Poker pro Dennis Phillips surprised the poker world by finishing in 3rd place in the World Series of Poker Main Event last year and he is poised to repeat his good run, delivering a stern warning to his opponents that his game improved.
Before his 2008 WSOP Main Event appearance, Dennis Phillips had not even left the US but that all changed after the trucking account manager won a total of $4.5 million for his podium finish in the last year's Main Event.
Place in the poker spotlight, Philips suddenly found his life changed as he started jetting all over the globe in order to participate in big poker events like the European Poker Tour (EPT) and the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE).
Phillips stated on July 8th, 2009 that being exposed in different tough poker competitions like in Monte Carlo and the Bahamas helped him polished his skills.
He added that he have been playing all year with some of the best poker players in the world and when that happens, it is either you improve your game or you get into a lot of trouble. His triumphed in the $500 Deep Stack Extravaganza event in April and his performance in the 2009 Main Event is due to his experiences abroad. His chip stack is also rising to a healthy level through the Day 2 of the WSOP Main Event.
Phillips said that he started with 62,000, then got up to 100,000, down to 80,000 and then back up to 100,000 again. Phillips also said he would not have made it this far in the poker circuit without the support of his family and friends.