Tonight he rolled the bus up to the Rio and took down the 2008 WSOP Event 41 Mixed Hold'em final table in fine fashion, sitting back until the aggressors at the table had taken each other out, then sliding home safely for the win.
PL.com and a group of media types sat down with Gary moments after the win to get his thoughts on his first WSOP bracelet.
So, Frank, how does this feel?
First of all I want to thank God Almighty for this wonderful blessing and gift. Without him it wouldn't have been possible.
I understand you've been traveling the country in your RV for the past year. Have you been playing poker everywhere you can?
I've played in four Circuit events. My best finish is 19th in Indiana about six months ago.
So what was the difference here in this event?
I've learned to become a more patient player. I've done a lot of reading, a lot of research and a lot of studying. The big difference is the more you play, the more you learn - the more experience you get.
You certainly played a very patient game today. Was that part of your strategy to sit back and wait for these guys to kill each other off?
Honestly, that's the way I played the whole entire tournament. On Day 2 I didn't play a single hand for the first three hours and I got pocket queens once, went in and picked up the blinds. That was it. I just sat on my hands just waiting for cards.
When did you start playing poker and where did you get your first exposure to the game?
I've been playing about a year and a half. I watched it on TV but my first exposure really came on the Internet. It took me a while to figure out, and I know a lot of people disagree with this statement, but Internet poker really is not real poker. Or at least there are two kinds of games - live and the Internet. I played online for several months in small little tournaments and I did OK.
There were a couple of big hands late in the day that really won this thing for you. Specifically when you had nines, Tamayo flopped the nut straight and you called him down, hitting a full house on the river. Can you tell us what you were thinking there?
The one thing playing against Jonathan is that he probably played 80 to 85% of his hands.
He never laid his cards down and I realized that when we were three-handed. I figured I was going to have to pick some spots and pick some cards. I laid down a lot of weak aces against those two, because I thought they were going to knock each other out or get pretty close. I realized when we came back from the break, just before Nick [Binger] got knocked out, that I was going to have to play K-Qo. But having a tight image at the table the whole entire time, when I started coming into pots hopefully those guys would have realized that I was playing like a stone and I've probably got some cards.
So you just figured he was betting with air?
It's not that he didn't have a hand; it's just that it was time to start the confrontations basically.
At the end you took some time calling with an ace when he shoved for his last $175k. We're you afraid to double him up there?
The reason why is that heads-up, I don't know how many hands we'd played but I probably had A-7, A-6, A-4 three or four times and the flop came out rags, he bet and I laid it down because I didn't want to take the chance. The reason why I thought about it was because I thought "This is the one, this A-3, the ace is going to hit the board this time," and it did.
Is this life-changing money for you and what are you going to do with it?
Probably invest it. It's a great payday, don't get me wrong, but it isn't life-changing money.
What's next? Will we see you at a few more events here?
Yeah, I'm going to play in the H.O.R.S.E tournament on Sunday; then I'm going to head back to Arizona for a couple of weeks and then come back to Vegas and hang out.
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There's no doubt Frank Gary got lucky to win this bracelet, but most wins of this magnitude take a little luck to pull off. The skill he did display in waiting patiently for the right opportunity is not common among today's aggro players, but this win at least proves one thing - patience is still a poker virtue.