Poker Player Rode Amtrak Cross Region to Contend in Initial WSOP

Lifelong 64-12 months-aged poker participant Michael Muniz manufactured an unusual trek to Las Vegas for the 2021 Planet Series of Poker, the 1st time he’d ever created it to the series. And he couldn’t be a lot more ecstatic to dwell out a very long-time dream.

The Queens, New York resident enjoys the match of poker and the WSOP so a great deal that he invested around 60 hours traveling cross place just to participate in in The Reunion, a $500 buy-in no-restrict hold’em event with a $5 million assure (and, certainly, the assurance was achieved).

Why didn’t he just travel the customary route, by air? As he described in a dinner split interview at the Rio with PokerNews, “I will not fly.” He has a worry of flying and explained he did not thoughts investing extra than two days on a practice.

“I got truly blessed, for about 20 several hours or so, the seats subsequent to me were empty so it was quite snug,” Muniz reported.

From Dependancy to Results

Muniz’ highway to the WSOP was not all roses and rainbows. His existence went downhill in the 1980s when he turned addicted to hefty medicines. He went from working on Wall Avenue to homeless, sleeping on a prepare, and he dropped every little thing.

In 1989, he was arrested for the initial time and was at a minimal issue in lifestyle. Even though he is just not proud of his previous transgressions, he’s enthusiastic about currently being two days absent from 32 yrs of sobriety.

“October 6, 1989, given that then I have not touched any beer, no medications, 32 many years,” he proudly reported.

Everyday living arrived full circle for the poker fan immediately after he stopped working with medicines and drinking liquor. He invested 24 a long time doing the job for the exact trains that he spent many nights sleeping on owing to getting homeless. Considerably less than two several years in the past, he retired a sober male, full of daily life, and completely ready to invest his golden yrs enjoying poker.

Muniz dropped his wife in 2014 and when he speaks of her, his eyes gentle up. She wasn’t enthusiastic about poker like he is, but she under no circumstances stood in his way of playing the recreation he enjoys.

Lifelong Poker Participant

Muniz uncovered to engage in poker from his grandfather when he was a kid. As an adult, he is had some accomplishment in small stakes tournaments, owning cashed for in excess of $38,000, such as his biggest score ever, $12,316 for 2nd put in a 2015 WSOP Circuit function in Massachusetts.

Just after spending over 60 hours touring to Las Vegas from New York by Amtrak, he took a seat in Event #4: $500 The Reunion No-Restrict Hold’em. On Day 1c of the $5 million certain match, he was not able to spin up a stack and advance to Working day 2. But he did return on Monday early morning to enter Celebration #8: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack.

Again in New York, Muniz performs in a neighborhood poker activity dubbed “Large Boys Poker Club.” He’s proudly sporting his club’s shirt at the Entire world Sequence of Poker. The initial-time WSOP participant also frequents close by Borgata, an MGM Resorts-owned casino in Atlantic City. But he will not enjoy income online games quite frequently.

“Recently, in June, I performed dollars,” Muniz claimed. “I am the worst in the environment at hard cash game titles. I enjoy mad in money video games. In a event, I’m more affected person, I just hold out, I could double up right here, I could bluff listed here. You can find a large amount more technique than income.”

He suggests his biggest issue with money game titles is that he can just go to the ATM and eliminate much more funds, whilst in a tournament after he is out, he is out.

Acquire or get rid of, Muniz is still alive, he is sober, he has a daughter and 5 grandchildren he enjoys, and he’s equipped to perform his favored interest — poker. On top rated of that, he’s living out a desire, playing in the Entire world Collection of Poker. The only matter remaining for him to do on this trip, other than hard cash in an event or win a bracelet, is to fulfill his favourite poker players — Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Phil Ivey. Potentially, he’ll get that possibility ahead of he heads again to New York this 7 days.