Andy Black poised for deep Main Event finish

Andy Black
"I realize that people are really affected differently by the pressure at different points."

Andy Black kept his upbeat, entertaining demeanor about him throughout Day 2A, even though it was obvious he was ready to call it a night by the time play wrapped up.

"I like that they keep moving me closer to the door so it's easier to go have a cigarette," said Black on his way outside for an end-of-day smoke and a quick chat with

Black's been on a roll at the 2009 WSOP, cashing in four events.

He began the WSOP with a 19th place finish in the $40k Commemorative Hold'em event, taking home $71,858.

After surviving Day 2A with a chip stack at 220k, Black appears to be primed to make a deep run in the Main Event after an up-and-down day that ended way up.

"I picked up kings against aces and I lost, and that cost me 30k and I dropped back down to 50k," said Black of his fortunes early in the day. "I had AK a couple of times and put about 25k in against pairs, and won both of them."

One of those big AK vs. pocket pair hands came late in the day when Black picked his spot with Big Slick.

"I realize that people are really affected differently by the pressure at different points," Black said.

"A woman that had been playing pretty tight moved all in for 26k, and I picked up AK on the small blind. I felt that this was her time that she had sort of cracked up. The original raiser had queens and laid them down. She only had fours, and that was really it."

Andy Black
"I'm a bit older and a bit wiser."

The late-day run never stopped for Black, whose best finish at the WSOP came in 2005, when he finished 5th in the Main Event and won $1,750,000.

A poker player since traveling to the WSOP in 1997 and getting knocked out by eventual Main Event champ Stu Ungar, Black has converted his experience into success in recent years, cashing 10 times in the last three years at the WSOP.

He's hoping that this year's Main Event is cash No. 11.

"I'm a bit older and a bit wiser," Black said. I remember Mike Matusow saying last year that not many people know how to get through this tournament."

"If you have been through it, you realize that you're going to hit long dry spells of cards. Sometimes the best you can do is just hang in there, and then you'll have your rushes."

Black's known for a legend that says in 1998, after being eliminated in the Main Event, he sold all of his possessions and moved to England to join a monastic culture for five years before returning to poker in 2004.

The Irishman shed a little bit of light on the story and wanted to clear up some confusion.

"I didn't sell my possessions," said Black. I didn't have any f-----g possessions."

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