Sure, Dan Nassif was excited when he secured a slot at the 2006 World Series of Poker, but he didn't think he'd finish anywhere near the top. "It's too surreal to even think about," the Riverfront Times
advertising exec told Unreal the night before he took his seat at the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Championship's final table. Yep, out of a field of 8,773 gamblers, Nassif was about to join eight other finalists competing for the $12 million jackpot. He'd had a bad beat the day before and was going up against the big dogs with only $2.6 million in chips, the table's smallest "stack." Not long after the command to "shuffle up and deal" rang out, Nassif went head-to-head against chip leader (and eventual winner) Jamie Gold, who promptly knocked him out. Nassif had to settle for $1.5 million. The following Monday, he showed up for work late.