Bank on Beevers: Joe Beevers Brings the Elegance to Day Two

Joe Beevers
Joe Beevers playing in the 1A of Event 55, World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em at the 2007 WSOP

Former banker Joe Beevers was one of few familiar faces left with chips at the end of Day 1A of the Main Event.

Beevers has been an international poker fixture since forming the now-famous Hendon Mob with Ram Vaswani and Ross and Barney Boatman. As well-known for his suits and Porsches as for his poker, Beevers proved himself to be a force beyond fashion today.

Beevers outlasted hundreds of players in the Main Event's fledgling hours, including a couple you may know - do Doyle Brunson or Johnny Chan sound familiar? Finishing the day officially 18th out of 450 surviving players, Beevers had plenty to say to about the state of his game.

Diet, exercise and plenty of rest all contribute to keeping him in peak focus. He admitted, however, that he had been prepared for his stay in Las Vegas to be much shorter.

Johnny Chan
Outjouneyed Johnny.

How did you prepare for today; and did it go the way you'd hoped?

This year's very different from last year. Last year we were here for six weeks - all the members of the Hendon Mob were here for six weeks. We stayed in condos; and I had my wife and my babies here. This year's a little bit different.

I arrived very late - I've only actually been here nine days - so I kind of feel that I'm fresh. I've only played two other events, which were the $5,000 Short-Handed and the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha; and I went close in both - I cashed in both.

I'm really very focused. I've been working out every morning. I've been trying to eat healthily and get good sleep. I find that I'm thinking very clearly - much more clearly than I was at this time last year.

Ram Vaswani
Outran Ram.

I made some good decisions today; and if I had been a little bit more tired, then maybe I wouldn't have made those good decisions - I'm very happy with the way I played. I finished with a very good stack - I've got just under $100,000, which is almost double average.

I'm really looking forward to coming back next Tuesday.

What does the World Series of Poker mean to you?

Obviously the World Series is very special to everybody. Ideally I would have liked to have been here longer. A very good friend of mine - Tony Bloom - got married in London two weeks ago; and I didn't want to go backward and forward with the family all the time.

Joe Beevers
Plenty of Rest.

So we went to the wedding and I came back here on my own. I played Day 1A - normally I would've played the Saturday or the Sunday, because generally the first day takes a little bit of organization; and very often it will start late.

But I promised my wife that if I got knocked out I'd go straight home. I was chatting to her on the phone this morning and I said: "Listen, do you want me to get knocked out, or do you want me to try to get some chips?" and she said, "Well, really I want you to do both."

I couldn't do both; but I'm not going home tomorrow and I'll be back next week.

We wish you the best of luck.


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A man who has started playing in the World Series of Poker more than ten years ago does not seem to need much luck to get the job done. With the right exercise and plenty of sleep, Beevers may yet bring the World Championship of No-Limit Texas Hold'em to Hendon.


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