Former Hollywood agent takes poker prize

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“I knew that he was weak, but he had a hand. And then I knew it was my chance,” said Gold, whose clients have included Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu. “I went all in, and then I just went into my act.” Wasicka, a 25-year-old former restaurant manager from Westminster, Colo., had seen it before. Earlier, Gold took down a $3 million pot from him and sixth-place finisher Richard Lee by bluffing while holding only an unsuited two and three. On the final hand, Wasicka held pocket 10s – or two 10s as hole cards – with a board of queen, eight, five. Wasicka said later he thought Gold was drawing to a straight. Instead Gold had a queen and nine, for a better pair, when the turn revealed an ace and the final, or river card was a four. The nine players at the final table – four pros, a former talent agent, an insurance broker, an ad salesman, a recent college grad and a retired businessman – were guaranteed at least $1.5 million in winnings when they sat down around 2 p.m. Thursday. Gold said he would share the money with friends and supporters and give the rest to help his father, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease. LAS VEGAS – When Jamie Gold bluffed, his opponents folded. When he had the best hand, they threw in all their chips. With a run of cards, a huge chip stack and an uncanny knack for reading other players, Gold, a talkative former Hollywood talent agent, cajoled his way to victory Friday at the World Series of Poker for the $12 million grand prize. “I was just lucky sometimes, and sometimes I outplayed people,” said Gold, a 36-year-old Malibu resident. “I just feel really fortunate. I was playing some great poker. The best poker of my life.” The 12-day marathon that began with a record field of 8,773 players ended with the flourish that Gold made his trademark. With $3.9 million in chips in the pot, Gold declared “all in” and stood beside the pile of cash at the table to convince the last remaining player, Paul Wasicka, it was his for the taking. When the lights went up and play was over, Gold flipped open his cell phone and called home as the cameras rolled. “Hi Dad, it’s Jamie, are you there? I just won.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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