Survival at its best

Updated: July 29, 2006, 5:25 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman

The hand played itself.

There was nothing that Mike Stegemann could have done to avoid his final hand of the 2006 World Series of Poker. Sometimes, it just happens that way.

Stegemann, the ESPN Poker Club winner, started Day 1A on a high note as in his fifth hand, he was dealt pocket kings. Unfortunately, that was the best part. Cold-decked for a good majority of his tournament, Stegemann grinded back from his low point of $3,200 in chips to just over $17,000 at the break after ...

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