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Plastik Fantastik: David Plastik Seals Day 1D
Plastik sat down with PokerListings.com on a break from Day 1D of the Main Event to talk about his highs and lows; and how earlier he was so sure he busted out that he actually left the room.
So how's your first day going?
Terrible. I've been up and down - I thought I was out of the tournament. I took a really bad beat with two kings. I got a sense the woman had outflopped me - she raised me big - and I got too stubborn. I moved all-in on a ten I'd flopped.
A lot of people wouldn't have folded anyway; and I lost. She flopped a set of tens; and I was down to around $3,000. I got all-in with two eights - with $3,000 in front of me - I was looking at A-T. The flop comes a ten, the turn comes a ten, so I left.
I took my jacket - I didn't even look at the board - I didn't notice I had a flush draw. I was at the door; and I was kind of looking back at the table, just out of curiosity. A reporter was at the table, taking notes, and he was looking at me - staring at me.
I thought, "What's going on?" I thought maybe I rivered an eight - I made a flush. They called me back to the table; and the dealer didn't want to push me the pot, because I'd walked away. We had to call the floor man.
I doubled up from there; and I've been back and forth between $12,000 and $4,000 and now I've got about $8,000 - but I don't think I'm playing my best game. I'm making a lot of lay-downs that are just... maybe I'm giving them too much credit.
It's getting late - are you tired?
It's not about being tired - I've just been mentally stressed out, through the whole month. I'm having a rough month - it's not the best World Series of Poker I've ever had - and it's stressful for a poker player. You want to make money.
This is the pinnacle of poker - you want to do well - and you don't want to be one of the losers. Unfortunately, right now I am; and it's a little tough. So maybe I'm second-guessing and doing those kinds of things.
I wish I'd gone with my first instinct - I'd probably still have a lot of chips; because I knew she had a set and I was stubborn. I had to see it. She was playing back at me; but that's how it is. We'll see - hopefully it turns around.
Do you have a plan for the rest of the night?
I'm pretty short, so I've basically got to play what I've got; and hopefully it will amount to something.
Is it time to go big or go home; or are you all right coming in a little low for Day 2B?
If I come back, that would probably be fine. I'm not going to hang around - I'm going to do the best I can to chip up. I'm not going to just sit there and try to blind down and survive. No, if I can make it to Day 2B with some chips - and I know I played for them - then I'm fine.
What do you think about the World Series schedule this year?
It's just not the same anymore. I liked it back years ago when it was a lot easier. You can't get a read on these players, because you have no idea who they are. I know one person from my table now. At my starting table I knew a lot of people; but I just don't know what these people are on.
I don't know how they play; and I've made mistakes because I can't figure these guys out. It's tough - the game's gotten too hard. We'll see.
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What we saw after the interview was Plastik chipping up - and moving to tables where he knew a few more players - to end the day with around $25,000 in chips. David Plastik is one of the most genuine players in poker; and PokerListings.com will be watching his every move at the 2007 WSOP.