Thousands of poker players descended on the Rio in Las Vegas for 6 weeks of action during the 50th World Series of Poker looking to win a prestigious WSOP Bracelet (and some cash too).
LearnWPT Member Susan Faber was one of those players there to win her first WSOP bracelet.
And guess what? SHE DID!
Sue emerged as the victor in the $500 buy-in Salute to Warriors No-Limit Hold’em event* defeating the field of 1,723 entries and earning $121,161 in the process.
Sue, a 71-year-old tax accountant and recreational poker player, was only woman to win an “open” No-Limit Hold'em event this series.
We recently asked Sue about her WSOP experience, her love of the game, and more…
LearnWPT: What do you enjoy most about playing poker? How did you get started playing No-Limit Texas Hold’em?
Sue: I started playing poker when my son got me involved in playing on line poker about 10 years ago. I realized I was far behind the other players on the net and started looking for classes I could take to get better. I found that WPT was teaching classes in Las Vegas and traveled there to participate. I took the beginners class and the advance class.
The thing I enjoy the most about playing poker is of course winning but also the social aspect. I have met so many nice people both dealers and people playing the game and have made many good friends.
LearnWPT: Is poker a hobby or do you have more lofty goals for your poker career?
Sue: Poker is a hobby. I would love to play more in live events and plan to do that in 2020.
LearnWPT: Do you play many live tournaments? Why did you pick this specific WSOP event to Play?
Sue: I only play live events now. I picked this event because it was a salute to warriors and I have so much respect and thanks to give to the men and women that serve. My husband also served in the Army.
*According to a report from the WSOP, the funds raised will support the roughly 100,000 U.S. troops and their families. A portion of each buy-in went to the USO. The event raised $43,075 for the charity, which will be used to fund USO projects throughout Southern Nevada.
LearnWPT: How did it make you feel to be playing on the big stage under the lights and on live stream? Were you nervous? How did it feel to have your family and friends there to watch?
Sue: It was definitely an experience of a lifetime it seemed unreal. I was not nervous because I was so concentrated on the game.
I loved having family and friends there to watch and it was an experience of a lifetime for my husband also he was so proud of me.
LearnWPT: How often do you use LearnWPT.com to improve you game? What specific Member Features do you like about the online training site?
Sue: I use LearnWPT weekly to review past episodes or the new ones that are sent to me.
I love the on-line training site because I can go back and review any aspect of the game I want to at any time. The episodes are so timely and involve so many things that I can add to my game.
LearnWPT: Can you name 3 specific skills or techniques from the LearnWPT.com game plan that helped you win this WSOP bracelet? Can you talk about how or why they helped?
Sue: Learning and memorizing the opening hand ranges helps me to know what cards to play in the position I am in and narrowing what cards my opponents have in their positions.
Knowing when a flop is dry or coordinated and continuation betting after the flop. Short Stack play really helped at the final table.
The mental game with Jared Tendler helped me come back from large losses.
LearnWPT: $121,000 for a $500 investment is a pretty amazing payday. Any big plans for the money?
Sue: $10,000 of it will be saved for the main event next year. I would like to go on a cruise and do some remodeling to my home.
LearnWPT: Aside from poker, what else do you do for fun?
Sue: I love to spend time with my two grandchildren.
LearnWPT: Anything else you’d like to add about your experience?
Sue: I am so glad I joined LearnWPT.com which gave me the skills and confidence to win the bracelet at the WSOP this year.
Sue dominated the Final Table and we couldn’t be more proud of her and her accomplishment! You can read more about Sue’s road to victory on the WSOP Updates page or watch the replay on CBS All access.
Hearing stories like Sue makes US successful!
Have a success you’d like to share? Let us know by emailing the LearnWPT Team at [email protected].
When we created LearnWPT.com our goal was to provide a place that empowers players to ask questions, help get them focused, and provide a solid game-plan to bring to the table every time they sit down.
