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My (short) World Series of Poker championship event

Updated: August 1, 2006, 4:39 PM ET
By Phil Gordon | ESPN.com poker columnist

All year I've been waiting for this event. I've been visualizing myself at the final table, heads-up with the chip lead and all-in with the best hand nearly every single day for an entire year. And when push came to shove, I lasted all of five hours and played about 150 hands.

In the days leading up to the tournament, I made mental notes of the keys that would lead to success:

• Play tight in the early levels • Play from position • Avoid playing all easily dominated ...

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