Beam Me Up: Kirk Morrison on Day 1 of the $50K HORSE

Kirk Morrison
Kirk Morrison during the 2007 $50,000 HORSE World Championship

PokerListings.com has become well acquainted with Kirk Morrison this last season on the World Poker Tour where he tied Daniel Negreanu's record for most consecutive cashes at four. Kirk finished second in the WPT Championship for over $2 million and has already had three cashes this summer, including one final table.

Kirk was playing in Day 1 of the $50,000 HORSE event today and took a few minutes to chat after bagging his chips for the night.

Let's start by talking a bit about this World Series. You're coming off a big heater on the WPT and you've already had some good results. Tell us about how you feel about the WSOP and your play so far.

It's good to be back. I got right off to a flying start and made the first final table in the first event. I was a little bit card dead but I was over the moon just hitting the final table. So I've been on a nice little run. But it's a long month. It's draining. Especially hearing all the bad beat stories form everybody. I just end up running away from it all. It gets so old.

Kirk Morrison
Kirk Morrison

This event right here is something I've been looking forward to for a long time. I had a decent start, but I just got bamboozled in the last level. I couldn't win a pot. Todd Brunson hit two, two outers on me and then Phil Ivey called me down with ace high, which was a great call. I flopped an open-ended straight flush draw. I was jamming, and he called me down when I missed.

But I'm just happy to be back, forget about it. There's a lot of money to be made and I'm right in the thick of things. All my mates are here so it's a lot fun. If I can just take it easy on the drinking I'll be alright. It seems like I've been on the piss every night. (Laughs.)

Kirk Morrison
Hmmm?

Let's talk about this tournament. Everyone's been looking forward to it and a lot of people think of this as the real World Championship. We've only seen you playing Hold'em on the World Poker Tour so what's your background like in terms of mixed games?

I think I've won tournaments in all these games actually. I've played them all for many years and in anything with seven streets I favor myself. I truly believe I'm one of the top 10 in the world. I guess that's stroking my ego a bit, but I really think when it comes to seven-card games, I'm right up there.

I'm suffering a bit in Limit Hold'em because I haven't played it in such a long time. But it's great to be playing all these games. I used to get quite bored with No-Limit Hold'em but that's where all the money is these days.

On that point, last year they played the whole final table No-Limit Hold'em, but this year they've made the decision to continue with H.O.R.S.E. How do feel about the change?

Kirk Morrison
Captain Kirk

It makes no difference to me. I heard some squawking about it from both sides about what would be better for TV, but I don't think it matters. With the caliber of the field people are going to get entertainment. If you know me at all, you know I'm just cruising. I'll play anything they want. If they want to play Pinochle, I'll play Pinochle. It makes no difference to me.

You spoke about the intensity of the World Series and how you've had a couple nights out so far ...

Kirk Morrison
Kirk Morrison

Not a couple nights, every night! I came with the plan to wake up and do yoga and go running, but that went out the door the first night I got here. Now I sleep through the first level and I have Visine ready for me at the table, and then after a level or two I start drinking again!

But no, I'm just having fun. I'm having fun and I'm playing well. It is work, but at the same time, it's nice to have fun too.

That's excellent, thanks Kirk.

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It's always a pleasure to speak with Kirk Morrison, and the results he has achieved in the last year are truly unbelievable. He keeps a relatively low profile at the table but nonchalantly cruises deep into tournaments on a regular basis. He's off to a good start this summer so we'll be keeping an eye on him going forward, and you can as well by logging on to PokerListings.com.

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