Media (PA) man’s sick day turns into payday

November 20, 2011 -

A sick day turned into a huge payday for a software engineer from Media, Pa., who won nearly $34,000 at Harrah’s in a World Series of Poker Circuit Event on Wednesday.

Dustin Manns, who designs banking software, had never won a dollar in a live poker tournament prior to entering event No. 4 at the WSOPC at Harrah’s, a $345 buy-in no-limit hold’em ring event.  In addition to the money, Manns also won a circuit ring and earned points toward qualifying for the $1 million circuit championship freeroll at Caesars Palace next year.

Meanwhile, if Manns weren’t feeling poorly on Monday, his week would have gone much more routinely.

According to a timeline provided by the WSOPC folks in Atlantic City, here’s how it happened for Manns.


8 a.m.  Manns shows up for work but is feeling ill and is told he can go home.  He does.

9:30 a.m.  At home, Manns goes to sleep for a while but wakes up after about an hour.

10:30 a.m.  Awake and feeling better, Manns decides to drive to Atlantic City, about an hour away, and signs up for the WSOPC poker tournament at Harrah’s. The field includes 555 players.

Noon.  Manns enters his second major poker tournament.

4 p.m.  Manns is down to just 3,500 chips, about six big blinds, but he doubles up and goes on a run.

2 a.m.  Manns ends Day 1 with about an average chip stack.


3 p.m. The tournament resumes and two hours into the action, Manns is the chip leader.

7:30 p.m.  Manns makes the final table of 10 players.  He is still the chip leader but several players he’s up against have won more than $100,000 in live tournaments.  Manns’ career win total in tournaments is $0.

1 a.m.  Manns is heads-up with Anthony Hill. They’re about even in chips.

2:30 a.m.  Manns has 3-3 against Hill’s J-J, but Manns catches a 3 on the river to win the tournament.

“I really didn’t want to win it that way,” Manns said.  “I wanted to outplay him.  But it sure feels good to win.”

The WSOPC at Harrah’s runs through Monday, Dec. 12.  The tournament’s $1,600 main event begins Saturday, Dec. 10.

Thanks to the World Series of Poker Circuit staff who contributed to this article

Photo: Courtesy WSOP and Harrah’s AC.

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