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David Singer Wins First Bracelet in Event 3!
Singer entered the final table of Event 3, $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em, as one of the short stacks with $83,000, but that didn't keep him from absolutely dismantling the final table and then entering heads-up play nearly tied in chips with Jacobo Fernandez.
The heads-up match lasted more than four hours but Singer, who recently won the Full Tilt $25,000 Heads-up championship, would not be denied.
We talked to Singer shortly after he finished off Fernandez and won his first bracelet.
David, how does it feel to win your first bracelet?
I'm thrilled. I couldn't be any happier. It's been a long time coming. I forgot to mention this but I actually started this event not really caring about it. I was in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event Day 2, I actually made the cash in that event, and I was running back and forth between the two events.
Where does this rank as far as victories in your poker career?
Well it's not the most money I've ever made in a poker tournament but it has probably made me the happiest.
It was a long-drawn-out heads-up battle. What did you think of your opponent Jacobo Fernandez?
He played great. I just won a $25,000 buy-in heads-up championship on Full Tilt last week so I had a lot of confidence going in. I thought I'd win pretty easily but he gave me all the fight I could handle.
You've been known for long heads-up battles. Was this part of your style? Do you feel you can chip away more safely, more cautiously than other players can?
I don't really look at how other players play. I just try to not have much of a style and adjust to however my opponent is playing. A lot of the time that involves playing small pots and just trying to outthink my opponent.
I guess I do play long heads-up battles more often than not but I just want to do whatever it takes to win in the situation.
It seemed like early on his constant aggression was getting to you. How did you adjust to that?
Well in heads-up, especially Pot-Limit, I don't want to play too many pots out of position. I didn't think he was bluffing me all that much. I didn't have a lot of hands so I felt like I did well to hang in there and finally get a hand.
David, you entered the final table as one of the short stacks, but you seemed to be a cut above the rest of the players. Is that how you felt going into the final table?
Yeah. I mean given even stacks I would have been really confident. I do think Joe Tehan is a top player and I was hoping he would get knocked out and I wouldn't have to play him heads-up. I didn't know Jacobo [Fernandez] and he played really well. I thought in general it wasn't that tough a final table beforehand and it kinda worked out like that.
What do you think was your most important hand?
Probably the Q♠ 4♠ that won it for me. [laughs]
All right David; thanks very much for your time.
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David Singer is a player who has had consistent success in the poker world but hasn't gotten very much recognition because he's quiet and hasn't won very many major tournaments. Singer won the Caesars Classic in the fall of 2007, and this recent WSOP bracelet will go a long way toward rectifying the situation. Congratulations to Singer on his big win.