Rep Porter Winner Interview

Rep Porter
Rep Porter wins Event 9 at the 2008 WSOP

After making a final table at the 2006 WSOP and coming a disappointing fourth, Rep Porter was chomping at the bit chasing another opportunity at World Series gold.

He got that opportunity today and made the best of it, taking down the bracelet, $372,843 in prize money and all the glory that goes with winning the 2008 WSOP Event 9, $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em.

A pro poker player from Washington state, Rep sat down with minutes after the big win to tell us all about it.

So Rep, how good does this feel?

It feels great!

You came in fourth in the 2006 WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout. How good did it feel getting over the hump and taking home the bracelet this time around?

It felt great. I ran deep in the Main Event last year and it felt a lot better to me than the Limit Hold'em Shootout. It's just so much bigger and so much more prestigious. The Limit Hold'em Shootout is such a small event - I cashed for $40k. I ran deep in the Main Event and cashed for $240,000. That, to me, felt more significant.

I had already passed having that opportunity to play at a final table and it not go well so I definitely felt comfortable coming in. Having those experiences definitely helped.

Do you feel like you really have an edge playing six-handed?

Two years ago I played one six-handed event and I got knocked out in the first level and I wasn't really sure what I thought about it. Then last year I cashed in both the six-handed events I played. I got unlucky both times when I got knocked out, but I felt like in the six-handed events I had a good idea of what the ideal strategy was and where to go with them. I felt really strong coming into the six-handed events this year.

Things really slowed down when you guys went four-handed tonight. What were you thinking then?

I actually thought it would play slow. The stacks were very deep and I looked at the blind levels and thought we would definitely be playing $25,000/$50,000 before we were done. It turn out we barely got to $20,000/$40,000. I thought it might to be a long day. Yesterday we wrapped up a little sooner than I thought we would. But when you're playing two tables four-handed the pressure comes a lot faster.

In the biggest hand of the final table, Nathan Templeton raised and after Devin Porter shoved, you called with tens. They held against his ace-jack of clubs, but what was your thinking there?

I felt like it was very close. I was going to push over Nathan. That was already my agenda, but then Devin pushes in.

I went into the tank and I tried to get everything I could off him. I just tried to get a read on him, but he wasn't giving anything up. He played real strong and it was tough. I was just really hoping he wasn't going to show me aces or kings. He's going to make that play with a range of hands; anything from sevens up; ace-queen, ace-jack ... all those hands are reasonable to make that play with. Especially if he thinks Nathan is trying to steal there.

So given that he could have all those hands and there was that much money in the pot, it took me a long time, but I just figured you've got to win sometime, so let's put 'em in.

And the final hand with king-queen - is that sort of automatic heads-up?

I actually considered pushing when I made the raise. King-queen is a really strong hand heads-up. If he pushed 99% I was calling; I just wanted to make sure I didn't do anything stupid.

This is a good chunk of change here Rep; what are you going to do with the money?

We'll figure it out [laughs].

There's always a way to spend it.

Yes there is.

And you've got some family and friends here, are you going to celebrate a little?

I don't know. We'll probably go for a drink somewhere though.

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One look at his career earnings (now over $1 million) and there's no doubt Rep Porter is for real. The only question now is whether this will be his only bracelet, or just his first.

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