My first final table was in my first big online holdem tournament. I'd been playing seven card stud because I didn't know how to play texas
holdem. But I had to learn texas holdem in order to play with a group of guys I know who played poker every Wednesday night. So I carefull read (making notes and everything) the holdem section in Gambling for a Living
by Sklansky and Malmuth, and started practicing in some $10+$1 SnG's at Party Poker.
I mistakenly signed up for a qualifier for the Monday night special and won it. So I studied some more and played in the tournament.
There were about 620 or 630 players there, and I made it all the way to 5th place and won $6000. Paid off my truck with it. At the final table I got pocket 3's 3 times and won the pot every time.