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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | Poker Personalities

WSOP Diary of Scott Clements: Looking for a Three-peat

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From a business and mortgage background, Scott Clements went from a home game in his garage to the professional circuit in what seemed like no time. And with a quiet and humble personality, not to mention a very respectful attitude toward the game, he’s one that most people didn’t see as a threat until his frequent and consistent major wins grabbed everyone’s attention.

At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Scott came from virtually nowhere and clinched his first bracelet in the $3,000 Omaha hi-lo tournament, a game which is admittedly his favorite and best. But with so many players winning bracelets and seemingly dropping from the face of the earth, he took the $2,500 World Poker Tour Canadian Poker Open several months later, which perked a few eyes and ears.

In January of 2007, he took eighth place in the WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, just two spots short of the televised final table. But Scott came to the 2007 WSOP with an incredible determination and did what he set out to do – claim a second bracelet, this time in the $1500 pot-limit Omaha event. Two bracelets in two years officially put him on the radar of poker fans and reporters, and he topped it all off with an October 2007 WPT North American Poker Championship victory for his biggest win to date of more than $1.5 million.

It should be noted that at the 2007 WSOP, Scott came to the tables with a focus that many others might not have been able to muster. He and wife Courtney had car problems, from the Vegas police impounding their car for a night because of a title mix-up, to the car actually being stolen from their rental house and partially stripped. Despite the distractions, he brings nothing but intensity and determination to the game. And he intends to do exactly that again in 2008.

JN: Are you and Courtney set up in a condo this year, a place where your car is safe?

Yes. We actually have underground parking, and we bought a car for down here, and I’m actually bringing my car down here to put in the garage, too. It’s a ’66 Shelby, so it’s really gas-y, and my wife doesn’t like the gas smell. (Laughs) It’ll be better for me to have it here to drive it back and forth to the Rio, and she can drive the other car.

JN: How did your first event [$10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em] go?

My first event didn’t go so well. I made a couple of bluffs and calls that didn’t work and ended up getting it all in like two hours in. I wish they wouldn’t have started the blinds so high. I thought the World Series has given players quite a bit of play late, but starting out with 100 big blinds in a $10k event, that was kind of frustrating.

JN: What were your goals coming into the World Series this year?

Five cashes, two final tables, one bracelet.

JN: That’s pretty specific!

I don’t usually have specific goals, but a lot of people have been talking to me about picking me for their [fantasy poker] contests, so I said put me down for five cashes, two final tables, and one bracelet. Three bracelets three years in a row is the goal for sure. I’m not sure if anyone has done that before, maybe Allen Cunningham or some players back in the day, but I’d like to do it.

JN: How many events overall do you think you’re going to play?

The less the better because that means I’m making Day 2’s and Day 3’s, but I’m playing pretty much everyday. I registered for 18 events, and I think that put me to about June 19th. Hopefully, I’m going to be unregistering for some of those when I make it to Day 2’s and can’t play in the registered ones. I’m always looking forward to the Omaha tournaments and the mixed events. I’m not even sure what all games are in the mixed event coming up, but it should be fun. I won’t play the $50k H.O.R.S.E. because I don’t play a lot of limit so I don’t think that it would be time smart if it takes four or five days and it’s not my best game.

Note: In his second event, the $1,500 no-limit hold’em event, Scott was eliminated early in the first level. He flopped a full house and got it all in, but his opponent flopped quad nines, and Scott was eliminated. What can you say? Scott will likely brush this off and begin again tomorrow.

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