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By BILLY RUTLEDGE
Thousands watched Crestwood native Erick Steinbergen compete in the 2012 World Poker Tour Event in Pennsylvania Aug. 10-15.
Steinbergen, a 32-year-old correctional sergeant, won an online poker tournament on ClubWPT.com, beating out thousands to win the grand prize of being able to play in the upcoming WPT event.
Hundreds of miles away from home, Steinberger had the chance of a lifetime.
Competing with the biggest names in poker, having his travel expenses paid for and playing the sport he loves, Steinberger has made it into the big time. World Poker Tour President Adam Pliska made it possible for Steinberger and will continue to cheer for him during the tournament.
“Erick has made it into a big tournament event; his poker skills will defiantly be tested throughout the weekend,” Pliska said. “The three years I have been president, my favorite part is seeing more and more people play poker and have a passion for the game like Erick.”
Fox Sports Net will be covering the live action at the Parx Casino and will be doing an exclusive on Steinberger and how he made it to the event. The cameras are on, the stage is set and the players are ready for their special guest to arrive.
“It still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’ve made it,” Steinberger said before the tournament began. “I feel like I’m in a little over my head, and a little nervous, but I’m ready to do my best.”
And he did. After battling through the giants to make it past day one, he advanced with some confidence and a chip count wel-above average.
But his luck soon ran out as the cards didn’t turn in Steinberger’s favor the second day. He was eliminated from the event after hours of intense play.
The Crestwood prison sergeant, who only plays on the weekends, was able to defeat professional poker players at a WPT event. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Stenibergen competed with the best.
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