Jeff Madsen could not wait until he turned 21. However, while for most this age and the bonuses it brings was to be able to drink or be fully independent at long last, for Jeff Madsen, it was being able to enroll into the WSOP (World Series of Poker) for the first time. The result of his first tournament was being the youngest player in history to win a WSOP Bracelet. Merely a week later, he again made history with winning a second bracelet in a different event.
It was three years prior to winning his first bracelet when this young rising star began to learn the game of poker. Shortly after graduating, a friend introduced him to poker. Jeff Madsen, who was already a seasoned mathematician, adapted quickly to the game and began to enjoy it greatly. In a short amount of time, he improved his knowledge and awareness of the game, and began studying strategies on how to win. However, unlike other players who have the advantages of modern technology, Jeff Madsen would only learn from books or by watching other players in action. When he moved to the University of California – Santa Barbara, he would regularly watch or join in on the local games when he was not studying his major of Films. A nearby casino offered him some challenges, and Jeff Madsen even collected his first $2,000 wins there.
Due to his small, but ever increasing wins, Jeff Madsen managed to convince his parents to help him find the money to attempt a large tournament and obtain their permission to go. His family was hesitant at first, but finally conceded and allowed him to join the tournament. They offered him $10,000 and their best wishes. By the end of his first half, the $10,000 his parents had given him had been turned into over $1.4 million U.S. in winnings.
A born aggressive player, Jeff Madsen feels he is always in a race to prove his skill and earn the respect of other players. Although he worries his age plays a factor in how others perceive him, in many ways his age is one of his biggest assets as other players may underestimate him due to his age and give him an edge. However, some players do not look upon his age as a handicap. Chris “Jesus” Ferguson attended the same high school as Jeff Madsen and encouraged him to share stories as they played. He showed Jeff Madsen the respect each player is due as equals.
Due to his analytical skills and strength in mathematics, Jeff Madsen has a strong advantage at the poker table. He is able to read a person quickly and easily, even those who are veteran players. These skills and abilities are serving him well as he continues to climb in his career of poker. However, despite his success, Jeff Madsen still holds true to his educational goals and stops playing professional poker every season when it is time to return to college to finish his studies. This is a commendable self-philosophy to hold and is a tribute to his self-discipline as an individual. Jeff Madsen also explains he wishes to create a hybrid for his future, focusing on being a film writer and director while also playing poker whenever possible.
Common Misspellings: Jeff Madisen, Goeff Madsen, Jeff Madson, Jeffrey Madsin, Jeff Madison
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