Severn CPA finished second in World Series of Poker

Q and A with ...

August 11, 2005|By Steve Dannenmann | Steve Dannenmann,Baltimoresun.com Staff

Steve Dannenmann finished second the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas on July 16. The 38-year-old Anne Arundel County accountant took home $4.25 million in the No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Championship.

Matthew, Des Moines, Iowa: Did you qualify for this year's WSOP by playing poker online, and if so, how significant a role did this play in your success?

Steve Dannenmann: My friend, Jerry Ditzell, and I put up $5,000 each. And right after the tournament Jerry and I went to the cashier's cage at the Rio and split the money. It was a gentleman's agreement - implied but not spoken.

Dan, Baltimore: What preperations did you make prior to the tournament that helped you succeed?

Steve Dannenmann: I read Dan Harrington's new book, second volume, as well as put a plan together as far as what goals I had. The goals were how many chips I wanted at the end of each day. I superceded most of those goals ... except on the last day, I was short about 56 million chips.

Doug, Baltimore: What was the craziest hand you were involved in at the WSOP? Who was the biggest player you knocked out?

Steve Dannenmann: I had 6-8 offsuit against Howard Lederer at the featured table. I called Howard's raise on the big blind. Then the flop came K-Q-J. I checked and he bet 7,000 chips, I think. And then I raised to 30,000. He thought, then folded.

The biggest player I knocked out was Mike "The Mouth" Matusow at the final table with a straight on the turn. And I knocked out Russ Hamilton, the 1994 world champion, earlier in the tournament.

Jason, Scaggsville: I love to play poker and enjoy watching it on TV, but how do you personally feel about poker running on the front page of the sports section?

Steve Dannenmann: I guess it's a sport because there's prize money involved, it's a competition and it's based on talent. The sports page is where you would look for it, definitely.

Jack, Baltimore: Give me some tips on how to be a better poker player in general. I love to play Hold 'Em and would like to win more often.

Steve Dannenmann: Patience, you must have patience. And you have to do your homework - that's reading as many books as possible. And you have develop your own strategy and style. I have probably read more than 15 books. Some are the two Harrington books, the Tom McEvoy book and David Sklansky's book.

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