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Nordberg! Feldman Crowned Champion
Peter "Nordberg" Feldman, last year's WSOPC New Orleans main event champion, has done it again. Dominating this tournament and holding the chip lead since the end of Day 1, Peter weathered the storm of the final table to take down the title, the ring, and the $280,000. After the heads-up match had concluded, he shared his thoughts on this event.
Congratulations, that was a great victory. You came into this final table with a lot of chips; you've actually had a ton of chips throughout the event. Take us through your day today.
Yeah, I came in with a lot of chips and that's kind of a tough situation sometimes. You feel like if you don't keep accumulating chips you could start pressing things. But things happened really smoothly. I won a couple pots early.
I had a lot of big hands pre-flop and then flopped a few sets. I think the key pot for me was busting Danny Wong, who's a great player. I got it in with A-Q against his K-Q for a huge pot.
It seemed like Danny was playing a really solid game today, were you surprised to see that you had him so dominated in that hand?
Yeah I was a little surprised, but that's why I pushed with A-Q. I didn't think he needed a huge hand to re-raise me because he had come over the top a few times; he wasn't going to play passively. I thought moving in with A-Q was the right move, he had some outs after the flop though.
You talked about the position that coming into the final table with a lot of chips puts you in. Obviously everyone would rather have more chips than less, but do you feel more comfortable when you're not the big stack? Do you feel pressure when you have a lot of chips in that it kind of makes it your tournament to lose?
I mean, it's always better to come in with more chipsb but if I came in the middle of the pack I'd know the strategy. Everyone who plays in these events knows the strategy for whatever stack size you have.
This was a weird event in that I led after each day, and I don't think I gave up the chip lead at the final table at all - maybe for a bit during heads-up play - but that almost never happens so I just ran really well for three straight days.
Speaking of stack size, I noticed that on the bubble you had a lot of chips and you were pushing your table around a lot and picking up a lot of chips there. Take us through that part of the tournament.
Yeah, the money bubble's awesome. The key to it was that I didn't have any other big stacks at the table. People just weren't finding hands to press back at me with. I got re-raised enough, but I was opening probably six pots an orbit. And I woke up with a hand a couple times when other people opened.
I re-raised Barry [Greenstein] like three times with good hands. It was just awesome to accumulate chips so easily without having to worry about raising someone's blind who has more chips than me. It was a great bubble; it was an awesome bubble.
Let's talk a bit about the heads-up match with Davidson Matthew. He's known as a really fast player, and we've seen exactly that throughout this whole tournament, so everyone was a little surprised that things slowed down so much going into heads-up. Tell us about your strategy in the match and how it went.
I don't know David very well; I've only played with him a few times. In this tournament I only played like five hands with him at the table before we got to the final table so I didn't really understand how he played. And I never saw the episode of the World Poker Tour he was on so I didn't know quite what to expect, but I thought that the biggest thing with David was to just make a big hand and get paid off with it.
I felt like he had the better hand against me a lot in heads-up early on. I felt like I was folding a lot of rivers, and the times I looked him up he had me beat, and the times I folded I think he had me beat most of the time. I just didn't know what to expect, the last hand was actually quite shocking to me.
Were you really surprised to see that he had such a weak hand, just a weak ace, after a bet and a raise and a re-raise?
Not that he played it that way, but my read on the situation was that he could have had Q-J, he could have A-T, I really thought that. If we weren't so deep-stacked I would never fold that hand, top two and heads-up. But we were so deep I really had to make sure it was the right decision. But not having to sweat the river was amazing.
I saw you playing down in Australia at the Aussie Millions, what have you been up to in poker in the last while?
I have not done anything good in poker in a long time. I have only one cash in the last six months other than this, so I haven't done much, but Australia was fun. It's a good trip.
Erick, Gavin, do you have anything you want to add about Peter's victory?
Erick: Well as he brought up, the fact that it was a wire-to-wire victory I mean, when were you not chip leader? That's really rare!
Gavin: He's an as***le!
Erick: Two Circuit rings? It was really good; he's the man.
Gavin: He's a lucky f***er
Thanks for that Gavin. Peter, congratulations again and we'll see you at the next tournament.
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Erick and Gavin were genuinely happy to see Peter take down his second WSOPC title here tonight, Mr. Smith's comments notwithstanding. It was a spectacular final table, one comprised exclusively of tough professionals. Peter made it look easy, and despite having a bit of help from the deck, he was able to control the action from beginning to end. Saying goodnight from Valley Center, Calif., this is Matt Showell.