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The Round Table – Busting the Bike Early with Joe Sebok

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I recently caught up with Joe Sebok at the Bicycle Casino for the Legends of Poker $10,000 Main Event. Last year he bubbled the TV final table, finishing 7th and cashing for over $100,000. This year Sebok hit rail within the first 2 levels making for a very early exit from the event on day 1.
KL: You are here at the Bike…

I was here at the Bike; I’m not really here at the Bike anymore.

KL: But the good news is you didn’t fly across the country for this tournament, and you didn’t come solely to play poker. You have other duties while attending the tournaments on the tour.

Correct. I always have stuff going on. I have to be at the destinations no matter what for the entire time. Other players can leave if they bust and I am stuck here regardless. It sucks when you are competitive. Having the company to run and the radio show, I am excited when I get to play poker for a little bit. It really pisses me off when I bust but there is nothing you can do with it at the same time. If you don’t make mistakes, you don’t make mistakes. If you pick up a bunch of big hands and they all get beat you are going to be sent packing pretty quick. That’s just the way that it goes sometimes.

KL: So what happened today?

I just picked up a bunch of big hands, I had aces, kings, queens twice and then I just flopped top and bottom pair and I lost. When that happens, you just aren’t going to do well. It just wasn’t my day.

KL: You lost with every one of those hands?

Yeah! I picked up a bunch of hands. I had 4 big pairs and then I flopped two pair in a spot where the only hand that he could have that had me beat was a set and where 80 percent of the players in that room are going to play an over pair through on a board like that. You go with the percentages. Of course he could have a set, that certainly was in my head, but I’m not going to fold in a spot where I feel that 80 percent of the people playing in that room are going to play the hand through with aces or kings and I really thought he had a hand like that. Plus I already had most of my chips in there so it wasn’t like I could fold. Like I said, if you get a bunch of hands beat, you get a bunch of hands beat. Sometimes pitchers in baseball get hammered. It’s just the way it goes; there is no rhyme or reason to it. Especially in poker it’s even more random sometimes.

KL: So you do have those days where you just can’t win a hand.

Today! Of course it’s usually not quite this fast, this was pretty f-ing fast, I’m not going to lie to you. It is what it is, its poker. That’s such a stupid cliché thing to say, but that’s the truth.

KL: When you lose pots with big hands like aces or kings does that ever make you tilt and try harder to get those chips back?

I definitely used to for sure, a lot more than I do now. Now it’s not quite as bad, I don’t have an issue with that. Absolutely, though, early in a tournament you think I can’t believe I lost with aces, I can’t believe I lost this or that. Luckily for me here I got so many big hands so quickly I didn’t have to worry about tilting. I just played my big hands and then none of them ended up holding up.

KL: How are you handling running the company and playing poker?

After my experience at the World Series this year, really doing nothing, and trying to run the company, do all these radio shows, and play, I think I am going to cut back. For example I don’t think I am going to go to WSOP Europe just because I don’t need to. It’s a massive trip and a ton of money. The difference is now when I don’t go to a tournament there is always something I can do at home, I have work to do. Before it was, oh I’m missing a poker tournament and that’s a chance to make money. It’s not like that anymore. Now PokerRoad is probably going to be the thing I make the most money from in the long run. I don’t feel like I am missing out when I can’t go to a poker tournament or I decide not to.

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