Some of the ways we accomplish this is by:
- Teaching and presenting examples of proven, winning concepts through our Strategy Episodes (short 10-15 minute instructional videos)
- Providing a place where Members can send questions to receive answers and guidance with the Ask a Pro Feature and Community Forums
- Giving Members the ability to record, save, and send real hands they’ve played to receive expert analysis of their play using the Hand Input Tool
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We continue to be overwhelmed by all of the feedback we receive from LearnWPT Students!
Not only about the success they’ve been having at the tables since joining or attending a Live Workshop (which is great!), but more importantly how they are improving their play by studying and applying the LearnWPT game-plan.
Read how LearnWPT Live Student, Manju G. from Diamond Bar, CA is implementing the LearnWPT game-plan and making history by being the 1st woman to win a WSOP Circuit ring at Thunder Valley!
"Dear LearnWPT support team,
Wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks for the most useful concepts presented at the workshop I attended in Feb at the Commerce Casino.
Poker in general is male dominated and being a middle age woman certainly put me at a disadvantage.
The workshop not only gave me the needed confidence but also provided a strategic blueprint in how to maneuver through various stages in a tournament.
Even though the concepts presented were for NLH, I was easily able to apply them in the various mixed games tournaments I played. As a result, I’ve cashed more times in the last 7 months than all of last year.
My most success was at the recent Thunder Valley Circuit where I got my first WSOP ring (see link below) and back to back cashes in the other two events I played.
These cumulative wins put me on top of the leader-board thereby earning the title of the Casino Champion and a free 10K seat to the exclusive 2018/19 Global Casino Championship.
Never thought I would ever play a 10K tourney but thanks to the WPT Team, I get a chance to do so. Am so glad I took the plunge and attended your workshop, it’s more than paid for itself - thank you!"
Congratulations on your poker success, Manju and we look forward to cheering you on at the WSOP Global Casino Championship! 👏
As a student of the game, Manju has the LearnWPT mindset that practicing and applying the LearnWPT game-plan will put you on the path to success.
Our goal at LearnWPT is to help players of all skill levels succeed in improving their play in cash games and tournaments.
We continue to be overwhelmed by all of the feedback we receive from LearnWPT Members!
Not only about the success they’ve been having at the poker tables since joining or attending a Live Workshop (which is great!), but more importantly how they are improving their play by studying and implementing the LearnWPT game-plan!
Unfortunately we don't have room to post all of them, but here's a quote from LearnWPT.com Member and Live Workshop Student, Yves F. from West Vancouver, CA when we asked about his "AHA" poker moment:
"Actually, it was the day after the last day of the Borgata LearnWPT seminar.
I went down to the Borgata NL $1/$2 table and bought in for $100. I started playing my old game, and in 30 minutes I saw situation I should have played using LearnWPT that would have yielded a positive result.
I played a hand that LearnWPT said I should not, and they did not work well. Down to $40, then $20, ... I bought another $100 determined to apply what I learned.
It really is another world when you have an effective preflop strategy that works with a solid postflop game.
No heater, but solid committed play. A few all ins, some check raises, but solid positional play and my stack went over $700 in three hours. I did take a picture.
I look forward to using these new playing tools in the future."
Congratulations on your poker success, Yves! 👏
As a student of the game, Yves has the LearnWPT mindset that practicing and applying the LearnWPT game plan will put you on the path to success.
When we created LearnWPT our goal was to help improve the games of poker players who love the game as much as we do.
We’re blown away by all the emails we get from LearnWPT Members! Not only about the success they’ve been having at the poker tables since joining (which is great!) but more importantly, how the are implementing the strategies taught and improving their overall game!
Unfortunately we don't have room to post all of them, but here's some inspiration we got from LearnWPT Member Rhode, from Wimauma, FL:
"I started playing poker in 2015 with very little knowledge, no understanding and absolutely no strategy.
That year, I finished 2nd in the first live tournament I entered, pocketed $347 and had no more success for the rest of the year.
I entered 2016 with the same arsenal of skills, played 12 tournaments and cashed a grand total of $400. Then I decided, prodded by the WPT commercials with Mike & Vince to join LearnWPT.com.
