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PokerListings.com gets to know Jay Farber after he made the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Farber is a local Las Vegas nightclub promoter who has a chance at $8 million and the title of world champion of poker. Farber is a recreational player but told PokerListings.com that his opponents shouldn't underestimate him. Farber explains what this opportunity means to him and what his strategy will be in November.
Yeah, making the final table is just starting to sink in, it's crazy, it's amazing. I'm...now I'm speechless. It's such a surreal experience, I never thought I'd be here. I never thought I'd be doing any of this, and I am, and it's just amazing. I am beyond ecstatic with the whole thing.
So I moved out here a little over five years ago. I was playing poker and started working in night clubs, and I kind of just got lucky, got some great clientele and was fortunate enough to go out and work for myself. Now I can play poker as a hobby and I have a ton of free time and I was able to get into the main event, and not have to try and get a week off from work. It's the final table, it's just a crazy experience.
Vegas is not like anywhere else in the world. There is just, it's just not real life. The amount of money that gets spent here and the way that people party and the way people live it's just insane, it's so much fun. But it's also really nice to get away from everything for a little while. The night clubs here just, there's nothing like them in the world. I've partied everywhere, and going out in Vegas just blows everything away. Except for maybe Ibiza.
I feel like I have more of an advantage because nobody really knows anything about me. I like being the underdog, I like being unknown, it was great. I didn't want any media coverage throughout most of this. Now that's it's here I'll run with it. I'm happy to be in the spotlight now. But I didn't want to, when I was chip leader on day four I didn't want to bust out and be that guy.
They are all impressive players, they're all very good. But I feel like I play solid poker. I feel like I didn't get here by being a terrible player and just luck boxing it in. I feel like I play a pretty good poker game, and I feel like I've got a lot of help in my corner to help me play a better poker game. I really like my seat at the table, I love my position on JC and Amir and I'm not too worried. Having David to my right is actually, I feel like a benefit.
I feel like people are going to be scared to open over him with a short stack, if he doubles up it's going to be an interesting...It will make the game much different. He's obviously a fantastic player JC is great, Amir is great. These other guys are all very accomplished players. So I'm just going to play the way I play and I'm just going to hope it works out for me.
I should have one of the most crazy rails. I'm hoping to give the Brazilians a good run for their money, as far as the wildest rails you've ever seen. I know that Vegas nightlife and everyone is pledged to come out and support me. I already have friends from all over the country who have booked flights already. They text me this morning, "We already booked our flights were coming in."
Winning the world's series in poker, I don't know if it's going to change my life. I don't want to put the cart before the horse, so to speak. I want to take everything as it comes. Right now I'm just kind of enjoying being at the final table and we'll see what happens and we'll see where we go from there. The money's life changing in one aspect but at the same time I don't want to just walk away from everything that I do. I love my job, I'm very fortunate to have a great job. It's one of the best jobs that anyone could ever ask for. I get paid to go out and party. I get paid to hang out with my friends basically. Winning the main event, it's life changing in a lot of aspects but I don't know if I'll just walk away from everything that I do right now.