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This November 888poker's Jay Farber could become the next world champion of poker and we spoke to him at the WSOP Europe in Paris to find out what it feels like to have a chance at $8.3 million and the biggest title in poker.
Jay Farber: It was definitely an eventful summer. It's been good. The break's been interesting. I probably would have rather have just played through, but making the November Nine and this whole experience is just surreal, just incredible. I'm so happy to be fortunate enough to be where I'm at.
Yeah, it's definitely sunk in that I'm at the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event and it's crazy. I still try not to think about it all that much and try and do other stuff to keep my mind off of poker as much as possible, but now that we're down to crunch time it's sort of poker, poker, poker all the time. The last few months have been just a lot of partying, a little bit of studying; it's been a good time.
Yeah, it's been incredible, all the doors that have opened since making the November Nine. I got sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. I'm representing King Cobra at the final table; which is a huge step for Anheuser-Busch to reach out to somebody. I've got Oakley sponsoring me as well, and just partying in Vegas. I'm sort of, now, the big time local celebrity, so it's a lot different. It's a lot of fun. I'm just kind of living up my 15 minutes of fame, I guess, and hopefully it dies down.
I think being at the final table and everything that goes along with it is going to allow me to travel and play some more poker and just give me a little bit more freedom in my life just to do more stuff that I want to do.
I don't necessarily feel I'm an underdog. I'm in a great seat with a good chip stack and obviously everyone at this table is an accomplished poker player aside from myself. But I don't feel intimidated by anybody at the table at all. I feel like I'm right where I should be. I don't want to give away too much of the strategy but I think it's going to play out pretty well.
I'm definitely keeping an eye on JC. Obviously, he's the chip leader, and he's the most accomplished player at the table. Amir's definitely somebody to watch out for; very, very, very good. Ryan Riess, definitely a guy I'm looking out for. If David gets chips, he's going to be a force to be reckoned with. Anybody can double up and make a huge impact, but right now, just with where I'm sitting, I think I've got a very good spot to just move up and play very comfortably for a while.
Now that I've made it, I definitely want to win. There's no question that I feel like second place would be a disappointment. If I win, I'll definitely try and be the best poker ambassador I can. I'm not just going to win the title and go off on a year long party. I mean, it'll seem like a year long party, but no matter what, I'm happy to represent poker and the World Series and 888 as best I can.
I don't think anybody can't use a few million dollars. It's hard to say. I don't like counting chickens before they hatch. Somebody asked me what my plans were and I said I can game plan to win the lottery all I want. Until I do, I don't want to spend any money I haven't got yet.
Being a part of Team 888 is awesome. They're a great crew of people. They're nothing but helpful. I'm very lucky that I have some good friends who are also part of the team, and it's nice to be out here with everybody; getting to play poker and catch up with everyone.
I haven't been in probably six years, or so. I've traveled all over Eastern Europe. I haven't been in Paris for probably 15 years, though, so I'm looking forward to getting out and seeing the city now that I can appreciate it.
I'm just ecstatic to be out here representing 888 and getting the chance to play poker at the World Series of Poker Europe. It's something that not very many people get the chance to do; coming all the way across the pond just to play poker. It's already an incredible experience. and hopefully I can just win the main event here and keep the momentum going through November.