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Titan Poker Player Matt Kay Takes Down ECOOP IV

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It pays to play at Titan Poker. and if you don’t believe it, just ask 21-year-old Matt Kay. Not only did Matt reign victorious in the ECOOP III, but now has also taken the competition by storm by winning once again in the ECOOP IV!

Matt has truly proven his skills and savvy as an online poker player who knows about winning the game. And now he has his second major winning notch in his belt by walking away a serious winner in the ECOOP IV. This young Canadian player placed first in the ECOOP III and took home a prize of $91,770 in event number 5 which offered a $350,000 guaranteed prize pool. Then he followed up by winning the ECOOP IV event number 1, which had a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool, allowing him to walk away $52,500 richer!

Matt already sees himself as a professional poker player and stated, “I was in Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy at University when I won $200,000 at a big tournament. I finished the term, continued playing over the summer and did quite well, so I decided to take time off for poker.” With a laugh, Matt said of the ECOOP after his latest triumph, “The main thing that I really like about the ECOOP series… is that I win events.” He went on to note, “That must explain why it is my favorite online tournament series. Basically, the guarantees are great, the payout structures are perfect, and the variety of events are good.”

Matt began playing the game of poker at home with friends during his high school years. He explained, “It was just for fun… very small stakes but I wanted to be the best of my friends and win. So I started playing online. In January of 2007 I paid $215 to enter a tournament and earned myself a $200,000 prize, and from that point on I just kept winning.” And no one will argue that winning is just what he continues to do.

Matt recalled his most memorable moment from his ECOOP IV victory by stating, “I had been very aggressive around the bubble, which had just broken and I had shoved over a raise of the last hand right before this happened. I raised 4500 @ 1000/2000 in the cut off and both the Small Blind (SB) and Big Blind (BB) called. I had K-Q. The flop was Q- 9- 3 rainbow. The guy in the SB led out with 10k. My thought process was very fast for this hand, as I wanted him to think I was weak. I thought his lead out was weak, and I know I had been really aggressive. He had 54k to start the hand; I had 110k. As soon as it got to be my turn, I instantly shoved over (this is a pretty big shove). I figured since I had been so aggressive he might just get fed up and call light thinking that I was just making a move. They immediately called with 66. I did not think I would get called THAT light, but it was an awesome hand and a really big pot. I was in 1st before this hand, so afterwards I had a huge lead with about 80 left.”

In Matt’s opinion, there was no special strategy used for his big win. He said, “I just played my normal poker game, and made a few adjustments. I've developed a style that works really well on Titan Poker and when it is combined with a little luck, it has helped me do very well on Titan Poker over the past 6 months.” Whether a poker prodigy, a unique strategist or just a bona fide born poker pro, Matt is well on his way to making his name one to be reckoned with in the online tournament field.

Titan Poker’s ECOOP Series is famous for the huge guaranteed prize pools and events geared to be affordable to all players, no matter what their poker budget is like. To find all the latest news about the next ECOOP event on Titan Poker, watch for updates here on PokerWorks – and let poker work for you!

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