Trapping is a fundamental part of poker. While it is mainly utilized on a hand-by-hand basis, sometimes it's best to set up the ploy hours in advance. That is what I did to win the biggest poker tournament of my life.

As a senior news editor for PokerNews.com, I spend seven weeks every summer working at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. This past May, I had a couple of days off and decided to play the very first event at the WSOP: the $500 casino employees no-limit hold 'em event.

The tournament began with 898 players, and two days later it was down to me and a California prop player -- someone who's paid by a casino to play in a short-handed game -- named Allan Kwong.

I began heads-up play with a 2-1 chip lead, but my opponent managed to double to take a lead of his own. Over the next 90 minutes I fought back, and it was during this time that I formulated a new strategy. Admittedly, I was running extremely well and picking up quality hands -- A-K, A-Q, big pocket pairs -- that made it easy to put my plan into action.

The plan was simple: Preflop I would either raise or call a raise from him. If he was first to act on the flop and checked, I would bet. I won more than my fair share of pots doings this. However, if I was first to act -- and this was laying the foundation for my trap -- I would check and allow him to bet, which he did frequently. Every time I would respond with a big check-raise, usually one that was three to four times the size of his bet.

He folded frequently, but in the back of my mind I knew it was killing him to do so. It was only a matter of time before he pushed back when I had a hand, and then I'd stack him.

Sure enough, on Level 22, with the blinds at 15,000-30,000 with a 5,000 ante, Kwong raised to 75,000 and I called with Qc 9h. The 5c Qs Qd flop delivered me trips, and I checked. Kwong continuation-bet 85,000, and I did what I'd been doing and check-raised big to 350,000.

The trap had been set over the course of more than an hour, and Kwong finally tumbled into it. He moved all in, and I snap-called. He tabled the Ad Kh, and after the 10h and 2d appeared on the turn and river, respectively, I emerged as the last man standing to collect $84,915 and poker's most coveted prize: a WSOP gold bracelet.

Kwong was a formidable opponent, and sometimes the best way to beat such players is to let them beat themselves. Trapping is a clever way to make that happen. But remember, you can't push them in; you have to be patient and let them fall in.

Chad Holloway is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and senior news editor for PokerNews.com and learn.pokernews.com.