The following month I rode my Top 6 lessons; 2-Preflop Raise Sizing, 3-Preflop Calling, 6- Multiway Pots [Number of Opponents], 8- Board Texture, 11- C-Bets and 16- Position to a satellite tournament win on-board a cruise ship.
I won a second cruise valued at $3800 and a $750 entry into the $100,000 tournament on the new cruise. I was amazed at the difference just a few lessons had made in my understanding of Hold-em. I now had the beginnings of an actual strategy!
Last Year, I played 71 tournaments, mostly in Las Vegas. I won 11 of them and added 8 more cashes. My total winnings for 2017: $4296
Thank You Nick Binger, Thank You LearnWPT.
The bottom line?
Without LearnWPT - $747
With LearnWPT - $8296
Congratulations on your poker success, Rhode! 👏
As a student of the game, Rhode has the LearnWPT mindset that a little bit of studying away from the table, done consistently over time, will put you on the path to success.
LearnWPT can do the same for you and your poker game! Try your first month of LearnWPT for only $5 (which includes the 6 Strategy Episodes Rhode studied to help him win), and you could be our next Inspirational Story!
The Bottom Line?
Join LearnWPT to improve your game... enough said 😊
When we created LearnWPT our goal was to help improve the games of poker players who love the game as much as we do.
We’re blown away by all the emails we get from LearnWPT Members! Not only about the success they’ve been having at the poker tables since joining, but also about what poker means to them and how it’s changed their lives.
Unfortunately we don't have room to post all of them, but here's some inspiration we got from LearnWPT Members Tazo and Shirley, from Las Vegas, NV:
"My wife, Shirley, and I have more than 150 years combined. I am in my 71st year as a retired entrepreneur and Shirley is in her 81st year as a retired nurse and long-time Vegas resident.
I have dabbled at poker for a number of years. A few years ago Shirley asked me to teach her. I told her that poker takes a lot of work, and like the piano, not many take it up late in life… she took my casual comment as “fighting words” and immediately responded to the challenge! You need to know, Shirley helped her first husband host small family poker games in their basement more than forty years ago…she did the food and snacks…she never played…only the guys…some notable names...
I had books, some old DVDs, poker notes from over the years, but nothing coherent and certainly nothing presented in short digestible lessons. That’s when I tried LearnWPT on a weekly then monthly basis and for the last half year, I have subscribed for a year.
The bottom line, playing and learning how to actually have a winning tournament poker "game" at our age has changed our lives dramatically!
We play at lower levels in Vegas, buy-ins in $80 to $250 ranges, but both cash consistently, in 30-35% range, and played 300+ tournaments last year. Since we both have some medical constraints…only occasionally do we attempt deeper stack tournaments. We have done quite well early last year at Binion’s when they had their $10,000 guaranteed for $160 buy-in. In the past few months, while Shirley has been recovering from a knee replacement, I have played deeper stack tournaments a few times a month at The Mirage, Aria, and The Venetian…but again in the $150 to $250 buy-in range.
We find that our elderly ailments and old age pains completely disappear when we are at a poker table focusing on Nick’s fundamental approach to understanding what is going on and how we can exploit situations. Poker definitely keeps our mental game engaged and focused, not only do we love it, but clearly it is extremely healthy!
We thought that since most of your members are younger, you should know that there is a need for two old new revitalized poker players!
Thanks, Tazo and Shirley."
Congratulations on your poker success, Tazo and Shirley! 👏
As a students of the game, Tazo and Shirley have the LearnWPT mindset that a little bit of studying away from the table, done consistently over time, will put you on the path to success. And more importantly...they are having fun doing it!
LearnWPT can do the same for you and your poker game! Try your first month of LearnWPT for only $5, and you could be our next Inspirational Story!
Need more proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks? Check out this story of "The Silver Snipers", a team of seniors (ranging in age from 62-81) who joined an e-sports tournament playing Counter Strike against much younger opponents. The best part... they did this after just 3 weeks of coaching.