An Exclusive Interview with Poker Professional Chris Bigler

Chris Bigler
Chris Bigler in the WSOP 2005 Event 13, $5,000 No-limit Hold'em tournament.

Eight years ago Chris Bigler didn't even know what a full house was, and yet he decided to study the game of poker. He read some books and now boasts six televised finals under his belt, one fifth place finish in the WSOP, and a 1st place title from the L.A. Poker Classic, among other great wins.

How many WSOP tournaments will you play in this year?

I will play the Hold'em tournaments. I have played almost every Hold'em event since I got here in the second week of the World Series.

What's your favorite poker variety?

No-Limit Hold'em, that's all I know (laugh), but I did play the Razz tournament (event #30, $1,500 Seven-Card Razz).

How did you start playing poker?

I was on a trip to Las Vegas in 1997, during the WSOP. We saw people sitting down playing and I said: 'That's cool, what's the game? Poker? Let's learn it!' I didn't even know what a full house was back then. Then I read a lot of books, for example books by Sklansky, Caro, and Doyle Brunson's 'Bible.' I learned and started playing more and more.

Do you play online?

Yes, I play at Poker Stars.

What do you do when you're not playing poker?

I am back home in Switzerland with my family. When I am at home I want to be with my family, I don't play poker then.

What do you think about online players who are new to playing live?

I can tell within minutes if a player is an online player and is new to playing live. They often don't know how to handle chips, for example. There are many very good online players but of course there are some lucky ones who qualify for big tournaments too.

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