James McManus isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t your average twenty-two year old student. In the past two months, McManus has accumulated almost $100,000 dollars in prizes from PartyPoker. His first prize came when he won a bad beat jackpot. It was worth $52,000 dollars. More recently, McManus has won PartyParkerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Grind promotion. With this win came a Mini Cooper S convertible and a Nintendo Wii. He received this when he came in sixth at the final table of the Grindroll.
The Grind promotion was a series of Grindrolls that were worth $100,000. A player must earn 25 party points per day for three days in a row to receive $2,000 dollar Grindrolls. If a player received more party points then the Grindroll amounts grew larger. McManus earned enough to play for several weeks and so he was automatically entered into the drawing for the prizes that he won.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I opted to take $40,000 rather than the car,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Mini Cooper S convertible would be great, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really have the need for it at the moment. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to getting my Wii though. I also won the bad-beat jackpot two months ago. I had pocket queens and flopped quads, my opponent had pocket nines and ended up with quad nines. He got $104,000 and I got $52,000 and won the hand. That was brilliant, but to win all of this in such a short period of time is fantastic.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It has been a good couple of months,Ã¢â‚¬Â said McManus, with great understatement. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have many debts, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve paid off all that I did have. I intend to use some of the money to build a bankroll for online cash games. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve thought about the tournament circuit a bit, but I would need a bigger bankroll and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy where I am now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
McManus recently finished college where he was studying math which he says helps him during play. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It has been going great recently. I normally play $2-$4 or $3-$6 no-limit cash games and the odd tournament. I intend to stick to the same stakes, for the time being, and build on what I have.Ã¢â‚¬Â Since graduating McManus plans to work in the finance industry or as a teacher but I imagine we will be seeing more of him in the poker world very soon.
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