James Gorham - From Zero to Hero

You look pretty calm, how are you feeling right now?

I'm a calm guy in general, but I'm definitely not calm right now. I'm shaky, and I've got a lot of adrenaline going through me. I don't know if I'm hungry or tired or what.

What does it mean to you that you won a WSOP?

I'm not sure. It means my bankroll is a lot bigger, so I can probably travel and play in some big tournaments and try to have some fun. I'm 21 and this is a lot of money, if I manage it right this opens a lot of doors for me for the rest of my life.

James Gorham

Whereabouts are you from?

I'm from San Diego originally, but I'm now going to UCLA.

What kind of poker experience do you have?

Well, I'm a poker professional besides being a student. I'm mostly an online player. I play 20 to 30 hours a week. It's how I've paid my way through school, and I've gotten extra money on top of that. It's also how I've paid for all my WSOP entries.

How does the play at the WSOP compare to online action?

It's basically the same thing. The biggest thing you have to adapt to is the amount of patience that is involved. Tournaments happen a lot quicker online because the blinds go up quicker and the hands are dealt quicker. A live scenario where you have dealers, dinner breaks and slower blind structures means that a lot of it comes down to patience. You have to be able to sit there and understand that sometimes you're going to pick up some bad cards, and [you have to] be able to keep you chip stack alive for when you have a big hand.

What was the most important hand for you at the final table?

When I had K-Q against A-K and I won. I was all-in and I was about to be out and three times out of four I lose that pot, but I got lucky and ended up winning the hand.

Osman Kibar

What did you think of your opponent, Osman Kibar, in heads-up play?

He played well all day. He bet his big hands strong, and he knew when to get out of pots. He made a couple good call-downs. I was just happy to have more chips than him and was hoping to play some small pots and hopefully pick up a big pot and that happened a lot quicker than I thought it would.

How many events have you played this year?

I think this is my 15th or 16th, I'm not sure. It's the first one I've cashed in. Before this I'd only made one dinner break. This tournament I made all three dinner breaks.

Are you going to play in the Main Event?

Yes.

Alright, thanks for the interview and good luck at the Main Event.

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