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Tim Vance wins EPT Copenhagen
When PL.com attended the 2008 PokerStars Scandinavian Poker Awards in Copenhagen the day before the start of the PokerStars EPT Scandinavian Open, this reporter ran into an American player who had qualified for the event on the aforementioned site.
A nice guy from St. Louis, 46-year-old Tim Vance was as friendly as they come and genuinely excited to be at the party. When play started, the PL.com crew ran into Vance periodically, but no one thought he had a realistic chance to win. After a marathon final table including a four-hour heads-up match with Dane Soren Jensen, Vance proved us all wrong.
After taking down the win and banking close to $1.2 million USD, the construction company owner and proud father of a three-year-old daughter sat down with PL.com to tell us about the biggest day in his poker life.
You were incredibly confident coming in today Tim. Tell us a bit about how you were feeling?
I was going to win.
No doubt about it?
Knew I was the best; wanted it the most.
How about during play throughout the day? Were there any times when your confidence was shaken? Were all these Danes befuddling you a little?
There were times I made mistakes and one time I got very lucky. It wasn't my best day and they all were befuddling me in one way or another it seemed like.
How about the heads-up match; it was quite the epic battle. Were you just waiting him out? What was your strategy?
To outlast him. Once we played the first 30 minutes, the longer this took the better my chances were.
You did get him in bad at one point, when he sucked out; did that shake you at all?
I made a good call there; he didn't give me a choice. In the end I did what I like to do, wait until the river and wait until you got 'em. You know the races, that's why I don't like 'em. If you ain't got the nuts then you ain't for sure.
So what do you think of the competition here on the EPT overall?
It's tough. As tough as anywhere I've played.
Are the players tough to read?
I don't think it's so much the guys as it's me. When I'm playing real well I don't think it much matters who you are; I'll read you. Today I had a real tough time with it; it was not one of my "A" days.
And when you finally took it down, were you thinking about what $1.2 million USD can do for you and your family?
I don't think I was thinking about a whole lot of anything except that it was done. It was over. It's done.
So what will you do with the money?
The IRS has been after me so they're going to snatch up a bunch. Whatever is left, half [of it] will go to my daughter in a trust fund and I'll play some events. I'm just going to take my time.
Money's great Tim, but are you just as happy to be crowned an EPT champion?
Let's put it this way. When I first started going to these things in Tunica I would stand at the line when I wouldn't win a satellite and tell people anyone who buys me in can keep all the money I win and I didn't have no takers.
Besides the EPT Grand Final where you've won a seat, where can we find you next?
I don't know, but the events that I play will be ones that air in the U.S. because I want my daughter to be in school and when the roll call comes they say, "Are you that guy's daughter, the one that plays poker?" I want her to experience that.
So is it party time or what?
I'm going to go to my room and call my kid; call my mom, get trashed and lay back in a hot tub.
Congratulations Tim. Enjoy this one and we'll see you next time.
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Tim Vance is a genuine guy and in besting 459 of the top poker players in the world he proved he has a real talent for the game. While he seemed a bit overwhelmed by the win, he's as deserving an EPT champion as you'll find and there's no doubt this is the first time we're seeing him, not the last.
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