experience” heading into the prestigious championship event.
“In college, there was a casino about an hour away (that) I used to go to about once a week or so and got into the cash games pretty heavy,” he said. “But I don’t have a lot of experience playing tournament poker, just […]