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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

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Greg Raymer's victory in the main event of the 2004 World Series of Poker showed the world a few things. One is that patent attorneys can have an eye for eyewear. Another is that talented poker players exist in all walks of life, and given the chance, they will show what they got under the hood.

Perhaps the biggest lesson of Greg's victory is in seeing poker as a game of perseverance. Many people like to think poker tournaments are all flash and show. Greg is a perfect example of a solid, talented longtime semi-pro player who paid his dues, worked on his game, and enabled himself to be in the right place at the right time. For many years Greg read and participated on the two main Internet poker forums (when such participation was much more practically useful than it is today). The best way to win a major tournament on any given day is to have over the course of your life done the work to make yourself a solid poker player.

Greg Raymer got close to pulling off the all-but-impossible feat of repeating as World Series of Poker champion by coming in 25th in 2005, out of a field of over 5600 players. He earned $304,680 for his finish.