You Don't Know Jack: Interview with 2006 WSOP Bracelet Winner Jack Zwerner

In a talented field that included pros like Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda and Huck Seed, Zwerner took it as far as he could. He beat out Rusty Mandap in heads-up play and won himself a bracelet.

Friends and family were quick to shower praise on the exceptional card player. His son said that he deserves all the credit for winning the event and no one can take that away from him. sat down with the seasoned poker player and got his opinion on how everything went down.

How does it feel to win?

It feels wonderful. It's one of the great highlights of my life to win a WSOP event. I don't play a lot of tournaments, I'm mostly a cash player. I haven't played a tournament in probably five years.

Have you entered any WSOP events before?

Yeah, I've entered one other. It was Omaha Hi-Lo Split as well.

Is Omaha Hi-Lo Split your preferred event?

Yes, it is.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Miami Beach, Fla. but I've been out here [Las Vegas] for pretty close to 40 years.

How long have you been playing cards seriously for?

I've been playing in cash games for the last 25 years, and I had played very few tournaments. It's just in the last while that I've gotten back into the poker world mostly due to the interest of my son and my daughter, who recently learned the game. They encouraged me to come down and play in this event. I had a lot of support from everybody I know.

What did you think of your play during the tournament?

I got very lucky. I was playing against World Champions and all-around great players. I was in the right place at the right time.

Who do you think your toughest opponent was?

Myself, probably. I just tried to make sure that I stuck to my game plan and tried to put my money in when I had the best opportunity. The events just unfolded perfectly.

When you were playing heads-up against Rusty Mandap he managed to win a few hands towards the end. Were you getting nervous at all?

No. You saw how lucky I was at the final table. Every hand I turned over was Ace-Deuce, Ace-Ace, Ace-Deuce, Four-Four. It was unbelievable.

Will you be entering any more WSOP events?

Possibly. Most likely I will play in an Omaha event, and I'm going to get my son and my daughter to play in an event or two.

Congratulations, Jack.

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