Nov. 9: Killer skills trump Rheem's past


This is the fourth in a nine-part series taking a look at the players set to battle at the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event final table in November. This time around it's one of the more controversial players, David "Chino" Rheem, who's the focus of our attention.

You know what I'd be thinking if I saw my opponent's cards hangin' out heads-up? It would probably go something like, "Aw yeah, I'm gonna' rob this mofo blind." And I've got kids and a day job.

Poker can make even the best of us a little criminal at heart, so it's hard to believe how much people have made of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's story about Steve Billirakis.

But Rheem doesn't seem all that impressed. In fact, he knocked the youngest player ever to win a WSOP bracelet, Steve Billirakis, mercilessly out of the 2008 Main Event on Day 4 with his pocket queens.

One thing is for sure: Rheem is wicked happy about finding himself at the 2008 WSOP Main Event final table.

"Now that we're finally there it feels great," said Rheem. "It's a good feeling, I can't explain it. I am just going to take it as it goes. Hopefully I can handle it as maturely as possible."

Stay tuned for the next intallment of the November Nine series on Thursday.

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