How does it feel to finally win a bracelet?
Fantastic. It's the greatest feeling ever and a big relief too. I've been at seven or eight final tables, including the Main Event, and it's the first time I've ever actually won a tournament.
What do you think came through for you this time?
You know what? Honestly, I know it sounds cliché, but experience. It really helped. I was calm, you know, I took my time, and nothing threw me for a loop, and I just used all of my experience from all these years.
Was there a turning point at the final table?
Well certainly when I hit that seven. [laughs] That's what I should have said - a lot of experience, and that one seven.
I was all in; I had two sevens against A-J. We were all-in before the flop. He flopped a Jack, and then a seven came on the turn to save me, so…
What happened on the final hand?
Final hand? You know, listen - Alan made a play that normally would work most of the time; he made a read that I didn't have much and tried to bully me off the pot, and I happened to have the top pair and I decided to call. Even then, he had an out that didn't come, and that was that.
How do you feel Alan played overall?
I think he's tough. I think he thinks very well, but I think he lacks experience. I mean he's twenty-three years old, so, you know. I think over the years he's going to do fine.
One final question: Where are you going to celebrate?
[laughs] You know what? I'm going to have a couple drinks and take it easy. Right now I'm going to the Bellagio, and after that, the night is mine.
Thanks, Jason, and congratulations.