Richard Seymour won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots but he says he had no business even playing in his first World Series of Poker Main Event.
That was in 2014 and he's been at every WSOP since.
When this year's $10,000 buy-in Main Event kicked off, Seymour found himself at the main feature table. The cameras were rolling and his hole cards, along with the rest of the table's, were on display for everyone to see.
Seymour said it's a good thing he's been working on his game. According to the 37-year-old from South Carolina it's come a long way since his first WSOP.
“I'm getting a lot better,” Seymour told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas. “The first year I came here I really had no clue what I was doing. I just wanted to get the experience.
“I shouldn't have even been in the field but it was something I wanted to do and it was fun.
“I still try to keep it fun but if I'm playing and putting up my money, I want to have a legitimate shot. I've been studying and trying to play as much I can with really good players. We'll see where it goes.”
Advances with Double Starting Stack
The former Defensive End successfully navigated his way through the feature table to bag 114,000 at the end of his starting flight, more than double the starting stack of 50k.
“It's a really great structure so you don't have to always push the envelope or press the gas too soon even if you don't get cards,” he said.
“I just relaxed for the first two levels and then after dinner it really just unfolded my way. I would have been happy to make it through the day with 40,000.”
Seymour has two cashes so far at the 2017 WSOP but his biggest poker career result is a $52,174 score for finishing 18th in last year's $10k WPT Five Diamond Main Event.
He's still looking for his first WSOP Main Event cash.
“I got off to a really good start but there's still a long way to go,” he said. “I was really just trying to stay out of trouble and pick my spots.
“A lot of things have to go your way. You have to play well and run good. You have to win some flips to win a tournament this big with this many people.
“I just hope I don't get in any situations where it's like set over set or boat over boat, like what happened to Vanessa Selbst today.”
Seymour was referring to the hand that eliminated Vanessa Selbst in the first level of the WSOP Main Event.
Selbst had pocket aces, flopped a set and turned the nut full house. Unfortunately for her, Gaëlle Baumann had turned quad sevens.
“I'm sure Selbst had the same mindset but some hands you just can't get away from,” said Seymour. “But I'm going to enjoy the ride because this is the Super Bowl of poker."