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is a familiar face to the world of poker. Not only is he a successful tournament player, he has written two books,
Pizza, Pasta and Poker and
Inside Poker: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,
and was a contributing writer for Cardplayer Magazine. Vince has a wonderful demeanor at the table, always a gentleman and always
a sportsman whether he wins or loses.
The first time that I met Vince was when we played in the 2003 L.A. Classic Omaha tournament at the Commerce Casino. He
took third place, I took second and Phil Hellmuth took first.
I remember when we got down to the final three, I was in awe that I was sitting there with two Champions that both write for a
magazine. Vince's style was extremely aggressive and he got a bad run of cards. He ended up going out before I did even though he
started with more chips. The next day, he made a comment about how I should thank him for second place. I walked away wondering
if he thought that he had made a mistake. I never thought for a second that he did, he just got unlucky. I finally asked him
about it and he said that he did not think that he made any mistakes. He just didn't pick up pots. He said, "I wasn't trying
to outlast you for second place and then be so short chipped I would be in essence giving up any chance to win first place."
I always admire people that don't want to settle for anything less than the best. This is one lesson that I am learning from
Vince as well as some other players.
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Vince's proudest poker moment was when he won "Best All Around Player" at the 1992 Four Queens Classic. At the time,
the Queens tournament was one of the biggest on the tour. The winner got the cover of Card Player, $10,222 and a diamond ring.
He has a World Series of Poker gold bracelet for his 1994 win in Seven-Card Stud Split and came in fourth in the main event that
same year. He says his biggest strength as a tournament player is to keep a strong desire to succeed when it seems almost hopeless
that the cards will ever cooperate.
He has numerous first place finishes including an amazing three consecutive titles at the Plaza World Poker Classic. His tournament
successes date back to 1989 and include Seven Card Stud, Stud High-Low, Deuce to Seven,
Lowball, Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Hold'em,
and No Limit, proving that he has what it takes and that he is a well-rounded player. He is widely regarded as one of the best
Lowball tournament poker players in the world. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1994 Seven Card Stud Hi/Low.
He made the final table at the World Poker Tour Lucky Chances event.