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David Williams – His Magic Moments

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In 2004 David Williams almost beat Phil Hellmuth's record of being the youngest person ever to win the WSOP Main Event. After seemingly coming out of no where, he was able to prove rather quickly that his runner up finish wasn't a fluke. David has since cashed for two million dollars, won a bracelet in 7 card stud and made 3 WPT final tables.

KL: How did you get started in poker?

David: I played ‘Magic the Gathering' all through my childhood. One day at one of the Magic tournaments some of the guys were playing hold'em and they thought since I didn't know how to play the game since I had never seen it before and was like, ‘hey, what's this,' they said, ‘oh, it's this game poker, come on over and play!' The figured that I didn't know what was going on, had me sit down and thought they could win some money off me. So, I sat down my first time and played and won. I did pretty well and I am lucky I won that first time because when you win that first time you want to keep going and think you are an expert. So I won right away and I thought ‘man this is awesome, I want to play poker all the time.' I went home and researched where I could play more in Dallas and started playing poker all the time and never really quit from then on.

KL: How did you feel after the 2004 World Series of Poker? Did you think, ‘I'm a great player, I have to show everyone this wasn't a fluke,' or were you unsure of yourself?

David: I knew I was very fortunate for what happened and I knew it didn't mean I was a great player. I knew I had a lot to learn and a long way to go to get better and I just wanted to learn as much as I could from the players around me. I wanted to take what I learned and do well again. I didn't, right away, at all feel that I was a good player. I kind of wanted to prove to myself that I even deserved what I did and do well again, just so I knew that I was capable of doing what I did. I wanted to prove it to myself because I wanted more successes but I didn't feel like I had to prove it to anyone else because I really didn't have any high regards for myself, even afterwards.

KL: Of all that you have played, which is your most memorable tournament?

David: The most memorable is probably when I won my bracelet this summer, but it is the most recent so it's kind of easy to remember. When I got second in the World Series it was so overwhelming and so long and I kind of didn't know what was going on and every time I look back on it I don't really have any memories of it. On the rest of them I never really won, I got final table, final table. I won a few events but they weren't as prestigious as the World Series bracelet.

KL: You seem to be making it deep a lot, have you changed anything recently?

David: I don't know what I have changed; I just think I have really adapted my style to how the players around me are playing. Lately I have just kind of figured things out; I don't know what I am doing differently. I know I am doing something differently, because things are just starting to be a lot clearer to me at the table. They make a lot more sense. Maybe it is the experience; I am just getting better with experience.

KL: What are your plans in the next few months?

David: I'm going to Foxwoods for the Main Event there. Then when I get back I am going to play all the preliminary events at the Bellagio Championship leading up to the 25k. I will play the Bellagio event at the end of April, go to Paris at the beginning of May, and play that. Then, I'll come back, play the Mirage and then Mandalay Bay at the end of May in Vegas for World Poker Tour and then go to the World Series.

KL: Do you have any plans, expectations or strategy going into the World Series?

David: No, I think I am going to do what I did last year. I was really focused. I went to bed early, I tried my hardest at all of the events, I took them very seriously. I think I am going to do the same thing I did last year because it seemed to work out. I might take one day a week off every week and just relax, go to the pool.

KL; Do you play online?

David: I play Bodog probably 10 hours a week or so. I have a 3/6 no limit table called David Williams. I don't really go there to try and make money, I mainly give money away. I go there to goof around, have fun, call people's raises, move in on people. It's a good opportunity for people to socialize with me and pick up some free money.

KL: What are your thoughts on the UIGEA?

David: I think it sucks but hopefully the people who are working on doing something about it can succeed. Other than that there are other places besides the United States to play poker online. There are plenty of countries out there where you are still able to play and it sucks that we can't but Bodog has other countries where you can play.

KL: What do you think the affect will be on the WSOP?

David: I definitetly think the number of entrants will be down which I am kind of happy about because it will make it more manageable and easier to do well. As a whole I am not happy about it because it can hurt poker. As long as more people start to play poker there is more money in poker and it's better for us. I am hoping, even though I will be happy with a smaller field, I am hoping that things will go back to normal and we can have our crazy high numbers.

KL: You recently played in the NBC Heads-Up Championship; do you like playing heads-up?

David: I really enjoy it; I had a good time this year. I was luckily able to win my first round for the first time in three years. I was getting tired of losing head's up, no limit hold'em. Every big tournament when I got heads-up playing no limit, I lost. It felt good to finally be able to beat someone heads-up, even though I didn't make the money and lost the second round.

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