Winning back-to-back poker tournaments is certainly something to be celebrated — just ask the red-hot Anthony Zinno on the World Poker Tour — but when someone wins three consecutive tournaments over three days, well that's downright unheard of.
That is, until Angela Jordison just did it at the 2015 Spring Poker Round Up at Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Oregon.
Jordison's uncanny run began on April 10 when she topped a field of 537 players to win Event #1: $125 No-Limit Hold'em for $10,828. A day later, she jumped in Event #2: $225 No-Limit Hold'em, a tournament that attracted 448 runners and created a prize pool of $88,120. Once again, Jordison made a deep run and ultimately defeated Roger Jensen in heads-up play to win the $18,348 first-place prize and her second title in as many days.
It was an incredible accomplishment for the mother of two and bar owner from central Oregon, but what really made it an outstanding achievement was that she went for the hat trick and got it when she won Event #3: No-Limit Shootout, a tournament that attracted 215 entrants and created a prize pool of $43,660. That win was for $8,731, brining Jordison's three-day, three-event total to $37,907.
"The last three tourneys have become a blur," Jordison told PokerNews. "I have played more heads-up [poker] in the last three days than I ever have in my life. I had hands hold against big draws, suck outs, big lay downs, taken beats, and thrown some big bluffs. There were times that I had a difficult time in containing my aggression and my stack was up and down like a yo-yo."
She went on to add, "The most difficult tournament for me was the third one. Shootouts take a lot of concentration and I was running on little-to-no sleep. When I got to the final table it was a very skilled and aggressive group. There was one guy at the table that I kept thinking, 'Please don't let me have to play heads up with him.' He was the one I had to play. We played for an hour and a half with the lead switching hands multiple times. There were many times I was feeling outplayed, but in the end I was able to apply enough pressure to take the lead and eventually win. I almost didn't enter the third event because I thought, 'What are the odds? Am I just getting greedy?' To win three I can't even say is a dream come true because I couldn't even dream this big."
Jordison, who lives near Bend, Oregon, and must travel over two hours for tournaments, first began playing poker as a kid in family games on the holidays, learning a great deal from both her brother and father. In the past 10 years, she's established herself as a fixture in the Northwest poker scene by amassing $48,356 in tournament earnings before the three-peat, with her prior best being $14,534 for a runner-up finish in the 2009 Spring Poker Round Up.
Jordison also finished 42nd in the 2010 World Series of Poker Ladies Championship for $4,097; 101st in a 2010 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for $3,878; and fourth in the 2011 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza $340 Ladies Event for $6,174.
"I have learned a lot from the game of poker, but mostly to stay humble even if you are having success," said Jordison, who plays pot-limit Omaha hi/low three days a week. "The game can humble on you in a hurry with bad downturns that can have you scrambling for answers. I just want to enjoy the run and know it's probably a once-in-a-lifetime feat."
Jordison plans to use some of her prize money to help support two of her kids, who are both heading to the University of Oregon this fall. For those wondering, Jordison went for four in a row, but failed to find victory. Still, all those in attendance recognized her accomplishments, which has her atop the "All-Around Championship Standings" leaderboard with 445 points.
"The support I have is amazing and appreciated," she said, gratefully. "When I busted out of the limit Omaha today the entire tournament and all the live games started clapping and cheering for me. It was a moment that I will never forget."
Jordison will continue to play events at the 2015 Spring Poker Round Up, and this summer she will test her mettle in Vegas at the WSOP.
"I will be playing a couple of events at the series this year, but have yet to nail down which ones," Jordison concluded.