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No Donkstrikery: The Bryan Micon Story
If you were watching Day 4 of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), you probably noticed Bryan Micon. If it wasn't the velour sweat suit and visor combination, it was his crazy antics and hilarious table chatter that basically turned the Main Event on its ear. When he wasn't prefacing his moves with quotables ("I'm going to make a good call"), Micon was busting out killer props and vintage Michael Jackson dance moves to throw his opponents off his game. Another crazy amateur? Far from it. Micon has more cashes (four), and more cash ($83,539) at this World Series than many professionals of comparable age, and with a final table in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament and a cash in the Main Event, he seems to be able to back up his antics with serious poker play. If you weren't in the Amazon Room today to see Bryan, never fear; I can pretty much guarantee he'll be a feature on ESPN's coverage of the WSOP in the fall. Until then, here's a taste of the degenerate himself.
How are you guys playing today?
Doing alright. There's been some degenerate play and a lot of donkstrikery [apparently, sucking out], but no, I'm playing pretty well. I've had to get lucky only once or twice, and I'm at a pretty good table. $190,000 right now, and I hope I can roll them all.
Can we talk about the infamous "Donkey-Call-Thriller-Dance" hand, probably the most entertaining hand we've seen at the World Series?
[Note: in this hand, Micon pushed all-in on a board of 6♠ 9♥ 3♣ 5♣ with 4♣ 7♣, and while opponent Reza Zan deliberated with cameras rolling, produced an LED wand that flashed "Donkey" in Zan's face, and then handed him a pamphlet on gambling addiction. The ploy worked. After time was called, Zan called the bet and revealed 9♠ 3♠ for a losing two pair as Micon broke out into the dance from the King of Pop's Thriller. A Jack came on the turn and Zan headed for the rail.]
Alright. Preface: I obviously don't care about anything, ever. I'm a huge degenerate. So I waved a huge like filthy red LED donkey sign in [Zan's] face, and I did the Thriller dance. You know, I like to, I'm a shameless self-promoter, I like to just throw the Never Win Poker name out there so people go to the site, and yeah, you know, that is pretty much guaranteed to do that.
Was that something you planned out beforehand?
Yeah, yeah. I actually bought a like $29 little thing [the LED wand] from the Internet - I'm sure they'll be available on my site by the time some of you guys read this - but yeah, I bought it, and you can program it to say things like "Donkey". And yeah, I just kept it in my bag just in case I needed it - oh, I also gave the man a gambling pamphlet, a "Know when to stop gambling" pamphlet during that hand also. And it worked.
Were you carrying around the pamphlet for that purpose?
Yeah, I actually grabbed a stack from the pit area last night.
Awesome. So this is your fourth cash in the WSOP.
How was it playing in the final table of the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event?
Well, I'm not going to lie to you; I was [very, very excited] the whole time. I don't know if you can use that, but… No, that's it. I mean, it's obviously the coolest thing ever. I mean, it's like hopefully one of these days I'll do the same thing, and then put a piece of jewelry on my wrist. I'll keep trying, you know?
What have you done that's gotten you into Day Four of this tournament?
How have I gotten here? Well, it involved a two-outer and a lot of good poker play.
How are you planning on making it through the day?
Well, I'm at $190,000, that's not much. I plan on having my boy over here, Aaron Bartley from Full Tilt Poker, tell me how to play this, and just execute the plan.
Awesome, son. Good luck.