Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Bluffing In Court Pays For Poker Champ

LAS VEGAS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Mark Seif (SAFE) broke his mother’s heart in 2001 when he quit practicing law in order to become a poker pro.

She now accepts the career change, but only after her son won $800,000 in the World Series of Poker earlier this year. Regardless, Seif says his mom still wants him to keep his license current. Just in case.

Before poker, Self specialized in sexual harrassment law and says the same skills he used in the courtroom translate to a card room – especially bluffing.

As he puts it, “In court, I’ve gotten tremendous settlements by bluffing. Not lying, but basically saying, ‘We’re willing to go to trial and we think we’ll win and this is why and this is what we’re going to do when we win. So why not wrap this up now?’”

Seif will use his bluffing skills a lot starting tomorrow (Jul. 7) when the World Series’ Main Event starts in Las Vegas. If he wins, he’ll become the third person in history to win three WSOP bracelets in a year.

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