Golfer Dan Perry won the PurposeInc.com SEO Poker tournament tonight (this morning!), beating Jeremy Shoemaker (ShoeMoney) for the title. It took five hours plus, with the final rounds running $1000 ante and $6000 blinds. Upon receiving his winnings, Dan generously tipped the casino crew and handed a $500 chip over as an additional donation to the charities. Quality guy, and quality moves.
Afterwards Dan told me this was his first tournament, and although he watches poker on TV he has barely played. Since earlier I had recognized Dan as a reader of this blog, when Ben of ICANHASCHEESEBURGER.COM was knocked out I asked him about the table play. Dan was playing “very tight”, he told me, but also had bluffed successfully. Looks like it was a good strategy.
Personally I had a blast playing and watching this tournament. I surprisingly lasted an hour and a half, and was chip leader at my table the first hour based on luck and a few orchestrated misdirections :-). Of course as the field thinned I found myself way out of my league, and my mistakes became costly. Ben Davenport wacthed me make a few gross mistakes and then knocked me out with aplomb (he went on to take 5th place). This was a total thrill for me, and Dave Klein did a stellar job hosting the event. I don’t know those Best of The Web guys personally but they definitely know how to have a good time. Shoemoney was also fun to watch, although I felt bad for him every time fans showed their enthusiasm. Hard to concentrate as it is, even without the fans surrounding you. He made it to the #2 spot, and enjoyed a string of good draws towards the end. Dan seemed to grind away at him, though, and at $7000 per hand the tides shifted pretty quickly.
Dan Perry is into golf and golf marketing, when he’s not working on SEO challenges for Cars.com or winning poker tournaments.