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Poker Player Wins WSOP Main Event Satty in His Sleep… Literally

To most, the saying “I could win this poker tournament in my sleep” is laughable at best. But not for Eric Goldsteinwho fell asleep on Wednesday night, then awoke to find he had won an $80 automatic all-in satellite in the 2022 WSOP Main Event on

Goldstein said PokerNews he forgot he was signed up for the satellite, which awarded only one spot in poker’s most prestigious annual tournament, a $10,000 buy-in event. The entire satellite took about four hands as the structure required everyone to be automatically in each hand until it was completed.

When a player registers for an online tournament but does not show up to play, their hands are automatically mucked and, when they are in the blinds, the chips are removed from their stack. This was not the case for this particular tournament. You might be online to watch or even not have your computer turned on, like in Goldstein’s situation while he slept. Offline or online, every player was all-in every hand.

Goldstein lives in Summerlin, a Las Vegas neighborhood west of the Strip, and works as a compliance specialist in the marijuana industry.

“I came home from a long day at work and was watching the (Poker Players Championship) and a friend messaged me,” Goldstein said. “So I signed up with about 30 minutes until it started and I had to go to work at 6 a.m. so I passed out early and woke up to a lot of messages saying I had won.”

How did he do it?

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Eric Goldstein

Goldstein, who performs under the screen name “Goldstein E”, was one of 126 players who took part in the $80 buy-in mega turbo satellite. On Thursday, he logged into the client to check his hand history and find out exactly how he won.

In the final hand, with a 61,000 to 3,000 lead over his head-to-head opponent, “Basil_Hayden”, he had {k-Clubs}{6-Spades} versus {8-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. The board failed {j-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}giving the biggest stack a winning flush to end the tournament.

From hand history screenshot provided by Goldstein PokerNews, he won nine consecutive automatic hands, starting with a pair of queens. The full miraculous run was as follows:

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The next Moneymaker?

In 2003, Chris Moneymaker became the first to turn an online poker satellite victory into a WSOP Main Event title, and it helped spark a huge poker boom. This satellite, which took place on PokerStars back when it was available in the United States, it cost $86 to enter, not far off Goldstein’s entry fee.

If Goldstein were to win next month’s world championship, who knows, maybe poker will have its next Moneymaker. The intriguing storyline is already there if he emerges victorious.

According to Hendon Mob, Goldstein has just under $16,000 in cash in live tournaments, barely more than the buy-in for the Main Event, which begins July 3 at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.

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