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Paul Sexton - Thoughts on the Main Event
Full Tilt Poker's Paul Sexton had an interesting first day at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event that included building a huge chip stack and sitting down at the same table as Daniel Negreanu. Sexton spoke with PokerListings.com just after his day ended.
How are you doing out there?
I'm doing ok. I have around $65,000.
Could you describe your day?
The day was pretty good. Everybody was scared at my table when we were just starting out, but a couple people got lucky. We lost a few people around dinner time but it got real fun when [Daniel] Negreanu came to our table and raised every single hand for four hours straight. He was all the way down to $19,000 at one point, but I just checked and he's back up to $85,000. It was amazing.
How do you prepare for an event like this with an unbelievably large field?
Stay up real late. That way you can go to sleep, wake up at 11 a.m., and come down here to play. You have to be ready to play until 3 a.m. You can't get tired or loopy at the end. It could mean the difference between losing $30,000 chips or not.
What are your thoughts going into Day 2?
I'm very happy Negreanu is no longer at my table. I'd like to get as far away from his as possible. (Laughs)
What do you think was your best hand of the day?
It was actually against Negreanu. He raised, and I called and then turned a flush on the turn. He checked, I checked and then he bet out big on the river. I re-raised him, and he finally called, and I won like $20,000 off him which was a huge deal for me. He later told me it was a great check on the turn.
Was play very tight to begin with?
It was definitely tight just because there are so many Internet players and so many people that have never played a tournament before, and they don't want to get broke in the first five minutes. After the adrenaline runs out and the opening day jitters go away it gets looser. At around midnight people start getting tired and impatient. Two or three times we lost two or more people in the same hand.
How do you have to play to be successful?
I was watching Negreanu today, and I have to say that it wouldn't hurt for me to play a bit more like that. You've got to learn at every tournament and on every hand. I watched Negreanu, and I'd never seen someone play like that. I'm usually conservative but after watching him today I don't know. He stole so many blinds, but as soon as you tried to crack him, he'd have aces.
Thanks Paul and good luck on Day 2.