A lot of people will tell you that it’s always darkest before the dawn, that every cloud has a silver lining, that the light at the end of the tunnel is not, in fact, a train, but actually salvation.

These people are relentless optimists who are probably going slip on a banana peel and break their leg tomorrow. Don’t listen to them.

In poker, a slump can be demoralizing. It can make you question everything you know. It can make you simply give up.

So, enter Darryll Fish, poker player. Yep. He’s a poker player with the last name ‘Fish.’ Only a really cheap comedian would go there, especially given the run the poor guy had in recent months.

Let’s just say he’d been running bad and that WCOOP came at the right time for him. And this time, it didn’t go so bad. After all, he won 2009 WCOOP Event #33, the $215 NLHE event for $160,525.

“It was a huge relief as I had been on a major downswing in MTTs and the WCOOP victory was exactly what I needed to pull me out of my slump,” Fish said.

Fish is actually a full time poker player and has been for the past four years. This win marks his biggest ever in his four-year career. And even when running bad, he does his best to maintain a philosophy that’s not the easiest in poker.

“To always be positive and always adapt correctly to every different situation,” he said.

Poker wasn’t Fish’s initial plan. He actually intended to make his living as a pro skateboarder. After a broken arm and second open heart surgery, he found another path. Like many others, he started playing Magic: The Gathering and moved on to poker. He has since moved out to Las Vegas in search of the best in live action.

“The games are good but have slowed down a lot in the past year due to the economy.” he said.

For now, Fish is in fresh water and out of his slump. And that’s going to make it a lot easier to figure out what to do with his newfound cash.

“Buy into more WCOOP events,” he said with a laugh.


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