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French poker pro Ludovic Lacay has been on the live tournament scene for a long time and although he racked up an impressive list of final tables and runner-up finishes, a major win had eluded him until he took down EPT San Remo last year. Now Lacay is in Paris at the 2013 WSOP Europe and he's got the chip lead deep in the Main Event. Lacay speaks to PokerListings.com about his secrets to succeeding in tournament poker, how he's grown as a person and why the only person he has to prove anything to is himself.
My name is Ludovic Lacay, am 28 years old. I had a few pretty good results until last year when I won my first major tournament, EPT San Remo. Which felt great because I have been trying for six years, I had a second, third, fourth places but never wins so, that felt great. It gave me so much confidence and, like, hope that I can improve as a player again. Now I am really back on track, I really want do my best. I mean, it's probably my last year on the circuit. You know I am 28 , but you know it's old for the game and so I hope I'll do my best and make the most of it.
Well, poker has changed so much in the past years, before it was all about finding the right spots and staying alive in the tournament because the structure was much faster. Now it's all about taking chances and seeing flops and one day all the flops are good for you and you end up, you're the chip leader and that's what you want because you get chips that you can create chips with. Like when you are the chip leader you don't need a hand. Like, I have been a chip leader for two days now and I haven't been hitting that many flop, I just know they are missing so I use that information to steal the pot.
It's all about changing speed as well, like, you cannot play every hand, fold the whole day. I didn't know that back in the day, I was just crazy and playing every hand and it was working for two, three, four hours and at some point you run into hand and then you start tilting yourself and are not good anymore. So it's all about knowing exactly where you are, like I am the chip leader, I have a good image now and I can bluff every spot. Then I bluffed every spot, I need to slow down but really slow down and give them some space to recover mentally, to recover in chips wise and then you attack again, those guys are now like, "I don't want to play with that guy anymore."
Like, I realized a few months ago, I can see a lot of live tells in young players. I can see a lot. I never use them. I know how to make them very uncomfortable at the table and make sure they don't play a pot against me ever again. And I never use that and since EPT I decided to put all my chances together and just try my best and use everything I know. And it's working, well obviously it's working well here but I am getting cards, I am getting spots it's all about, of course, running good at some point. But I think I'm playing my best game now, I never played this good so . . .
Yeah, I have been on the circuit for seven years, so many players have won titles, I haven't. So now I want to prove to myself that I can still win titles, I can still be one of the greatest and that's it. It's not about the others, it's just about proving to myself that I can finally . . . like, I've had all the keys in my pockets for so many years and I never won a title. Why? Because I wasn't trying hard enough. It's so easy to be good and almost great and not try, but it's really hard to finish the last, you know, to become really one of the greatest and I want to try at least to see if I could have done before to see whether I can still do it now.