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Matt Vaughan

Matt Vaughan

I’m a 23-year-old working my first out-of-school job, looking to improve my poker game and survive life. For me, poker is a game full of logic, math, psychology, and drama. I’ve played as high as 600nl online in the past, and I currently grind 2/5 NL and 1/2/5 PLO live with some 5/10 shots thrown in. I consider my greatest poker strengths to be my logic and reasoning abilities, and my competitive nature. While poker is my primary hobby and occupies most of my free time, I’m also an amateur musician (ex-vocal performance major), and I enjoy reading, writing, coding, and composing.

MSPT: Coming Up Short Part 4

MSPT: Coming Up Short Part 4

Matt Vaughan - October 10th, 2016

Playing Loose and Playing Tight As the final table of the Potawatomi MSPT Main Event moved from 10 players down to 7, I continued to grow my stack from 1.2 million to about 2.7 million. Helpful along the way was a double up with QQ over Jason Mirza’s KQo for a sizable pot. But it […]

MSPT: Coming Up Short Part 3

MSPT: Coming Up Short Part 3

Matt Vaughan - October 5th, 2016

Day Two I came to Day 2 with a decent stack and a much better table draw than I had seen yet during the previous day. The older woman on my right had clearly run quite hot the previous day, and at first her luck continued, with her 4-big blind open raises being called surprisingly […]

Playing Poker Over The Holidays

Playing Poker Over The Holidays

Matt Vaughan - December 27th, 2015

There’s no two ways about it – having vacation over the holidays is fantastic. You don’t have to work, you can visit family or friends, or you can just take it easy. And assuming you don’t play poker professionally, you can play a LOT more than you normally do. This is great for me since […]

MSPT: Coming Up Short Part 2

MSPT: Coming Up Short Part 2

Matt Vaughan - November 19th, 2015

Deja Vu The first level of the MSPT at Potawatomi bore a striking resemblance to the first few levels of the MSPT a couple months prior at Ho-Chunk in the Dells. I had shockingly good preflop starting hands, with big pairs starting to feel like the norm. Unfortunately, coolers and bad beats abounded, and I […]

MSPT: Coming Up Short Part 1

MSPT: Coming Up Short Part 1

Matt Vaughan - September 15th, 2015

The weekend of April 11, 2015 had started ordinarily enough. I took it easy Friday night, relaxing with my girlfriend to help take the edge off a long week of pretending I enjoy my work far more than I do. It’s funny, I always thought the perfect job meant good pay, light management, and reasonable […]

Sleep, Eat, Grind: Love What You Do

Sleep, Eat, Grind: Love What You Do

Matt Vaughan - August 25th, 2015

I don’t remember when I started living for the weekend. The feeling grew slowly, such that I wasn’t sure exactly what it was until it was too late – the habit was in full swing. I’m paid well, have great benefits, and have a fair bit of autonomy day-to-day in my job, but sometimes that’s […]