When Jason Strasser decided to quit full time poker and head to New York City to pursue a career in finance, he always knew that poker would be a part of his life, maybe provide a nice extra income besides being a great hobby. Strasser still finds plenty of time for the game of poker, and by becoming the WSOP National Champion he is making a little more than just a few bucks on the side. He took first place at Foxwoods and a very nice prize of $186,000 meaning that this 28 year old is still making the grade and the cash when he hits the felt.

Player Improvement over the Years

After the win Strasser said that “I played a ton of poker in my younger days, this game has been good to me, but it hasn’t been a big part of my life for the last five years.” Well, those five years of not playing so much didn’t seem to matter as Strasser beat a large field of 591 players to take away the WSOP Circuit ring and automatic entry into the 2014 WSOP National Championship. Strasser in fact had it all to do when he went to the final table, he was not only short stacked but also up against some pretty solid opposition, and at one point during play he was holding less than 10 times the big blind. However, he stuck to his game, hit a few lucky hands and got right back into contention.

The tournament came to heads up play with Strasser up against Wes Wyvill and Wyvill was big chip leader, at one point even 2 to 1 ahead in stack size. However Strasser rallied and managed to swing things around, finally coming out on top. He had a word or two to say about the competition after the win, stating that, “Everyone has gotten amazing in poker in the last five years, they’re so much better than I am at this point.” Well that may be so, but it didn’t show on the day and Strasser walked away with a nice paycheck and a big smile on his face. The WSOP now takes a short break but continues soon in Biloxi on September 5th 2013 and we’ll bring you news of that one.

Improve Your game!

It just goes to show that you do not have to be the pro player to take down some huge cash prizes in live tournaments, and even part time players can and indeed do make the grade. You'll of course need the skills to take to those live events and there's nowhere better to learn those skills than by playing online. There are many online poker rooms available for the US players with Bovada Poker being one of the best. Head on over and check them out and maybe you'll be making the grade soon in high paying live poker events.