Lock It Up: An Interview with Chris Reslock

Chris Reslock
Chris Reslock wins event 11 World Championship Seven-Card Stud at the 2007 WSOP

Chris Reslock, Atlantic City cab driver and tournament title holder, became this year's Seven-Card Stud world champion after defeating Phil Ivey in a short heads-up match. Minutes after his victory he told us his side of the story.

Congratulations on your first bracelet Chris! Tell us how you feel after having won this year's Seven-Card Stud Championship.

Uhhh, confused, numb … what happened? (Laughs.) I'll probably feel it in a few days.

I know you've answered these questions a few times already but what does this win mean to you as a player and as a person?

Chris Reslock
Talk to me

A lot! I know that's a stupid answer but it's hard to put into words. This is such a prestigious tournament, to me Seven-Card Stud is really the king of poker games. I've never been sure how Hold'em became more popular; maybe just because it's easier.

Seven-Card is a much more difficult game. It would be cool if they tried No-Limit Seven-Card Stud sometime. And the caliber of the players in this tournament made it such a tough event.

Let's talk a bit about the field in this event. After the $50k H.O.R.S.E. event, this is probably the toughest field in the world. What were your expectations coming into this tournament?

I believed that I had the ability to compete with anyone in this game but the win has definitely given me more confidence. When I won the WSOP Circuit event in Atlantic City it really helped me play better, at least for a while.

Chris Reslock

I followed it up with a second place finish at the Taj Classic. But I also remember getting a bit over-confident and donking my way out of a tournament I should have won. (Laughs.) How dare someone call me with the best hand!

Let's talk a bit about the heads-up match. You beat John Juanda to take down that Circuit event and now you've taken out another member of Team Full Tilt heads-up.

We barely had time to play heads-up! We just kept playing after David [Oppenheim] got knocked out. I was surprised actually. David was playing so well yesterday, so far above the rim, that I really thought I would be playing him heads-up.

Chris Reslock
The happy couple

But I was happy to play Phil, because I know him and I like him a lot. I know Phil is good so I really just had to play my best game. I do have a good record in heads-up matches.

The first Stud tournament I won in Atlantic City I was heads-up with Paul Darden and he had a big chip lead on me in that match.

Speaking of your history with Phil, I heard you used to play with him when he was starting out in Atlantic City. The story goes that when he was underage he used to sneak into casinos out there with a fake ID and everyone actually knew him by a different name for a long time.

Do you mean Jerome? (Laughs.) Wait, I didn't say that; I plead the fifth. I don't know anything about it. But I was very impressed with his play even when he was young, and we're all so happy with everything he's done.

Okay, word is that you're a cab driver, or were, in Atlantic City. Tell us about that.

Chris Reslock
The Bracelet

Yeah, they call me Chris the Cabby. I'm pretty much retired, but I'll always be a cab driver at heart. It's a wonderful job. You never know what's going to happen next. You never know where you're going to go and where you might have to take someone.

It's kind of like you're a trail guide in the old west only you're the guide through the city. People depend on you to get them where they're going safely and give them advice on where to go and what to do. And you meet a lot of interesting people, and I tend to like everyone I meet.

Will we ever see you driving a cab in Atlantic City if we're there?

I hope so! But I won't be carrying any of my money! (Laughs.)

Congratulations again and we hope to see more of you this summer.

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With two members of Team Full-Tilt crossed off his heads-up resume, Chris should have no problem taking down a second bracelet this summer, if he can make it to the final two that is. After speaking with him, it's easy to imagine being in the back seat of his cab, listening to his patter as he speeds you straight to the Taj poker room.

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