Deeberrific! - Chatting with Freddy Deeb on Day 4 of the World Poker Finals

Kassem
Kassem "Freddy" Deeb, World Poker Finals - Day 2, World Poker Tour

Despite his relatively short stature Freddy Deeb is a giant at the poker table.

Deeb is best-known for winning a cool million at the 2005 Ultimate Poker Classic but recently took down one of the biggest high-stakes tournaments in poker - the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event at the Freddy Deeb on Day 1b of the World Poker Finals.

It was nice that I started out with around $1 million because after all those hands I was down to about $300,000 and after that I just went to work. It was a little bit touch-and-go for a while but I was never in big trouble. I was never all-in against somebody that had me covered.

I also made a big lay-down against Tom Dwan. I knew he was playing crazy and all that but I knew to lay it down. It was a huge pot, probably $700,000, and I had pocket tens. The flop was 8-7-3 off-suit and he bet all-in and had me covered. I threw my hand away after talking to him for a bit and it turned out he had pocket jacks. That was the biggest lay-down of the day for me.

What do you think about Tom's play?

I haven't played with him much and only in tournaments. People play completely different in tournaments but I'm sure he's a good player. He's been playing for a while. Everybody plays different styles though and he seemed like he was in a gambling mood today.

This tournament had a lot of online players in it. Do you play differently against them?

Every tournament since poker started being televised has a ton of Internet players in it so it's not really a big deal. Players are players, it doesn't matter if they are Internet or not.

Do you think overall they play a bit differently though?

Yeah they definitely have a different style than a pure casino player.

Freddy Deeb
Freddy Deeb during his big haul at the WSOP this summer.

What do you think about the level of competition here?

Tournaments are great everywhere. There's a lot of value in these tournaments so it doesn't really matter where you play them. The tournaments can be in Las Vegas, Europe or here and it doesn't matter. People have $10,000 and they want to come play in a tournament and try to get on TV.

Do you have a strategy heading into tomorrow?

Same strategy I've had for the last four days - get my eight hours sleep and try to get a little bit of exercise. Nothing extreme; I just like to get the blood circulating.

After this tournament where will we see you next?

I can't tell you that right know because if I did I'd be lying. I never plan where I'm playing next. I just go with the flow. If I'm feeling good I'll go play the tournament, if not I don't go.

Freddy Deeb is one of those rare players who seem to get better when the competition gets fierce. He showed that he could play with anybody in the world and succeed when he won the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event and he played a very strong game on Day 4 of the 2007 World Poker Finals. There's no doubt that whenever Deeb goes deep in a tournament he's a threat to win it and if you follow the poker circuit at all he's a player to keep your eye on.

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