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Brad Kondracki's Looking for Another Good Showing at the 2006 WSOP
PokerListings.com recently sat down with poker pro Brad Kondracki to hear his thoughts on the upcoming 2006 World Series of Poker. Kondracki, who is a second year law student at the University of Pennsylvania, finished in eighth place at last year's Main Event. Here are a few of his more interesting answers:
What are your expectations going into this year's Series?
I just want to do the best I can. I have no expectations to make the final table again, but I want to have a strong showing. You have to realize there are so many people competing.
With potentially 8,000 people competing in the Main Event this year, just how much of a crap shoot is it?
I think when it comes down to it you have to be good enough to put yourself into position. I think everybody that made it that far are strong players. At the same time, it does take a lot of things falling your way. It takes a lot of luck.
What do you do to prepare for the World Series of Poker?
Not too much. I still play about 20 or 30 hours a week. I quit my summer job July 14 so I'll be able to play five to eight preliminary events before the Main Event.
What does a person have to do to be successful at this tournament?
I think you have to understand the game. That's what it comes down to. It's all I try to do. I try to learn as much as I can by watching other players and learning from them.
Do you have any personal goals that you've set for yourself?
I just want to have some strong showings. It's not about getting this far or making so much money. I want to play to the top of my abilities.
What was your secret to success last year?
I had an awesome first day. I caught a couple good hands and exploited them. I built up a huge stack in the first day and I just rolled from there. That worked until the final 27. I have mixed feelings about that day. I feel like I played some of the best poker of my life just to make it there, but I made some mistakes that day that I regret.
Are you good with a short stack as well?
I think I am. Coming down to the final 18 last year I was like 17th out of 18 and I was relieved to just bust into the final 9.
What poker player do you respect the most from the final nine last year?
I respect them all. They're all great guys and they've all been cool away from the table. When we see each other we catch up.