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The other day, your intrepid poker writer was getting ready to watch some of his favorite NFL action with his fellow social media warriors when he came across this on his Twitter feed:

I, Bradley C, had apparently won on FanDuel daily fantasy sports to the tune of $349! Sick brag!

I was naturally pretty pumped to make $349. Who wouldn’t be? Instead of staring down the barrel of another fall Sunday spent fending off my wife for 10 hours, I now had enough money in my poker bankroll to play in the Sunday Million on PokerStars that evening!

Which was why I so flattered to see that the tweets about my big score had gone viral on Twitter:

It’s an amazing feeling to know that you are inspiring people to go beyond their limits and dream big. I was pretty humble about the whole thing, but all of a sudden everyone wanted to know more about me:

I wanted to answer: “It’s changed my Sunday’s Dan b/c I’m about to win the Sunday Million!” but I was too excited to even type anything.

I hadn’t been able to play the Sunday Million in quite some time. I’ve hit a run of bad cards that has lasted over 3 years now (variance is such a ****), so my bankroll is admittedly a little thin. But now, I didn’t need to worry about any of that.

I was ready to finally move up to where they would respect my raises!

How could I not be? I had tripled my bankroll without so much as a sweat! It was scary to think I had almost missed my biggest score ever. But thankfully, I always have Twitter open to get important and insightful commentary when I need it.

But then something odd happened. I started to notice that the tweets about Bradley C winning on FanDuel were becoming increasingly weird:

and then just mean:

I wanted to answer Ed, “of course I can read lines, Ed, I’m a writer,” but I decided not to reply; I didn’t want to encourage any more trolls as I got ready to win the Sunday Million.

Dreams of Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville shaking my hand as they hand me the Players Championship Trophy still danced in my head. I eagerly ran to the PokerStars cashier and hit “deposit.” Then, the unthinkable happened.

My card was denied.

Impossible! I had just won $349 on FanDuel, how could I be broke? Didn’t these people know who I am? I signed into my bank account quickly and my jaw nearly hit the floor.

It said I only had about $3.50. I was shocked. What?! How could this be?

Adding to the pressure was that more and more people on Twitter quickly began to rally to my side:

I felt bad that Dustin was so devastated he didn’t have the energy to add: “B/c we need to him to change poker as we know it by binking the Sunday Million.” Clearly, like so many visionaries before me, this had become larger than myself.

Hours went by refreshing Twitter for the accurate, real-time information that might explain what was going on.

The tension only built as the time ticked way; people were clearly getting anxious. The situation had gotten “out of control” in the words of one fan. The hope of an entire industry now rode on my shoulders:

But now late registration for the Sunday Million was about to end, and I still didn’t have my funds. I sat at my computer screen, dejected. A massive $349 score, and I couldn’t access my funds. Wallowing in self-pity, I suddenly had a horrible thought come to me: I had let the internet down.

I got up and drank a glass of water as late reg for the Million closed. When I came back, I opened up Twitter just one last time to check what people were saying. The criticism was immediate and fierce:

I turned my computer off. I couldn’t take it anymore; there was nothing more I could do. In the end I had to accept that like any dream where you hit the big score, my winnings aren’t real – much like this story.

But thank you, Bradley C of FanDuel, for making me famous on the internet, at least for one day. I may the only person on the planet actually excited that you won $349.

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Bradley Chalupski

Bradley Chalupski made his first deposit onto an online poker site in 2009 and has been paying rake and following the poker scene ever since. He received his J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010.