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Television star and comedian Ray Romano is a regular at the World Series of Poker and this year he set a new personal best, making it to the third day of play. Although Romano busted out short of the money he was the last celebrity standing. Ray tells PokerListings.com about how, along with making the cut at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, cashing at the Main Event is his biggest dream. Romano goes on to give respect to the talented professional poker players he's up against.
Back at home I play in a once a month game. The term apples and oranges isn't even big enough to compare it to what this is. We basically play a tournament style. We play the same thing, but it's over in two hours, and we play two of them.
There is a little strategy but it's 70% luck in that game. I wish the main event was turbo and when they make it a turbo I'll have a better chance because in the short run, I could have a chance. In the long run, this guys are going to grind you down and that's basically what happens.
There is no real comparison. You know, these guys make plays and they make you make decisions that in my home game I don't have to make those kind of decisions, there's re-buys, there is this, you know.
The more I play in this main event, the more I see what talent these guys have. The outsider may think its poker, it's just cards and they don't get it. They don't get what's really going on there, but I see it the more I play in this main event, because I mean it's the longest tournament. The expertise of a pro, the talent of a pro becomes more apparent, becomes more essential, You know, it makes a different more and you see that here and I'm finding that out now. This is the deepest I have ever been. I have never been on day three.
The end of day two was my record, and here we are first break, day three but the clock is ticking. I don't think I can see the money in the distance right now. You know what? Two double ups, and I'ill start looking for where the money is. But my chips stack, I'm not even thinking of that yet. I'm going level by level now.
They are two trips a year that are an adrenaline rush from beginning to end and one is Pebble Beach when I play in the Pro-Am, the golf Pro-Am. I'm playing with the pros, and we are trying to make the cut. It's a competition also and I played that 12 years, made the cut once and then this one. I played this six years and I would say the equivalent of making the cut would be cash, it would make it the 630th place, but the feeling is the same. I can't sleep at night. It's an adrenaline...this is even crazier because you are getting an adrenaline rush but you are just sitting down.
At Pebble Beach you are playing golf and Tiger Woods is right next to you. Here you are sitting and you are up and down. So it's a wild trip and the added excitement with this one is it could be over in five minutes.
My Pebble Beach trip, I know it lasts three days. This could be over in five minutes, it could be over in seven days. There's a little more...it's a little wilder here, but I put them in the same category just like a great week that I look forward to every year.