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Va Shon Watkins went from unknown and broke to one of last year's biggest winners

Tags: FTOPS, FTOPS main event 2008, Full Tilt, Va Shon Watkins.
Posted on 08 January 2009 by "T".

Va Shon Watkins is probably someone that the most people haven't heard off before? The ones that find his name a bit familiar maybe associate him with winning FTOPS Main Event and $450 000 last year at Full Tilt poker. In an interview with a big poker magazine he speaks out about the not so easy life before the big win...

Va Shon Watkins parents were very strict with him during his growth and they didn't even let him play poker before he turned 18. Therefore he started off his poker career with a rebel purpose against his parents and their daily round of strictness. The first time Va Shon Watkins played poker for money was at a friend's house with a few friends of his. Even though he lost all his money that night he immediately understood that it was possible to make living of playing poker. So he started playing more and more online and offline to improve his poker skills.

The big turn in his poker career occurred the summer of 2008 when he took his last money and bought in to the FTOPS Main Event at Full Tilt. At this moment he was very depressed and worried about taking a normal 9-5 job to finance his daily life and poker. But to spend the last $500 to buy-in to FTOPS Main Event came to be his best decision ever as he won the whole tournament and received $450 000.

Today Va Shon Watkins play poker every day and also get support from his family that now understands that it's possible to make a living from playing poker.

- "My mom was really happy and chocked after I told her that I have just won $450 000" - "But probably she changed her mind about poker when I bought her a new car for some of the money I won", says Va Shon Watkins to the poker magazine.


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9 comments for "Va Shon Watkins went from unknown and broke to one of last year''s biggest winners"

 B1gfoot08/01/2009 13:38:23 GMT
Who needs 9-5
Now he is a winner he gets all the support :}
one for the "skating"
Julian Verse if any one wants to check him out (full tilt)
 doomdy08/01/2009 13:45:19 GMT
Nice story, we all have a dream to win some big price at a big event Smile

Hopefully for some mobsters this dream come true Smile
 SpanishHerb08/01/2009 15:37:40 GMT
Nice prize!
Anyone knows how old is he?
 oaiaaia11/01/2009 01:17:16 GMT
yeah... we all have that dream doomdy...
damn... i've got to start playing more and more...
 dunotra11/01/2009 01:33:10 GMT
"My mom was really happy and chocked after I told her that I have just won $450 000" - "But probably she changed her mind about poker when I bought her a new car for some of the money I won", says Va Shon Watkins to the poker magazine.

In'it funy when everyone say's your a mug and then thay see the money and then your the dog's bollacks
 zohaan11/01/2009 06:52:47 GMT
wow dream come true......... i wanna be on the top someday............ . Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
 GeneYuss12/01/2009 07:00:38 GMT
Ziigmund: “Playing it safe will never get you to the top. More important is that you have the balls to bet at the right time. If you want to succeed you need to have a gamblers attitude”

I don't know.. I think it's a bad idea to take your whole bankroll and buy into one tournament.
 zohaan12/01/2009 13:46:26 GMT
Posted by GeneYuss:
Ziigmund: ?Playing it safe will never get you to the top. More important is that you have the balls to bet at the right time. If you want to succeed you need to have a gamblers attitude?

I don't know.. I think it's a bad idea to take your whole bankroll and buy into one tournament.

i agree with ziidmund so far i learned poker is not havin the ryt card all the time.......its havin the attitude and the call............ Smile
 mcsnakey76513/01/2009 13:06:11 GMT
whoa what a winner congratulations to the guy who posted this if there was one or was this done by administarter

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