David Williams, WSOP 2004 Main Event Runner Up

David Williams
David Williams happy after finishing in the money at the $1000 No-Limit Hold'em with rebuys.

As runner up in the 2004 World Series of Poker main event, David Williams took home $3.5 million in prize money. Now the 24 year old who Playboy Magazine called 'the future of poker' is trying to one up and become the world champion.

What do you think of your performance in the 2005 World Series of Poker so far?

I'm happy with how I've been playing. The results haven't been great, I've only cashed-in in one event, the No-Limit rebuy tournament. It's difficult playing a field this big because there's a lot of gambling in the beginning. I try and catch some cards early on so that I'm able to use my expertise in the later stages. Of course it would be great if everybody could have more chips to start with, but I understand that it's not possible with so many players.

What is your schedule looking like for the rest of the World Series of Poker?

I'm playing everything but Stud. Right now I'm trying to learn the game and I don't feel like giving away money to players that have a lot more experience than me.

What is your poker background?

I started playing poker in 1997 or 1998 back in Dallas. I glanced at a couple of Sklansky's books but I felt that they were too basic so I essentially taught myself by playing a lot. I started playing $5-$10 limit and then I gradually move up from there.

Do you prefer cash games or tournaments?

I only play tournaments. They are two completely different things and now that there are tournaments almost every week I'd rather do that.

Are there any poker players that have influenced your game?

Not growing up, but these days I learn a lot from talking to my buddies Erick Lindgren and Phil Ivey.

What do you do outside of poker?

Nothing really. When I'm focused on something I can't really think about anything else. Right now I just wanna play as much poker as possible.

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