Now that Pokerlistings.com and PartyPoker have gotten cozy (thanks to their sponsorship of our WSOP coverage) we’re taking the time to check in with their Team Pros here at the WSOP.
Bodo Sbrzesny joined Team PartyPoker in 2009 after enjoying immense success playing online. Sbrzesny was so successful, in fact, that thanks to winning a rake race he secured himself a spot on The Poker Den, a popular televised cash game in Europe.
Sbrzesny managed to more than double his $20,000 buy-in playing against experienced pros like Roland de Wolfe and Barney Boatman.
He’s in Las Vegas this summer playing the WSOP and he got his first result this afternoon, finishing 22nd out of 2,828 for $19,127.
We caught him moments after busting so he could bring us up to speed on his World Series.
PokerListings: This is a great result in such a big field. What do you think of these low buy-in, big-field events at the WSOP?
Bodo Sbrzesny: It’s great to play these types of tournaments because with so many players the prize pools get really big. It’s great to have a chance at a really big score for such a low buy-in.
There’s more than half a million dollars for first in these events so it’s definitely good money for three days of work if you can win.
The fields are definitely really soft but it’s also a lot of fun playing with recreational players. It’s not all quiet and business at the table.
People are having a lot of fun and talking so it’s much more social.
Even though it’s a good result it must be hard to get this close and bust with just a few tables left.
Yeah, if I had made the final table it would have been a good achievement but a 22nd-place finish doesn’t really mean much.
The cash is nice of course. It means I can go out and party (laughs).
Does this finish give you more motivation to play even harder in the next event?
I feel like I already have the motivation to get something big this summer.
For me it’s more about feeling good about your table when you’re this deep. I felt like this table was a bit soft so it’s too bad I couldn’t go deeper.
When you’re here in Las Vegas is it all poker or are you doing other stuff to have fun?
Usually I like to party a lot. Last year I think we went out like 20 nights (laughs).
But this year I’m trying to play about 15 tournaments and get some real results so I’m definitely not partying as much.
Because I decided to play a lot of events this summer I know it’s going to be hard, and I know it’s going to cost like $40,000, so it’s really important I play my best and get some results.
If I was only here to play a few events I’d be out partying a lot more.