Poker Prodigy Phil Collins Riding High At WSOP 2011July 18, 2011 9:05 am
Currently placed 5th out of 57 players remaining at the 2011 WSOP Main Event, the young US pro called Phil Collins will now be going all out to book himself a place at the final table, as the tournament begins to near its exciting conclusion.
Phil Collins has created quite a stir at the Main Event, not least as he shares a name with the British pop legend of the same name. With the puns in full flow, when asked “Can you feel it in the air tonight?” Collins replied:
“Haha. Yes I can! “Oh Lord!” Apparently I have the same middle name too. It is wonderful; he’s actually Philip David Michael Collins.”
As well as his famous name, Phil Collins has also been asserting himself on the poker world since taking up the game around six years ago.
At the time Phil Collins was studying business at the University of South Carolina. He was also studying poker books and becoming more adept at poker, while playing $5 and $10 cash games with friends.
After graduating in May 2007, internet pro Phil “USCphildo” Collins’ saw his online career really take off in 2008 and he has since gone on to amass a $3,234,505 fortune playing mostly at PokerStars and Full Tilt.
However, Phil Collins is also no novice at live tournament poker where he has added a further $124,984 to his career earnings. As a US pro and no longer able to play online, Phil Collins has transitioned smoothly to the live game and is already guaranteed a minimum $130,997 for reaching Day 7 of the 2011 WSOP.
Nevertheless, the 26 year old US pro will have his sites firmly fixed on making the final table where a $8,711,956 top prize awaits the eventual champion.
Good luck to Phil Collins as he continues the quest to make his WSOP dream a reality. That said, as the poker prodigy once explained about his chosen career:
“I think luck is one of the biggest misunderstandings in the game, yet it’s actually very simple. Luck is 100% necessary in the short run, but it’s completely irrelevant in the long run. That’s what I play to make +EV decisions, so as long as I’m playing well, I know that the results will come. I rarely do anything to “improve” my luck.”