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The Round Table - David Chino Rheem – Nine Lives

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When you make the WSOP Main Event final table it is guaranteed to change your life, especially now with the long wait for the event to be played out and a winner crowned.

Los Angeles based player David ‘Chino’ Rheem is one of the ‘November Nine.’ He learned to play poker when he was 18 years old in Indian Casinos, and spent years building his game by watching and playing with others, including Florida native Michael Mizrachi.

Rheem made a final table prior to this year’s main event, taking 5th in the Mixed Hold’em event and cashing $93,624. He’s guaranteed almost 10 times of that from this final table, along with TV time and massive press. Rheem pocketed $900,670 as he walked away from the Rio on July 15th. When he returns on November 9th he will have a shot at millions, namely the $9 million dollar first prize.
Rheem freely admits that it was a tough road for him to reach the final table, and only time will tell if he can turn the appearance into a World Championship win.

KL: What are you doing now?

I am playing some poker; I am just playing the tournaments that I think would be beneficial to me if I have good results in them. I’m not going to play the Bike [Legends of Poker] because I am going out of the country to play a different tournament. Also, some tournaments are paid for so that also has something to do with it.

KL: How much are things going to change now that you can go and watch all the coverage before you play the final table?

I definitely think it won’t hurt, I think it will help if I can see how the other players play and get an insight on how they play. For the most part I played with most of them that are on the final table except for like two guys. It’s all going to come down to the hands anyways, whatever hand I am in, so it doesn’t matter how much research or studying I could do on the players, it is all going to come down to that one moment. Hopefully during that one moment I can make the best decision.
KL: People are saying they think the move favors the amateur more than the pro, do you agree with that?

I think people are only saying that now because technically there aren’t any pros on the final table. If there was a pro on the final table then they would say, oh it favors this gentleman or this lady, but there is no one on there so that’s why everyone is saying that. I can’t really say who it favors more because this is the first time they have had it and no one is going to know how well this move is going to be until after it all happens. I don’t think anyone can say whether it can favor one person or another.

KL: Who was your toughest opponent throughout this tournament?

In general my toughest opponent is going to be me. I know what I am capable of doing in the negative sense. I know I am capable of making bluffs and doing things when I know I shouldn’t, so that I am going to try to really control it. There are a couple players on that final table that I would rather stay out of their way until a better time. I don’t want to blow up their heads and make them feel better but there are a couple people on that final table that I would rather not play against until it is the right time.

KL: Did you often feel yourself blowing up and have to take a step back?

Of course, when we were at two tables I believe I was 2nd or 3rd in chips with like 17 people left and then I went all the way down to 17th in chips. That was nobody’s fault but mine; I played two hands just God awful, making moves on people when I shouldn’t have. That upset me but it was weird, after that I didn’t give up and I happened to climb all the way back to like 1st or 2nd in chips from 17th. I played the biggest pot of the tournament with two 10’s versus two 9’s and I lost. It was weird, after I lost that pot I was totally fine. Normally when I lose a big pot like that I go on tilt and I had gone on tilt before that hand happened and had got all my chips back so I wasn’t rattled. I felt very confident and making the final 9 locked it up for me.

KL: Did you go celebrate right after you made it?

I did! Me and all the friends went to Pure [at Caesars Palace] and had a little celebration there. It was good, a lot of people came. Thanks guys for coming and thanks for being supportive!

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