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The fourth Invitation Only Tournament took place on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st. This event was a 2-Day Tournament, and gave away a $10,000 Seat into the World Series of Poker Event in Las Vegas!

To qualify you had to be a 1-year VIP Card Holder, and 162 players came out to play in the Main Event. The Killian Hill Event Hall in Lilburn was the perfect location to have such a large tournament and the Atlanta Poker Club provided snacks and drinks!

First Day $10,000 Main Event Killian Hill Event Hall

There was anticipation and excitement as players took their seats. Facebook updates started almost immediately and Twitter updates were constant! The final table was streamed live, and players all over the city were watching along with families in other states!

At every break players discussed hands and chips stacks and looked around to see who was left. The dinner break was an hour and a half and players had the option to go out to eat or the Killian Hill location provided a dinner you could purchase.

Day 1 ended at 9:35 p.m. with 57 players remaining. Players put their chips in plastic bags along with their table and seat numbers and the TD verified the chip count, and players took home the signed sheet. Handled the way it would be if you played in a World Poker Tour Event or a World Series of Poker Event and you made it past Day 1! If you were the button, the button went into your bag.

It was a long first day for some but the excitement kept the adrenalin flowing and players couldn’t wait for Day 2 to start!
Day 2 – Again there were snacks and drinks for the comfort of the players. Play was moving along as the blinds increased and then the final table started at 6:15 p.m., ended at 8:55 p.m.!

10. Frederick McLam
9. Jeff Blau
8. Sybil Turner
7. David Stout
6. Adam Velez
5. Brandt Wilkerson
4. Danny Bavongkhoun
3. Joel Gatlin

Heads up started with Clint Johnson at an estmated $1.575M in chips versus Chaser’s $1.625M . Heads up lasted one hand.

2. Clint Johnson

and your winner –


David will play in the $10,000 Main Event in the World Series of Poker and has $1,000 in travel expenses! We all wish David the best of luck, may his hands hold up, may he have the best poker time of his life, and memories that will last a lifetime!


How long have you lived in Atlanta?
I moved to the Atlanta area in 1999 after leaving the navy.

How long have you played poker?
I’ve been a gambler my entire life. I learned how to play poker and other card games as a kid from my family.

How long have you played with the APC?
I started playing with the APC back in Season 1.

Do you continue to study the game?
I’m always trying to improve my knowledge of the game by watching poker on YouTube and talking to other APC players about the hands at the table each night.

What style would you call your game?
I’m considered a loose aggressive player by most.

How have you changed your game over the years?
I feel that over the years I have learned how to change gears based on how the table is playing.

What was your impression of the APC $10,000 Main Event?
I think the staff at APC did an amazing job running this event. The final table setup was incredible. I would also like to send a special thanks to those who dealt. Thank you.

How did you feel during the tournament at different levels?
During the first day my mind was more on the days I had to take off work to be there. At the start of Day 2, I still thought about going to work because I was below average stack. As my stack started to build I started to focus more and worked on making the right choices. I made some great calls (A,3 and K,10) and even better folds (10,10 and A,Q). By the time we moved to the final table I was in the zone and felt like I had a chance to win. On the first hand of the finial table I doubled up through the chip leader (Clint) to take the chip lead (As,Ks vs. Q,Q). At that point I worked on adding chips without risking the lead. This allowed me to play heads up against Clint where I had a giant chip lead of 50k (1.625mil vs. 1.575mil). I planned on playing aggressive but was debating on if it would be loose aggressive or tight aggressive. The cards made that decision for me. I shoved all in on the first hand of heads up (J,J vs. Ac,8c). There was an Ace on the flop, I thought it was over. On the turn was a Jack and he was drawing dead.

Have you ever played in a WSOP circuit event?
In 2008, I was one of the players the APC sent to Vegas to play event #49 after winning an APC Quad 4.

Who are your favorite players?
Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Phil Laak, Michael Mizrachi, Vanessa Selbst. I would love to get a chance to play any of them.

What are you expecting at the WSOP $10,000 tournament?
My plan is to go and enjoy this great opportunity that every poker plays dreams of. I get to play in the greatest poker event in the world. No matter what the results are I’m sure this will be a story I will be sharing for the rest of my life.

The 2015 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas started on May 27 and goes through July 14! The $10,000 Main Event starts on Sunday, July 5 and David will begin playing on Tuesday, July 7! Updates on facebook and the atlantapokerclub.com site!

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