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Todd Brunson - Heir to the Throne
Todd Brunson is one of the most recognizable faces in poker and not just because of the family he was born into. He has become a force to be reckoned with at the poker table and has been to many final tables. Todd finished first at last year's Omaha Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better and won a WSOP bracelet to call his own. Todd took the time to talk to PokerListings.com while on a 15-minute break from WSOP Event 35.
How's it going out there?
Not bad. I have a good table, and I have a few chips, so hopefully I can make something happen.
What are your thoughts on the 2006 WSOP thus far?
There are a lot of people. It's a big field to get through every day, and you've got to get some cards. It's been pretty frustrating for me. I've gotten down to the money once but I've gotten very close numerous times. Last night I was five people away from making the money.
Is it a case of not hitting the right cards at the right time?
Yeah, I mean I was one of the chip leaders yesterday, and I lost two big pots in a row. I was out five before the money. It was sickening.
The big addition this year was the H.O.R.S.E. event, what do you think of it?
It was great except that it wasn't structured very well. It started out too slow and then it went up too fast. You became a short stack right away. I don't think it was thought out very well.
In the last few years poker players have become celebrities and it's quite standard to see them getting mobbed for autographs when they're going to the bathroom. Does that all that sudden interest in poker make your job harder to do?
The more the better. That's what brings the people and sells the books and DVDs and all that, so it's good for the sport.
Now that two or even three thousand people are entering tournaments on a regular basis, do you have a different approach or strategy?
Of course. You can't sit back and wait any more. I think that style is gone. You have to make a move. You just can't get enough cards to go through 2,000 people.
One final question, Todd, what's it like having Doyle for a father?
Well, considering I've never had any other dad, I don't have any outside perspective. I only know one scenario.
Thank you very much for your time.